Chemistry Newsletter - 12/10/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 41 December 10th, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

 

December 11th, 2007

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

December 18th, 2007

 

January 22nd, 2008

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Musch (Berry Group).

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Elizabeth Opila, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH. “Effects of High Temperature Water Vapor on Materials Durability”

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean M. Decatur, Mt. Holyoke College.“Conformation and Dynamics of Amyloid Aggregates via Isotope-Edited Infrared Spectroscopy”

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Manos Mavrikakis, UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christine McInnis (Blackwell Group).

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Friday, January 25th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans Reich, UW-Madison. “Structure and Reactivity of Organolithium Reagents”

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon P.D. Abbatt, University of Toronto. “The Chemistry of Organic Aerosols in the Atmosphere: Relationships to Air Quality and Climate”

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Friday, November 30th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park St. Professor Timothy Filley, Purdue University. “Environmental Drivers to Change in Soil Organic Carbon Storage”

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Ischay (Yoon Group).

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Monday, February 4th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mitsuo Kira, Tohoku University.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Mallouk, Penn State University.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa Group).

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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lani MacArtney (Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.

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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group.)

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Faculty Candidate Information

Corey Wilson

Tuesday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m.

Title not available – will update

Danica Galonic Fujimori

Thursday, December 13th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: “Halogenation of Unactivated Carbon Centers in Natural Products Biosynthesis”

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From the UW Police Department:

Dear Community Member,

Are you concerned with safety in the workplace? Do you want to know what you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim?

If so, I would like to officially invite you to the FREE 2008 Badger Watch Safety Conference on January 16th, 2008 (during winter break).

This year's one-day conference will again be held at the the Memorial Union and will include seven break out training sessions for you to choose from. Some notable offerings are CPR, Advanced Badger Watch and Campus Violence. Morning and break-time refreshments will be provided. See the attached conference brochure for additional details.

*We wish to express our gratitude to the Chancellor's Office for helping to make this conference possible.

Follow the link below to the super easy one-click online registration (use your UW Net ID to register):

http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/reg/catalog_course.aspx?groupcoursekey=18804.

If this link does not work, please go to the OHRD main page and check under "conferences". There, you will find another link:

https://fpm-www3.fpm.wisc.edu/ohrd/coursecreation/.

If you would like more information about the Badger Watch conference or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Officer Erik Pearce at 265-5223 or email him at empearce@wisc.edu.

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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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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Positions Available in the University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering. We are seeking motivated post-doctoral fellows for a two year appointment beginning in Jan. 2008. This position is in a dynamic interdisciplinary research group whose target is the synthesis and study of new topical drug delivery systems for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. The project involves the delivery of antiviral agents from semisolid or solid dosage forms and entails pre-formulation and fabrication work, drug stability, loading and release studies, and protocol development. Candidates should have experience in analytical chemistry, drug delivery and pharmaceutical sciences. They will also be expected to become familiar with aspects of antiviral delivery and microbicides. Evidence of good communication and management skills is required. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send a CV and the name and contact information for three references by e-mail to: patrick.kiser@utah.edu. http://www.bioen.utah.edu/faculty/pfk/.

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Postdoctoral Position in Homogeneous Catalysis. A postdoctoral position is available in the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (PIs: Klaus Theopold and Mark Barteau) at the University of Delaware. The industrially sponsored project involves the study of catalysts for the nitration of alkanes. Applicants should have experience with synthetic inorganic chemistry and the identification/quantification of small organic molecules. The position carries a salary of $36,000/year and is renewable subject to the availability of continued funding. The starting date is flexible, but the position is available now. Interested candidates should send a complete CV and have at least two confidential letters of recommendation (one from their Ph. D. advisor) sent to: Prof. Klaus H. Theopold, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716. Submission by e-mail to: theopold@udel.edu is strongly encouraged.

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Postdoctoral Positions. J. Michael Ramsey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3216, e-mail: jmramsey@unc.edu. We have several postdoctoral positions available in our group working on projects that are briefly described below.

Microfluidics Devices for Proteomics Analysis:

Microfluidics devices are being developed to autonomously manipulate single non-adherent cells, characterize them using flow cytometry techniques, lyse the cells and chemical analyze the cell contents utilizing chemical separations and electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry. This automated approach allows high-throughput characterization at the single cell level so that statistics can be rapidly generated on cell heterogeneity. Experience in bioanalytical chemistry, microfluidics, and chemical separations are desired.

Nanofluidic Devices for Rapid Single Molecule Sequencing:

We are developing fluidic devices that have ultimate length scales near the 1-nm range for confining single DNA molecules. The molecules will be probed transversely in this confined region using nanoscale electrodes. Experience in nanofabrication, micro- or nanofluidics, nucleic acids assays, or materials science are desirable.

Microscale Mass Spectrometry Devices:

We have been investigating the prospects of shrinking the size of conventional mass spectrometry by several orders of magnitude. Specifically we have been experimentally exploring the reduction in size of Paul-type ion trap mass analyzers and assessing their performance. Reduction in length scale of this type of mass spectrometer is particularly interesting because the mass resolution of the device does not fundamentally depend on its size. Microscale ion trap MS devices that are a factor of 40 smaller than conventional scale have been operated with no loss in mass resolving power. Microfabricated arrays of ion trap mass analyzers as small as 10 µm have been demonstrated. Miniature mass spectrometers have application to problems such as environmental monitoring, chemical process control, and high-throughput laboratory analysis. Experience with mass spectrometry instrumentation, vacuum systems, electrospray ionization, or microfabrication techniques are desirable.

Please see the beginning of this advertisement if you would like to contact us or for sending your information for applying for these positions.

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