University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 10/18/2010

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XXXIV - No. 36 October 18th, 2010

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Charlie Giese Chemistry's New Grants and Contract Specialist
We're very happy to announce that we have hired Charlie Giese as our new Grants and Contract Specialist.  Charlie comes to us from the Department of Psychology, where he has been responsible for pre and post award activities for the past 3 years. Charlie is accustomed to working with a large group of faculty who have active research groups. Charlie's official start date is November 1. He will be located in 1124 (Betty's old office), since Betty has moved to 1120 (Berta's old office). Welcome to the department Charlie!!
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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October 19th, 2010 November 9th, 2010 December 14th, 2010
February 8th, 2011
March 22nd, 2011 April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011  

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

October 26th, 2010 November 2nd, 2010 November 16th, 2010 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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Monday, October 18th, 2010 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N Park Street. Morris Jones, PhD Candidate, Georgia Tech. "Organic-Fe(III) Complexes:  Rethinking Iron Solubility and Bioavailability"
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Christian Hackenberger, Free University of Berlin.
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Rex T. Skodje, Boulder Co. "Vibrational Overtone Induced Chemical Reactions in Gas and Cluster Phase"
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gregory Hillhouse, University of Chicago. "Unusual Chemistry of Two- and Three-Coordinate Nickel"
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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor  Murray Johnston, University of Delaware.
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Thursday, October 21st, 2010 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering Building. Laurence D. Marks, Professor, MS&E, Northwestern University. "God Made the Bulk; the Surface was Invented by the Devil" - Wolfgang Pauli"
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stuart Rowan, Case Western Reserve.
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Kable, University of Sydney. "Reactions That Don't Follow the Transition State Path"
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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Corbett, Iowa State University.
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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 P.M., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Dennis Wesolowski, EPA Regional Office in Chicago.
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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Emmanuel LaCote, CNRS, Paris.
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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ralph I. Kaiser, University Hawaii. "The Origin and Chemical Evolution of Titan's Aerosol Layers"
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Thursday, November 4th, 2010 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norman Dovichi, University of Washington.
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Friday, November 5th, 2010 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Professor Clark Landis, UW-Madison, Department of Chemistry.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Ellman, UC-Berkeley.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephan Link, Rice University. "Collective Plasmon Modes in Nanoparticle Assemblies"
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Douglas Stephan, University of Toronto. "Frustrated Lewis Pairs: A New Paradigm for Reactivity and Catalysis"
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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010  - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerard C.L. Wong, University of California Los Angeles.
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary J. Pielak, University of North Carolina. "Macromolecular Crowding & Protein Chemistry: Views from Inside & Outside Cells"
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Friday, December 3rd, 2010 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Pupa Gilbert, UW Physics Department.
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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 W. 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.
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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 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 Steven J. Sibener, University of Chicago.
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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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Wednsday, 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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23rd Annual Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas - Sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The University of Arkansas has a 10 week program that allows chemistry majors, who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2011 to carry out research in a chosen area while taking in the beauty of the Ozark Mountain Plateau. This program can provides: Scholarships up to $5100.00; College Credit; Housing Allowance; Conference Funding; Fields Trips. The program dates are from May, 22nd, 2011 to July 29th, 2011.  Application deadline is march 7th, 2011. For more information and to apply online please go to: http://chemistry.uark.edu/1197.htm.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Enediyne Antitumor Antibiotic Maduropeptin Biosynthesis Featuring a C-Methyltransferase That Acts on a CoA-Tethered Aromatic Substrate.
Ling, JY; Horsman, GP; Huang, SX; Luo, YG; Lin, SJ; Shen, B*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (36): 12534-12536 SEP 15 2010.
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Dialkynyl Carbene Derivatives: Generation and Characterization of Triplet tert-Butylpentadiynylidene (t-Bu-C C-C-C  C-H) and Dimethylpentadiynylidene (Me-C  C-C-C  C-Me).
Thomas, PS; Bowling, NP; Burrmann, NJ; McMahon, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 75 (19): 6372-6381 OCT 1 2010.
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Synthesis of Simple Diynals, Diynones, Their Hydrazones, and Diazo Compounds: Precursors to a Family of Dialkynyl Carbenes (R-1-C  C-C-C  C-R-2).
Bowling, NP; Burrmann, NJ; Halter, RJ; Hodges, JA; McMahon, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 75 (19): 6382-6390 OCT 1 2010.
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Synthesis and characterization of alkylsilane ethers with oligo(ethylene oxide) substituents for safe electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries.
Zhang, LZ; Lyons, L; Newhouse, J; Zhang, ZC; Straughan, M; Chen, ZH; Amine, K; Hamers, RJ*; West, R*.
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY 20 (38): 8224-8226 2010.
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Synthesis of mesoporous Si1-xGexO2 (0.10 <= x <= 0.31) using a nonionic block copolymer template.
Szczech, JR; Lukowski, MA; Jin, S*.
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY 20 (38): 8389-8393 2010.
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Synthesis and Characterization of New Os-2(5+) and Os-2(6+) Azido Complexes.
Piccoli, PMB; Berry, JF*.
JOURNAL OF CLUSTER SCIENCE 21 (3): 351-359 Sp. Iss. SI SEP 2010.
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Contribution of Long-Range Interactions to the Secondary Structure of an Unfolded Globin.
Fedyukina, DV; Rajagopalan, S; Sekhar, A; Fulmer, EC; Eun, YJ; Cavagnero, S*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 99 (5): L37-L39 SEP 8 2010.
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Antitumor Activity of Ribonuclease Multimers Created by Site-Specific Covalent Tethering.
Rutkoski, TJ; Kink, JA; Strong, LE; Schilling, CI; Raines, RT*.
BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY 21 (9): 1691-1702 SEP 2010.
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Surface Chemistry for Stable and Smart Molecular and Biomolecular Interfaces via Photochemical Grafting of Alkenes.
Wang, XY; Landis, EC; Franking, R; Hamers, RJ*.
ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 43 (9): 1205-1215 SEP 2010.
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N-Nosyl oxaziridines as terminal oxidants in copper(II)-catalyzed olefin oxyaminations.
DePorter, SM; Jacobsen, AC; Partridge, KM; Williamson, KS; Yoon, TP*.
TETRAHEDRON LETTERS 51 (40): 5223-5225 OCT 6 2010.
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Characterization of Nanoscale Transformations in Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Fabricated From Plasmid DNA Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy in Combination With Atomic Force Microscopy.
Fredin, NJ; Flessner, RM; Jewell, CM; Bechler, SL; Buck, ME; Lynn, DM*.
MICROSCOPY RESEARCH AND TECHNIQUE 73 (9): 834-844 SEP 2010.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Van Andel Institute is looking to identify future doctoral students with a passion for doing molecular and genetic research that makes a difference for human health? The Van Andel Institute Graduate School provides an innovative developmental path for students with the capacity and motivation for careers in biomedical research. The Van Andel Research Institute, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, conducts biomedical research with an emphasis on translating scientific results into clinical applications. The Van Andel Institute Graduate School trains Ph.D. scientists to be leading scholars in cellular, molecular and genetic studies relevant to human diseases. This unique doctoral program prepares researchers for effective careers linking the discoveries of basic science with the applications needed for improved human health. Our innovative curriculum leads students to explore fundamental concepts in genetics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology through highly integrated, problem-based courses based on current research questions, in preparation for their dissertation research as they take on their professional status as scientists. For the entering class of Fall 2011, we seek effective independent learners who work capably in a collegial team environment. A solid foundation in cell biology. molecular biology and genetics will be important, but more essential is an understanding of and passion for the life of a scientist and the exploration of cutting-edge scientific questions. Those with a bold and pioneering spirit will make the most of this opportunity. More information is available at our website: http://www.vai.org or by contacting the graduate school office at: gradschool@vai.org or 616-234-5708. Thank you in advance for connecting your outstanding students with this outstanding opportunity.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Faculty Positions (Assistant Professor). Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for full-time tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level in all major areas of chemistry including analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, and theoretical. Candidates will be expected to establish a high-quality, externally funded research program and have a commitment to outstanding graduate and undergraduate teaching. Salary is negotiable. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in hand or show clear evidence of completion by the time the appointment begins. They are expected to present evidence of excellence in research and teaching. To ensure full consideration you must provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, and contact information for 3 references by the close date of October 22, 2010. Create your University of Illinois application through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae. The Department of Chemistry will then send you an email (within 2 days) with instructions for uploading your research statement and entering contact information for three references. For further information contact: Chemistry Faculty Search Committee at chemhead@scs.illinois.edu or (217)-333-5071. Target starting date is August 16, 2011.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral Fellows, University of Hawaii  at Manoa (Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy, Reaction Dynamics in Gas Phase &  Condensed Phase). The Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and NASA Astrobiology Institute invite applications for multiple postdoctoral positions in the field of experimental physical chemistry (matrix isolation spectroscopy, reaction dynamics, combustion chemistry, astrochemistry, astrobiology). The appointment period is initially for one year, but funds are available for renewals up to three years based on satisfactory progress. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Successful applicants should have a strong background in one or more of the following: matrix isolation spectroscopy, FTIR, Raman, UVVIS, UVVUV, experimental reaction dynamics, molecular beams, UHV technology, LIF, pulsed laser systems, generation of tunable UV/VUV radiation. Programming experience in C, C++, labview, and/or autocad is desirable. The prime directive of our research program is to investigate the formation of molecules in extreme environments (combustion flames, planetary atmospheres and surfaces, interstellar medium, Kuiper Belt Objects). A description of our current research group can be found at http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/welcome.html. Please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, and publication list to: Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA. Only complete, electronic applications in pdf format (ralfk@hawaii.edu) will be considered. The review of applications will start November 1, 2010, and continues until all positions are filled.
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