Chemistry Newsletter for 4/12/2010

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XXXIV - No. 18 April 12th, 2010

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Chemistry Teaching Assistant Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Chemistry Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards: Teresa Beary, Lauren Buchanan, Alex Clemens, Kelly Jetzer, Jennifer Laaser, Kelsey Mayer, Lianne Schroeder, Justin Shorb, and Aaron Smith. These TAs and FAs are selected based on excellent evaluations from faculty, staff and students. They will be honored at the Excellence in Teaching Award Symposium held Friday, April 16, at 3:30 in Room 1315, where Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa will receive the James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. Please join in congratulating all these fine educators.

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A Conversation with Dava Sobel: The Opportunities, Challenges, and Rewards of Science Writing

The Women in Science Program of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy invites you to an informal conversation with award-wining science writer and author Dava Sobel from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 19 in the 9th floor Lounge. For more information, see poster at end of the newsletter.

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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

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

April 13th, 2010 May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State. "Structure-based Design of Artificial Lectins"

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado. "Controlling Excited-State Energy Conversion in Metal Complexes and Solar-Cell Materials through Phase-Shaping and Molecular Structure"

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Milstein, Weizmann Institute, Israel.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University. "Oxides, Graphene and Their Composites for Li-Ion Batteries and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 MS&E building. Jacob L. Jones, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. "Piezoelectricity in Polycrystalline Ceramics: Invalidating Commonly Held Assumptions"

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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University. "Quantum Origin of Anomalous Isotope Effect in Ozone Formation"

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara. "Simulations of Protein Aggregation in the Cellular Milieu"

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Vanderwal, University of California-Irvine.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"

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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susannah Scott, UC Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland. "Quantum Entanglement and Born-Oppenheimer Breakdown in Chemical Reactions"

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Brunold, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.

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Monday, May 10th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Yi Qin Gao, Texas A & M Uiversity and Peking University. "The Effect of Cosolvents on Aqueous Systems and Protein Solvation."

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Wednesday, May 12th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.

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Thursday, May 13th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - Lilly Young Investigator Lecture in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobias Ritter, Harvard University.

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Chemistry Camps

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) offers a summer afternoon laboratory program in chemistry for middle school students entering grades 5-8.  Chemistry Camps are designed to stimulate scientific curiosity through demonstrations, experiments, and other hands-on activities.

Three different camp themes will be offered this year.  Two separate sessions of Fun with Chemistry will be offered: July 12-16 or July 19-23. Fun with Inventions will be offered July 26-30. Fun with Food Chemistry will be held August 2-6.  Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 1:15-4:30 pm.  The cost for each one-week session is $130.

Information and a registration form are available online at: http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/Camps.html.

For additional information, contact Sandy Walejko, 1305 Chemistry Bldg., 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608/262-3033; fax: 608/265-8094; email: ice@chem.wisc.edu.

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U.S. Department of health and Human Services, national Institutes of Health. Cancer, genetics, and signaling (cgs) fellows program National Cancer Institute at Frederick. The Cancer, Genetics, and Signaling (CGS) Group at the National Cancer Institute-Frederick (NCI-Frederick) offers a new, highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship award focusing on molecular and genetic aspects of cancer. The CGS group is highly interactive and multidisciplinary and includes 23 principal investigators from 5 departments: Cancer and  Developmental Biology, Cancer Prevention, Cell and Developmental Signaling, Protein Dynamics and Signaling, and the Mouse Cancer Genetics Program. Fields of research range from identification and characterization of novel oncogenes and tumor suppressors to the control of cell proliferation and survival, epigenetics, transcriptional and translational regulation, signal transduction, mouse models of cancer and development, normal and cancer stem cells, and translational studies in preclinical models. For more detailed descriptions of the research interests of participating faculty members and instructions for applying to the program, please go to: http://ccr.cancer.gov/careers/cgsfp/. The CGS Fellows Program is designed to attract and train exceptional postdoctoral fellows interested in independent research career tracks. Positions are internally funded; however, trainees will be encouraged to apply for outside funding such as postdoctoral training and transition grants (e.g., K99, K22). Fellows will participate in a structured mentoring program focused on scientific and career development and transition to independent positions. Supplemental funds for travel to scientific meetings will also be provided. The CGS Fellows Program features weekly laboratory meetings, a "Distinguished Scientist" seminar series and a rich research environment. Investigators in this Program have a strong history of placing our postdoctoral fellows in tenure-track assistant professor positions or equivalent positions of leadership. The NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) campus in Frederick, Maryland offers state-of-the-art mouse genetics and proteomics core facilities as well as drug discovery, structural biology, and other advanced technologies and was named by The Scientist as one of the "Best Places to Train". Applications are reviewed and candidates selected for the program bi-annually, in the Spring and Autumn of each year. The application deadline for the upcoming Spring 2010 recruitment is April 23, 2010. A small group (8-10) of selected applicants will be invited to interview with potential mentors at NCI-Frederick on May 25, 2010.

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GSFLC Mentor Award

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. Nominating your Mentor!! Any member of the chemistry department may be nominated (faculty, academic staff, post doc, fellow graduate student). Needed: Letter from nominator explaining why the mentor should receive this award. Specific examples demonstrating the individual's level of involvement/influence are highly recommended. Suggested: A letter of support from a colleague in chemistry is optional, but strongly encouraged. This letter could come from a graduate student, academic staff, faculty, etc. attesting to the mentor's character. Letters of recommendation are due in the GSFLC Mailbox by Monday April 26th - Award winner will be announced at the Friday, April 30th Department Awards Ceremony.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County and the University of Wisconsin Colleges Chemistry Department invite applications for a part-time instructor (rank of Associate Lecturer, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer depending on educational background and experience) for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. Position/Course Descriptions: Fall 2010 (10.8 contact hours). Teach one section of CHE 125 lecture, discussion, and laboratory; Teach one section of CHE 145 laboratory. CHE 125-Introductory Chemistry (NS/LS). A one-semester introductory course in college chemistry including an introduction to organic chemistry.  Consists of lectures, discussions, and laboratories.  Primarily for students whose programs require only CHE 125 or CHE 125   CHE 203 combination. Recommended:  demonstrated competency at MAT 105 level or concurrent MAT 105 registration. Lecture/discussion meets:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-10:50 am.  Lab meets: Tuesday 2:00-4:50 pm. CHE 145-General Chemistry I (NS/LS). The first semester of a one-year course in college chemistry. Consists of lectures, discussions, and laboratories. For students whose programs require a year of college chemistry or who plan to take advanced courses in chemistry. Prerequisite: demonstrated competency at MAT 110 level or concurrent MAT 110 registration. Lab meets: Wednesday or Thursday 2:00-4:50 pm. Spring 2011 (9.8 contact hours). Teach one section of CHE 123 lecture, Teach two sections of CHE 155 laboratory. CHE 123-Chemistry and Society (NS) A course for non-science majors that covers basic chemistry concepts in a social context. May include explorations of how chemistry impacts the environment, public health, energy policies, and other contemporary social issues. Consists of lectures and may also include discussions and demonstrations. Not a suitable prerequisite for higher-level chemistry courses or pre-professional programs. Lecture meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-1:50 pm. CHE 155-General Chemistry II (NS/LS). The second semester of a one-year course in college chemistry. Consists of lectures, discussions, and laboratories. For students whose programs require a year of college chemistry or who plan to take further courses in chemistry. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in CHE 145 and demonstrated competency at the MAT 110 level or consent of instructor.  Lab meets: Wednesday 2:00-4:50 pm and Thursday 2:00-4:50 pm. Qualifications: Candidate should have at least a Master's of Science degree in Chemistry or a very closely related discipline. Teaching experience at the university level is strongly desired. Contact starts on August 26, 2010  and classes begin on September 2, 2010 . Review of applications and interviews of qualified candidates will begin on May 3, 2010, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials electronically, via email, to Associate Dean Ken Grant at: kenneth.grant@uwc.edu, with CHEMISTRY in the subject line. Short letter of application; Curriculum vitae; Listing of courses previous taught; Names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references. At least one reference must be familiar with your teaching; Copies of university transcripts; A statement of whether the applicant wishes to have the application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. If requested, confidentiality of an application can be maintained until an applicant is deemed a finalist in the search. For further information, contact Dr. Ken Grant, Associate Dean, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County kenneth.grant@uwc.edu  or 608.355.5226. Employment will require a criminal background check.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Temporary Instructor (Job requisition # 165650), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, Duluth. The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, http://www.d.umn.edu/chem, is seeking a part-time temporary instructor for summer 2010. Teaching undergrad chemistry lecture and laboratory course in quantitative analysis (May 17 - July 1, 2010). Supervising teaching assistants. Appointments dates are 5/10/10 through 7/4/10. Good communication skills as they pertain to teaching and advising; MS in Chemistry or closely related field; one or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience; experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibilities, (e.g., teaching assistants). Completed application will be reviewed beginning April 16th, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website: https://employment.umn.edu, using job requisition # 165650. The application will consist of the electronic form plus the following materials, which may be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair or attached electronically; Letter of application (with current email address and telephone number); curriculum vitae; undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); description of teaching experience with emphasis on chemistry lecture and lab courses you have taught; and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to: Dr. Paul Kiprof, Search Committee chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1039 University Drive, 246 Chem, Duluth, MN 55812, fax: 218-726-7394, email: pkiprof@d.umn.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Multiple openings for skilled post-doctoral fellows in two research areas: Natural Product Analog Synthesis and the Molecular Biology/Biochemistry of RNA Department Polymerase. Positions open: July 1st, 2010.

Synthetic Organic Chemist. Requisition # F6567. A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Thomas R. Webb, Ph.D. Department of Chemical Biology & Therapeutics. Their research focuses on multi-step synthetic organic chemistry in the area of medicinal chemistry. This project is directed towards the synthesis of new modulators of the spliceosome, which has recently been identified as an important new cancer target. The synthetic analogs are novel anti-cancer lead compounds based on the consensus pharmacophore derived from the natural products FR901464 and pladienolide. Participants in this project will be involved in an exciting multidisciplinary project involving numerous experts in oncology, pharmacology, structural biology and drug design. Background in multi-step organic synthesis, natural product synthesis is required. Experience in application of cutting edge organic synthesis to drug discovery and a passion for working in a dynamic multidisiplinary department is desired.

Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Virology. Requisition # F6568. Postdoctoral positions are available in the Department of Chemical Biology & Therapeutics. Their research focuses on the biochemistry of influenza RNA dependent RNA polymerase inhibitors for a collaborative therapeutic lead discovery project between laboratories of Dr. Richard Webby and Dr. Thomas R. Webb. This project is directed towards the synthesis, biochemical characterization and optimization of novel inhibitors of RNA dependent RNA polymerase inhibitors, via the screening of polymerase targeted libraries designed by the Webb laboratory in collaboration with the Webby virology group. Background in molecular biology or biochemistry with experience in functional protein isolation and the implementation of existing assays is required. Experience/interest in application of cutting edge molecular biology, biochemistry, and virology to drug discovery and a passion for working in a dynamic multidisciplinary department is desired.

Contact: Thoomas R. Webb, Ph.D., Member, Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, Director, High Throughput Chemistry, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-2794, Fax: 901-595-5715, e-mail: thomas.webb@stjude.org.

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thanks.

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