Chemistry Newsletter for 4/5/2010

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XXXIV - No. 17 March 5th, 2010

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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Nominated for 2011 President-elect of the American Chemical Society
At last month's national meeting in San Francisco, Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri was voted by the ACS Council to be a candidate for ACS president-elect along with Professor Luis A. Echegoyen who is the NSF chemistry division director while on leave from Clemson University.  If elected in the fall by the general membership, Bassam will serve as ACS president-elect in 2011, president in 2012, immediate past president in 2013, and will become the third UW-Madison faculty member to serve as ACS president (Farrington Daniels 1953 and Charles P. Casey in 2004).  All ACS Wisconsin Section members are urged to vote and to urge other ACS members everywhere to vote for the candidate of their choice.
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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 6th, 2010 April 13th, 2010
May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Kelly, Pfizer Corp.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - MS& E Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 235 MSE. Dr. Wenyu Huang, University of California, Berkeley. "Engineering Nanomaterials for Catalysis Studies"
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Wednesday, April 7th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Sadow, Iowa State.
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 8:30 a.m., Event Location to be Determined. Jeffrey Drazen, M.D., Editor in Chief, New England Journal of Medicine. "Leukotrienes in Asthma: From Bench to Bedside to Bench to Bedside"
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Event Location to be Determined. Jeffrey Drazen, M.D., Editor in Chief, New England Journal of Medicine. "The Cholesterol Lowering Story: Is it Always Good?""
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. "Interplay Between Cluster Nature and Exohedral Chemistry in Trimetallic Nitride Endohedral Fullerenes"
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 - EC& T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Professor Anita Thompson, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, UW-Madison. "Monitoring and Modeling Thermal Pollution in Urban Landscape"
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University. "Physics-based framework for determining transferable potentials from a databank of structures for different proteins"
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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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.
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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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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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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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The New Biological Ph.D. Program in Chemistry
Graduate Student Information Forum & Panel Discussion with the Planning Committee. The Chemistry Department has established a new path to the Chemistry Ph.D. with a biological emphasis. This will be a sixth path, in addition to the Physical, Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, and Materials paths. The program begins in Fall 2010. The initial cohort of students will include members of the 2010 entering class and also any second-year students (from the 2009 entering class) who wish to change paths. Such changes would be made in consultation with their research advisor. A faculty Planning Committee has been formed to develop a graduate curriculum for the Biological Program. We now seek graduate student feedback on the proposed requirements. Because all areas of chemistry engage in biological problems, we wish to involve students from all areas -- physical, analytical, inorganic, organic, and materials chemistry. Feedback from both junior and senior students is also important. Make sure to attend this meeting and have a role in shaping the new biological Ph.D. program! Date & Time: Wednesday, April 14, 2:30 p.m. Location: Room 8335 Chemistry Building.
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Morgridge Match Challenge Grant Program
Thanks to the generosity of John and Tashia Morgridge, the Morgridge Center for Public Service has established the Morgridge Match Challenge Grant Program to further advance curricular and co-curricular civic engagement at UW-Madison. This program is designed to: 1) encourage and support community-campus partnerships, 2) enhance learning and leadership experiences for students, and 3) provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. The program will match up to 50% of new gifts and grants awarded to a UW-Madison entity as well community-UW-Madison partnership initiatives, based on the portion of the grant/gift specifically related to the mission and goals of the Morgridge Center. This includes money for MIU projects and other 101-funded projects that meet the guidelines. For eligibility guidelines, program details, how to apply, and contact information go to: http://www.morgridge.wisc.edu/faculty/matchingfunds.html. Funding is available until September 1, 2014. Questions can go to Randy Wallar (jrwallar@wisc.edu) or Mike Thornton (mcthort@wisc.edu) at the Morgridge Center, or Diane Barrett (edbarrett@wisc.edu) at SoHE.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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High-Throughput Discovery of Synthetic Surfaces That Support Proliferation of Pluripotent Cells.
Derda, R; Musah, S; Orner, BP; Klim, JR; Li, LY*; Kiessling, LL*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (4): 1289-1295 FEB 3 2010.
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Crystallographic Characterization of N-Oxide Tripod Amphiphiles.
Chae, PS; Guzei, IA*; Gellman, SH*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (6): 1953-1959 FEB 17 2010.
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2D IR Line Shapes Probe Ovispirin Peptide Conformation and Depth in Lipid Bilayers.
Woys, AM; Lin, YS; Reddy, AS; Xiong, W; de Pablo, JJ; Skinner, JL*; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (8): 2832-2838 MAR 3 2010.
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Value of Using Multiple Proteases for Large-Scale Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomics.
Swaney, DL; Wenger, CD; Coon, JJ*.
JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 9 (3): 1323-1329 MAR 2010.
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The rotational spectrum of tertiary-butyl alcohol.
Cohen, EA; Drouin, BJ; Valenzuela, EA; Woods, RC*; Caminati, W; Maris, A; Melandri, S.
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY 260 (1): 77-83 MAR 2010.
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Photochemical Grafting of Alkenes onto Carbon Surfaces: Identifying the Roles of Electrons and Holes.
Wang, XY; Colavita, PE; Streifer, JA; Butler, JE; Hamers, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 114 (9): 4067-4074 MAR 11 2010.
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Two polymorphs of chlorido(cyclohexyldiphenylphosphine)gold(I).
Guzei, IA*; Arachchige, I; Ivanov, SA.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-CRYSTAL STRUCTURE COMMUNICATIONS 66: M55-M57 Part 3 MAR 2010.
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Conservation and Variation of Structural Flexibility in Protein Families.
Van Wynsberghe, AW; Cui, Q*.
STRUCTURE 18 (3): 281-283 MAR 10 2010.
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Fermentable sugars by chemical hydrolysis of biomass.
Binder, JB; Raines, RT*.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 107 (10): 4516-4521 MAR 9 2010.
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Attempted Isolation and Characterization of Diazirinone (N2CO).
Shaffer, CJ; Esselman, BJ; McMahon, RJ*; Stanton, JF; Woods, RC*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 75 (6): 1815-1821 MAR 19 2010.
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Vibrational Spectroscopy as a Probe of Structure and Dynamics in Liquid Water.
Bakker, HJ; Skinner, JL*.
CHEMICAL REVIEWS 110 (3): 1498-1517 MAR 2010.
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Azlactone-functionalized polymers as reactive templates for parallel polymer synthesis: synthesis and screening of a small library of cationic polymers in the context of DNA delivery.
Sun, B; Liu, XH; Buck, ME; Lynn, DM*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 46 (12): 2016-2018 2010.
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Grafting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) brushes on oxides using click chemistry.
Paoprasert, P; Spalenka, JW; Peterson, DL; Ruther, RE; Hamers, RJ*; Evans, PG; Gopalan, P*.
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY 20 (13): 2651-2658 2010.
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Prolyl 4-hydroxylase.
Gorres, KL; Raines, RT*.
CRITICAL REVIEWS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 45 (2): 106-124 APR 2010.
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Reactive Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Suspended Thin Films and Semipermeable Membranes at Interfaces Created Between Aqueous and Organic Phases.
Buck, ME; Lynn, DM*.
ADVANCED MATERIALS 22 (9): 994-+ MAR 5 2010.
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Transformation of Stable Glasses into Supercooled Liquids: Growth Fronts and Anomalously Fast Liquid Diffusion.
Swallen, SF; Windsor, K; McMahon, RJ*; Ediger, MD*; Mates, TE.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B.
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Proton transfer function of carbonic anhydrase: Insights from QM/MM simulations.
Riccardi, D; Yang, S; Cui, Q*.
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Preferential Interactions between Small Solutes and the Protein Backbone: A Computational Analysis.
Ma, L; Pegram, L; Record, MT*; Cui, Q*.
BIOCHEMISTRY.
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Contributions of the Histidine Side Chain and the N-Terminal alpha-Amino Group to the Binding Thermodynamics of Oligopeptides to Nucleic Acids as a Function of pH.
Ballin, JD; Prevas, JP; Ross, CR; Toth, EA; Wilson, GM; Record, MT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY.
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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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Western State College of Colorado invites applications for a full-time, temporary, non-tenure track position in chemistry. Teaching responsibilities include lecture and laboratory courses in introductory chemistry, general chemistry, and instrumental analysis. Responsibilities include assessment, lab preparations and other duties as assigned. Starting date is August, 2010. Master's degree required, Ph.D. preferred. Special interest in analytical chemistry required. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Send letter of application with curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and have three letters of reference sent to: Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, Department of natural and Environmental Sciences, Hurst Hall 128, Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81231. Please direct questions to: Anne Ryter at aryter@western.edu; Phone: 970-943-7098; fax: 970-943-7120. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to issuing contract. Screening of applicants will begin April 23rd, 2010 and continue until the position is filled.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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None for this Newsletter
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