Chemistry Newsletter for 4/26/2010

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XXXIV - No. 20 April 26th, 2010

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Some Sad News
Mike McCoy, a 2nd-year graduate student in the Hamers group, suffered a heart attack while jogging on Tuesday morning, and died Saturday. A memorial service was held in the Department on Sunday. We extend our condolences to Mike's family, Bill, Sue and Chris McCoy, and to the many friends Mike had in the Chemistry Department and beyond. To honor Mike, we are accepting donations for a memorial fund to be used to recognize students in the Materials Chemistry program who best exemplified Mike's love of life, his love of people, and his love of chemistry. Donations may be made to Dennis Reece in the administrative office; checks should be made out to "UW Foundation", with "Mike McCoy Fund" on the memo line.
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Martin Zanni Wins a NIDDK 60th Anniversary Early Career Investigator/Scholar Award
Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Martin Zanni on winning an NIDDK 60th Anniversary Early Career Investigator/Scholar Award from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. These awards are being given on the 60th anniversary of the NIDDK to recognize scientists whose work exemplifies excellence in medical research funded or supported by the NIDDK. The award includes a presentation at a symposium in Washington, DC and a plaque. Please join us in congratulating Marty!
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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 11th, 2010

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

May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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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. Tuesday: "Natural Product based Chemical Synthesis in the Discovery of Pharma Leads" Wednesday: "Chemical Synthesis in the Discovery of Biologic Level Agents"
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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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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials science and Engineering Building. Paul Voyles, UW-Madison. "Performance and Applications of the UW Aberration-Corrected STEM"
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Friday, April 30th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Science Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Hung-Wen Liu, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. "Studies of the Biosynthesis of Spinosyns in Saccharopolyspora Spinosa"
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Friday, April 30th, 2010 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Jessica Sanfilippo, Materials Science Program. "Nanotechnology to Manipulate the Aggregate-Cement Paste Bond: Impacts on Mortar Performance"
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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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Friday, May 7th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Science Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Steve King, Ph.D., Abbott Labs. "Early Development of Drug Candidates"
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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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CBI Training Program at UCLA
The Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program (CBI) at UCLA is an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral program that provides research training in applications of chemical concepts and tools to the solution of problems in modern biology. I hope that we can enlist your help in identifying prospective students and encouraging them to come to UCLA to become CBI trainees.
During our selection process, we aim for an equal number of trainees from chemistry and biology-related graduate programs. The CBI brings them together for a number of activities in which they learn from each other. CBI trainees are instructed in the language and techniques of biological and chemical sciences and gain experience as members of multidisciplinary teams working on frontier research at the chemistry-biology interface. CBI trainees are provided with a full traineeship for three years that provides them with ample time to devote to their regular research program, along with some additional CBI activities: students take several courses and seminars, and participate in colloquia, retreats and an internship.
Annually, the CBI hosts The Biotech/Academia Chemistry-Biology Interface Day (CBI Day), which showcases CBI trainee research and potential industrial applications, and provides networking opportunities among trainees, industry representatives, academia, and UC researchers. Our large interdisciplinary faculty enables trainees to select from a wide range of research projects and become exposed to the skills they need to succeed in solving problems at the chemistry-biology interface.  Speakers from industry and other academic institutions present frequent research seminars, and trainees complete a cross-disciplinary summer internship outside UCLA. More information can be found on our website, www.chem.ucla.edu/CBI.
The UCLA CBI is currently celebrating its 16th successful year as an NIH-funded program, and this year we are broadening our outreach and recruitment activities. We are eager to attract underrepresented minorities and also future graduate students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. A number of our training faculty are involved in ongoing activities to recruit students from underrepresented minorities. We are also confident about our ability to receive students with physical, behavioral and learning disabilities to our program. UCLA offers various services and support for documented disabilities as detailed on the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) website, http://www.osd.ucla.edu/. Services are designed to meet the needs of each student without fundamentally altering the nature of the student's instructional program. Reference guides are also available for our CBI training faculty in order to best facilitate a student-faculty interaction that will lead to a successful learning experience in the CBI program.
On behalf of the CBI training faculty and trainees, let me emphasize that we are committed in our recruitment effort to increase the participation of historically underrepresented minorities in the sciences. I would like to encourage your students to apply for graduate school at UCLA and for our CBI training program and am happy to speak further with you and any interested students about our available traineeships. I can be contacted by telephone at (310) 206-0515 and by email at: houk@chem.ucla.edu.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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None Available for This Newsletter
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Temporary Instructor/Assistant Professor. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The University of Minnesota-Duluth is seeking one full-time temporary instructor/assistant professor for the 2010-11 academic year. Duties include: Teaching undergraduate chemistry lecture and laboratory courses including general chemistry and liberal education chemistry; Supervising teaching assistants; Serving on department committees; Carrying out other departmental duties as assigned. Appointment dates are from 8/30/2010 through 5/29/2011. Qualifications are: Good communication skills as they pertain to teaching and advising; experience as the instructor of a chemistry course at a college or university for one term; Instructor: MS in Chemistry or closely related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Toxicology); one or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience; experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility (e.g., teaching assistant); ability to teach effectively - Assistant Professor: PhD in Chemistry or closely related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Toxicology); two or more years teaching college level chemistry lecture and lab courses; experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility (e.g., teaching assistant); ability to teach effectively. Deadline for applications is May 3rd, 2010 and continuing until the position is filled. To apply for the position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website at: https://employment.umn.edu, usiong job requisition # 165672. The application will consist of the electronic application form plus the following materials: Letter of application (with current e-mail 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 e-mails addresses of three references, sent to: Dr. Paul Siders, Search Committee chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1039 University Dr., 246 Chem, Duluth, MN 55812, fax: 218-726-7294, e-mail: psiders@d.umn.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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None Available for This Newsletter
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