Chemistry Newsletter 2/13/2009

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XXXIII - No. 13 April 13th, 2009

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Ilia Guzei Receives a L&S Early Career Award
We’re delighted that Ilia Guzei, who manages our X-ray Crystallography Center, has been chosen as the recipient of the L&S Early Career Award. This is a highly competitive award, and is a strong recognition of Ilia's contributions to the Department and to the College. Please join us in congratulating Ilia!!
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry
April 21st, 2009
May 19th, 2009
Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130
April 14th, 2009
May 5th, 2009
May 12th, 2009
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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Xi Chen, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 - Organic MERCK Lecture, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helmut Schwarz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany. “Ligand and Cluster-size Effects in Metal-mediated Activation of Methane: A Cold Approach to a Hot Problem”
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malcolm Chisholm, The Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Timperman, West Virginia University.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2009 - Organic MERCK Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helmut Schwarz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany. “Keto-Enol Tautomerism: A 125 Year Old Story Revisited”
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor David Hsu, Department of Neurology, UW-Madison. “Zwanzig-Mori Projection Operators and EEG Dynamics: Deriving a Simple Equation of Motion”
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Department Colloquium - The Sixth Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dr. Helmut Schwarz, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, and President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. “From Bare FeO+ to Cytochrome P-450: New Insight in the Intriguing Mechanisms of C-H Bond Oxygenation”
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University. “Attochemistry”
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University. “Remembering Professor Bernstein”
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Maurice Brookhart, UNC Chapel Hill.
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer Brodbelt, University of Texas, Austin.
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.               
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Professor Xiaosong Li, University of Washington. “Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory - Ground State, Excited State, and Beyond”
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Roush, Scripps. “Recent Studies on the Development of New Methodology and the Synthesis of Natural Products”
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University. “Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Materials”
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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 - McElvain Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karl Wieghardt, Max Planck Institute. “Coordination Chemistry with Radicals: Where are the Valence Electrons?”
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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor E. Bryan Coughlin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Friday, May 1st, 2009 - PUI Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Lisa Gentile, University of Richmond. “The design of a First Year Quantitative Integrated Science/Math Course”
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Friday, May 1st, 2009 - WISELI Lecture on Women in Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lisa Gentile, University of Richmond. “Is an Academic Position at a Primary Undergraduate Institution the Right Choice for Me?”
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Monday, May 4 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University.
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Tuesday, May 5 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 - Inorganic & Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Mallouk, The Pennsylvania State University.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Turpin, Rutgers University.
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Friday, May 8th,  2009 - Special Analytical/Physical Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vy Maria Dong, University of Toronto.
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Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Babak Parviz, University of Washington, Seattle. “Engineering Self-Assembly Across the Size Scale for Building Functional Devices”
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Friday May 29th, 2009 - UW-Madison Chemistry Department - Larry Dahl Symposium, 11:00 a.m., Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Dahl.
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Saturday May 30th, 2009 - UW-Madison Chemistry Department - Larry Dahl Symposium, 9:00 a.m., Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Dahl.
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Harvard Junior Fellows Program
Students/Postdocs: We've received information from Harvard requesting nomination for the Harvard Junior Fellows Program. This program is targeted for students or postdocs and provides funding to study at Harvard free from other restrictions. If you or a student you know are interested, information is on the web at: http://www.socfell.fas.harvard.edu/about.htm or Phill Bloedow (business office) has hard-copy information.
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Departmental Poster Session
What: The GSFLC Departmental Poster Session.
When: Monday April 20th from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tong Auditorium in the Engineering Centers Building on the corner of Old University and Breese Terrace .
The Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee encourages all graduate student to consider presenting a poster. We also remind anyone who has received a Departmental Travel Grant within the last year, that giving a poster at this event is a condition of receiving that money. The event will be sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich in the form of food and beverages. Please email me at clipscomb@chem.wisc.edu if you are interested in giving a poster- or are giving one as part of the Travel Grant.
Thanks and hope to see all of you there! Corinne Lipscomb.
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GSFLC Mentor Awards
Is there someone who has helped you through difficult times in your graduate career? Have they dedicated a lot of time and energy to help you with your coursework, teaching, research project? Have they made a positive impact on your life as a scientist? If so, you should nominate them for the GSFLC Mentor Award. This award will be given at the Spring Department Awards Ceremony.
How to nominate your mentor:
Identify your mentor:
Any member of the chemistry department may be nominated (faculty, academic staff, post doc, fellow graduate student).
Write a nomination:
Write a letter explaining why the mentor should receive this award (using specific examples and demonstrating the individual’s level of involvement/influence is highly recommended).
Get a letter of support:
Find a colleague in chemistry to write letter of support (this is optional but strongly encouraged). This letter could come from a graduate student, academic staff, faculty, etc. attesting to the mentor’s character.
Submit them to the GSFLC:
Letters of recommendation and support are due in the GSFLC Mailbox by Thursday April 23rd.
See your mentor win!
Award winner will be announced at the May 8th Department Awards Ceremony.
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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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Postdoctoral Position in Synthetic Chemistry/Molecular Biology. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Center for Oxygen Microscopy and Imaging at the University of Aarhus. A key aspect of our program involves the study of reactive oxygen species, particularly singlet molecular oxygen, at the single cell level. One goal of this program is to better understand mechanisms of singlet-oxygen-induced cell death. Much of this work involves the development and use of sensitizers and/or probe molecules that can be incorporated into cells in different ways. To this end, we have current need for someone with the interest and expertise to synthesize organic and bio-organic molecules that will be used in optical experiments to probe the intracellular behavior of singlet oxygen. Applicants should have a strong background in standard organic and bio-organic synthetic procedures. Although experience with (a) the preparation and handling of biological samples and (b) issues pertinent to the sub-cellular localization of a non-endogenous molecule could be advantageous, we offer the qualified synthetic chemist an opportunity to learn the pertinent skills and information. The ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team is required. In turn, the successful applicant will participate in a facile iterative process wherein molecules that have been synthesized will be rapidly tested in in-house intracellular experiments. The application should consist of a CV, a description of scientific accomplishments, a publications list, and the names and e-mail addresses of people who can provide a letter of reference. This material should be submitted, preferably via e-mail, to: Peter R. Ogilby, Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Århus, Denmark, e-mail: progilby@chem.au.dk. Center for Oxygen Microscopy and Imaging, Department of Chemistry and Department of Physiology, University of Aarhus, Århus, Denmark, http://www.chem.au.dk/~comi/.
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