Chemistry Newsletter - 11/27/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 40 November 27th, 2006

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James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award Symposium

The Excellence in Teaching Award Symposium will be held Friday, December 1, at 3:30 in Seminar Hall. Dr. Mark Wendt will be the recipient of the 2006 James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Pharmacia Corporation. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the 2005-06 Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Awards: Ángel Abruña-Rodríguez, Kevin Chau, Tanya Cordes, Robert Holiday, Kristy Kounovsky, Yu-Shan Lin, Amit Nimunkar, and Rebecca Splain. Please join us in the Shain Building Atrium for refreshments at 3:15, and then for the award presentations at 3:30. Congratulations to all our fine teachers!!

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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

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 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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Monday, December 4th, 2006 - Material Science Seminar, 10:30 a.m., Room 514 ERB. Christian Teichert, Institute of Physics, University of Leoben, A-8700 Leoben, Austria. “Conducting Atomic-Force Microscopy for Electric Characterization of Nanostructures”

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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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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Biochemistry Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Building. Chris B. Pascal, Director, Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Ensuring the Public Trust: Responding to Research Misconduct and Promoting Responsible Research”

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Friday, December 8th, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Laura Heisler, WARF. “An Overview of Intellectual Property Protection Procedures at UW-Madison”

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Facility Manager. The Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia is seeking an NMR Spectroscopist to manage a dynamic and research intensive department facility. This position will provide the opportunity for a motivated individual to contribute significantly to a stimulating professional research and teaching environment. The successful candidate will lead the Chemistry Departmental NMR Facility, which houses a Bruker 600 with cryoprobe, two Bruker AV400 instruments, a Bruker AV300, a Bruker AC200 with autosampler running TECMAG, and a Bruker AMX500. Main responsibilities will include supervision of two NMR technicians, coordination of maintenance and repair of all units, development of new techniques, training users, management of the facility budget, and outreach to a community of external users. Participation in collaborative research with faculty members will be encouraged. This position requires a PhD in Chemistry with specialization in NMR Spectroscopy. A minimum of 5 years postdoctoral NMR experience, personnel management experience, system administration skills (Linux and Windows operating systems preferred), and excellent interpersonal skills are required. Previous experience managing an NMR facility will be viewed as an asset. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications/resumes to be mailed to: Administrator, U.B.C., Dept of Chemistry, 300 - 6174 University Blvd, Vancouver B.C. Canada V6T 1Z3 or e-mailed directly to: jobs@chem.ubc.ca.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The City University of New York. Two Tenure Track Positions. Chemistry, and Forensic Toxicology Fall,2007. Instructor/Assistant/Associate/Full Professor. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The City University of New York. Chemistry: To teach undergraduate and graduate students courses in general and analytical chemistry for forensic science majors and basic sciences for non-majors. A background in biochemical terrorism and forensic chemistry is welcome. Forensic Toxicology: To teach undergraduate and graduate students courses in forensic toxicology and pharmacology for forensic science majors, environmental and other basic sciences for non-science majors. A background in biochemical terrorism, public health, epidemiology, or forensic science desirable. The mentoring of student research both at the undergraduate and graduate levels related to forensic science is essential. Candidates must show promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching and a willingness to provide service to the college and community. Tenure track faculty in the ranks of Assistant, Associate, and Professor are eligible for a total of 24 hours of reassigned time in their first five years of service to engage in research and scholarship required to achieve tenure. A Ph.D in the specific discipline or closely related area is required for appointment in the professorial ranks. While these two appointments are envisioned at the Assistant Professor level, extraordinary senior candidates will be considered for advanced rank. Candidates within one year of completion of the Ph.D will be considered for the rank of instructor. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a short outline of your proposed research plans, and three letters of recommendation by December 6, 2006 to: Dr. Selman A. Berger, Chair, Department of Sciences, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, 445 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, http://www.uwsp.edu/chemistry, invites applications for a tenure-track position in physical chemistry at the assistant professor level. The appointment will begin in August 2007. Individuals with expertise and experimental research interests related to biological areas are especially encouraged to apply. Ph.D. required: must be completed by September 2007. Candidates will teach courses in physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and general chemistry as needs require. Applicants must show promise for excellence in teaching and will be expected to develop a research program involving undergraduates. Send hard copies of vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, plans for proposed research, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and have three letters of reference sent to: Chair of Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Screening will begin on January 3, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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University of Maryland, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College Park, Maryland 20742. An open position for joint a post-doctoral research associate who has interests in surface science, nonlinear optical spectroscopy and/or molecular dynamics at interfaces. The overall objective of our joint project is to develop an integrated, cohesive and predictive understanding of the way that solid surfaces alter equilibrium and dynamic properties of liquids. The candidate’s immediate goals will include implementing new spectroscopic methods designed to measure molecular reorientation at solid/liquid interfaces as well as investigating the forces that control the structure, organization and dynamics of different liquids at both hydrophobic and hydrophilic solid surfaces. Ideally, the candidate would have a strong background in either interfacial science or time-resolved spectroscopy. The initial appointment will be for one year with the anticipation of a second year to follow pending agreement between the candidate and the principal investigators. The candidate will join an active team of researchers that includes graduate students, undergraduates and other post-doctoral researchers. The opportunity to learn new experimental techniques as well as mentor graduate and undergraduate students working on the project will provide the candidate with the skills, experience, and versatility necessary to secure a permanent position following their experience at Maryland. Furthermore, the candidate will also interact with John Weeks and Bruce Berne and their groups - the “theory-half” of the research team - so that measurements made in the laboratory remain closely coordinated with efforts to develop realistic models of solid substrates and liquids subject to the inhomogeneous forces introduced by surfaces. Given the strong synergy between experiment and theory, we expect that this position should be very attractive to candidates aspiring to pursue careers as independent investigators at research active universities. For more information, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact us at: Professor John T. Fourkas or Associate Professor Robert A. Walker: fourkas@umd.edu or rawalker@umd.edu.

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