Chemistry Newsletter for 11/29/2010

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XXXIV - No. 42 November 29th, 201

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Kristi Heming Wins L&S Classified Staff Excellence Award
We're delighted to report that Kristi Heming has won a College of Letters and Science Classified Staff Excellence Award in the Administrative support category. Kristi has been our Inorganic Division Secretary for the last 13 + years. We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kristi. Additionally, we'd like to acknowledge the many other very deserving staff who didn't win awards this year, but we hope will win awards in the future! All of us in the department appreciate what do you to make this a department to be proud of! Please join us in congratulating Kristi. You can email her at: heming@chem.wisc.edu.
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WISL Thesis Award Program
On November 12, 2010, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., visited the University of Wisconsin Chemistry Department for a departmental colloquium. After her talk on topics such as her personal connections to the sciences, the challenges that science funding faces in upcoming Congressional sessions, and how she works with her colleagues across the aisle, WISL Director Bassam Shakhashiri presented her with a booklet entitled "Chemistry Graduate Research and Education."

WISL encourages all Ph.D. chemistry candidates to include a chapter in their Ph.D. thesis communicating their research to non-specialists, and pledges a $500 cash award from the WISL for each successfully completed chapter; the booklet presented to Rep. Baldwin contained the eight chapters that WISL has received so far. The goal of the chapters is to explain the candidate's scholarly research and its significance to a wider audience that includes family members, friends, civic groups, newspaper reporters, state legislators, and members of the U.S. Congress. Additional copies of the booklet will be shared with other elected officials, as well as news services, industry leaders, grant officers nd others. If you'd like a copy please send a request to scifun@chem.wisc.edu.

Baldwin - Shakhashiri

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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

December 14th, 2010 February 8th, 2011
March 22nd, 2011 April 12th, 2011
May 3rd, 2011  

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

December 7th, 2010 December 21st, 2010 January 18th, 2011 February 1st, 2011 February 15th, 2011
March 2nd, 2011 March 15th, 2011 April 5th, 2011 April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011

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SEMINARS
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Friday, December 3rd, 2010 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Pupa Gilbert, UW Physics Department.
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Friday, December 3rd, 2010 - Special Materials Science Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 514 Engineering Research Building. Professor Taro Hitosugi, WPI-AIMR, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. "Electronic Structures of Titanium Oxides: TiO2 and SrTiO3"
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William van der Donk, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jose Onuchic, University of California San Diego. "Sharing the Energy Landscape for Folding and Function:  From Small Proteins to Large Machines"
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Curtis Berlinguette, University of Calgary.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Larabell, University of California, San Francisco.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Deborah Blum, UW Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; author: "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"
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Tuesday, February 8tt, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven J. Sibener, University of Chicago.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor David Cane, Brown University.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan.
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Tuesday, February 22nd. 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Case, Rutgers University. "Biomolecular Simulations Using Implicit Solvent Models"
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Regan Thomson, Northwestern University.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Bergman.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Juan de Pablo, UW-Madison, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicolai Lehnert, University of Michigan.
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Thursday, March 3th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brad Nilsson, University of Rochester.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Intellinsity: a tool for visualization and analysis of liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry sampling events.
Xia, QW; Good, DM; Wenger, CD; Coon, JJ*.
RAPID COMMUNICATIONS IN MASS SPECTROMETRY 24 (21): 3217-3218 NOV 2010
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Molecular mechanism of acid-triggered aryl-halide reductive elimination in well-defined aryl-Cu-III-halide species.
Casitas, A; Poater, A; Sola, M; Stahl, SS*; Costas, M; Ribas, X.
DALTON TRANSACTIONS 39 (43): 10458-10463 2010.
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Intramolecular hydrogen bonding in dichloridobis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-1H-pyrazole-kappa N 2)cobalt(II) as a
consequence of ligand steric bulk.
Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Ainooson, MK; Darkwa, J
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-CRYSTAL STRUCTURE COMMUNICATIONS 66:
M336-M338 Part 11 NOV 2011.
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Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars
2011 Schedule of Workshops for College and University Chemistry Instructors and Faculty. The Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) program offers 5-day workshops for faculty and instructional staff at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, and individuals who plan to embark on a college teaching career (e.g., postdocs, graduate students). These hands-on workshops are designed to provide a background and modern perspective on key areas of the chemical sciences along with methods to introduce these topics into the undergraduate curriculum. Participation (including registration and housing) is FREE. For more information and application materials please visit us at: www.ccwcs.org.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Head. WPI invites applications and nominations for Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  The Department is supported by a new, state-of-the-art facility at Gateway Park where houses the Life Sciences Bioengineering and Chemistry research facilities which opened in the spring of 2007 along with a robust community of faculty and students.  WPI seeks a Department Head with a clear and creative vision for building and sustaining ambitious departmental research programs while maintaining a focus on excellence in teaching and has the skills necessary for the day to day management of the department activities and administrative staff. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Head is responsible for coordinating with the other Heads across the wider WPI community the development of interdisciplinary research teams for the purpose of securing external funding.  Our vision for the new Head includes enhancing the department's role in the natural sciences at all levels and providing strategic positioning for new faculty appointments as we grow.  The department offers a BS, MS, Ph.D. degree. To learn more about research at WPI and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department visit http://www.wpi.edu/research  and http://www.wpi.edu/academics/depts/chemistry. The Department Head will have an earned doctorate from one of the fields of chemistry or biochemistry, an international reputation in research, and a distinguished record of publication and funding.  She or he must demonstrate outstanding leadership and mentoring abilities as well as a commitment to high quality teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The application should consist of a detailed curriculum vita, a letter of intent that describes professional interest (research, teaching, and administrative), and names of a minimum of three references.  Applications and nominations should be sent to: http://www.cbcheadsearch@wpi.edu. Further inquiries can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, 508-831-4678 or email: dofcarcik@wpi.edu. WPI is on the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2009 list of "Great Colleges to Work For".  Further information about WPI and the department can be accessed at http://www.wpi.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from spring 2011. CaRLa, the new Catalysis Research Laboratory, founded by the University of Heidelberg, by the State of Baden-Württemberg and by BASF SE in May 2006 on campus, represents a new type of a joint academic/industrial research institution for combining basic and applied research in homogeneous catalysis. CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from spring 2011 and invites applications from qualified young scientists (with appropriate organic, organometallic or inorganic molecular chemistry background) who are interested to work as postdoctoral research fellows in CaRLa. Research experience in the field of homogeneous catalysis is advantageous, but not mandatory. Electronic applications are preferred. Please submit them to: employment@carla-hd.de. Please attach a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a letter of motivation. Applicants should also arrange for minimal two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: Professor Dr. Peter Hofmann, Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg, INF 270, D-69120 Heidelberg, Phone: +49 6221 54-8502, Fax: +49 6221 54-4885, ph@oci.uni-heidelberg.de, Homepage: akph@uni-hd.de or Dr. Michael Limbach, Basic Chemicals Research, BASF SE, GCB/C   M313, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Phone: +49 621 60-48957, Fax: +49 621 60-6648957, michael.limbach@basf.com. Requirements: Ph.D. in organic, organometallic or molecular based inorganic chemistry. Hands-on experience in preparing and characterizing air- and temperature-labile compounds. Excellent oral and written communication skills. University of Heidelberg and BASF are equal opportunity employers. To learn more about CaRLa, BASF or University of Heidelberg, visit our websites: www.carla-hd.com, www.basf.com, www.uni-heidelberg.de.
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