UW-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 02/22/2010

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XXXIV - No. 6 February 22nd, 2010

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Professor John Tully of Yale University 2010-11 Hirschfelder Winner
We are delighted to announce that John Tully, Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, is the winner of the 2010-11 Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. Prof. Tully has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1997, and is well known for his pioneering research on the dynamics of energy transfer and chemical reactions, at metal surfaces, in liquids, and in biological systems. Prof. Tully will visit the department during October 4-6, 2010, and will deliver three Hirschfelder lectures during that period.
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 16th, 2010 April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

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

March 2nd, 2010 March 9th, 2010 April 6th, 2010
April 13th, 2010 May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Wednesday, February 24th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcetta Darensbourg, Texas A & M.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Cui, Stanford University.
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Thursday, February 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Olga Dykhno, Yoon Group.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Herb Seminar, 10:30 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Daniel Agterberg, UW-Milwaukee. "FFLO and Pair Density Wave Superconductivity"
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Friday, February 26th, 2010 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Dave Krabbenhoft, PhD, Wisconsin Water Science Center, USGS. "A National Scale Prediction Model of Methylmercury for the Contiguous United States"
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Denmark, University of Illinois-Urbana .
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Straub, Boston University. "Exploring the Earliest Stages of the Amyloid á Protein Aggregation Pathway"
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Wednesday, March 3rd,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeremy Smith, New Mexico State University.
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Thursday, March 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein - Stahl Group.
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Friday, March 5th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ron Seely, Wisconsin State Journal Writer. "Science as Story: How I Get Neutrinos and Prions into the Headlines"
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine. "Super-Resolution Fluorescence Imaging of Intracellular Structure and Dynamics"
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shawn Burdette, University of Connecticut.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy H. Warren, Georgetown University.
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Weber - Mahanthappa Group.
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Friday, March 19th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research. "Accelerating "Discovery to Delivery" at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery"
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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Kelly, Pfizer Corp.
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Wednesday, April 7th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Sadow, Iowa State.
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. "Interplay Between Cluster Nature and Exohedral Chemistry in Trimetallic Nitride Endohedral Fullerenes"
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University. "Physics-based framework for determining transferable potentials from a databank of structures for different proteins"
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Milstein, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University. "Quantum Origin of Anomalous Isotope Effect in Ozone Formation"
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Vanderwal, University of California-Irvine.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susannah Scott, UC Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland. "Quantum Entanglement and Born-Oppenheimer Breakdown in Chemical Reactions"
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Brunold, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.
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Wednesday, May 12th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, May 13th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - Lilly Young Investigator Lecture in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobias Ritter, Harvard University.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Global Material Science and Technology Group in Goodyear's Akron Innovation Center is responsible for identifying, exploring, and developing new material technologies for all of Goodyear's product lines. Teams within the department are responsible for supporting several fundamental programs aimed at providing Goodyear a sustainable competitive advantage in tire performance and/or cost. In addition, associates work with cross functional product design teams and production to establish performance and manufacturability targets for tires and tire components. Associates are responsible for developing and directing external collaborations with government labs, institutes, universities, and suppliers. Projects are conducted on a global basis and activities are coordinated through an international technical organization. A Ph.D. is  required, preferably in Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Material Science; Familiarity with polymers, fillers, and/or reinforced composites is required; Proficiency in the statistical design and analysis of experimental data is required; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in teams will be required; Exceptional communication and technical documentation skills will be required; Experience in elastomeric formulation for dynamic requirements is preferred; Experience in understanding structure/property relationships in materials is preferred; Some domestic and international travel is required; The associate needs to be open minded, optimistic, and collaborative with a sense of urgency; A highly motivated and entrepreneurial associate is needed to identify and develop new material technologies that address current and future business needs; The successful candidate will be naturally curious and inquisitive, with a demonstrated passion for understanding fundamental scientific principles and mechanisms. The individual will be responsible for translating product performance requirements, such as traction, durability, and fuel efficiency, into the chemical and physical property requirements of new materials; The associate will be asked to utilize their expertise in material science and chemistry to identify and develop new fundamental technologies for Goodyear; Primary responsibilities will include making use of computer models, designing laboratory studies to evaluate material technologies, and interpreting the results based on the underlying chemistry and physics of the materials being studied. As part of our Technology Creation Process, the associate will be expected to interact cross-functionally with our applied product development teams and manufacturing organization to ensure smooth technology transfer. At times the associate may be asked to develop and lead external collaborations in support of their project objectives. Contact: Annie Drummond, Client Relationship Manager, The RightThing, LLC, 3401 Technology Drive, Findlay, OH 45840, PH: 419-420-1830 x4479. EM:Annie.Drummond@rightthinginc.com, Recruitment Leadership, Technology & Outsourcing - www.rightthinginc.com.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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None for this Newsletter
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from spring 2010. CaRLa, the new Catalysis Research Laboratory, founded by the University of Heidelberg, by the State of Baden-Württemberg and by BASF SE in May 2006 on
campus, represents a new type of a joint academic/industrial research institution for combining basic and applied research in homogeneous catalysis. CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from spring 2010 and invites worldwide 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 two or more letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: Prof. Dr. Peter Hofmann, Organisch-Chemisches Institut Universit„t Heidelberg, INF 270, D-69120 Heidelberg, Phone: +49 6221 54-8502, Fax: +49 6221 54-4885, ph@oci.uni-heidelberg.de, Homepage: akph@uni-hd.de, or Dr. Michael Limbach, Basic Chemicals Research, BASF SE, GCB/C   M313, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Phone: +49 621 60-48957, Fax: +49 621 60-6648957, michael.limbach@basf.com. Requirements: Ph.D. in organic, organometallic or molecular based 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: www.carla-hd.com, www.basf.com, www.uni-heidelberg.de.
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