Chemistry Newsletter - 12/12/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 40 December 12th, 2005

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Jeff Burkett Receives a College of Letters & Science Classified Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations to Jeff Burkett, a Lab Prep Technician in the Analytical labs, who has received one of the five Classified Staff Excellence Awards given by the College of Letters & Science for 2005-06. The awards were announced last week; the award ceremony where Jeff will receive a plaque for this honor will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006. These awards recognize people in the College who demonstrate outstanding performance, service and contributions. Congratulations Jeff!!

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Professor James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Awards

The 2005 Professor James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Awards, Sponsored by Pharmacia Corporation were presented on Friday, December 9, 2005. Five TAs received Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. They are: Brian Hong; Aaron Peoples; Caroline Pharr; Brandon Shelton; and Laura Wysocki. Congratulations to all!!

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2005 James W. Taylor Award Recipient

Dr. Ieva Reich, is the 2005 James W. Taylor Award recipient. Ieva described her successful methodology for teaching sophomore Organic Chemistry: “Interactive Teaching and Learning in Large Classes”. Congratulations Ieva!!

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Newsletter on Christmas Vacation

The Chemistry Newsletter is on Christmas Vacation for the week of 12/26/2005. Next week’s newsletter will be the last one for the year. It 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

12/13/05

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

12/20/05

1/17/06

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06


SEMINARS

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Phase Transitions in Flatland: Order, Disorder and Defects in Block Copolymer Monolayers and Multilayers”

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, John Hopkins University.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2005 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allison Campbell, Pacific Northwest Lab.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana 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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University of Wisconsin-Madison. A TA position at the Molecular Structure Laboratory, Chemistry Department. A part-time appointment (16-20h a week, flexible schedule) is available at the Molecular Structure Laboratory starting January 2006. The successful candidate will be taught to run single crystal X-ray diffraction experiments, solve and refine crystal structures, and prepare crystallographic reports. This work will likely result in several scientific publications. A significant responsibility will be maintaining the in-house crystallographic database (PC/LINUX). Contact: Ilia Guzei, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Phone: 263-4694, e-mail: iguzei@chem.wisc.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California Sate University Northridge invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level effective August 2006. This position has been made available by the Teachers for a New Era (TNE) initiative at CSUN (see http://www.csun.edu/tne/). Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Education or Chemistry at the time of appointment and a demonstrated commitment to teacher education. Experience with K-12 science instruction and teacher preparation is desired. The successful candidate is expected to work with K-12 science teachers, engage in scholarly activity in chemistry pedagogy and teach introductory chemistry courses. Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a detailed statement of plans to achieve the TNE goals (see TNE website above) and three letters of recommendation sent directly by references. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated. Address correspondence to: Chair, TNE Hiring Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330-8262.

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Clark College, tenure-track faculty positions to serve a growing community in Vancouver Washington. Chemistry Instructors, Three positions. Chemistry instructors teach, develop and/or revise courses and laboratory experiments and actively participate in departmental decisions. Position 1 teaches allied health chemistry courses and acts as the departmental lead in support of the College’s allied health initiatives. Position 2 teaches organic and/or general chemistry and acts as a department lead in fostering outreach relationships and partnerships or on-line course teaching or development. Position 3 teaches general chemistry and develops non-majors science courses, and acts as a department lead in fostering outreach relationships and partnerships or on-line course teaching or development. The Clark College Chemistry department (www.clark.edu/chemistry) has an active faculty, with six tenure-track positions. Professional development activities by faculty include participation in regional chemistry teachers meetings, the American Chemical Society, and Sigma Xi. The department has an active student chemistry club which participates in campus activities and the Science Olympiad. The department serves allied health degree programs (nursing, dental hygiene), as well as science, pre-professional/medical, and pre-engineering majors. Offerings include preparatory courses, through an organic course for chemistry and science majors, and a variety of courses for non-science majors. Recent co-admission agreements with Oregon and Washington Universities allow easy transfer and the development of science articulation agreements. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in Chemistry, or Biochemistry, and teaching experience; A Master’s degree in Chemical Education will be considered if the applicant has college-level chemistry teaching experience; Willingness to teach evening/weekend courses, or at off campus sites on a rotating basis with colleagues. Application Process, Required Application Materials: Clark College Application for Faculty Positions: Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position; Current resume, including names of five references; Unofficial copy of all transcripts/certifications; Responses to the following questions: Applications without answers to the questions will not be considered. On separate sheets of paper, please answer the following questions. Both content and presentation will be evaluated. Other application materials do not substitute for answers to the questions: Describe your teaching philosophy; Describe strategies you have used to ensure your teaching is effective and students are succeeding; What have you done or would you like to do to increase educational outreach to ethnically and culturally diverse students?; Describe any special interest areas you have within your discipline. How do you keep current within your field of academic interest? Application materials may be obtained via the Website, www.clark.edu or by contacting: Clark College Human Resources, 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663-3598, (360) 992-2105; (360) 992-2317 TDD. For priority consideration, completed application materials should be received in Human Resources by 5 p.m., January 23, 2006.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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University of East Anglia. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Polymerisation Catalysis. Applications are invited for an industrial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship funded by Lanxess Inc. Canada (formerly Bayer Inc., Sarnia, Canada), one of the world’s leading manufacturers chemicals, plastics and rubber, including butyl rubber. The project is concerned with new catalyst systems for isobutylene-based polymers and the development of new polymer materials. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the industrial sponsor. The project requires expertise on inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry, a keen interest in polymer chemistry and materials, familiarity with modern spectroscopic methods, and an interest in mechanistic aspects and catalyst design. This position is available from 1 February 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be for one year in the first instance, with the possibility for extension. Salaries will be on the RA1A scale (£20,044 to £30,002). Application forms should be obtained from: the Personnel Office, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ (Internet: http://www.uea.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/ra/ra107.htm or e-mail: personnel@uea.ac.uk or answer phone: 01603 593493), to be returned by 6 January 2006. Applications should include a CV, publication list and the names and addresses of two referees. Informal enquiries should be addressed to: Professor M. Bochmann, School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK, fax (+44) 1603 592044, e-mail m.bochmann@uea.ac.uk. See also the following web pages: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~c203/MB%20Home.htm, and http://www.lanxess.com/lcs/en/index.php.

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