Chemistry Newsletter 5/11/2009

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XXXIII - No. 17 May 11th, 2009

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Lloyd Smith to Receive the 2010 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award
We are delighted to report that Professor Lloyd Smith has been selected to receive the 2010 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award! This award consists of a beautiful scroll and an honorarium, which will be presented to Lloyd in special symposium honoring Lloyd and his work at Pittcon® 2010 in Orlando. Please join us in congratulating Lloyd on this outstanding honor!
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Professor Bob Hamers to Receive the 2009 Medard Welch Award
Professor Bob Hamers has been selected to receive the 2009 Medard Welch Award of the AVS (formerly the American Vacuum Society), the society's highest award. The citation reads, "for wide ranging studies of chemistry and photochemistry at semiconductor surfaces and for establishing connections to various emergent technologies". The Welch award consists of a cash prize, a struck gold medal, and an honorary lectureship at the national AVS meeting in November. Please join us in congratulating Bob!
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Glassblower Tracy Drier Recipient of the Wale Award
Tracy Drier, our “glassblower extraordinare” has been selected as the recipient of the Wale Award for the best technical presentation at the American Scientific Glassblower's Society. Tracy's presentation was on "GI Digester Construction". The award will be presentated at the society's symposium in June. Please join us in congratulating Tracy!
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Joseph B. Binder Wins the 2009 Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award
Chemistry graduate student Joseph B. Binder has won the 2009 Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. This national award honors a graduate student for furthering the goals of green chemistry through research or education. Joe won the award for developing simple processes to transform crude biomass into useful fuels and chemicals, and for adapting olefin metathesis reactions to aqueous solvents. He will receive the Hancock award at a ceremony at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC on June 22nd. Joe is a Ph.D. student in the group of Professor Ron Raines. Please join us in congratulating Joe on this terrific award!
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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
TBA
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SEMINARS
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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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Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Zhihao Hao, John Hopkins University. “Fermionic Spinons in Two and Three Dimensions”
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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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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 - Sponsored by the Science, Religion, and Ethics Program of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 7:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. UW Philosophy Professor Steven Nadler entitled “Science and Religion in Jewish Thought, or, What Maimonides Really Meant” Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor, and Max & Frieda Weinstein/Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the UW-Madison Philosophy Department.
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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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Second Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - J. Ebling Symposium Center. Room 1220 Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden drive. “Creation of Life: The Old Way and the New...”
1:30 p.m., Dr. Hamilton O. Smith, Group Leader, Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy, J. Craig Venter Institute, 1978 Nobel Laureate. “Making a Synthetic Cell: Genome Synthesis”
2:30 p.m., Dr. Clyde A Hutchison III, Distinguished Investigator, J. Craig Venter Institute. “Making a Synthetic Cell: Genome Installation”
3:30 p.m., Dr. Jack W. Szastak, professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “Origin of Life and the Emergence of Darwinian Evolution”
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Department of Chemistry at Eastern Illinois University is seeking to fill a nine-month temporary faculty position for the 2009-2010 academic year. We anticipate the individual in this position will teach some combination of biochemistry, general chemistry, and general education chemistry. The exact teaching assignments will depend upon qualifications and interest. This is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience in a primarily undergraduate setting. Interested individuals are invited to contact Professor Doug Klarup directly by phone at: 217-581-3322 or by email at dgklarup@eiu.edu. The Department of Chemistry at EIU is one of eleven departments comprising the College of Sciences. It has 16 full-time faculty members, three support staff, and about 60 undergraduate majors. Additional information about the department and its programs can be found at: http://www.eiu.edu/~eiuchem/.
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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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The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, University of California, San Diego. The Bruno H. Zimm Biological Physics Postdoctoral Fellowship. The center for theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for the Bruno H. Zimm Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Physics. Applications are due October 15th, 2009. For additional information and application instructions see: http://ctbp.ucsd.edu/zimm_fellowship.html.
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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.
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