Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 02/08/2016

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XL - No. 04 February 8th, 2016

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JOHN MOORE RECEIVES VAN HISE OUTREACH TEACHING AWARD
Congratulations to Professor John Moore on receiving the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award.  The award, conferred by UW-Madison, recognizes: 1) the ability to teach out-of-school adults and non-traditional students in a variety of settings, formats, and through different media; 2) the commitment to the Wisconsin Idea of providing life-long learning opportunities for the residents of the state; and 3) the ability to develop innovative programs responsive to public needs. Congratulations, John!
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UNIVERSITY STAFF AWARD FROM THE COLLEGE OF LETTERS & SCIENCE FOR JIM ZERNICKE!
Congratulations to Jim Zernicke, who received a 2015-2016 University Staff Excellence Award from the College of Letters & Science!  Chemistry has had 17 recipients since the awards were instituted in 2004, and in only one year was there no Chemistry winner.  (For a complete list of recipients, see: http://www.ls.wisc.edu/staff-awards.html#classifiedstaff.)
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2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

2/09/2016 3/08/2016 4/12/2016 5/10/2016

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

2/16/2016 3/01/2016 3/29/2016 4/05/2016
4/26/2016 5/03/2016 5/17/2016  

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SEMINARS
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Monday, February 8th, 2016 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Carsten Sievers, Georgia Tech "Ceria-based catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation of bio-oils and selective oxidation of methane"
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Sara Vaiana, Arizona State University "Internal friction and charge expansion in intrinsically disordered proteins of the Calcitonin family"
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, "Department Meeting"
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephanie Dillon, UW Madison (Brunold Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar- Spectroscopic and Computational Investigation of Cysteine Dioxygenase: Insights on the Mechanism and Substrate Specificity"
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Friday, February 12th, 2016 to Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
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Monday, February 15th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Kurt Kremer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research "Multiscale  Simulations for Soft Matter: Applications and New Developments"
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Kurt Kremer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research "Co(non)solvency or the puzzle of polymer properties in mixed good or poor solvents"
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan Neff-Mallon, UW-Madison (Wright and Brunold Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Dr. Clifton Barry, NIH, NIAID "Organic Seminar "Exploiting the biochemistry of trehalose to develop real-time imaging probes for tuberculosis""
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Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Margaret Robinson, UW Madison - Hamers group "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Dominika Zgid, University of Michigan "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Arthur Bragg, Johns Hopkins University "Structure, Dynamics, and Disorder in Excited States of Photoresponsive Conjugated Materials"
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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Raj Gounder, University of Purdue "Inorganic Seminar"
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Friday, February 26th, 2016 to Saturday, February 27th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
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AWARDS FOR MENTORING UNDERGRADUATES IN RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
Nominations due March 2
The third annual Awards for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, recognizing faculty, academic staff, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students for the outstanding work they do in mentoring our undergraduates in their areas of professional activity.  These awards will provide $2,000 of university expendable funds (supplies and expenses) to a faculty member/research group, academic staff member or post-doctoral fellow/graduate student for excellence in undergraduate mentoring. The descriptions of the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application materials are described on the attached sheet.
Please share the attached information widely this year among your faculty, academic staff, and post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.  The awards will be presented to recipients at a reception at the close of the Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Union South. It is a requirement of the program that they attend to receive their award.
The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Nominations should be sent to Assistant Vice Provost Laurie Mayberry, laurie.mayberry@wisc.edu. Questions can be directed to Vice Provost Steve Cramer at steven.cramer@wisc.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Phosphoproteomics in the Age of Rapid and Deep Proteome Profiling.
Riley, NM; Coon, JJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 88 (1):74-94; 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b04123 JAN 5 2016.
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Impact of Strand Number on Parallel beta-Sheet Stability.
Kung, VM; Cornilescu, G; Gellman, SH*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 54 (48):14336-14339; 10.1002/anie.201506448 NOV 23 2015.
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Anionic Phospholipids Stabilize RecA Filament Bundles in Escherichia coli.
Rajendram, M; Zhang, LL; Reynolds, BJ; Auer, GK; Tuson, HH; Ngo, KV; Cox, MM; Yethiraj, A*; Cui, Q*; Weibel, DB*.
MOLECULAR CELL, 60 (3):374-384; 10.1016/j.molcel.2015.09.009 NOV 5 2015.
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Convenient synthesis of collagen-related tripeptides for segment condensation.
Ellison, AJ; Van Veller, B; Raines, RT*.
BIOPOLYMERS, 104 (6):674-681; 10.1002/bip.22700 NOV 2015.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a Lecturer position with potential security of employment. This position parallels the tenure-track research faculty series and will involve both administration of upper-division laboratory courses in analytical and physical chemistry and teaching undergraduate lecture courses in general and physical chemistry. The Lecturer with Security of Employment series requires, in addition to excellent teaching and service, that the candidate makes outstanding and recognized contributions to the development of his or her specific discipline and/or of pedagogy. We seek outstanding Ph.D.s, with a strong commitment to undergraduate chemistry education, to develop high-quality educational experiences in both laboratory and lecture settings. Grant-writing in support of the acquisition of modern instrumentation and other innovative instructional initiatives will be an important component of this position. Successful candidates will have demonstrated excellence in the communication of scientific concepts, competitive grant writing, and scholarly publications. Applications should be submitted electronically, and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of the applicant's university-level teaching background and philosophy. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion is also required. Additionally, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.
Application instructions can be found at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03182. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2016. To ensure full consideration, applications and all supporting materials should be received by this time. The position will remain open until filled. Information about the department can be found at http://www.chem.uci.edu or you may contact: the Chemistry Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, 1102 Natural Sciences II, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2025; e-mail: sltibbet@uci.edu. The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology at UW River Falls. Application materials and vacancy notice are online at https://jobs.uwrf.edu/. Please share this information with qualified candidates. Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be addressed to: Jamie Schneider, Department of Chemistry, e-mail: jamie.schneider@uwrf.edu. Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Instytut Chemii Fizycznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Postdoctoral Associate, Astrochemistry of sulfur: reaction network and spectroscopy. The Postdoctoral Associate is to assume responsibility for experimental studies investigating thermal and photochemical transformations of sulfur species occurring in laboratory analogues of interstellar ices. Solid Ar, CO or H2O samples doped with selected sulfur containing molecules will be the main focus of these studies. These laboratory ice analogues will be formed under vacuum conditions using closed cycle He cryostats, subjected to a variety of thermal and photochemical processing steps and analysed spectroscopically. Methods for irradiation include the use of an excimer laser, various microwave discharge lamps, UV LEDs, and electrical discharges among others. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy will be the main analytical method used to observe the transformations induced by this radiation, although additional measurements using Raman scattering, as well as UV-VIS absorption and luminescence, are also available.
Salary and Benefits:
     •    a full-time, 3 year contract (supported by an NCN grant);
     •    competitive salary for the Warsaw area;
Requirements:
     •    PhD qualified in physics, chemistry, astronomy, or equivalent specialization.
     •    PhD title granted in 2009 or after (some exceptions possible, as defined by NCN rules)
     •    experience and proven research skills in physico-chemical laboratory work;
     •    competence in molecular spectroscopy, chemistry, and physics;
     •    experience with cryogenic techniques, high vacuum techniques, photochemistry, or astrochemistry
          will be an advantage;
     •    proficiency in written and spoken English
References: At least one letter of reference and the names of two other potential references are required.
To apply: All application materials, preferably in pdf format, should be sent to: Dr. Marcin Gronowski, mgronowski@ichf.edu.pl before 8.02.2016 and should include a cover letter, a CV, a publication list, one letter of reference, and the names and contact information for two additional references. The letter of reference can be sent directly by the recommending party.
The CV should contain the declaration: "I hereby declare that I give consent for my personal data to be stored and processed by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 01-224 Warszawa, Kasprzaka 44/52, the organizer of a competition for a research post, solely for the purposes of that competition (under the Personal Data Protection Act of 29 August 1997, Dz. U. 1997 No. 133, item 883 as amended)." Selected candidates will be invited for an interview at the Institute or via Skype. The Interviews will be held on 12.02.2016. The applicants will be informed about results of selection process by 17.02.2016. For further information on the position please contact: Dr. Marcin Gronowski, e-mail: mgronowski@ichf.edu.pl.
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