Chemistry Newsletter - 11/20/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 39 November 20th, 2006

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11/14/2006 Departmental Meeting Report

Dear Faculty, students, and staff:

 

For your information I report that at the Departmental meeting on 11/14/2006, the faculty approved the following statement:

 

The faculty of the Department of Chemistry would like to express our disappointment in the passage of the constitutional amendment banning recognition of civil unions and same-sex marriages in the state of Wisconsin. A significant number of students, faculty, and staff in our department are directly affected by the outcome of this vote, and we feel it is necessary to reaffirm our support for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our community.

The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to the establishment of a climate that is supportive of all department members. We respect the diversity of our student body, and we recognize that discrimination in any form weakens our community as a whole. All of us deserve to work in an environment in which we are treated with dignity and respect, and despite the outcome of the referendum, the Department remains staunchly committed to this ultimate goal.

The Diversity Committee will also bring forth a general statement regarding climate/discrimination/diversity to our next Department meeting. If approved, such a statement would become part of the Departmental Structure, Policies, and Procedures document (which is accessible at any time on our website).

 

James L. Skinner

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Tehshik Yoon wins NSF Career Award

We are delighted to report that Tehshik Yoon has won an NSF Career Award, for his outstanding and innovative research in organic synthesis. Congratulations to Tehshik on securing this significant source of external funding!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

12/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

12/19/2006

2/13/2007

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

 

11/21/2006

 

12/05/2007

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Harrowell, University of Sydney. “Dynamical Constraint and Hierarchical Structure: Recent Advances in the Glass Transition”

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lian Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy. “Crystallization in Polymorphic Systems”

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yang Yang, Cui Group.

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Michaelis, Graduate Student, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Nelson, University of Pittsburgh. “Aldol Additions, Claisen Rearrangements, and Diels-Alder Cycloadditions: Some Old Favorites in the Service of New Reaction Development”

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexej Jerschow, New York University. “Radiation-Free NMR and MRI and Quadrupolar MRI”

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ruomu Jiang, Sibert Group.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Materials McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Heath, Cal Tech.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eun Jin Cho, Graduate Student, Lee Group.

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Friday, December 8th, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Laura Heisler, WARF.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, WISELI Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Linda Nicholson, Cornell. “Directing Traffic With a Flip of the Tail: Pin 1 in Action in Alzheimer’s Disease”

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wolfe, University of Michigan. “New Palladium-Catalyzed Carboetherification and Carboamination Reactions for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Tetrahydrofurans and Pyrrolidines”

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. John Hottle, Keutsch Group.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - Material Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Teri Odom, Northwestern.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard McDonald, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Guangde Chen & Lei Zhu, Jin Research Group.

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Raft Formation and Lateral Diffusion in Membranes”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ann Valentine, Yale University.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Yale University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Friday, March 9th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Michael Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. “Commercial Winemaking, Home Winemaking and Careers in the Wine Business”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University.

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Monday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Westrick.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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Recent Publications

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An algorithm for assembly of ordered restriction maps from single DNA molecules.

Valouev, A; *Schwartz, DC;* Zhou, SG; Waterman, MS.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 103 (43): 15770-15775 OCT 24 2006.

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Computational studies of metal-ligand bond enthalpies across the transition metal series.

Uddin, J; Morales, CM; Maynard, JH; *Landis, CR.*

ORGANOMETALLICS 25 (23): 5566-5581 NOV 6 2006.

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Covalent photochemical functionalization of amorphous carbon thin films for integrated real-time biosensing.

Sun, B; Colavita, PE; Kim, H; Lockett, M; Marcus, MS; *Smith, LM*; *Hamers, RJ.*

LANGMUIR 22 (23): 9598-9605 NOV 7 2006.

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Metallocene-catalyzed alkene polymerization and the observation of Zr-allyls.

*Landis, CR*; Christianson, MD.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 103 (42): 15349-15354 OCT 17 2006.

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Aprotic synthesis and structural determination of the nanosized nonprotonated v(3)-octahedral [Pt6Ni38(CO)(48)](6-) hexaanion stabilized as a cubic solvated [NMe4](+) salt.

de Silva, N; *Dahl, LF*.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 45 (22): 8814-8816 OCT 30 2006.

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Structural/bonding insights from new geometrical varieties of two Pt-Au carbonyl/phosphine clusters, [Pt-3(AuPPh3)(5)(mu(2)-CO)(2)L-3](+) (L-3 = (CO)(2)PPh3) and [(mu(6)-Au){Pt-3(mu(2)-CO)(3)L-4}(2)](+) (L = PMe3).

de Silva, N; Laufenberg, JW; *Dahl, LF*.

CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS (42): 4437-4439 2006.

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Role. of membrane lipids in the mechanism of bacterial species selective toxicity by two alpha/beta-antimicrobial peptides.

Epand, RF; Schmitt, MA; *Gellman, SH*; Epand, RM.

BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-BIOMEMBRANES 1758 (9): 1343-1350 SEP 2006.

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“PDMS Bonding by means of a Portable , Low-Cost Corona System”

Haubert, K, *Drier, T,* Beebe,D.

Lab Chip, 2006, 6, 1548-1549.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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