Chemistry Newsletter - 12/11/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 42 December 11th, 2006

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Matt Allen Wins a Prestigious "Pathways to Independence" Grant from the NIH

Matt Allen, a postdoc in the Kiessling and Raines groups, has just won a prestigious "Pathways to Independence" Grant from the NIH. This new grant program funds scientists at the end of their postdoc years, through the first few years of a faculty position, thus facilitating this transition. Congratulations Matt!

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Newsletter on Christmas Vacation

The Chemistry Newsletter is on Christmas Vacation for the week of 12/25/2006. The Chemistry newsletter will return the first week of next year. Please continue to submit all of your newsletter items to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas!!

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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

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, 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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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Women in Science Roundtable, 5:00 p.m. til 7:00 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. An informal discussion led by Prof. Linda Nicholson of Cornell University. “Striving for Equality in an Academic Environment”

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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 14th, 2006 - Technology Forum, 1:30 p.m., Room 1360 Biotechnology Center. Dr. Nicholas Abbott, UW-Madison. “Bioanalytic Technologies Based on Liquid Crystals”

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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, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angeles Paz, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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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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Wheaton College (MA) seeks applicants in a multi-department search designed to enhance our Environmental Science/Studies Programs. This search will fill a single position; possible home departments include Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Geology and Political Science. Applicants to the Chemistry Department must have a PhD, expertise in Analytical Chemistry, and a demonstrated interest in Environmental Chemistry. Teaching responsibilities include analytical and introductory chemistry, and courses that contribute to the Environmental Science major and the general curriculum. The successful candidate must show evidence of excellence in teaching and the ability to direct undergraduate research in analytical chemistry, especially as it relates to toxicology and the environment. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, a brief statement of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation by December 15th to: Ms. Susan Colson, Office of the Provost, Park Hall, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766. Web address: http://www.wheatoncollege.edu/Admin/HumanResources/FacultyListing.html.

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Wheaton College (MA) seeks applicants as part of a multi-department search in the area of Global and Transnational Crime. Possible home departments for this hire include Chemistry, History or Political Science. Applicants to the Chemistry Department must have a PhD, expertise in Analytical Chemistry with a demonstrated interest in the gathering and analysis of samples related to crime. Teaching responsibilities include analytical and introductory chemistry for students majoring in the sciences, a course in the area of specialty as well as courses that contribute to the general curriculum. The successful candidate must show evidence of excellence in teaching and the ability to direct undergraduate research in analytical chemistry. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, a brief statement of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation by December 15th to: Ms. Susan Colson, Executive Assistant to the Provost, Park Hall, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Wheaton College (MA) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall 2007. The Ph.D. is required and prior teaching or post-doctoral experience is preferred. Teaching responsibilities include physical and analytical chemistry, introductory chemistry for science majors as well as courses that contribute to the general curriculum. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to teaching and the ability to direct undergraduate research in any area of physical chemistry and related disciplines. Review of applications will begin December 11, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a CV, brief statement of teaching and research interests, and arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Laura Muller, Department of Chemistry, Wheaton College, Norton, MA 02766.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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