Chemistry Newsletter 5/04/2009

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XXXIII - No. 16 May 4th, 2009

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Ángel Abruña-Rodríguez Selected as an Honored Instructor by Students in the Chadbourne Residential College
Ángel Abruña-Rodríguez has been selected as an Honored Instructor by students in the Chadbourne Residential College. This is the second time that Angel has been recognized. The designation is given to instructors for their excellence in teaching and is certainly a well deserved honor. Please join us in congratulating Angel for his receipt of this recognition!
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry
May 12th, 2009
May 19th, 2009
Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130
May 5th, 2009
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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, May 5 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University. “On the Impact of New Synthetic Methods for the Synthesis of Bioactive Targets”
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto. “Seeing the Invisible by Solution NMR Spectroscopy”
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Jennifer Jackowski, EC&T. “An Electrochemical Sensor for “In-Situ” Phosphate Measurements?”
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 - Inorganic & Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Mallouk, The Pennsylvania State University.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 1:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael D. Ward, New York University, “Crystallization at the Nanoscale: Regulating Polymorphism and Other Curiosities”
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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Turpin, Rutgers University.
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Friday, May 8th,  2009 - Special Analytical/Physical Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Georgia Institute of Technology. “What Happens to Different Materials when their Size is Reduced to the Nano-Meter Scale? Some Interesting New Properties and Potential Applications”
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Friday, May 8th, 2009 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Jose Munoz, Civil & Environmental Engineering. “Microfines in Natural Aggregates: from Problems in Roads to Future Sustainable Construction Material”
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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vy Maria Dong, University of Toronto. “Catalytic Transformations of C-H Bonds, Carbon Dioxide, and Simple Olefins”
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Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Babak Parviz, University of Washington, Seattle. “Engineering Self-Assembly Across the Size Scale for Building Functional Devices”
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Friday May 29th, 2009 - UW-Madison Chemistry Department - Larry Dahl Symposium, 11:00 a.m., Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Dahl.
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Saturday May 30th, 2009 - UW-Madison Chemistry Department - Larry Dahl Symposium, 9:00 a.m., Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Dahl.
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Chemistry Camp
The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) offers a summer afternoon laboratory program in chemistry for middle school students entering grades 5-8.  Chemistry camp is designed to stimulate scientific curiosity through demonstrations, experiments, and other hands-on activities.
Four different camp themes will be offered this year. Fun with Chemistry camp will be offered July 6-10. Our new camp, Fun with Food Science, will be held July 13-17. Fun with Forensic Science camp will be offered July 20-24. The Science Behind the Superhero camp will be held July 27-31.  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/outreach.htm.
For additional information, contact: Cheryl Hansen, 1305 Chemistry Bldg., 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608/262-3033; fax: 608/265-8094; e-mail: ice@chem.wisc.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATION
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A Boron-Substituted Analogue of the Shvo Hydrogenation Catalyst: Catalytic Hydroboration of Aldehydes, Imines, and Ketones.
Koren-Selfridge, L; Londino, HN; Vellucci, JK; Simmons, BJ; Casey, CP*; Clark, TB.
ORGANOMETALLICS 28 (7): 2085-2090 APR 13 2009.
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(Pyrazol-1-ylmethyl)pyridine Nickel Complexes: Ethylene Oligomerization and Unusual Friedel-Crafts Alkylation Catalysts.
Ojwach, SO; Guzei, IA*; Benade, LL; Mapolie, SF; Darkwa, J.
ORGANOMETALLICS 28 (7): 2127-2133 APR 13 2009.
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Mechanistic Study of Copper-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidative Coupling of Arylboronic Esters and Methanol: Insights into an Organometallic Oxidase Reaction.
King, AE; Brunold, TC*; Stahl, SS*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 131 (14): 5044-+ APR 15 2009.
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Cyclopentadienone Iron Alcohol Complexes: Synthesis, Reactivity, and Implications for the Mechanism of Iron-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Aldehydes.
Casey, CP*; Guan, HR.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 131 (7): 2499-2507 FEB 25 2009.
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Crystallographic Characterization of Helical Secondary Structures in 2:1 and 1:2 alpha/beta-Peptides.
Choi, SH; Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Gellman, SH*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 131 (8): 2917-2924 MAR 4 2009.
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Does Water Relay Play an Important Role in Phosphoryl Transfer Reactions? Insights from Theoretical Study of a Model Reaction in Water and tert-Butanol.
Yang, Y; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 113 (14): 4930-4939 APR 9 2009.
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Spectroscopic and Computational Characterization of the Base-off Forms of Cob(II)alamin.
Liptak, MD; Fleischhacker, AS; Matthews, RG; Telser, J; Brunold, TC*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 113 (15): 5245-5254 APR 16 2009.
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Effect of Initial Glucose Concentrations on Carbon and Energy Balances in Hydrogen-Producing Clostridium tyrobutyricum JM1.
Jo, JH; Lee, DS*; Kim, J; Park, JM.
JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY 19 (3): 291-298 MAR 2009.
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A Discussion of “Can Reaction Mechanisms Be Proven?”.
Yoon, T*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 86 (5): 557-557 MAY 2009.
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Interesting Reactivity in the Thermolysis and Photolysis of 2,3-Diphenyl-1-naphthol.
Guzei, IA*; Zimmerman, HE*; Shorunov, S; Spencer, LC.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL CRYSTALLOGRAPHY 39 (6): 399-406 JUN 2009.
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Structure-function relationships in peptoids: Recent advances toward deciphering the structural requirements for biological function.
Fowler, SA; Blackwell, HE*.
ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY 7 (8): 1508-1524 2009.
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Tautomycetin and tautomycin suppress the growth of medullary thyroid cancer cells via inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta.
Adler, JT; Cook, M; Luo, YG; Pitt, SC; Ju, JH; Li, WL; Shen, B*; Kunnimalaiyaan, M; Chen, H.
MOLECULAR CANCER THERAPEUTICS 8 (4): 914-920 APR 2009.
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Nanoimprinted Thin Films of Reactive, Azlactone-Containing Polymers: Combining Methods for the Topographic Patterning of Cell Substrates with Opportunities for Facile Post-Fabrication Chemical Functionalization.
Fredin, NJ; Broderick, AH; Buck, ME; Lynn, DM*.
BIOMACROMOLECULES 10 (4): 994-1003 APR 2009.
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Fettelite, [Ag6As2S7][Ag10HgAs2S8] from Chanarcillo, Chile: Crystal structure, pseudosymmetry, twinning, and revised chemical formula.
Bindi, L; Keutsch, FN*; Francis, CA; Menchetti, S
AMERICAN MINERALOGIST 94 (4): 609-615 APR 2009.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The University of Wisconsin-Superior invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Scientist to lead a research team investigating the conversion of biomass to biodiesel fuels, including jet aircraft fuel. Lead a team that will conduct research on conversion of biomass to biodiesel fuel. Possible areas of research include 1. Studies of cold temperature gelation processes, 2. Examination of properties of oils produced from northern plants, 3. Investigation of fuel blending to improve fuel properties for use as a jet propellant, 4. Studies on enzymatic conversion processes, including isolation and development of new enzymes, and 5. Examination of chemical kinetics and processes to optimize conversion rates of biomass. Supervise team of analysts that will examine properties of the biodiesel products. Prepare monthly progress reports and participate in monthly meetings with research teams from other campuses. PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field. Minimum of 2 years work experience, preferably in biodiesel research. Knowledge of biodiesel production. Experience managing research projects. Organizational and project management skills desired, including attention to detail. Ability to set goals and meet deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States. Anticipated starting date is late May, 2009. We offer the successful candidate a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applications will include a cover letter, resume with list of recent publications, salary requirements, unofficial transcripts and three current letters of reference. Review of complete applications will begin May 15, 2009, and continue until a successful candidate is chosen. Send Application materials to: Biofuels Director Search Committee, Attn: Dr. Mary Balcer, University of Wisconsin-Superior, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880, phone: 715-394-8424. The names of nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities be kept confidential, and of all finalists, will be released upon request. Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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