UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 10/10/2011

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 30  October 10th, 2011

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Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi Joining UW Chemistry In Fall of 2012
We are pleased to report that Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi will be joining us as a Full Professor. Professor Choi and her research group will arrive in Fall 2012. Professor Choi comes to us from Purdue University, where she is currently an Associate Professor in Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry. Welcome Kyoung-Shin!

Kyoung-Shin Choi
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October 11th, 2011 November 8th, 2011 December 13th, 2011 February 14th, 2012
March 13th, 2012 April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012  

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

October 18th, 2011 November 1st, 2011 November 15th, 2011 December 6th, 2011
December 20th, 2011 January 17th, 2012 February 7th, 2012 February 21st, 2012
March 6th, 2012 March 20th, 2012 April 17th, 2012 May 1st, 2012
May 15th, 2012 (Optional)      

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Enrico Gratton, University of California-Irvine. "Following Single Molecules in Cells and Tissues by Correlation Spectroscopy"
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephan Kass, University of Minnesota. "Hydrogen Bond Arrays: The Power of Cooperativity"
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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University. "Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Efficient Molecular Solar Cells"
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Travis Blum, UW-Madison - Yoon Group. "Recent Advances in Palladium-Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura C(sp3) Cross Coupling"
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - Analytical-Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor J. Michael Ramsey, UNC Chapel Hill. "Micro- and Nanofabricated Devices for Elucidating Chemical and Biochemical Information"
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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science & Engineering Building. Chris Meyer, Sector67, Madison, WI. "Sector67 - Madison's Hackerspace:  Origin to Opportunities"
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David McCamant, University of Rochester. "Femtosecond Raman Spectroscopy as a Probe of Both Ultrafast Photochemical Reaction Dynamics and Vibrational Coupling"
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - Theoretical Seminar,- 2:00 p.m., Room 1381 Chemistry Building. Dr. Desiree Bates, UW Madison. "Computational Chemistry Workshop"
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Savage, Brigham Young University. "Glycolipids for Natural Killer T Cells"
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Thursday, October 20th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neil Garg, University of California.
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Thursday, October 20th, 2011 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Harald Morgner, University Leipzig. "A new Theory for Fluids in Mesopores: Motivation and Some Applications"
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Kolb, Aerodyne Research. "Chemistry and Composition of Atmospheric Aerosol Particles"
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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Tucker, UW-Madison - Mecozzi Group.
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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard L. Brutchey, University of Southern California.
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Cremer, Texas A&M University.
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Motomu Kanai, University of Tokyo.
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Deborah Wuttke, University of Colorado-Boulder. "Tying Up the Ends: Recognition and Regulation of Telomeres"
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donna Blackmond, Scripps Research Institute.
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Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Meijler, Ben Gurion University.
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PULSe Fall Open House to Learn About Graduate Study in the Life Sciences at Purdue
At this event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program. Website: http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/pulse.
•    Event: Fall Open House for undergraduate students to learn more about the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program
•    Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
•    Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
•    Location: Room 202, Stewart Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
•    Activities: Meet the faculty session, lunch with students, and tour of lab facilities
Contact and RSVP: Dr. Colleen Gabauer at cgabauer@purdue.edu or 765-494-9256. Upon receipt of your RSVP, directions and event details will be sent directly to you. If you need special accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible.
NOTE: lunch and refreshments will be served.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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University of Virginia. Scientific Program Administrator position in the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF). The CCHF is a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center that fosters collaborative efforts to develop new catalyst technologies for the processing and conversion of hydrocarbons. The CCHF coordinates research between ten groups at ten institutions. More information on the CCHF can be found at: http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/cchf/. The CCHF invites applications for the position of Scientific Program Administrator. This individual will work with the CCHF scientists to facilitate, promote and organize the esearch efforts. The duties include, but are not limited to, assistance with gathering and submission of research reports, organizing and providing oversight for research meetings (both web-based and site meetings), gathering, maintaining and distributing promotional materials, working with others to maintain the CCHF's website, developing and serving as a liaison with private partners of the CCHF, and providing oversight of research funding and expenditures. The ideal candidate with hold a Ph. D. in chemistry with preference to those who have experience in the field of homogeneous catalysts. Candidates with an M.S. degree and substantial experience will be considered. Previous involvement with management of scientific groups (e.g., research institutes, academic institutions, national laboratories or industrial groups) and strong interpersonal and organizational skills will be valuable. The initial salary will be commensurate with experience level. Applications should include a current resume with a list of three references and a brief cover letter that outlines relevant experience in education and administration. All materials (including references) should be submitted at https://jobs.virginia.edu under position number: R4114 (NOTE: Enter this number in the position number box and not the posting number box). From the home page, click on "Search Postings" in the upper left corner and enter the position number in the search tool. Questions about the submission process should be sent to: Ms. Valerie Dudding at: vnh6y@eservices.virginia.edu. Questions about the position should be directed to: T. Brent Gunnoe, University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry, phone: (434) 982-2692, e-mail: tbg7h@virginia.edu.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Grand Valley State University. Affiliate Professor in Chemistry. Required Qualifications and Education: Candidates must have a Master's degree in Chemistry and a strong commitment to and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate education. Responsibilities include teaching lecture and laboratory courses in the full-year general chemistry sequence; additional assignments are possible depending on candidate expertise and departmental needs. The Department values candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of colleagues and students. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. GVSU salaries are competitive with excellent benefits. Department/Division: Chemistry/Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applications must be submitted on-line at http://www.gvsujobs.org. After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach electronically the following Word (.doc or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents:
•    An application cover letter
•    A Curriculum Vita
•    A statement of teaching philosophy
Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent by email to chmdept@gvsu.edu using "Affiliate reference letter" as the subject line. Reference letters can also be sent by regular mail to: Affiliate Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401. Application Deadline Date: Application review will begin October 17, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.
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Grand Valley State University. Assistant Professor in Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry), tenure track, starting Aug, 2012. The position requires a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. A doctoral degree is preferred. Candidates who have nearly finished their doctoral degree (ABD) may be considered, with completion by August 5, 2013. The Department values candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of colleagues and students. Responsibilities include teaching general chemistry service courses and advanced courses in the area of expertise. Faculty are expected to maintain an active scholarship program that includes mentoring undergraduate research students. Preference be given to candidates whose scholarship complements existing strengths in the department. Faculty are also expected to contribute service to the Department, College, University, and/or community. Complete requirements for tenure track faculty are detailed in the University Faculty Handbook and the Departmental Performance Expectations document, available upon request. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. GVSU salaries are competitive with excellent benefits. Applications must be submitted on-line at http://www.gvsujobs.org. After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach the following documents: (Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat formats)
•    An application cover letter
•    A Curriculum Vita
•    A statement of teaching philosophy
•    A brief summary of scholarship/research activities, including research projects appropriate for undergraduate students. Also include a statement of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation requirements (Detailed equipment budgets are not necessary with the initial application).
Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Search  Committee. Letters should be sent as an e-mail attachment to chmdept@gvsu.edu (use "Inorganic Reference Letter" as the subject line). If necessary, letters may be sent by regular mail to: Inorganic Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401. Date For Reviewing Applications: Application review will begin October 17, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at:  http://www.gvsu.edu/chem for more information.
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Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research. Tenure-Track Investigator Position in Chemical Biology. The Chemical Biology Laboratory (CBL), Molecular Discovery Program (MDP), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is accepting applications for the position of Tenure-Track Investigator to develop an independent research program addressing problems at the interface of chemistry and biology. This intramural position is similar to that of a tenure-track assistant professor in academia. Three distinct areas of chemical biology are of particular interest: synthetic organic chemistry developing novel methodology towards the preparation of complex biologically active molecules; chemistry-based development and implementation of novel imaging tools; small molecule control of cell fate. Individual will establish a dynamic, collaborative program to develop and apply chemical methods and tools that define and manipulate the biological processes that impact cancer and/or AIDS.  Additionally, an Investigator is expected to establish an internationally recognized program and direct a research group composed of postdoctoral fellows and technicians. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or related physical science. This search is directed at the tenure-track level. The position is located at the NCI-Frederick, MD campus. This location offers state-of-the-art chemical biology laboratories as well as core facilities including mass spectrometry; NMR spectroscopy; protein expression and proteomics; electron, optical and small animal imaging and other advanced technologies.  Incumbent will be provided with laboratory space, research equipment, staff support, and an annual supply budget. Consideration of applicants will begin October 3, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.  Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and full benefits (including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan). This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens. To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans (~5 pages), and arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent to: Ms. Deanna Dougherty, Administrative Officer, NCI-Frederick, P.O. Box B, Bldg. 578/27, Frederick, MD 21702-1201, Tel. 301-846-5199, Fax 301-846-6053, E-mail: CBLTenureTrackApps@mail.nih.gov PDF files are encouraged.
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Virginia Tech. Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Faculty Positions in Macromolecular Science. Virginia Tech is expanding its presence in its internationally recognized interdisciplinary program in macromolecular science and engineering with two new faculty positions. These two new positions signify a strong University commitment to the importance of the science and engineering of polymeric materials to helping solve major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and medicine. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in the University-wide Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, which has the mission of building strong research and education collaborations across campus. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in polymer chemistry (posting 0110881). Candidates with an emphasis on synthesis and properties of new polymeric materials, and polymers for nanomedicine, energy and the environment, are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized research program and be an effective teacher in graduate and undergraduate courses. Applications must be submitted online by going to http://www.jobs.vt.edu and locating the correct posting referenced above. Applicants for the chemistry position should submit a curriculum vita, a description of research plans (not to exceed five pages), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor J. M. Tanko, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061. The Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for the recently-established Robert E. Hord Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering. Candidates are expected to have established an international record of research and education that would support appointment as an endowed chair at the professor level. Although all areas of macromolecular science will be considered, candidates with interests in advanced polymeric materials for application in molecular-scale separations, biopolymers, or drug delivery are especially encouraged to apply. This is an extremely exciting time for the Department; in addition to the Hord gift (for supporting endowed chairs and graduate fellowships), construction has also started on the Signature Engineering Building, which will be the future home of the Department. Applicants for the Hord chair should submit a curriculum vita at: http://www.iobs.vt.edu  posting 0110892. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2011 and will continue until the positions are filled. Further information about the positions and the two Departments can be found at http://www.chem.vt.edu and http://www.che.vt.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Dr. Nancy Mills, Trinity University has an opening for a teaching/research post-doc, as soon as January 2012 and definitely by May 2012. My research involves the preparation and characterization of antiaromatic hydrocarbon dications and dianions (cf. 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 will move into a new $127M science building. For those of you not familiar with us, the chemistry department at Trinity University is unusual among undergraduate institutions in the umber of teaching/research post-docs who have collaborated with faculty. We normally have between 4 and 7 post-docs at one time, which means that the post-doc is not as isolated as might be the case at other undergraduate institutions. The position is most appropriate for someone considering a career as a faculty member at a predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI). 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 PUI's. Every post doc of mine, who has been interested in an academic position, has been successful. This position is obviously not appropriate for someone interested almost exclusively in research but for someone wanting the balance of teaching and research possible at an undergraduate institution, this has been a successful route. 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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