Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 03/14/2016

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XL - No. 09 March 14th, 2016

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LAURA KIESSLING RECEIVES 2016 GIBBS AWARD
Congratulations to Professor Laura Kiessling on receiving the 2016 Gibbs Award, given by the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. The Willard Gibbs Medal Award was first awarded in 1911. Gibbs was chosen to be the model for the award as an outstanding example of creativity in scientific investigation. The purpose of the award was and is "to publicly recognize eminent chemists who, through years of application and devotion, have brought to the world developments that enable everyone to live more comfortably and to understand this world better." The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Chicago section on May 20, 2016. http://chicagoacs.org/meetinginfo.php?id=109. Congratulations, Laura!
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PROFESSOR JR SCHMIDT RECEIVES 2016 JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY  C' LECTURESHIP AWARD
Congratulations to Professor JR Schmidt, who has been selected to receive the 2016 Journal of Physical Chemistry  C' Lectureship Award.  Sponsored by The Journal of Physical Chemistry and the ACS Physical Chemistry Division, the JPC Lectureship Awards honor the contributions of investigators who have made major impacts on the field of physical chemistry in the research areas associated with each journal section. There are three awards, for JPC A, JPC B and JPC C.  The lecture and award will be presented at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia during August 2016. Congratulations, JR!
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2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

4/12/2016 5/10/2016

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

3/29/2016 4/05/2016 4/26/2016 5/03/2016 5/17/2016

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SEMINARS
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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 - General Seminar, 9:30 am, 9341 Chemistry Building. "How to Navigate Your Career in a Male-Dominated Field - Alternative University Careers: Non-Faculty Positions"
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Friday, March 25th, 2016 - Department, Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Marion Emmert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute "Super Group seminar"
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Monday, March 28th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg. Professor Adam P. Willard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor James Forrest, University of Waterloo "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Dean Tantillo, University of California Davis "Organic Seminar "Walking in the Woods with Quantum Chemistry - The Importance of Inherent Carbocation Reactivity in Terpene Biosynthesis""
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Larry Wang, UW-Madison (Stahl Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, March 31st, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Richard Oakley, University of Waterloo "Organic Seminar "Magnetic Ordering and Conductivity in Heavy Atom and Multi-Orbital Radicals""
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Monday, April 4th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Revati Kumar, Louisana State University "Developing force-fields for complex materials: From novel catalytic materials to atmospheric processes to electrolytes for energy storage"
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Monday, April 4th, 2016 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Dhandapani Venkataraman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor David Nesbitt, University of Colorado-Boulder "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christine Thomas, Brandeis University "Inorganic Seminar"
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Thursday, April 7th, 2016 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Yu Xia, Purdue University "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
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Thursday, April 7th, 2016 - Department, Physical Seminar, 4:00 pm, 1610 Engineering Hall. Professor Gerbrand Ceder, University of California - Berkeley "The Materials Genome and the Transformation of Materials Science and Engineering"
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Friday, April 8th, 2016 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Dr. Christine Pribbenow, LEAD Center (WCER) "Colloquium"
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Monday, April 11th, 2016 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kirill Kovnir, University of California-Davis "Materials Seminar - Title TBD"
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Jamie Donaldson, University of Toronto "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, "Department Meeting"
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Michael Neidig, University of Rochester "Inorganic Seminar"
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Thursday, April 14th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Zhenan Bao, Stanford University "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, April 14th, 2016 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kyoung-Shin Choi, UW Madison Dept. of Chemistry "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
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Monday, April 18th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Anne B. McCoy, University of Washington "Understanding spectral signatures of large amplitude vibrations and hydrogen-bonding through studies of the vibrational spectroscopy of solvated ion complexes"
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Linda Columbus, University of Virginia "Membrane protein structural biology: from micelles to bacterial invasion"
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Samson Jenekhe, University of Washington "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry (Seminar hall). Dr's L.-C. Campeau and John Naber, Merck "Inorganic seminar TBA"
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Thursday, April 21st, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 10:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Cyndie Maryanoff, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute "Organic McElvain Seminar "Dynamics of Drug Release from Two Different Polymer Systems in Drug-Eluting Cardiovascular Stents""
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Thursday, April 21st, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Chemistry #1315. Professor Bruce Maryanoff, The Scripps Research Institute "Organic McElvain Seminar "Novel Mimetics of Apolipoprotein A-I as Anti-atherosclerosis Agents"
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Thursday, April 21st, 2016 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Andrew Moran, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
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Friday, April 22nd, 2016 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. "Department Colloquium - Jo Handlesman"
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Monday, April 25th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Stephen Leone, University of California-Berkeley "Molecular Dynamics with Ultrafast X-rays"
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Monday, April 25th, 2016 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Hemamala Karunadasa, Stanford University "Materials Seminar - Title TBD"
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Stephen Leone, University of California-Berkeley "Attosecond Electron Processes in Solid"
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Jeffery Byers, Boston College "Inorganic Seminar"
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Thursday, April 28th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Chemistry #1315. Professor Gary Molander, University of Pennsylvania "Organic Seminar "Single Electron Transformations to Enable Cross-Coupling""
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Thursday, April 28th, 2016 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Stuart Lindsay, Arizona State University "Materials Seminar - Title TBD"
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Friday, April 29th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 1361 Chemistry Building. UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "Student Awards Ceremony"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Enhanced Dissociation of Intact Proteins with High Capacity Electron Transfer Dissociation.
Riley, NM; Mullen, C; Weisbrod, CR; Sharma, S; Senko, MW; Zabrouskov, V; Westphall, MS; Syka, JEP; Coon, JJ*.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 27 (3):520-531; 10.1007/s13361-015-1306-8 MAR 2016,
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Gas-Microjet Reactive Scattering: Collisions of HCl and DCl with Cool Salty Water.
Faust, JA; Sobyra, TB; Nathanson, GM*.
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 7 (4):730-735; 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b02848 FEB 18 2016.
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A Chiral Metal Photocatalyst Architecture for Highly Enantioselective Photoreactions.
Amador, AG; Yoon, TP*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 55 (7):2304-2306; 10.1002/anie.201511443 FEB 12 2016.
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Isolation and Structural Characterization of a Mackay 55-Metal-Atom Two-Shell Icosahedron of Pseudo-I-h Symmetry, Pd55L12(mu(3)-CO)20 (L = PR3, R = Isopropyl): Comparative Analysis with Interior Two-Shell Icosahedral Geometries in Capped Three-Shell Pd-145, Pt-Centered Four-Shell Pd-Pt M-165, and Four-Shell Au-133 Nanoclusters.
Erickson, JD; Mednikov, EG; Ivanov, SA; Dahl, LF*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (5):1502-1505; 10.1021/jacs.5b13076 FEB 10 2016.
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Increasing the kinetic stability of bulk metallic glasses.
Wang, JQ; Shen, Y; Perepezko, JH; Ediger, MD*.
ACTA MATERIALIA, 104 25-32; 10.1016/j.actamat.2015.11.048 FEB 1 2016.
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Nanowire Lasers of Formamidinium Lead Halide Perovskites and Their Stabilized Alloys with Improved Stability.
Fu, YP; Zhu, HM; Schrader, AW; Liang, D; Ding, Q; Joshi, P; Hwang, L; Zhu, XY; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS, 16 (2):1000-1008; 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04053 FEB 2016.
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Influence of animal husbandry practices on void spot assay outcomes in C57BL/6J male mice.
Keil, KP; Abler, LL; Altmann, HM; Bushman, W; Marker, PC; Li, LJ*; Ricke, WA; Bjorling, DE; Vezina, CM.
Neurourology and Urodynamics, 35 (2):192-198; 10.1002/nau.22692 FEB 2016
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Vapor-deposited glasses of methyl-m-toluate: How uniform is stable glass transformation?
Tylinski, M; Sepulveda, A; Walters, DM; Chua, YZ; Schick, C; Ediger, MD*.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 143 (24):10.1063/1.4938420 DEC 28 2015
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Mitochondrial Protein Kinase A Regulates Heme Biosynthesis.
Chung, J; Wittig, JG; Bauer, DE; Coon, JJ*; Pagliarini, DJ; Dailey, HA; Lodish, HF; Paw, BH.
BLOOD, 126 (23):DEC 3 2015.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Entry Level PhDs for PPG engage in scientific research to increase and enhance the usability, profitability, viability, and workability of PPG's coating products. Employees may develop new innovations (formulations, resins, and new methods for testing raw materials or properties) that can lead to new products and open markets to expand PPG's revenue opportunities. Innovations are customer-driven and focused on practical applications addressing customer concerns and issues such as reductions in cost of materials, time, or properties that make the coatings more desirable in terms of usability, durability or aesthetics. Developing viable testable ideas and conducting quantitative research projects in the areas of formulations, synthesis, analytical, or physical chemistry are key deliverables of this role. Great PhDs understand and embrace the current processes being used and seek first to understand and then improve upon decades of experience.
Performance Objectives:
     1.   Develop a complete understanding of PPG's core processes and materials. This involves going
          above and beyond the normal rotational assignments provided to all PhD new hires and proactively
          reaching out to experienced PhDs, technicians, and others to seek an in-depth and insightful
          understanding of why PPG utilizes its current processes. This knowledge becomes the basis for
          developing innovative ideas that can be tested and ultimately deployed to improve the underlying
          approaches used to make coatings.
     2.   Within the first year, PhDs will generate ideas, hypotheses, and research to address specific
          customer challenges.
     3.   Generate and secure funding for 2-3 solid acceptable proposals in the first 2 years.
     4.   Conduct formal quantitative research on project-based initiatives.
     5.   Present research findings to a variety of audiences at multiple levels of technical
          understanding.
     6.   On a long-term basis, become a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in one or two key areas of the
          sciences of the coatings business.
     7.   Establish a team-based collaborative approach for engaging in quantitative research and
          innovation. PPG has created a team-based process of scientific exchange and inquiry. This involves
          working closely with peers in leading, executing and collaborating on projects. This includes:
     •    Obtaining and assessing data from multiple internal and external sources
     •    Successfully influencing and coordinating the activities of peers
     •    Leading team-based efforts to scope out, plan and update projects on an ongoing basis
     •    Self-direct to develop process of information gathering, determine needs
     •    As part of information gathering and solution development, consider the full scope of business,
          multi-disciplinary and strategic issues involved (Collaboration, taking the lead, project management)
Minimum Qualifications:
     •    A PhD degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Material Science, Polymer Science or Physics or related.
Skills:
     •    Creative problem solving and the ability to rapidly introduce change and promote new ways of doing
          things are essential. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills within the R&D team; and in
          dealings with both internal and external customers are critical. Strong computer skills, knowledge of
          internet, expert systems and database driven technical and customer information storage and            retrieval are essential.
PPG prides itself on the quality of its employees and as such, candidates who receive a job offer will be required to successfully pass a hair drug/toxins test and a background check. PPG Industries, Inc. offers an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the idea and diversity of others. PPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Contact: Emily Gluvna - gluvna@ppg.com.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWS LETTER
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Richard Weiss, Georgetown University. A one-year postdoctoral position is available starting in June to explore the mechanism and efficiency of dechlorination of environmental pollutants, especially trichloroethylene (TCE) dissolved in water, by iron(0) nanoparticles embedded in a polymer matrix. The salary will be $37K plus fringe benefits. Interested applicants should contact Richard Weiss at: weissr@georgetown.edu (or 202-687-6013) for additional details.
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Postdoctoral Positions: Quantum Chemistry, CATCO @ SMU, Dallas, TX.
POSITION 1:
CATCO (Computational and Theoretical Chemistry Group at SMU, webpage: http:www.smu.edu/catco) is looking for a postdoctoral associate possessing interpersonal skills, being capable of innovative research, and being able to work in a team. The position is available immediately. Duration is 12 months with a possible extension up to 3 years. The APPLICATION PART will include standard quantum chemical calculations, QM/MM calculations as well as high-accuracy calculations with CCSD(T), CASPT2, and MRCC methods including relativistic effects.
REQUIREMENTS:
     •    PhD in Chemistry or a related field;
     •    A track record of peer-reviewed publications;
     •    Knowledge of symmetry and Group Theory;
     •    Experience with multi-reference problems;
     •    Experience with quantum chemical programs such as CFOUR, MOLPRO, MOLCAS, etc.)
     •    Knowledge of Linux or UNIX operating systems on multicore machines;
     •    Knowledge of scripting languages in particular Python is a plus;
     •    Knowledge about transition metal chemistry and/or enzyme catalysis is a plus.
POSITION 2:
A second position is available in connection with a method development project in quantum chemistry, which requires extensive programming. The position is available immediately. Duration is 12 months with a possible extension up to 3 years. The METHOD DEVELOPMENT part will include the design and programming of the Unified Reaction Valley Approach (URVA) developed by CATCO for an implicit or explicit inclusion of solvent effects, 2-component relativistic methods, and new QM/MM methods for the description of chemical reactions in an enzymatic environment. OBJECTIVES of the project: The project aims at deriving a general design principle for the next generation of chemical catalysts combining features of homogenous and enzyme catalysis.
REQUIREMENTS:                      
     •    PhD in Physics, Theoretical Chemistry, or a related field;
     •    Previous experience with quantum chemistry codes;
     •    Programming skills: Fortran is a must, C/C++ and/or Python is a plus;
     •    Knowledge of Linux/UNIX operating systems on multicore machines;
     •    Knowledge of compiling, debugging and testing of quantum chemistry codes in a high perfonnance
          computer environment is a must;
     •    Experience with any standard ab initio software (MOLPRO, GAMESS, CFOUR, etc.) is a plus.
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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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