Chemistry Newsletter for 3/7/2010

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XXXV - No. 9 March 7th, 2011

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Laura Kiessling & Allen Clauss Win the James Taylor Excellence in Teaching Awards
We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. This year's winners are Professor Laura Kiessling and Dr. Allen Clauss.  The Taylor Teaching Award was endowed by Pharmacia due to the efforts of, and to honor, emeritus Professor James Taylor of the Chemistry Department.  Jim and our Chair, Professor Jim Weisshaar, interrupted classes to make the announcements.  Each recipient will present a short talk about their teaching philosophy at the Teaching Excellence Symposium held later this Spring. Congratulations Laura and Allen!!
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Assistant Professor Randy Goldsmith Joins the Chemistry Department
We're delighted to report that Randy Goldsmith will be joining us as an Assistant Professor this fall. If you want to send him a welcome email, Randy's address is: rhg@stanford.edu or rhg@chem.wisc.edu. Hello and Welcome Randy!!
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Some Sad News
Karen A. Rulland, age 70, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at UW Hospital in Madison. She was born on Jan. 10, 1941, in Rhinelander, the daughter of Sigmund and Helene (Angell) Rulland. The family moved to Waupun in 1951. Karen graduated from Waupun High School in 1959. She then moved to Madison where she graduated from Madison Business College. Karen worked for the University of Wisconsin Chemistry Department until she retired in 2000. All at the Chemistry Department offers their condolences to Karen Rulland's family.
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Chad Skemp Starts in the Business Office
Please welcome Chad Skemp back to the Chemistry Department! Chad will be part of our purchasing team, working with Reba Ames.  He is located in room 1123. Chad was a Limited Term Employee in the purchasing area, almost two years ago.  He did a great job then and moved on to a permanent position at the Bursar's office.  We are very happy to have him back at Chemistry. Chad will be responsible for Sigma and MDS orders. He will also be the primary contact for E-reimbursements.  It will take a few weeks before Chad is fully up to speed with his new responsibilities. In the mean time, please feel free to direct your questions to Reba.  In addition, Reba is our new delegated purchasing agent.  She is the person to contact for complex orders or any orders over $5,000. Reba will also be the back up for E-reimbursement. Welcome back Chad!!
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Charlie Fry Wins the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research: Critical Research Support
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Charlie Fry has received the Chancellor's Award for  Excellence in Research: Critical Research Support. Only one award is given in this category each year; nominees are UW-Madison Academic Staff.  This is another reminder of the high quality of staff we have the good fortune to have as colleagues in the Chemistry Department!  Congratulations Charlie!
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Dianne Mitchell Has Retired
After almost exactly 30 years working for the Department of Chemistry, Dianne Mitchell has decided to retire, take care of her health and spend time with her family. We have been very lucky to have Dianne's dedication and eternal optimism in our business office and in our department.  We will miss her up-beat nature, her expertise and her candy dish! Many of you know that Dianne has been out on medical leave for several months. She is feeling more rested but Dianne has decided that she is not well enough to return to Chemistry for a retirement party. As a result, we will be putting together a video of favorite stories, good wishes and pictures from her time in Chemistry.  More information on this project will be coming soon. In the meantime, if anyone would like to send a personal message to Dianne, she prefers to communicate via facebook.
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NEWSLETTER OFF NEXT WEEK
The Chemistry Newsletter will be on Spring break next week. The newsletter will be published again on March 21st, 2011. Thanks. Bruce Goldade.
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 22nd, 2011 April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011

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

March 15th, 2011 April 5th, 2011 April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bradley Nilsson, University of Rochester. "Peptide Self-Assembly: Pathological Amyloid to Engineered Biomaterials"
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Thursday, March 10th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 of the Materials Science and Engineering building at 1509 University Avenue. Wei You, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Molecular Engineering of Conjugated Polymers to Reach Higher Efficiency "Plastic" Solar Cells"
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 24th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Younan Xia, Washington University, St. Louis.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2011 - Analytical/Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Monday, April 11th, 2011 - Ferry Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Thursday, April 13th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Thursday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 - Analytical/Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Thursday, April 28th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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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 Research Associate Position Available. Professor Timothy Clark in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego is seeking a post-doctoral research associate. The position is for a multi-dimensional post-doctoral research associate, which includes research in the area of organic/organometallic chemistry, supervising undergraduate research students, and teaching one course per year in chemistry. This position is ideal for someone who will be seeking a tenure-track position at a predominantly undergraduate institution. The position will begin on, or after, July 1, 2011 with a salary of $37,000 + fringe benefits. The University of San Diego is a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution that balances an emphasis of teaching and undergraduate research and has a track record of success in placing post-doctoral research associates into faculty positions at PUIs. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego, an Independent Catholic university, is housed in a 150,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary science facility boasting over $3 million in instrumentation and equipment.  Http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/chemistry. Professor Clark is moving his established research program to the University of San Diego beginning July 1, 2011. For more information on his area of research, contact him directly or visit his current website at: http://chem.wwu.edu/dept/facstaff/clark/clark.shtml. Please send application materials (CV, brief research summary, teaching philosophy, and at least one recommendation letter) to: clarkt@sandiego.edu. For full consideration, send your application materials by March 31, 2011. Applications received after March 31, 2011 will be reviewed until the position is filled.
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