Chemistry Newsletter - 12/18/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 43 December 18th, 2006

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Once upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri TV Times

Once upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri will air on Wisconsin Public Television:

Friday, December 22nd, at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 24th, at 8:00 a.m.; and Monday, December 25th, at 10:00 a.m. Check local PBS listings for date and telecast times elsewhere around the country.

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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, 1/02/2007. 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

12/19/2006

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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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. “Better Living Through Biosensors”

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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. “Matrix: Dynamics of Fluid in Disordered Materials”

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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 - Second Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 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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Recent Publications

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The temperature dependence of salt-protein association is sequence specific.

Ma, L; Cui, Q*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 45 (48): 14466-14472 DEC 5 2006.

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Interpreting correlated motions using normal mode analysis.

Van Wynsberghe, AW; Cui, Q*.

STRUCTURE 14 (11): 1647-1653 NOV 2006.

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Implicit and explicit solvent models for the simulation of dilute polymer solutions.

Reddy, G; Yethiraj, A*.

MACROMOLECULES 39 (24): 8536-8542 NOV 28 2006.

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A new model for transitioning students from the undergraduate teaching laboratory to the research laboratory - The evolution of an intermediate organic synthesis laboratory course.

Hollenbeck, JJ; Wixson, EN; Geske, GD; Dodge, MW; Tseng, TA; Clauss, AD*; Blackwell, HE*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 83 (12): 1835-1843 DEC 2006.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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Chairs of Social, Physical and Biological Science Departments

The Graduate School will conduct an internal competition for the National Science Foundation-Informal Science Education (NSF-ISE) program. The program supports projects designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), targeting either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. It promotes public engagement with and understanding of STEM through such means as exhibitions, media projects, and educational programs in such settings as museums, theaters, television and radio networks, zoos, arboretums, libraries, and many other settings. Please see the Graduate School web site for additional information and deadlines. Web Address: http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/institutionalnom.html.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Array Biopharma. Medicinal Chemists - B.S. to Ph.D. (all levels). Location: Boulder/Longmont. We have several opportunities available in our medicinal chemistry department. Ideal candidates will have relevant experience in multi-step organic synthesis, chromatographic purification techniques, and the spectroscopic characterization of compounds. Scientific excellence, the ability to work within a team, and strong interpersonal skills are critical. In addition, productivity, as evidenced by patents and publications, is also highly desirable. Array BioPharma is a drug discovery company creating new small molecule drug candidates through the integration of chemistry, biology and informatics. Our experienced scientists utilize a comprehensive set of drug discovery technologies, which we call the Array Discovery Platform, to invent drugs for our own pipeline of proprietary drug candidates and in collaboration with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. We are located in state-of-the-art facilities in Boulder and Longmont, CO, a gateway community to the Rocky Mountains, providing a high quality of life. Please go to http://www.arraybiopharma.com to learn more about our organization. We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, company ownership, comprehensive benefits and the opportunity to be part of a growing team of experienced scientists who want to revolutionize drug discovery. Array is an equal opportunity employer and drug free workplace. We welcome resumes from all qualified candidates via email at: hr@arraybiopharma.com. Please reference the Job Code: “WISC-CHEM” in your cover letter or email subject line.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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California State University, Chico. One-Year Full-Time Temporary Analytical or Physical, Chemistry Faculty Position, Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at California State University, Chico, is seeking to fill a full-time, temporary analytical or physical chemistry faculty position for the 2007-08 academic year starting on August 16, 2007. As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. Ph.D. in Analytical or Physical Chemistry by no later than the Fall 2007 appointment date. Demonstrated experience with a wide variety of instrumentation. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. Teaching experience in university-level chemistry courses. Potential for excellence in professional development. Teach Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis, lecture and lab. Participate in instruction of the Integrated Laboratory Teach general chemistry courses, major or non-major, lecture or lab. Rank: Lecturer B. Salary: $45,156 - $56,928 per academic year, based on qualifications and experience. Closing Date: Review will begin February 6, 2007. Applications completed after that date may be considered. Applicants must submit a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation to: Dr. Don Alger, Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0210, Phone: 530-898-5259, TDD 530-898-4666, Email: dalger@csuchico.edu. For more information about the university, college, and department, you may visit our website at: http://www.csuchico.edu/. An annual security report disclosing crime statistics for California State University, Chico can be obtained by contacting the Chico State University Police Department (530-898-5372) or by accessing the following website: http://www.csuchico.edu/up/html/jeanne_clery.html. For disability-related accommodations, call 530-898-6192 or TDD 530-898-4666.

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The University of North Alabama (UNA) is accepting applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene beginning August, 2007 or January, 2008. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry with postdoctoral experience preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lectures and laboratories in undergraduate instrumental analysis/chemical instrumentation and general or introductory chemistry with corresponding laboratories. Available instrumentation includes UV-vis, FTIR, 300-MHz NMR, AAS, HPLC, IC, and GC-MS. Experience in maintaining instrumentation is expected. UNA is a fully accredited comprehensive regional university with four major colleges - arts and sciences, business, education, and nursing and allied health. The Department offers an ACS-certified chemistry major. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and is expected to participate in college service and student advisement. A research program appropriate to an undergraduate institution is strongly encouraged. Salary is commensurate with degree, rank and experience. In hard copy only, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts required before hiring), and three letters of reference to: Ms. Catherine White, Director of Human Resources & Affirmative Action, University of North Alabama, Box 5043, Florence, AL 35632-0001. Review of application material will begin mid-January and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta. Assistant Professor Christopher Cairo is writing for your assistance in identifying outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral research position in his laboratory. He is interested in developing new synthetic reagents for observing cell surface glycans by single molecule fluorescence micrscopy. Projects will involve the design, testing, and application of new reagents targeted at receptors which perform catalytic reactions at the plasma membrane. The goal of these studies will be to observe the activity of these important enzymes in vivo. The candidate will have an exceptional opportunity to apply synthetic methodologies to new questions in chemical biology - and will gain experience in carbohydrate synthesis, cell biology, and biophysics. As a member of the laboratory, the candidate will be part of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science (AICCS, http://www.aiccs.com). The centre is a premiere environment in which to pursue research in the field of glycobiology and carbohydrate chemistry. Membersn participate in regular meetings of researchers from the centre during the course of the semester. Centre members also have the opportunity to participate in our annual meeting which features international researchers in the field. In addition to these benefits, the centre has many active collaborations between the laboratories within the AICCS. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta is an outstanding environment for pursuing chemical research (http://www.chem.ualberta.ca). Students and fellows in the department have access to world-class facilities, including high field NMR (300, 3x400, 2x500, 600 MHz, nmr.chem.ualberta.ca), mass spectrometry (including MALDI and LC/MS/MS), biological services, and computational facilities. The faculty currently has 36 members, with 11 members in the Organic Division. This is an outstanding opportunity for motivated fellows with a background in Chemical Biology that wish to expand their expertse in cell biology, single molecule biophysics, or enzymology. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a copy of their CV, a research summary, and at least two letters of reference to me at: Christopher W. Cairo, Assistant Professor, E3-52 Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre, Tel: 780-492-0377, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2G2, Fax: 780-492-8231,web: http://www.chem.ualberta.ca.

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