UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 11/07/2011

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 34 November 7th, 2011

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PARTNERS IN GIVING AUCTION WEBSITE
The Chemistry Department, in conjunction with the annual "Partners in Giving" campaign, will be holding a silent auction on Friday, November 11th.  The event will be held in the Harrison Parlor of Lathrop Hall on the UW campus.  Prior to the actual auction, donations will be collected from faculty, staff, and students within the Chemistry Department.  These items (or gift certificates) are available for viewing in the display case outside the mail room. The items are currently listed on the department web page, just click on the Partners in Giving link!!! http://partnersingiving.chem.wisc.edu.
In addition to donations from department members, silent auction committee members will also be soliciting donations of food or gift certificates from local vendors.  It is hoped that with wholehearted participation from both the department and the Madison business community, the campaign will be significantly higher than in past years. More than 8,800 state-agency, university, and UWHC employees contributed.  Since its inception in 1973 as the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC), Partners in Giving has raised more than $56.3 million in Dane County for hundreds of charities.
If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact committee members as listed
below.  Thank you for your anticipated participation!
Cheri Stephens (608-262-9668)
Kristi Heming (608-262-6815)
Sue Martin Zernicke (608-263-4450)
Bruce Goldade (608-262-9668)
Other committee members include Dr. Ieva Reich, Rosana Perez Ellmann and Jeff Burkett.
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The 42nd Annual ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI
Saturday, December 10, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm - Sunday, December 11, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm.
Room 1351 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Members of the campus community may obtain free tickets to any of the presentations by sending a self-addressed campus mail envelope along with a request indicating the date and time of the desired presentation and the number of tickets needed to Patti Puccio at the WISL mailbox (lower left area of mailboxes). If you require more than six tickets, please include a list of the names and addresses of the persons for whom you are requesting tickets. Tickets will be distributed starting November 14. This year, the 42nd element, molybdenum, is featured, and some of its many mysteries are revealed. Dazzling demonstrations will entertain and edify as you watch science in action. For more information, please visit: http://www.scifun.org. Please see the Shakhashiri Cheery Shows Poster at the end of this newsletter!!
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

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

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, 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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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Chemical Biology Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Debra Zamble, University of Toronto.
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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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Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ned Thomas, Rice University. "Multiscale Periodic Polymer Composites"
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Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - Atomic Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 5280 Chamberlin. Tony Tong, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "Neutron Spin Filter Development at the Spallation Neutron Source"
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Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 265 materials Science and Engineering Building. P. E. A. Turchi, LawrenceLivermore National Laboratory, Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Condensed Mater and Materials Division (L-352). "Thermodynamics of Alloys: The Road From /Ab Initio/ to Phenomenology"
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Monday, November 14th, 2011 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rudy M. Baum, Editor in Chief, Chemical & Engineering News. ""Sustainable Growth" Is An Oxymoron"
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 - Genomics Seminar Series, 1:30 p.m., Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Timothy Hughes, Ph.D., Professor at the Donnelly Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto. "Exploring the Eukaryotic Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactome"
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 - Chemistry Building Town Hall Meeting, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Seminar Hall. "Building Consultants Will Report the Outcomes of the Building Master Planning Project"
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Adams, UW-Madison, Schomaker Group.
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2012-2013 Robert C. and Carolyn Springborn Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The fellowships, sponsored through the Robert C. and Carolyn Springborn Endowment, are now open to (U.S. only) applicants. The Springborn Graduate Fellowship provides a guaranteed stipend of at least $33,000 per year for the first three years of graduate study, with an additional waiver of tuition and fees as well as travel support in years two and three. The Springborn Postdoctoral Fellowship provides at least $45,000 per year for two years, with exact amount based on previous experience. Additionally, the position provides benefits, travel funds, laboratory space, and assistance with operating costs. The Chemistry Department at Illinois has 33 faculty members, over 300 graduate students, and 97 postdoctoral fellows. Recently ranked by the NRC as one of the very top programs in the nation for graduate study in Chemistry, we are excited to offer these unique opportunities to highly qualified candidates. Contact: Professor Steven Zimmerman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, 107 Noyes Laboratory, MC-712, 505 South Matthews Ave., Urbana, Il 61801, phone: 217-333-5071, Fax: 217-244-5943, e-mail: chemhead@scs.uiuc.edu.
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SMART Scholarship Funding & Call for Reviewers
We would like to make you aware of a tremendous scholarship-for-service opportunity for students to fully
fund their undergraduate or graduate education at your institution, and request that you make them aware of this opportunity. The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities. A comprehensive list of facilities can be found on the SMART website: http://smart.asee.org/.
This is a highly competitive, national program, open to U.S. citizens only, so please ask your best students to apply. The SMART program will pay all educational costs and a stipend while they are in school from as little as one (1) term up to 5 years.
Specifically the program pays for:
     •    Full Tuition - to any accredited U.S. University
     •    A very generous stipend while in school ranging from $25,000 - $41,000 per year
     •    Book allowance - $1,000
     •    Health insurance contribution
     •    Paid Summer internships
     •    Travel fees for internships
     •    All required student fees
For more information, see our webpage at: http://smart.asee.org/.
The application deadline is December 1, 2011, so please let your students know about this program as soon as possible. We would also like to invite you to register to be a potential panelist for the 2012 SMART Evaluation Panel to be held January 19-21, 2012 in Washington, DC. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please register at https://panelists.asee.org/program_info/smart.
The SMART Scholarship Team, mailto: smart@asee.org, Phone: (202) 331-3544, http://smart.asee.org/.
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Columbia University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Environmental Science and Policy Program
We encourage interested students to contact our office or visit our website at: http://www.earth.columbia.edu/mpaenvironment to learn more about the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program's hands-on approach to teaching public policy and administration. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact me by email at: st2745@columbia.edu or by phone at (212) 854-3142, or visit our web site at http://www.earth.columbia.edu/mpaenvironment.
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Graduate Research Fellowship from the Partnership for Clean Competition
The fellowship has been announced officially.  It's for researchers with a PhD in a physical, biological, or medical science, or a pharmacology discipline, to do research and learn about the anti-doping field at either the Salt Lake or UCLA World-Anti-Doping-Agency-accredited lab: http://www.cleancompetition.org/fellowship.aspx. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone potentially interested. Caroline K. Hatton, Ph.D., Drug Testing and Analysis Editorial Advisory Board Member, Sports Anti-Doping Science Consultant, tel (310) 904-9268, E-mail: ckhatton@aol.com.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Opening for a tenure track faculty position in Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) that we hope to fill for the Fall 2012 semester. While applicants with research efforts in all areas of inorganic chemistry will be considered, individuals with research programs in the areas of nanomaterials and/or bio-inorganic chemistry are of particular interest. We anticipate filling this position at the Assistant Professor level, though all interested applicants are encouraged to apply. UMBC is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a "Doctoral/Research Extensive" institution and the Department, which resides in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, grants ACS accredited BA, BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. The research faculty are actively engaged in externally supported investigations at the cutting edges of all of the sub-disciplines of chemistry. Ample laboratory space and offices reside in the 6-story Meyerhoff Chemistry Building for which renovations were completed in 2005. We also jointly administer, with the University of Maryland Professional Schools campus, UMB, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ph.D. granting program that purveys an additional cadre of colleagues for interactions and collaborations as well as a further pool of highly talented graduate students. The University is located on a suburban campus just south of Baltimore, 35 miles north of Washington, D.C. and thus enjoys all of the cultural amenities afforded by both urban centers while benefitting from the modest costs of living of the Baltimore metropolitan area. The region boasts some of the finest public school systems in the nation. Close proximity to the nation's Capitol as well as that of Maryland and major federal laboratories, e.g. NIH and NIST, make this locale an outstanding opportunity for two-career couples. Contact: Brian M. Cullum, Chair, Inorganic Faculty Search Committee. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21250, Phone: 410-455-2491, Fax: 410-455-2608, Voice-mail: 410-455-3233, web: http://www.umbc.edu.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body. We invite applications for a tenure-track position in Chemical Biology. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the chemical or biological sciences and a demonstrated ability or potential for a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research at the interface of chemistry and biology. A successful candidate will be judged on research and teaching accomplishments as well as potential for demonstrated leadership in areas contributing to diversity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Candidates should submit online a curriculum vitae, list of publications, reprints of up to five representative papers, and a personal statement that includes a summary of research plans as well as their past or potential contributions to diversity at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/. Please select the following job opening: CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY Assistant Professor in Chemical Biology (10319). Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference addressing research, teaching and any contributions to diversity submitted at the above mentioned URL. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will commence on October 20, 2011 until the position is filled. UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity http://diversity.ucsd.edu.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body. The department is playing a key role in a UCSD campus-wide initiative to build a preeminent program in quantitative biology (q-Bio) research and teaching. As part of multi-year cluster hires in q-bio, the department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Quantitative Biology, with a preferred focus in the area of cellular biophysics, as it pertains to the biological function of molecular networks or biophysical properties and function of molecules within cells. Approaches may include innovative molecular imaging, molecular kinetics, modeling of network emergent properties, or theory, and will generally involve live cells or organisms. The successful candidate will benefit from and contribute to the collaborative development of the q-Bio initiative, involving Chemistry/Biochemistry, Biology and Physics. A successful candidate will be judged on teaching and research accomplishments as well as on a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should submit online a curriculum vitae, list of publications, reprints of up to five representative papers, and a personal statement that includes a summary of research plans as well  as their past and/or potential contributions to and leadership in promoting equity, inclusion and diversity at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/. Please select the following recruitment: CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY Assistant Professor in Quantitative Biology (10-318). Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference addressing research, teaching and professional service submitted at the above mentioned URL. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2011.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department invites applications for a tenured Full Professorship whose research program bridges the disciplines of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the chemical sciences and a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research in organic and inorganic chemistry. A successful candidate will be judged on teaching and research accomplishments as well as on a demonstrated commitment to excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, list of publications, reprints of up to five representative research publications, and a personal statement that includes a summary of research plans as well as their past and/or potential contributions to teaching and leadership while promoting equity, inclusion and diversity. These application materials should be uploaded at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/. Please select the following recruitment: CHEMISTRY and BIOCHEMISTRY Full Professor in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (10-317). Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference addressing research, teaching, and professional service submitted to the above-mentioned URL. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will commence on October 20, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu is playing a key role in a UCSD campus-wide effort to build the preeminent program in quantitative biosciences (q-Bio) research and teaching. To anchor this effort, the department invites applications for a tenured Full Professorship in Physical Chemistry, with a preferred focus on theoretical molecular biophysics. The successful candidate will hold the Francis Crick Endowed Chair, and will help to steer future development of the q-Bio initiative. This will include collaborations with other departments including Mathematics and Physics, and such UCSD organizations as the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the quantitative physical sciences and a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research in theoretical molecular biophysics.  A successful candidate will be judged on teaching and research accomplishments as well as on a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Candidates should submit online a curriculum vitae, list of publications, reprints of up to five representative papers, and a personal statement that includes a summary of research plans as well as their past and/or potential contributions to and leadership in promoting equity, inclusion and diversity at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply. Please select the following recruitment: CHEMISTRY and BIOCHEMISTRY Full Professor in Physical Chemistry (10-313). Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference addressing research, teaching and professional service submitted at the above mentioned URL. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2011 until the position is filled. UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity http://diversity.ucsd.edu.
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The Department of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University solicits candidates to fill two tenure-track faculty positions beginning fall 2012. We seek applicants with research and teaching interests within the NSF CHE categories: (i) chemical synthesis; (ii) structure, dynamics and mechanisms; (iii) catalysis; (iv) macromolecular, supramolecular, and nanochemistry; or (v) environmental chemical sciences. Candidates are expected to establish an externally funded, nationally recognized research program, and be committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) education. Teaching responsibilities will be in either organic or physical chemistry. A Ph.D. degree in chemistry or related field is required; postdoctoral experience is strongly recommended. Please submit a brief cover letter describing your interest in one (or more) of the research categories above, a curriculum vitae, a short description of future research plans, a statement of teaching interests and experience, a list of required equipment with estimated costs, and have three letters of recommendation submitted directly. Application materials should be sent electronically to chemsearch@mtu.edu in PDF format, addressed to the attention of: Dr. Sarah Green, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2011, and will be accepted until the positions are filled. In addition to the present search, a search to fill ten growth positions in "Transportation" and "Water" are under way and qualified candidates are encouraged to send a separate application, following the "How to Apply" guidelines at www.mtu.edu/sfhi. Michigan Tech is also an ADVANCE institution, one of a select number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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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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