University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 12-06-2010

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XXXIV - No. 43 December 6th, 2010

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Lingjun Li Wins Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award
Professor Lingjun Li has won the 2011 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award for her work in biological mass spec. Here is a brief description: Lingjun Li, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive the 2011 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award. This award, sponsored jointly by the Pittsburgh Conference and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP), recognizes individuals who have made outstanding achievements within 10 years after completion of their PhD work. Professor Li is being recognized for the number and depth of her contributions in the field of mass spectrometric study of neuropeptides and functional peptidomics. There will be an award symposium honoring her work at Pittcon in Atlanta on March 14, 2011. Congratulations, Lingjun!!!
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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

December 14th, 2010 February 8th, 2011 March 22nd, 2011
April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011  

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

December 7th, 2010 December 21st, 2010 January 18th, 2011 February 1st, 2011 February 15th, 2011
March 2nd, 2011 March 15th, 2011 April 5th, 2011 April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William van der Donk, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor  Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jose Onuchic, University of California San Diego. "Sharing the Energy Landscape for Folding and Function:  From Small Proteins to Large Machines"
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Curtis Berlinguette, University of Calgary.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Larabell, University of California, San Francisco.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Deborah Blum, UW Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; author: "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"
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Tuesday, February 8tt, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven J. Sibener, University of Chicago.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor David Cane, Brown University.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan.
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Tuesday, February 22nd. 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Case, Rutgers University. "Biomolecular Simulations Using Implicit Solvent Models"
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Regan Thomson, Northwestern University.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Robert Bergman.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Juan de Pablo, UW-Madison, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicolai Lehnert, University of Michigan.
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Thursday, March 3th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brad Nilsson, University of Rochester.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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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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Two Early Stage Researcher Positions are available in the Astrochemistry Group at Strathclyde University, with Dr  H J Fraser, as part of the Marie Curie ITN LASSIE, http://www.lassie-itn.eu.
1.   Observational Astrochemistry (Fixed Term for 24 months). This project, entitled: "Combined Gas-Ice Mapping on 1000 AU Scales of Star-Forming and Pre-Stellar Cores" will utilise our unique set of AKARI IR and JCMT / IRAM sub-mm observational data to produce maps of up to 28 star-forming and pre-stellar cores, showing the spatial abundance distribution of solid H2O CO and CO2, comparing this to the spatial distribution of gases in the same regions. The aim is to build a clear picture, commensurate with observational constraints, of the chemical networks that lead to the plethora of molecules observed in star-forming regions. You will have the opportunity to marry your observational work with experimental and theoretical work undertaken elsewhere in the network.
2.   Theoretical Chemistry (Fixed-term for 36 months), 24 Months based at Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, 12 Months based at Department of Chemistry, University of Gothenburg. This project entitled: "Modelling the Physical and Chemical Behaviour of Amorphous Solid Water: an Interstellar Ice Analog" aims to build a clear picture on the molecular level, looking in particular at the role of hydrogen bonding in the physical and chemical behaviour of thin-films of ASW, to elucidate how they govern the chemical evolution of star-forming regions. During the first 12 months of the project you will be based at the University of Strathclyde, with Dr Helen Fraser, and will utilise an exiting molecular dynamics code, and apply state-of the art techniques to develop long time- and length- scale simulations of orphous solid water (ASW) to look at the effects of temperature on the ASW structure and a process called pore collapse. The post will be based for the second 12 month period in Gothenburg, with Prof. Gunar Nyman and Dr Stefan Andersson where you will focus on using state of the chemical reactions dynamics calculations, alongside an existing photochemistry code, to study the chemical reactions that can result in ASW in interstellar space, whether induced by heating (and pore collapse) or by UV photons. The final 12 months will be based at Strathclyde, and will involve coupling the findings of the theoretical chemical calculations into astrochemical networks, according to our existing knowledge (from elsewhere in the network) of observational and laboratory determined constraints on the chemical processes in interstellar ices.
Candidates for these challenging and rewarding positions must have a Masters Degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Maths or a related Engineering field, obtained within the past four years, and demonstrate experience ( e.g. with a Masters research project) in at least one of the following areas: observational astronomy; chemical physics; physical chemistry; surface science; computational chemistry  or theoretical astrochemistry and astrophysics. In addition at the time of appointment, applicants should meet the eligibility requirements of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (see links below for full details). The successful candidate must commence the appointment by 1st February 2011. For an application pack and full details of both posts visit http://www.mis.strath.ac.uk/Personnel/open/r842010.htm (Observational Astrochemistry) http://www.mis.strath.ac.uk/Personnel/open/r852010.htm (Theoretical Astrochemistry) or contact Human Resources, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ. Tel. 0141 553 4133, quoting ref: JA/R85/2010 or JA/R84/2010. Closing date: 14th December 2010.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral Research Position. Marilyn and Austin Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles. Deadline: January 3, 2011. The UCLA Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC) is proud to announce the Marilyn and Austin Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Position Description & Requirements: This is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants must be no more than three years post their PhD/MD or equivalent. The candidate that is awarded the position will conduct basic and/or clinical research in the area of adult and developmental traumatic brain injury, with ample opportunities for translational research. The BIRC is currently seeking highly motivated individuals with extensive overlapping experience in one of the following areas:
1.   Cerebral (neuronal, glial) metabolism (injury effects on metabolic pathways and/or use of metabolic substrates as a therapeutic option).
2.   Mechanisms of brain plasticity (cellular, molecular or functional/neurobehavioral).
Applicants should have experience in one or more of the following techniques used by the BIRC or any other techniques that have proven useful for study in either of these broad categories: HPLC; GCMS; high field NMR spectroscopy; clinical and/or experimental MRI, PET, CT; cerebral microdialysis; neurochemistry and/or neuropharmacology; molecular and cellular biology; /in vivo/ or slice electrophysiology; stem cell biology; exercise physiology. A strong background in experimental design, analytical and statistical skills is highly desirable. Previous experience in clinical or experimental TBI is not required, but preferred. BIRC Faculty available as mentors: Christopher Giza, M.D.,Thomas Glenn, Ph.D.,Grace Griesbach, Ph.D., Neil Harris, Ph.D., Mayumi Prins, Ph.D., Richard Sutton, Ph.D., Paul Vespa, M.D. Interested candidates must submit the following: Current curriculum vita; Personal statement of research interest in regards to the BIRC research; Three letters of recommendation to: David A. Hovda, PhD, Director, UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, Box 957039, Los Angeles, CA 90095-7039 USA, e-mail: dhovda@mednet.ucla.edu. Web: https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=mailto%3Adhovda@mednet.u.... Applications will be reviewed by the UCLA BIRC Admissions Committee, and select candidates will be invited to a formal interview that will include a tour of the facilities. During the interview process, the candidate will be required to give a lecture to the BIRC faculty covering their current work and outline their future interests in the field of neurotrauma.
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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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