Chemistry Newsletter for 5/07/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 17 May 7th, 2012

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Jeanne Hamers Accepts the Position of Undergraduate Chemistry Coordinator
It is with great pleasure that we can announce to you that Jeanne Hamers has accepted the position of Undergraduate Chemistry Coordinator in the Department of Chemistry. She will start her duties July 10.
Jeanine Batterton will remain in her interim position until Jeanne takes over the reins.  The Department owes a huge debt of gratitude to Jeanine, who has done an outstanding job for two years while we searched for the successor to Gery Essenmacher.
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Rosana Pérez-Ellmann Selected for CERA Award
We are very pleased to announce that Chemistry's Academic Department Manager, Rosana Pérez-Ellmann, has been selected to receive one of the five Classified Employee Recognition Awards for 2011-2012!  CERA is a UW-Madison Classified Staff award. Congratulations Rosana!
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Capital Lakes DragonFest Chemistry Team
For the third straight year, our department will be participating in the Capital Lakes DragonFest! This event is a dragon boating race on Lake Wingra composed of more than twenty teams, and for the last two years the department team has had a blast.  It helps support TEAMSurvivor Madison, Inc, a non-profit company promoting the well-being of women fighting cancer.
Martha Vestling has kindly provided financial backing to form a team, and we simply need 24 individuals to fill out the roster. No worries if you lack experience! We will be provided with a coach and a practice session prior to the actual race.   This event promises to be a lot of fun, plus it comes with the added benefit of supporting a good cause.  For anyone ready to pick up a paddle and join the team, please reply to this email by May 14th.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2011. The practice session is not currently scheduled, but should be sometime within the week prior to the races. Please see the event website for further information: http://www.capitallakesdragonfest.com/. Paddles up! Travis Blum and the GSFLC.
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Jim Skinner Elected to the National Academy
We are delighted to tell you that Professor Jim Skinner has been elected to the National Academy. The press release is at: http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2012_05_01_NAS_Electio.... CONGRATULATIONS, JIM!!!
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 8th, 2012

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

May 15th, 2012 (Optional)

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 - Joint Physical/Chem Bio Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jennifer Lee, National Institutes of Health. "Amyloidogenic Proteins in Disease and Biology"
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Wednesday, Amy 9th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Guy Bertrand, University of California Riverside. "Stable Carbenes and Related Species: Powerful Tools in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry"
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Thursday, May 10th, 2012 - Novartis Chemical Sciences Lectures, 2:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helma Wennemers, University of Basel Switzerland. "Novartis Chemical Sciences Lectures"
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Thursday, May 10th, 2012 - Analytical - Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:10 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charles Bamforth, University of California - Davis. "The Marvelous Molecules of Marzen, Maibock and Mild: The Beautiful (Bio)Chemistry of Beer"
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Thursday, May 10th,m 2012 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265, MS&E Building. Wei Sun, Ph.D., Albert Soffa Chair Professor, Drexel  University. "Printing/In Vitro/Biological Model for Tissue Science and Engineering"
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Thursday, May 10th,  2012 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 2:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Michael Shultz, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Inc. "Novartis Chemical Sciences Lectures"
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Friday, May 11th, 2012 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Bergman, UC Berkeley. "The Application of Physical Organic Methods to the Investigation of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms"
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Friday, May 11th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Yindong Tong, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program. "Photolytic Reduction of Mercury(II) in Dry Aerosols"
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Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Jesse Wouters, Environmental Chemistry and Technology.
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Thursday, May 17th, 2012 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily Weiss, Northwestern University. ""Nanoscopic Interfacial Charge Transfer
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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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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Professor Steven Regen of Lehigh University will have two postdoctoral openings this Fall.
1. Molecular Umbrella-Amphotericin B Conjugates.  This program involves the synthesis of series of molecular umbrella-Amphotericin B conjugates, a characterization of their transport and membrane recognition measurements using model systems, and also hemolytic and cytotoxicity measurements.  For a recent review, see:  Janout, V.; Regen, S. L. Bioconjugate Chem., 20, 183-192 (2009).   A strong background in organic synthesis is preferred.
2. Hyper-thin Membranes for Separating H2 From CO2.   This program is aimed at creating <100 nm-thick membranes having potential utility for the separation hydrogen from carbon dioxide.  The research involves organic synthesis and extensive use of gas permeation measurements, atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry, surface viscosity, Langmuir-Blodgett and layer-by-layer depositions.  For a recent publication in this area, see: Wang, M.; Janout, V.; Regen, S. L., Chem Comm., 47, 2387-2389 (2011).  A strong background in physical organic, polymer and/or materials chemistry is preferred. Contact: Steven L. Regen, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lehigh University, 6 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA  18015, Tel: 610-758-4842, web: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inslr.
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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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NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON MAY 14th, 2012