Chemistry Newsletter for 4/18/2011

bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 14 April 18th, 2011

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Some Sad News
Dianne K. Mitchell, age 55, of DeForest, WI, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011 after struggling for many years with several health issues. She was born March 25, 1956 in Beloit, WI to Kenneth and Delores Mitchell. Dianne worked for the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 30 years. Dianne was the first and only one of her siblings to earn a Bachelor's Degree (History) at UW-Madison. She loved reading and all things cats. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. always remembering special days in their lives. Survivors include seven siblings, Gary (Shari Cohn) of Madison, Robert, Karen Hinickle and Kathy of Deforest, David (Elizabeth) of Madison, Judy Smith of Deforest and Susan (Frank) Connor of Madison; Nieces and Nephews, Lars, Havah, Nicole, Kelly, Becky, Amy (Nate) Venckus, Micheal (Julie) Smith and Angela; and Great Nephews and Nieces, Maven, Brandon, Kalli, Abby and Jaden. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Jason Hinickle. There will be a Celebration of Dianne's life on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 beginning at 10 AM with visitation until beginning of services at 11 AM at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5202 Cottage Grove Road. Pastor Jeff Vanden Huevel officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Dianne's name to the Humane Society or Hospice Care.
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Partners in Giving - Special Events Award
We are proud to announce that the Department of Chemistry has won the Partners in Giving - Special Events Award; only two are given to the entire  university.  There will be an awards ceremony on August 25th, 2011 where the committee will accept the plaque.  I want to personally thank the committee members: Bruce Goldade, Sue Martin-Zernicke, Jeff Burkett, Cheri Stephens, Ieva Reich, Rosana Pérez- Ellmann.
We also want to thank Matt Sanders for nominating the committee. This special event earned $2997.00. Thank you to all of you that participated in the Silent Auction, and the great concert.
Great job everyone! Kristi Heming.
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Mary Beth Anzovino is a Letters & Science Teaching Fellow
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that grad student Mary Beth Anzovino has been selected as a 2011 L&S Teaching Fellow.  Mary Beth will present talks about what it's like to be a Teaching Assistant at the Fall 2011 training sessions for new TAs. Congratulations Mary Beth!
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 3rd, 2011

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

April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011

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SEMINARS
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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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Thursday, April 21st, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering Building. Oleg D. Lavrentovich, Liquid Crystal Institute and Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University. "Statics and Dynamics of Colloidal Particles in Liquid Crystals"
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Jennifer Jackowski, ECT Graduate Student. "Bilayer, Ceramic Membranes for Nanofiltration"
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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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Ph.D. Scholarship in Physical-Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of nanomaterials by  ultrashort laser ablation, functionalization/drug delivery in Nanomedicine.
ANR LASERNANOBIO: Due to new properties and superior characteristics compared to classical organics components, newly emerging inorganic/organic nanomaterials promise the advancement of many important applications in life sciences and medicine, including biological sensing, imaging and therapeutics. We recently introduced several new laser-assisted methodologies for the synthesis of nanomaterials. In particular, the method of femtosecond laser ablation in aqueous biocompatible solutions was developed as a "green" method to synthesize colloidal nanomaterials with unique properties, not reproducible by any chemical or other route, including (a) variable size (down to 1 nm) and very weak size dispersion without using surfactants or any other toxic reducers (b) unique surface chemistry; (c) absence of toxicity as a consequence of nanoparticle synthesis in aqueous biocompatible environment (deionized water, PBS); (d) possibility of nanoparticle functionalization during the synthesis process; (d) bare, non-contaminated surface when synthesized in pure water (uniqueness for Raman or CARS amplifications). This ANR Ph.D. project addresses the continuation of the development of laser-assisted methods and organic chemical functionalization for nanofabrication in nanomedicine. In particular, activities of thisproject imply the improvement of our knowledge of the mechanisms of material ejection and nanocluster growth  during ultrashort laser ablation in order to optimize parameters of produced colloidal nanoparticles (Si, Au, Ag etc.) and complex structures (alloys, core-shells). Particular attention will be given to surface chemistry of produced nanoparticles. It is implied that various bioactive dendrimers, polymers and other compounds will be used to modify and to functionalize the nanoparticle. After characterization by various methods (TEM, fluorescence, Raman etc.) and chemical tests, laser-synthesized nanomaterials will be used in biological sensing, imaging and therapeutics applications toward anticancer studies. The proposed research will be performed at LP3 Laboratory (UMR 6182 CNRS, www.1p3.univ-mrs.fr), which is one of 17 European infrastructures for laser micro and nanotechnologies with major activities focused on the development of photonics methods and devices to study laser-matter interactions, laser processing, biophotonics and nano-biophotonics, and in the Interdisciplinary Center on Nanoscience at Marseille (CINaM, Marseille), in a collaboration with the School of Pharmacy of Marseille and International research centers (SUNY at Buffalo, USA; Friedrich-Alexander Universitat ErlangenNurnberg, Allemagne, etc.). Project start: June-July 2011. Chemist with expertise in surface, physical-organic chemistry. Please send your CV together with a letter of motivation, list of notes during Bachelor and Master Studies, and at least 2 Reference names (or recommendations) to: Marc GINGRAS (Professor, Tel. (+33) 491829155; Email: marc.gingras@univmed.fr) and Andrei V. KABASHIN (CNRS Research Director, Tel: (+33)491829383; Email: kabashin@1p3.univmrs.fr).
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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 Forensics Science will be offered: June 27-July 1 or July 11-July 15. Fun with Inventions will be offered July 18-22. Fun with Chemistry will be held July 25-July 29.  Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 1:15-4:30 pm. The cost for each one-week session is $160. An optional late (5:30 pm) pick-up is available for an additional $30/week.
Information and registration instructions 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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Design and Synthesis of a Fluorescently End-Labeled Poly(beta-amino ester): Application to the Characterization of Degradable Polyelectrolyte Multilayers.
Bechler, SL; Lynn, DM*.
JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY 49 (7): 1572-1581 APR 1 2011.
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A Student-Made Microfluidic Device for Electrophoretic Separation of Food Dyes.
Teerasong, S; McClain, RL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 88 (4): 465-467 APR 2011.
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Interfacial Acid Dissociation and Proton Exchange Following Collisions of DCl with Salty Glycerol and Salty Water.
Dempsey, LP; Brastad, SM; Nathanson, GM*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 2 (6): 622-627 MAR 17 2011.
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Conversion of Fructose into 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural in Sulfolane.
Caes, BR; Raines, RT*.
CHEMSUSCHEM 4 (3): 353-356 2011.
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Development and Validation of Transferable Amide I Vibrational Frequency Maps for Peptides.
Wang, L; Middleton, CT; Zanni, MT*; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 115 (13): 3713-3724 APR 7 2011.
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Improvement of the Enediyne Antitumor Antibiotic C-1027 Production by Manipulating Its Biosynthetic Pathway Regulation in Streptomyces globisporus.
Chen, YH; Yin, M; Horsman, GP; Shen, B*.
JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS 74 (3): 420-424 MAR 2011.
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Comparative Analysis of the Biosynthetic Gene Clusters and Pathways for Three Structurally Related Antitumor Antibiotics: Bleomycin, Tallysomycin, and Zorbamycin.
Galm, U; Wendt-Pienkowski, E; Wang, LY; Huang, SX; Unsin, C; Tao, MF; Coughlin, JM; Shen, B*.
JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS 74 (3): 526-536 MAR 2011.
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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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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Centre Interdisciplinaire De Nanoscince De Marseille. One CNRS Postdoctoral Research Position in Organic Synthesis, Immediately Available. A CNRS postdoctoral research position is immediately available in organic chemistry at Marseille in France, for a minimum period of 12 months (CDD) with a possible contract extension. 1) Priority given in organic synthesis and synthetic methodology ; 2) Secondary priority in chemical biology. 12 months (CDD) or more. Excellent salary and work environment. The candidate will be part of an organic chemistry team working at the CNRS research unit CINaM (UPR CNRS 3118) in Marseille, France. The team is mainly engaged in organic synthesis, but also at the interface of chemical biology and nanomedicine. The candidates should be creative and have a strong expertise in multi-step organic synthesis and in synthetic methodology. The construction of novel drug delivery devices (nanoparticle drug-conjugates) at the nanoscale level and the characterization of complex bioactive dendrimers will be needed to target cancer. An additional expertise in nanosciences, surface chemistry and enzymatic degradation would be a plus. The work will be achieved in a collaborative efforts with other CNRS researchers and students, 2 major CNRS research units in France and many other international research centers. A direct collaboration with our ANR partners in the fields of pharmacy and laser ablation/functionalization chemistry is expected. Please send e-mail, CV, 3 letters of recommendation and an abstract of PhD thesis to: Marc Gingras, Professor and coordinator, CNRS, UPR 3118 CINAM, 163 Ave. Luminy, 13288 Marseille, France, Tel/Fax: (+33) (0)491829155, e-mail: marc.gingras@univmed.fr.
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Centre Interdisciplinaire De Nanoscince De Marseille. Two CNRS Postdoctoral Research Positions in Organic Synthesis. Immediately Available. Two CNRS postdoctoral research positions are immediately available in organic chemistry at Marseille in France, for a minimum period of 12 months each (CDD) with a possible contract exension. 1) Priority in organic synthesis and synthetic methodology ; 2) Secondary priority in chemical biology. 12 months (CDD) or more. Excellent salary and work environment. The candidate will be part of an organic chemistry team working at the CNRS research unit CINaM (UPR CNRS 3118) in Marseille, France. The team is mainly engaged in organic synthesis, but also at the interface of chemical biology. The candidates should be creative and have a strong expertise in multi-step organic synthesis and in synthetic methodology. The construction and the characterization of complex molecular structures and dendrimers involving carbohydrate chemistry will be needed. An additional expertise in biosensing and optical properties would be a plus. The work will be achieved in a collaborative efforts with other CNRS researchers and students, 4 major CNRS research units in France and many other research centers in Canada (Montreal), Italy and USA. Lectin-carbohydrate interaction studies with taylormade glycosylated ligands will be investigated (lectins are proteins binding to specific carbohydrate residues). Please send e-mail, CV, 3 letters of recommendation and an abstract of PhD thesis to: Marc Gingras, Professor and coordinator, CNRS, UPR 3118 CINAM, 163 Ave. Luminy, 13288 Marseille, France, Tel/Fax: (+33) (0)491829155, e-mail: marc.gingras@univmed.fr.
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A PHD scholarship might become available in organic chemistry and chemical biology at Aix-Marseille 2 university, Marseille, France. We are currently looking for excellent PhD candidates for a possible interdisciplinary scholarship in organic chemistry, at the interface of chemical-biology and pharmacy. Beginning October 1st 2011. Research Profile: Chemist with a strong expertise in organic chemistry, chemical biology with a strong interest in pharmacy. Research group of Pr. Marc Gingras. CNRS research unit: UPR CNRS 3118 CINAM, Marseille, France. Research Project: Organic Synthesis of Dendrimer-Drug Conjugates with Some Applications in Drug Delivery and Studies in the Pharmacological Sciences of Cancer Therapy. Please send e-mail now, your CV, a letter of motivation, transcripts of Master and undergraduate studies, at least 2 letters of recommendations and a Master thesis abstract to: Marc Gingras, Professor, Head of the Chemistry Department UPR CNRS 3118 CINAM, 163 Avenue de Luminy, 13288 Marseille, France, Tel./Fax: (+33) 491829155, Email: marc.gingras@univmed.fr.
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