Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 01/03/2017

bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XLI - No. 1 January 1st, 2017

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CHEMISTRY BUILDING PROJECT APPROVED BY STATE BUILDING COMMISSION
Hi Everyone,
I am delighted to report that the request for authority to design and construct the chemistry building project was approved by the State Building Commission. Various questions were raised during the Higher Education Subcommittee hearing, but eventually the motion passed unanimously.  This approval represents the most significant milestone in the project since it was enumerated in the state budget in July 2015.  The project, as approved, includes two floors of organic chemistry instructional labs, mechanical rehabilitation of the existing Mathews / Daniels buildings, and new lecture rooms and a multipurpose learning studio.  Other components of the project await additional fundraising.
The current project timeline identifies construction to begin in Nov 2017. This represents great news in the holiday season! Thanks to everyone for their significant contributions to this undertaking - both in the past and yet to come!
Bob McMahon
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2017 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

FEBRUARY 14 MARCH 14 APRIL 11 MAY 9

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

Jan 17 Feb 7 Feb 21 Mar 7
Mar 28 Apr 18 May 2 May 16

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SEMINARS
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Monday, January 9th, 2017 - General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Zachary Wickens, Harvard University "Synthetic versatility through selective catalysis"
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Thursday, January 12th, 2017 - General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Megan Matthews, The Scripps Research Institute "Chemoproteomic profiling and discovery of protein electrophiles in human cells"
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 - General Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Wan-Chen Lin, University of California-Berkeley "Optogenetic manipulation of neural inhibition: from tool development to in vivo photo-control"
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry Seminar Hall #1315. Professor David Chenoweth, University of Pennsylvania "Design and Synthesis of New Chemical Tools for Probing, Manipulating, and Imaging Biological Systems"
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Monday, January 23rd, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chem 1315. Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign "Willard Seminar: Imaging the Excited States of Nanostructures"
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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign "Willard Seminar: Protein folding and interactions inside the living cell"
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Monday, January 30th, 2017 - Analytical, Chemical Biology, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Dr. Jarad Mason, Northwestern University "Special Seminar "Phase Transitions and Adsorption at the Atomic and Nanoscale: From Storing and Separating Gases to Manipulating Light""
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peng Chen, Cornell University "Single-molecule chemistry: from solar energy conversion to transcription regulation"
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Brian Fox, UW-Madison, Biochemistry "Chem Bio/Inorganic seminar -TBD"
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Rebecca Ruck, Merck Research Laboratories "McElvain Organic Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Andrew Crowther, Barnard College "Raman Spectroscopic Studies of Atomically Precise Nanostructures:  From Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots to Graphene"
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Tzuhsiung (Nick) Yang, UW-Madison (Berry Group) "Inorganic Seminar-TBD"
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Steve Granick, Center for Soft & Living Matter, Korea "Physical Chemistry Ferry Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. "Department Meeting"
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry Room 1315. Joseph Grant, UW-Madison, Hermans Group "Inorganic seminar - TBD"
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Thursday, February 16th, 2017 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Jean-Philip Lumb, McGill University "Organic Seminar "Driving Synthesis by Oxidation""
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Friday, February 17th, 2017 to Sunday, February 19th, 2017 - General Special Event, 9:00 am, "2017 Graduate Recruiting weekend"
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Megan Thielges, Indiana University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Jessica Hoover, West Virginia University "Inorganic seminar -TBD"
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Yunjie Xu, University of Alberta "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Synthesis, X-ray Structures, Electronic Properties, and O-2/NO Reactivities of Thiol Dioxygenase Active-Site Models.
Fischer, AA; Stracey, N; Lindeman, SV; Brunold, TC*; Fiedler, AT.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 55 (22):11839-11853; 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01931 NOV 21 2016.
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Structure and dynamics underlying elementary ligand binding events in human pacemaking channels. Goldschen-Ohm, MP; Klenchin, VA; White, DS; Cowgill, JB; Cui, Q*; Goldsmith, RH*; Chanda, B.
ELIFE, 5 10.7554/eLife.20797 NOV 18 2016.
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Backbone Modification of a Parathyroid Hormone Receptor-1 Antagonist/Inverse Agonist.
Cheloha, RW; Watanabe, T; Dean, T; Gellman, SH*; Gardella, TJ.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 11 (10):2752-2762; 10.1021/acschembio.6b00404 OCT 2016.
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Gating mechanism of mechanosensitive channel of large conductance: a coupled continuum mechanical-continuum solvation approach.
Zhu, LL; Wu, JZ; Liu, L; Liu, YL; Yan, Y; Cui, Q*; Chen, X.
Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 15 (6):1557-1576; 10.1007/s10237-016-0783-4 DEC 2016.
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Knockout of the Ribonuclease Inhibitor Gene Leaves Human Cells Vulnerable to Secretory Ribonucleases.
Thomas, SP; Kim, E; Kim, JS; Raines, RT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 55 (46):6359-6362; 10.1021/acs.biochem.6b01003 NOV 22 2016.
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beta-Arrestin-Biased Agonists of the GLP-1 Receptor from beta-Amino Acid Residue Incorporation into GLP-1 Analogues.
Hager, MV; Johnson, LM; Wootten, D; Sexton, PM; Gellman, SH*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (45):14970-14979; 10.1021/jacs.6b08323 NOV 16 2016.
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Enrichment of Saccharides and Divalent Cations in Sea Spray Aerosol During Two Phytoplankton Blooms.
Jayarathne, T; Sultana, CM; Lee, C; Malfatti, F; Cox, JL; Pendergraft, MA; Moore, KA; Azam, F; Tivanski, AV; Cappa, CD; Bertram, TH*; Grassian, VH; Prather, KA; Stone, EA.
Environmental Science & Technology, Amer Chemical Soc, SN 0013-936X, 1520-5851, NOV 1, 2016, VL 50, IS 21.
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Optical microresonators as single-particle absorption spectrometers.
Heylman, KD; Thakkar, N; Horak, EH; Quillin, SC; Cherqui, C; Knapper, KA; Masiello, DJ; Goldsmith, RH*.
Surface-plasmon Resonance; Fano Resonances; Photothermal Contrast; Nature Publishing Group, SN 1749-4885, 1749-4893, DEC 2016, VL 10, IS 12.
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Improved Supported Metal Oxides for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane.
Grant, JT;  Love, AM; Carrero, CA; Huang, F; Panger, J; Verel, R; Hermans, I*.
Topics in Catalysis, Springer/plenum Publishers; SN 1022-5528, 1572-9028, OCT 2016, VL 59, IS 17-18.
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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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A Synthetic Organic Medicinal Chemistry Postdoctoral position available in the Lapinsky lab (http://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/david-lapinsky) in the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA (http://www.duq.edu/).  The position is open immediately, with start dates through early 2017 being given consideration.
The Postdoc will address the major theme in the lab of developing chemical probes for target identification of hit compounds originating from phenotypic screening campaigns.
What we do: Our recent activities are summarized on the website: http://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/david-lapinsky.
The interested candidate:
     •    must hold a PhD in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry, or a related field (e.g., chemical
          biology)
     •    must have a strong expertise in organic synthesis, with a publication record demonstrating
          independence in research focus
     •    must have the ability to communicate clearly in writing, as well as verbally with a diverse set of
          collaborators
     •    must have a strong team spirit and excellent interpersonal skills
     •    must have excellent synthetic organic chemistry experience, literature search skills, and be able to
          derive the best routes for organic syntheses; additionally, the candidate should be knowledgeable in
          analytical methods of organic chemistry (e.g., NMR, MS, chromatography, etc.)
Eligibility: Completion of a PhD is required by start date.
How to apply: Applications will be accepted immediately and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. To be considered, all applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, a one page "Research Statement" describing research experience and how this aligns with the focus of the Lapinsky group, and the names/phone numbers of three references. A single PDF document should be sent to: Dr. David Lapinsky (lapinskyd@duq.edu).
Salary will be commensurate with accomplishment, fit, and experience. The environment: Located in Pittsburgh, Duquesne University provides a rich intellectual environment and cutting-edge facilities for its researchers, who conduct studies at the forefront of basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development.
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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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