Chemistry Newsletter 9/14/2009

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XXXIII - No. 27 September 14th, 2009

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Susan Burden Wins Outstanding Poster Award at ACS
Please join us in congratulating Susan Burden from Gil Nathanson's group. Susan received the award for Outstanding Poster Presentation from the Physical Chemistry Division at the ACS National Meeting in Washington, D. C.. Congratulations to Susan!
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Snout-Out Softball Winners
Congratulations to the combined Analytical Chem + Materials Chem Softball team for winning this year's Snout-out Softball championship!

This year's game featured one of the most thrilling finishes in Snout-out history as the A+M team, down 8-3 going into the bottom of the 6th (and last) inning, featured two lead-off hits by your "senior" faculty Bob Hamers and Lloyd Smith (really! We both got on base!) followed by a rally by young sluggers to pull out a stunning victory, defeating Organic by a score of 9-8.
A good time was had by all!  Thanks to the GSFLC for organizing the entire event, thanks to everyone who came, and congratulations to everyone who participated on all the teams!
Bob Hamers
This year's Winning team members were:
Lloyd Smith; Bob Hamers; Emily Wixson; Milton Repollet; Steve Morin; Rob Sturm; Chad Dooley; Aaron Ledvine; Caleb Brian; Glen Thomas; Kristy Kounovsky; Brian Frey; Dan Ladror; Ross Lovely.

Matt Sanders would like to add his thanks to all the people who helped to plan and execute the picnic - especially GSFLC and Tom Foseid - which appeared to be enjoyable for everyone who attended. Bob Hamers personally guaranteed nice weather when he was advertising the day, and he came through for us. It was a great day, the food was good, the conversation was lively, and the bees were less plentiful than usual.

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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

September 22nd, 2009 October 20th, 2009 November 17th, 2009
December 15th, 2009 February 16th, 2010 March 16th, 2010
April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

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

September 15th, 2009 October 6th, 2009 October 13th, 2009
November 3rd, 2009 November 24th, 2009 December 8th, 2009
January 19th, 2010 February 2nd, 2010 February 9th, 2010
March 2nd, 2010 March 9th, 2010 April 6th, 2010
April 13th, 2010 May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 - Physical/Materials Seminar hosted by Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science & Engineering Departments, 4:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Professor Mark Davis, California Institute of Technology. "Design of Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Materials"
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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jarrod Marto, Harvard University.

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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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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 MS&E Building. T. Tybell, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway. "Ferroelectric Thin Films: Influences From Domains and Nanostructuring"

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Friday, September 18th, 2009 - EC &T Research Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Building. Professor Shannon Stahl, UW Wisconsin-Madison. "Aerobic Oxidation Reactions for Environmentally Benign Chemical Synthesis"

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Monday, September 21st,  2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor P. C. Hiberty, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, Univ. de Paris-Sud, France.

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois-Urbana. "Direct Procaspase-3 Activation as an Anti-Cancer Strategy: Compound Discovery, Mechanism of Action, and a Phase I Canine Clinical Trial"

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicholas Abbott, The University of Wisconsin, Chemical Engineering. "Novel Colloidal and Interfacial Phenomena in Liquid Crystalline Systems"

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 - Meloche Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology. "Electron Flow through Metalloproteins"

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 - Meloche Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology. "Metalloprotein Conformational Dynamics"

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Chiu, University of Washington.

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Nolan - McMahon Group.

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Friday, September 25th, 2009 - Shain Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology. "Powering the Planet with Solar Fuel"

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Monday, September 28th,  2009 - Richard B. Bernstein Lectureship, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ahmed Zewail, California Institute of Technology. "Time and Matter - Bernstein's Vision"

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 - Richard B. Bernstein Lectureship, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ahmed Zewail, California Institute of Technology. "Exploring at the Interface of Physical and Biological Sciences"

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Albrecht Berkessel, Universitat zu Koln, Germany. "Asymmetric Organo Catalysis by Hydrogen Bonding Networks"

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Friday, October 2nd,  2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Vassiliy Lubchenko, University of Houston. "Intrinsic Connection between the Structure and Electronic Anomalies of Vitreous Matter"

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Monday, October 5th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building.  David Luckhaus, University of British Columbia. "Hydrogen Exchange Tunneling:  Large Curvature Reaction Path Dynamics"

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Douglass Klumpp, Northern Illinois University. "New Chemistry with Superelectrophiles"

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ruth Signorell, The University of British Columbia. "Vibrational Excitons in Aerosol Spectroscopy"

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Grim - Kiessling Group.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2009 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Slavi Sevov, Notre Dame.

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Monday, October 12th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lecture, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Wolynes, University of California, San Diego. "Landscapes of Matter"

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Wolynes, University of California, San Diego. "Recent Successes of the Energy Landscape Theory of Protein Folding"

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lecture, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Wolynes, University of California, San Diego. "The Theory of Glasses"

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Teresa Beary - Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben King, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ron Elber, The University of Texas at Austin. "Long Time Dynamics of Biomolecules by Milestoning: Application to Myosin"

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karen Goldberg, University of Washington.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gail Fanucci.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Weber - Mahanthappa Group.

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tianquan Lian, Emory University. "Ultrafast Charge Transfer at Molecule/Quantum dot Interface - Towards Multi-Exciton Dissociation"

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Dasaire, University of Kansas-Lawrence.

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Albert Padwa, Emory.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ben Ocko, Brookhaven National Lab. "Equilibrium-Surface Freezing of Liquids"

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tim Jamison, MIT.

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "The Origin of Homochirality on Prebiotic Earth",

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Arne Gericke, Kent State University.

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Friday, November 6th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul DeLuca, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben McCall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Astrochemistry: From H3+ to C60"

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Gerdt - Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. "Dynamical Outcomes of Quenching: Reflections on a Conical Intersection"

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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aaron McCoy - Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia L. Clark, University of Notre Dame.

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lindsay Fay - Gellman Group.

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Friday, December 4th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin Anderson, WARF. "Protecting Your Invention - Intellectual Property at UW-Madison"

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer Kohler, UT-Southwestern. "Capturing Glycoconjugate Interactions with Metabolically Incorporated Photocrosslinking Sugars"

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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dongxu Shu, Tang Group.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Schneider, University of Notre Dame. "Environmental Catalysis from First Principles"

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Fagnou, University of Ottawa.

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jin Quan Yu, Scripps.

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. John Orlando, National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Laboratory Studies of Hydrocarbon Oxidation Mechanisms Under Atmospheric Conditions"

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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anna Hurtley, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Waymouth, Stanford University.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Angel E. Garcia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Huey, Georgia Tech.

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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Parker, Gellman Group.

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University.

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Leon Brillouin.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Tyson, Yoon Group.

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota.

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Miller, Yale University.

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Horia Metiu, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Cui, Stanford University.

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Thursday, February 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Olga Dykhno, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Denmark, University of Illinois-Urbana .

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Straub, Boston University.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein, Stahl Group.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.

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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.

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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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Thursday, April 8th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kelsey Mayer, Gellman Group.

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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.

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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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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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The Graduate School offers many free seminars and workshops related to policies, procedures and regulations for research and graduate education throughout the year.   The sessions are open to all members of the campus community. Registration is required for attendance at all workshops and seminars.  If you are interested in participating you may register at: http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/Home/Default.aspx?TabId=293. Please bookmark this site to check the schedule, presentation description, registration information and any additional seminars.  A reminder will be sent at the beginning of the month with the listing of the seminars being offered that month. The seminar series schedule, by category, is listed below:

Research Administration: This series covers topics related to grant and contract administration, from applications through project close out. All UW faculty, staff and students are welcome. (see http://www.grad.wisc.edu/admin/outreach/resadmin2009.pdf).

Human Research Protections (HRPP): This series is geared towards anyone engaged in human subjects research. (see http://www.grad.wisc.edu/research/hrpp/hrpp2009.pdf).

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): The RCR presentations are geared toward all involved in the conduct of research, from undergraduate to principal investigator, and relevant to all phases of one's career. (see http://www.grad.wisc.edu/research/policyrp/rcr/rcr2009.pdf).

Graduate Education Administration: This series of seminars is a selection of workshops designed to assist new and continuing Graduate Program coordinators with Graduate Admissions, academic processes and degree granting. (see http://www.grad.wisc.edu/admin/outreach/gradedadmin09.pdf).

Graduate Education Policy: This series is designed to assist faculty and staff in areas of recruitment. (see http://www.grad.wisc.edu/admin/outreach/gradedpolicy09.pdf).

If you have questions please contact Kathi Matthews-Risley at krisley@bascom.wisc.edu.

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate School Seminar Series.

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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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Chemistry & Biological Chemistry @ Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have been recruiting faculty members from the top rank doctoral research universities. If you have post-doctoral fellows who are seeking tenure track faculty openings in Chemistry, could you encourage them to apply to us through the following web-page: http://www.spms.ntu.edu.sg/CBC/FacultyOpenings/TenureTrackOpenings.html. Contact: Professor Pak-Hing LEUNG, Head, Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.

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The Department of Chemistry at Carthage College, an ACS-accredited institution, invites applications for a tenure-track position opening August 2010. The College anticipates making the appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, with an emphasis in Biochemistry, and a strong commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching and student research are required. The successful candidate will teach courses in General Chemistry and Biochemistry and establish a productive research program involving undergraduates. Candidates with interest and experience in securing extramural funding for their research program are preferred. More information about the Chemistry Department can be found at http://www.carthage.edu/dept/chemistry/. Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago, Carthage offers quick urban access from the relaxed environment of a small city. Total enrollment exceeds 3,000. Founded in 1847, Carthage is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Application materials should include a cover letter outlining teaching philosophy and research interests, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae. Send to: Professor Kevin Crosby, Chair, Division of the Natural Sciences Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive Kenosha, WI 53140-1994. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 16,2009.

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The Chemistry Department of the College of William and Mary invites applications for two faculty appointments beginning in August 2010: 1) tenure-track assistant professor (requires a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience), and 2) Gottwald Professor endowed chair (associate professor or higher with an applied research emphasis preferred). The research areas of both positions are open, but those focusing on biophysical, bioanalytical, environmental and materials chemistry are desirable. The Department's fundamental commitment and strengths are in undergraduate teaching and research. In addition, the Department offers the Master's degree, and faculty can participate in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. Successful candidates will be expected to establish externally funded research programs and to teach at all levels in the curriculum. More detailed descriptions are provided at http://www.wm.edu/chemistry. Review begins October 12th, 2009, and will continue until appointments are made. For full consideration submit a letter of application to http://jobs.wm.edu. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans and teaching philosophy should be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, c/o Ms. Patricia Hilger, Department of Chemistry, College of William and Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795. Assistant Professor candidates should arrange to have three letters of recommendation and transcripts sent to the above address. Gottwald candidates will be asked for references after initial reviews.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania plans to make a standing faculty appointment. The appointment could be at any rank. Highest priority will be given to candidates in Organic/Bioorganic Chemistry. Applicants must apply online at: facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50720. Required application materials include: curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of proposed research. Applicants for the position of assistant professor should also submit the names and contact information of at least three individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 12th, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania plans to make a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level. Applications from exceptional senior candidates may also be considered. Highest priority will be given to Experimental Physical Chemistry candidates, however serious consideration will be given to all other fields of chemistry. Applicants must apply online at: facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50718. Required application materials include: curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of proposed research. Applicants for the position of assistant professor should also submit the names and contact information of at least three individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on September 15th, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position : Florida State University Mechanisms of Photochemical Reactions. Applicants are sought for a position in the area of photochemical and/or spectroscopic studies concerning cis-trans photoisomerization and photocyclization reactions of olefins, with emphasis on photoreactions in the vitamin D field. Goals of the research range from developing a green synthesis of vitamin D derivatives to testing theoretical predictions of photochemical reactivity by improving the accuracy of the experimental scaffold for their evaluation. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in physical organic chemistry. Expertise in photochemistry, transient absorption spectroscopy, and/or fluorimetry (steady state and transient) would be a plus. Research topics include: (1) Developing a solid state synthesis of vitamin D. (2) Determining the scope of the bicycle pedal mechanism for cis-trans photoisomerization. (3) Providing experimental tests of the Hula-twist cis-trans photoisomerization mechanism. (4) Testing proposals that geometries at certain conical intersections control efficiencies of cis-trans photoisomerizations in polyenes. The position is available immediately. Inquiries, CVs and letters of recommendation should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to: Professor Jack Saltiel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390, fax: 850 644 8281, phone: 850 644 5405, email: saltiel@chem.fsu.edu, website: https://www.chem.fsu.edu/~jsaltiel/.

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Computational Chemistry. A qualified and highly motivated scientist is sought for a postdoctoral position in the Smith group at Kansas State University (www.ksu.edu/chem). The Smith group focuses on the application of computer simulation and theory to biological systems. The research scope of the current position includes: (1) studies of peptide aggregation, (2) the completion and testing of new biomolecular force fields, and (3) the development of theoretical approaches to understand the effects of additives on the properties of peptides and proteins in solution. Additional details concerning the projects are available upon request. A.Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics or a related field is required by the time of appointment. A strong background in computer simulation, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics is preferred. Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required. The position is available immediately. Applicants should arrange for a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and publication list, and three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Paul E. Smith, Department of hemistry, 213 CBC Building, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-0401; Email: pesmith@ksu.edu. Screening of applications will begin on September 30th, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. In accord with Kansas Board of Regents policy, a background check will be performed.

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Suzanne Walker of Harvard Medical School is looking for postdoctoral associates interested in participating in a multi- project effort to understand and overcome antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. I am particularly interested in scientists with expertise in protein biochemistry (cloning, expression, purification, and characterization of mechanistically interesting proteins) combined with a willingness to learn S. aureus genetics. Harvard Medical School is a wonderful place to do research. Interested students or postdocs should send a CV and three letters of reference to my attention by September 25th, 2009 at: Professor Suzanne Walker, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, 630 Armenise Building, 200 Longwood Ave., Boston, massachusetts, 02115, e-mail: suzanne_walker@hms.harvard.edu.

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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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