Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 05/08/2017

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XLI - No. 6 May 8th, 2017

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RANDY GOLDSMITH RECEIVES A CAMILLE DREYFUS TEACHER-SCHOLAR AWARD
Congratulations to Professor Randy Goldsmith on receiving a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award!  The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the early years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. Congratulations, Randy!
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EASTMAN SUMMER RESEARCH AWARD WINNER!
This year's winner of the 2017 Eastman Summer Research Award is Minxue Huang. She was selected for her work on ligand design and characterization of its fluxional behavior. The new ligand results in diastereoselective catalytic nitrene transfer to benzylic and allylic C-H sites as opposed to electron-rich C-H sites preferred by other catalysts. Please join us in congratulating Minxue!
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CONGRATS TO OUR UNDERGRADUATE PRESENTERS!
I would like to congratulate all the Undergraduate Poster Presenters who did a fantastic job last Friday during the Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Symposium.  Out of the 25 undergraduate presenters, the following five students were award $300 for their outstanding presentations:   
     •    Lucas Oxtoby (Mentors:  Lu Liu, Nels Gerstner and Jen Schomaker)
     •    Zach Heim (Mentors:  Brent Amberger, Brian Esselman, Claude Woods, Bob McMahon)
     •    Sam Rider (Mentors: Zhilin Yang,  Jim Weisshaar)
     •    Yoo Jin Song (Mentors:  Matt Dalphin, Silvia Cavagnero)
     •    Mengzhou Hu (Mentors:  Kellen DeLaney, Lingjun Li Lab)

     •    Honorable Mention:  Stephan Early (Mentors:  Roger Diehl, Laura Kiessling)

I would also like to thank all the faculty, staff and graduate students who enabled and guided the projects that were presented on Friday, with a special  shout out' to Profs. Tehshik Yoon, Mark Ediger, Qiang Cui, Dr. Matt Bowman and Ryan Pakula for donating their Friday afternoon to judge this event.
Best, Cheri Barta
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CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER SUMMER HOURS
The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to Bi-weekly publication for the Summer after this week's newsletter. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me in the copy center or e-mail to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.
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2017 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

MAY 9

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

May 16

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. "Department Meeting"
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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Eric Hegg, Michigan State University "Using Isotopic Fractionation to Elucidate the Enzymatic Mechanism of Microbial N2O Production"
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Friday, May 12th, 2017 - General Special Event, 3:00 pm, TBD. UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "Chemistry Graduation Celebration"
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - General, Chemical Biology Seminar, 1:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). 4th year Chem Bio Students, University of Wisconsin-Madison "5th Annual Chem Bio Seminar Day"
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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christopher Cummins, MIT "Inorganic McElvain seminar -TBD"
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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 - Organic Special Event, 8:30 am, Chemistry Seminar Hall #1315. 4th Year Organic Students, UW-Madison "4th Year Organic Student Research Seminar"
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Thursday, June 15th, 2017 to Friday, June 16th, 2017 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, "P&G sponsored Career Workshop"
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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 to Friday, July 28th, 2017 - General Career Services, 8:00 am, "PfLAGS"
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Monday, August 14th, 2017 to Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, Paul C. Vosejpka, "The Dow Chemical Company "
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Sunday, August 20th, 2017 - General Special Event, 5:00 pm, TBD. UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting (Washington D.C.)"
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 to Friday, August 25th, 2017 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, "Graduate Orientation"
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"PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATING SCHOOL WORKSHOP
Following the successes of the past year's workshop, GSFLC is organizing the "Preparing For Life After Graduating School" (PfLAGS) workshop this year as well. The event will be held July 26- July 28. This event is an excellent opportunity for career choices exploration, technical and soft-skill development, interview skills improvement and much more for launching a successful career.  
The workshop will take place over two days, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Those attending the workshop can meet with the ACS facilitators for the one on one resume review and other career related queries on July 28th.
Look out for registration links, workshop agenda and more details in the future communications from GSFLC.
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5TH ANNUAL CHEMICAL BIOLOGY SEMINAR DAY
Our 5th Annual Chemical Biology Seminar day will be May 16th in Seminar Hall. Talks will be presented by the current fourth year students in the Chemical Biology path. Everyone in the Department is invited to attend.
An award (or two!) will be given out for the best student talk, generously supported by Sigma-Aldrich.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Selective growth of strained (In)GaAs quantum dots on GaAs substrates employing diblock copolymer lithography nanopatterning.
Kim, H; Choi, J; Lingley, Z; Brodie, M; Sin, Y; Kuech, TF; Gopalan, P*; Mawst, LJ.
JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH, 465 48-54; 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2017.02.046 MAY 1 2017.
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Low-symmetry sphere packings of simple surfactant micelles induced by ionic sphericity.
Kim, SA; Jeong, KJ; Yethiraj, A*; Mahanthappa, MK*.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (16):4072-4077; 10.1073/pnas.1701608114 APR 18 2017.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Next Energy Technologies, Inc. chemjobs@nextenergytech.com. Chemist - Synthetic Organic Chemist, (Ph.D.). Next Energy Technologies (NEXT) is looking for a Ph.D. Chemist to join our organic photovoltaic (OPV) team. We are seeking highly motivated applicants who pride themselves on outstanding work, and relish the opportunity to work in a fast paced startup environment. NEXT is a startup developing game-changing semi-transparent photovoltaic windows. Successful applicants can expect exceptional opportunities and an exciting work environment where passion, teamwork, and results are core values.
Employment Type: Full Time.
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Basic Job Functions: The design and synthesis of novel organic semiconducting small molecule dyes.
Responsibilities:
     •    Design and synthesis of organic semiconducting small-molecule dyes.
     •    Multi-step organic synthesis.
     •    Organic compound purification.
     •    Basic lab maintenance and upkeep.
     •    Report writing.
     •    Proposal writing.
     •    Patent reading/writing.
     •    Mentoring.
Minimum Requirements:
     •    Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry with doctoral/post-doctoral experience in organic electronics (OPV,
          OLED, OTFT).
     •    Expert at multi-step synthesis of complex organic small molecules.
     •    Expert knowledge in the characterization of organic molecules including multi-nuclear NMR, 2D
          NMR, IR, UV-Vis, Mass-Spec, and CV is required
     •    Expert in Schlenk techniques, handling air and moisture sensitive reagents.
     •    Expert with all common small molecule purification techniques.
     •    Excellent working knowledge of OPV devices and their synthesis/characterization is required.
     •    Must be comfortable working from small (0.01 g), to moderate (0.5 kg), scale.
     •    Attention to detail and accuracy is a must.
     •    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
     •    Must be able to work well and safely without close direction.
     •    Must be hands on, must be able to lift 50 lbs., and must be able to stand for long periods of time.
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Salary/Benefits: NEXT offers competitive salary and benefits.
To apply for this position e-mail a resume of your background and qualifications to: chemjobs@nextenergytech.com.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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