UW-Chemistry Newsletter for 4/16/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 14 April 16th, 2012

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John Berry Recommended for Tenure
We are delighted to report that the Physical Sciences Divisional Committee voted unanimously to recommend tenure for John Berry. This is the last major hurdle, and thus wonderful news. CONGRATULATIONS, JOHN!!! That makes three successes this year. Great to have such outstanding young faculty.
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GSFLC Poster Session Winners
Thank you to all of the students and postdocs who participated in the poster session. The posters were fabulous, and the energy and enthusiasm in the presentations was evident. Congratulations to the participants selected for poster awards!
Top honor--Lisa Johnson (Gellman Group), Matt Rigsby (Stahl Group), Renee Dalrymple (Weisshaar Group), and Brian Esselman (McMahon Group).
Honorable mention--Josh Fishman (Kiessling Group), Ben Bending (Ediger Group), Somenath Bakshi (Weisshaar Group), and Ross Cheloha (Gellman Group).
And thank you to the faculty judges for their efforts to evaluate posters. They wanted to convey that this was a very difficult task! The overall quality of the presentations was impressive, and it was not easy to settle on only a few to receive awards.
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 8th, 2012

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

April 17th, 2012 May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar - The Richard B. Berstein Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Rizzo, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. "Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules in Cold Ion Traps: Experimental Approach, Examples and Applications in Mass Spectrometry"
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar - The Richard B. Berstein Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Rizzo, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. "Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules in Cold Ion Traps: Dealing with Conformational Complexity"
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Dolinar, UW-Madison, Berry Group. "Design and Synthesis of Molecular Switches based on Mixed-Valent Transition Metal Complexes with Chemically Tunable Bridges"
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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrei Iosub of the Stahl Group.
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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 - Analytical Meloche Lecture-Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Rick Van Duyne, Northwestern University. "New Directions in Plasmonics: Pushing the Sensitivity, Space and Time Limits"
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Friday, April 20th, 2012 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Kelly Gaffney, Stanford University. "Resolving the Mechanism of H-bond Switching and Ligand Exchange in Aqueous Ionic Solution"
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Friday, April 20th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12: 05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N Park Street. Jongbae Heo, PhD, Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program. "Multivariate Air Quality Receptor Modeling for PM2.5 Chemical Speciation Data in Wisconsin"
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christy Landes, Rice University. "In Search of Concurrence Between Biological and Synthetic Single Molecule Structure/Function"
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter R. Ogilby, Aarhus University Denmark. "Singlet Oxygen Today: From Mammalian Cells and Two-Photon Processes to Gold Nanoparticles"
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Poeppelmeier, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, April 26th, 2012 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Jaworski of the Stahl Group, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, April 26th, 2012 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Caroline Hatton, UCLA. "A Chemistry Job of Olympic Proportions"
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Friday, April 27th, 2012 - Chemistry Department Colloquium: Spring 2012, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Caroline Hatton, UCLA, Olympic Lab. "The Analytical Olympics"
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Chemistry Camps
The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) offers a summer afternoon laboratory program in chemistry for middle school students entering grades 5-8.  Chemistry Camps are designed to stimulate scientific curiosity through demonstrations, experiments, and other hands-on activities.
Three different camp themes will be offered this year.  Fun with Food Science will be offered July 9-July 13. Fun with the Chemistry of Superheroes will be offered July 16-July 20.  Fun with Forensic Chemistry will be held July 23-July 27.  Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 1:15-4:30 pm.  The cost for each one-week session is $175. An optional late (5:30 pm) pick-up is available for an additional $30/week.
Information and registration instructions are available online at: http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/Camps.html. For additional information, contact Sandy Walejko, 1305 Chemistry Bldg., 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608/262-3033; fax: 608/265-8094; email: ice@chem.wisc.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Analysis of the Acidic Proteome with Negative Electron-Transfer Dissociation Mass Spectrometry.
McAlister, GC; Russell, JD; Rumachik, NG; Hebert, AS; Syka, JEP; Geer, LY; Westphall, MS; Pagliarini, DJ; Coon, JJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 84 (6):2875-2882; 10.1021/ac203430u MAR 20 2012.
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Mechanistic Investigations into the Behavior of a Labeled Zirconocene Polymerization Catalyst.
Moscato, BM; Zhu, BL; Landis, CR*.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 31 (5):2097-2107; 10.1021/om3000955 MAR 12 2012.
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Molecular packing in highly stable glasses of vapor-deposited tris-naphthylbenzene isomers.
Dawson, K; Kopff, LA; Zhu, L; McMahon, RJ*; Yu, L; Richert, R; Ediger, MD*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 136 (9):10.1063/1.3686801 MAR 7 2012.
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Molecular mobility in supported thin films of polystyrene, poly(methyl methacrylate), and poly(2-vinyl pyridine) probed by dye reorientation.
Paeng, K; Richert, R; Ediger, MD*.
SOFT MATTER, 8 (3):819-826; 10.1039/c1sm06501g 2012.
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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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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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CaRLa Has Open Several Positions for Postdoctoral Fellows Starting From Summer 2012 Description. CaRLa, the new Catalysis Research Laboratory, founded and operated by the University of Heidelberg and by BASF SE, the world's leading chemical company, represents a new type of a joint academic/industrial research institution for combining basic and applied research in homogeneous catalysis: http://www.carla-hd.de. CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from summer 2012 and invites applications from qualified young scientists (with appropriate organic, organometallic or inorganic molecular chemistry background), who are interested to work as postdoctoral research fellows in CaRLa. Research experience in the field of homogeneous catalysis is advantageous, but not mandatory. Electronic applications are preferred. Please submit them to: employment@carla-hd.de. Please attach a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a letter of motivation. Applicants should also arrange for minimal two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: Prof. Dr. Peter Hofmann, Organisch-Chemisches Institut, University of Heidelberg, INF 270, D-69120 Heidelberg, Phone: +49 6221 54-8502, Fax: +49 6221 54-4885, e-mail: ph@oci.uni-heidelberg.de. Homepage: akph@uni-hd.de or Dr. Michael Limbach, Basic Chemicals Research, BASF SE, GCS/C M313, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Phone: +49 621 60-48957, Fax: +49 621 60-6648957, e-mail: michael.limbach@basf.com. Requirements: Ph.D. in organic, organometallic or molecular inorganic chemistry. Hands-on experience in preparing and characterizing air- and temperature-labile compounds. Excellent oral and written communication skills. University of Heidelberg and BASF are equal opportunity employers. To learn more about CaRLa, BASF or University of Heidelberg, visit our websites: http://www.carla-hd.de, http://www.basf.com, http://www.uni-hedelberg.de.
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Research/teaching post doc, Trinity University, physical organic chemistry. The research involves the preparation and characterization of antiaromatic hydrocarbon dications and dianions (cf. Pure and Appl. Chem, ASAP, JOC, 2011, 76, 5539-5546, JOC, 2011, 76, 2286-2290 JOC, 2011, 76, 645-653, JOC, 2011, 76, 181-187, Org. Lett. , 2008, 10, 5605-5608, JACS 2008, 130, 14883-14890, JACS 2008, 130, 10179-10186.). Experience in synthesis as well as a willingness to direct undergraduate researchers is required. The position will involve ~75% research/25% teaching (depending on departmental needs). The department is particularly well-equipped for an undergraduate institution, including in its instrument holdings, Varian 500 MHz (2010) and Varian Mecury 300 MHz NMR spectrometers, an LC/mass spectrometer, two gc/mass spectrometers, three FT-IR spectrometers, four Hitachi uv/vis spectrometers, and a number of computer workstations. In January 2012 we moved into a new $127M science building. Trinity University is a predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI) with no graduate programs in the sciences. The chemistry department is particularly research active and normally has 4-7 post docs at a time. Because of the critical mass of post-docs in the department, we are able to offer a series of brown bag lunches in which the post-docs and faculty discuss aspects of a career at a PUI, from the job application, initial research proposal, and interview trip, to questions of balancing research and teaching, designing projects appropriate for undergraduates, and sources of research funding for PUIs. The position is most appropriate for someone considering a career as a faculty member at a PUI and we have been quite successful in placing post docs in academic positions if that was their goal. Applications should include undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of why this position is of value to the applicant. The position will remain open until filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply soon. For further information, please contact: Dr. Nancy Mills, nmills@trinity.edu.
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