UW Madison Chemistry Bewsletter for 1/22/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 3 January 22nd, 2013

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SPRING ACS MEETING CHEMISTRY RECEPTION
We have reserved a venue at the Spring ACS Meeting in New Orleans. We will be at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, 5-7 PM on Sunday, April 7.  If you'll be at the meeting, please stop in. An exact room assignment will be made later, but for now, if you're making reservations to go to the Spring ACS Meeting, include us in your plans!
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 12th, 2013 March 12th, 2013
April 16th, 2013 May 14th, 2013

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

January 22nd, 2013 February 19th, 2013 March 5th, 2013 March 19th, 2013
April 2nd, 2013 April 23rd, 2013 May 7th, 2013  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Anderson, University of Utah. "Correlations of Cluster Size, Electronic Structure and (Electro)Catalytic Activity for Pdn and Ptn on Planar Substrates"
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Thursday, January 24th, 2013 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean Palecek, UW-Madison, Department of Engineering.
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Friday, January 25th, 2013 - Environmental Chemistry & Technology Seminar Series, 12:05 p.m., in WSEL 102. Rudolf Perez, Postdoc in Environmental Chemistry & Technology.
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jianhua Xing, Virginia Tech University. "Extending the Horizon of Chemical Physics to Cell Biology"
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ruth Signorell, University of British Columbia and Laboratory of Physical Chemistry ETH Z rich - Switzerland. "Characterization of Ultrafine Aerosols by Vacuum Ultraviolet Light"
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2013 - Materials Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Uli Weisner, Cornell University.
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Monday, February 4th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Yongna Xing lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 - WISL Seminar, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Concert at Chemistry: Celebrating WISL Fellow Marc Fink's promotion to Emeritus Professor. See poster at end of this newsletter.
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Monday, March 4th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Jim Keck lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Monday, April 1st, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Sam Butcher lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Presenter and title TBA.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Detailed Structure of the H2PO4--Guanosine Diphosphate Intermediate in Ras-GAP Decoded from FTIR Experiments by Biomolecular Simulations.
Xia, F; Rudack, T; Cui, Q*; Kotting, C; Gerwert, K.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (49):20041-20044; 10.1021/ja310496e DEC 12 2012.
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Stable glasses of indomethacin and alpha,alpha,beta-tris-naphthylbenzene transform into ordinary supercooled liquids.
Sepulveda, A; Swallen, SF; Kopff, LA; McMahon, RJ*; Ediger, MD*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 137 (20):10.1063/1.4768168 NOV 28 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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Metropolitan State University, America's premier university for lifelong learning, is seeking applicants for the position of Chemistry (Analytical) Faculty in the Natural Sciences Department This position is a full-time tenure-track probationary position in chemistry to begin in fall 2013. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in chemistry; advising; research and scholarly activity, and participation in faculty governance. Candidates are expected to be committed to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body.
Minimum Qualifications:
     •    Ph.D. in chemistry or related field by time of appointment.
Required Qualifications:
     •    Ability to teach a broad range of undergraduate science courses including analytical chemistry,
          instrumental chemistry, environmental chemistry, general chemistry, and introduction to chemistry
          or other general education chemistry courses.
     •    Successful experience teaching undergraduate science.
     •    Demonstrated commitment to student centered education and laboratory activity in the            undergraduate curriculum.
     •    Plans for research and scholarly activity that are a good fit for this teaching-focused institution.
     •    Excellent ability to communicate with and work with a wide range of people.
     •    Demonstrated commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body.
Preferred Qualifications:
     •    Experience with and commitment to teaching science in a liberal arts and sciences context.
     •    Relevant work experience in research, industry, or government.
The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Visit our web site at: http://www.metrostate.edu. To apply, go to: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/metrostatemn/default.cfm. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application: Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position; Current curriculum vita or resume; One page statement of teaching philosophy and/or examples of teaching effectiveness; Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers; Transcripts - Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date, with your name and the academic institution's name/logo are required. We are not able to accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports. If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required. If you need help submitting your online application, please contact NEO GOV @ 1-877-204-4442, option 1, for technical assistance. If you have other questions related to this job announcement, please contact Human Resources, Search & Selection Specialist, Jody (Mary) Anderson at 651.793.1811. TTY users call 651.772.7687.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for an open rank faculty position in Soft Matter experiment and theory. Areas of interest include bio-inspired materials, polymers, colloids, gels, rheology, and scattering. All candidates will be evaluated commensurate with their seniority. The highest priority will be given to candidates with an established track record of external funding, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. More junior candidates should demonstrate a clear potential for teaching and conducting cutting-edge research at the interface of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, and Biology. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Applicants should submit a SINGLE PDF containing a cover letter, curriculum vita, research plan, and teaching statement to: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/9856. Applicants should also arrange to have four pdf letters of recommendation sent electronically to: chemsearch@unc.edu with a subject line Applied Sciences Search. Review of applications will begin in January 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to: Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290, chemsearch@unc.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Post-doctoral Fellow in Protein Engineering : Bronx, NY, United States. We seek a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow in protein engineering for a position at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry (Bronx, NY, USA). The successful candidate will use phage display libraries to identify antibodies targeting viral envelope glycoproteins, and then characterize those antibodies using biophysical and viral entry assays. Applicants should have a strong background in protein biochemistry (including expression and purification), and good working knowledge of protein structure/function relationships. Candidates with experience in phage display, antibody engineering, and/or viral entry assays will be given the strongest consideration. Qualified applications should send a CV including publication list and contact information for three references to: Jonathan Lai, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, lailabjobs@gmail.com.
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Vacancy ID # 121145. Employing Department: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology. Appointment Conditions: Full time appointment ending one year from start date. Proposed Start Date: March 1, 2013. Job Description: A postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory of Dr. Adam W. Barb at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, to conduct research on redesigning enzyme specificity. Dr. Barb is conducting collaborative research in the field of biorenewable chemicals. Microbial polyketide synthesis is being explored as a renewable and cost-effective source of chemical precursor compounds for the chemical industry. The goal of this research is to engineer enzymes to accept unnatural, noncognate substrates with significant potential for further chemical or enzymatic modification. The successful candidate will work in a highly collaborative environment inside and outside of the lab, be responsible for presenting research findings, and contribute to future research proposals. This investigation is funded by a grant from the Center for BioRenewable Chemicals, centered at Iowa State University (see http://www.cbirc.iastate.edu/ for more information). Experience in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy OR protein biochemistry/enzymology is required. For more information on Dr. Barb's research see http://www.bbmb.iastate.edu/adam-barb/. Required Qualifications: Applicant must have Ph.D. and a strong background in Biochemistry, Microbiology or a related field. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in enzymology and biophysical analysis of proteins OR biomolecular NMR spectroscopy is preferred. The candidate must be willing to learn new techniques. Salary: $45,000. Special Conditions: The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal. Health and retirement benefits are provided with the position. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, a complete CV, a brief description of research experience, and the names and contact information of three references to: abarb@iastate.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Adam Barb at abarb@iastate.edu. To ensure consideration, submit application by: March 1st, 2013.
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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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