Newsletter 06/15/2009

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XXXIII - No. 20 June 15th, 2009

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Undergrads Give Thanks to Chemistry Learning Center with YouTube Song “CLC Love 2008”
Undergraduates Rodney Burayidi and Hussain Harun created a song dedicated to their experiences at the Chemistry Learning Center. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InX0vr50zMU to listen to “CLC Love 2008.”
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry
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Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130
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SEMINARS
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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Predicting the Results of Chemical Vapor Deposition Growth of Suspended Carbon Nanotubes.
Marcus, MS; Simmons, JM; Baker, SE; Hamers, RJ*; Eriksson, MA.
NANO LETTERS 9 (5): 1806-1811 MAY 2009.
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Three Dimensional Mapping of Neuropeptides and Lipids in Crustacean Brain by Mass Spectral Imaging.
Chen, RB; Hui, LM; Sturm, RM; Li, LJ*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MASS SPECTROMETRY 20 (6): 1068-1077 JUN 2009.
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Lipid Mixing and Content Release in Single-Vesicle, SNARE-Driven Fusion Assay with 1-5 ms Resolution.
Wang, TT; Smith, EA; Chapman, ER; Weisshaar, JC*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 96 (10): 4122-4131 MAY 20 2009.
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Application of Elastic Network Models to Proteins in the Crystalline State.
Riccardi, D; Cui, Q*; Phillips, GN.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 96 (2): 464-475 JAN 21 2009.
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Effect of Macromolecular Crowding on Reaction Rates: A Computational and Theoretical Study.
Kim, JS; Yethiraj, A*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 96 (4): 1333-1340 FEB 18 2009.
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A Mesoscale Model of DNA and Its Renaturation.
Sambriski, EJ; Schwartz, DC*; de Pablo, JJ.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 96 (5): 1675-1690 MAR 4 2009.
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A Computational Framework for Mechanical Response of Macromolecules: Application to the Salt Concentration Dependence of DNA Bendability.
Ma, L; Yethiraj, A; Chen, X; Cui, Q*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 96 (9): 3543-3554 MAY 6 2009.
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A Bis(silaselenone) with Two Donor-Stabilized Si=Se Bonds from an Unexpected Stereoconvergent Hydrolysis of a Diselenadisiletane.
Mitra, A; Wojcik, JP; Lecoanet, D; Muller, T; West, R*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 48 (22): 4069-4072 2009.
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Copyright © 2009 Thomson ISI
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Chemistry Communication Leadership Institute
September 15-19, 2009, Seattle, Washington. An intensive, hands-on communication experience for postdoctoral researchers in chemistry. This week-long course will prepare early-career scientists to communicate more effectively with general audiences, journalists, and policymakers about chemistry - the central science. Get ready for the International Year of Chemistry in 2011, Learn new techniques to communicate the excitement of what chemists do! Sampler of Topics: Media interviews; Writing a press release; Pitching a freelance story idea; Radio and podcasting; Writing for the Web; Developing an “elevator talk”; Effective explanations for lay audiences; Interact with science journalists and chemistry communicators. Participants will receive a chemistry communication resource guide to take back to their home institutions for use in follow-on activities with colleagues, students, and community members. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply. Project funds are expected to cover travel expenses and stipend. Applicants should send a letter of application describing their preparation to serve as chemistry communication leaders, how the program would further their career goals, a 2-page CV, and a letter from the advisor and/or department chair signaling that the department will be supportive of activities applying the program materials during the following year. Materials and inquiries to: Dr. Deborah L. Illman, illman@u.washington.edu, 206-616-4826, University of Washington, Box 353740, Seattle, WA 98195-3740. Applications received by Aug. 24, 2009 will be given priority.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Chemistry Lecturer, University of Wisconsin - Rock County. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Rock County invites applications for part-time lecturers in organic chemistry for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 classes. Fall Semester 2009 - CHE 343, Organic Chemistry I (Lecture), MW 10:30-11:45 AM, CHE 351, Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, F  2:00-4:50 PM. Spring Semester 2010 - CHE 363 Organic Chemistry II (Lecture), TTh 8:30-9:45 AM, CHE 361, Organic Chemistry Laboratory II, F 2:15-5:35 PM. Masters in Chemistry or related field required.  Preference will be given to candidates with successful college teaching experience. Preference may be given to candidates qualified to teach other courses offered by the department via distance education. Attend orientation activities, teach courses and hold appropriate office hours for students. Starting date is August 26, 2009. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  To apply, submit a cover letter that relates your teaching philosophy to your experience and qualifications along with your vita, unofficial transcripts, and names and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. Kim Kostka (kim.kostka@uwc.edu), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin - Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave, Janesville, WI 53546.  Please direct questions about this position to: Dr. Kostka at the email address above, or by phone to 608.758.6532 or 608.775.6565 x325. Applications must be accompanied by a statement of whether the applicant wishes to have the application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Employment will require a criminal background check. UW-Rock County is an AA/EO employer and encourages women, members of minority groups and veterans to apply. For more information about UW-Rock County, see http://rock.uwc.edu, and for more on the UW Colleges, see http://www.uwc.edu.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Applications are invited for an assistant professor, associate professor or a professor position at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the National TsingHua University, Hsin-Chu, TAIWAN, starting from the spring semester of 2010. The candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in an engineering discipline (chemical, biochemical, biomedical, materials science engineering, etc.) or a science-related field (chemistry, life science, etc.) and an outstanding record of accomplishments in research. Applicants with research expertise in nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy or optoelectronics (particularly with polymer synthesis, molecular simulation, electrochemistry or process engineering background) are all welcome. Application materials (including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, publication list (with SCI Impact Factor), teaching and research plans, and the names, mail and e-mail addresses, phone numbers of three referees and the attached CV at-a glance (available on our department website) should be sent to: Professor Hsing-Wen Sung (hwsung@che.nthu.edu.tw), Coordinator, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu 30013, TAIWAN, by September 25, 2009.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral Position, Gunnoe Research Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia. A postdoctoral position is available in the Gunnoe Research Group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. The project is supported by the recently established Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization, funded through the Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Centers program. The project will involve the development and study of new transition metal complexes for the functionalization of hydrocarbons and requires expertise in synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry. Experience with air-sensitive synthesis and standard characterization techniques (NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, etc.) are required. A background in mechanistic studies focused on the reactivity of inorganic and organometallic systems is a plus. The position will involve an initial one year appointment with the opportunity for renewal upon mutual agreement. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to me directly. They should also feel free to contact me with questions either by email or by telephone (contact information is given below). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Contact: Professor T. Brent Gunnoe, Phone: (434) 982-2692, University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 400319, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319, Email: tbg7h@virginia.edu.
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Professor Peter Legzdins of the University of British Columbia, is seeking to identifying excellent candidates for several postdoctoral positions in organometallic and mechanistic chemistry that will be available in his group beginning early next year. Current projects are focused on the selective activation and functionalization of hydrocarbon C-H bonds; see, for example, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 3652-3663. The website at: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins provides more details of the specific chemistry that is currently being investigated. Experience with the synthesis and characterization of air-sensitive materials is essential, and experience with kinetic and mechanistic studies, electrochemistry, and/or DFT calculations is desirable for these positions. The positions are initially for one year with the strong possibility of a one-year renewal. The salary range is as specified by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and depends on qualifications, and full benefits are provided. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two or three letters of reference sent to me directly. They should also feel free to contact me either by email or by telephone at: Professor Peter Legzdins, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z1, Telephone: (604) 822-2987, Fax: (604) 822-2847, Email: legzdins@chem.ubc.ca, Website: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins.
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Jeffery Winkler of The University of Pennsylvania is seeking candidates for two postdoctoral positions that are available in his laboratory. While the starting date is flexible, the ideal candidate would be available to start as soon as possible. New projects are currently underway in my group in several different areas, including 1) the development of Hedgehog signaling inhibitors based on the naturally occurring alkaloid cyclopamine; 2) the design and synthesis of novel chiral clefts and helical structures based on the naturally occurring alkaloid calycanthine; 3) the development of protein kinase BRAF inhibitors based on X-ray crystallographic data obtained in the Marmorstein Laboratory at the Wistar Institute at Penn; and 4) the development of new drugs for tuberculosis in collaboration with the Rubin Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The Chemistry Department at Penn has outstanding facilities and a first-rate seminar program that afford an excellent environment for students who want to gain further experience in organic synthesis at the interface of chemistry and biology. Contact: Jeffrey Winkler, Merriam Professor of Chemistry, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Tel. 215-898-0052, e-mail: winkler@sas.upenn.edu.
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