UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 11/14/2011

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 35 November 14th, 2011

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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

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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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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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 - Special Department Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Trisha Andrew, MIT. "Exploring Structure-Property Relationships in the Design of Chromophores: Chemosensors, Photochromes and Surfactants for Organic Solar Cells"
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Friday, November 18th, 2011 - Department Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura Kiessling, UW-Madison. "Teaching at the Interface"
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Friday, November 18th, 2011 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Samera Hamad, ECT Graduate Student. "Monitoring the Chemical Pollutants of Tigris River in Baghdad City"
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Monday, November 21st, 2011 - Special Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Noah Burns, Harvard University. "Natural Products as Targets and Identifiers of Unsolved Synthetic Problems: Total Syntheses of Haouamine A and Dual Catalysis in Enantioselective Oxidopyrylium-Based Cycloadditions"
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Student Forum with Dept of Homeland Security staff 11/15 @ Union South
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, visited UW-Madison in September to publicly announce a new DHS website: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20110916-study-in-the-states.shtm
designed to help attract more international students and scholars to study in the U.S. Staff members of DHS's Academic Engagement are returning to UW-Madison on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, to meet with faculty, staff and students at Union South (TITU). The team, lead by Lauren Kielsmeier, Executive Director of the Academic Engagement unit, would like to meet with undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international) who may be interested in working for DHS. If you know of students who have indicated an interest in pursuing a career with the federal governent, please encourage them to attend this session with DHS staff members at 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in Union South. One of the student roundtables will focus on general DHS opportunities and the other will focus on opportunities in science and technology. Please contact Laurie Mayberry at mayberry@wisc.edu (or 262-5246) with the number of students who will attend, and/or if you have any questions.
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24th Annual Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Program dates are: May 20th, 2012 to July 28th, 2012. The 10 week program allows chemistry majors who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2012 to carry out research in a chosen area while taking in the beauty of the Ozark Mountain Plateau. *Program contingent on funding from NSF. Scholarships up to $5100, College credit, Housing allowance, Conference funding and Field trips. Application deadline is March 7th, 2012. Apply at: http://chemistry.uark.edu/4848.php.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Quantifying why urea is a protein denaturant, whereas glycine betaine is a protein stabilizer.
Guinn, EJ; Pegram, LM; Capp, MW; Pollock, MN; Record, MT*.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
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An n ->pi* Interaction in Aspirin: Implications for Structure and Reactivity.
Choudhary, A; Kamer, KJ; Raines, RT*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 76 (19): 7933-7937 10.1021/jo201389d OCT 7 2011.
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Mechanism of Bacterial Transcription Initiation: RNA Polymerase - Promoter Binding, Isomerization to Initiation-Competent Open Complexes, and Initiation of RNA Synthesis.
Saecker, RM; Record, MT*; Dehaseth, PL.
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 412 (5): 754-771 SI 10.1016/j.jmb.2011.01.018 OCT 7 2011.
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Dynamics of Intramolecular Electron Transfer in Dinitrodibenzodioxin Radical Anions.
Telo, JP; Moneo, A; Carvalho, MFNN; Nelsen, SF*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 115 (39): 10738-10743 10.1021/jp2050383 OCT 6 2011.
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Extraordinarily Robust Polyproline Type I Peptoid Helices Generated via the Incorporation of alpha-Chiral Aromatic N-1-Naphthylethyl Side Chains.
Stringer, JR; Crapster, JA; Guzei, IA*; Blackwell, HE*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (39): 15559-15567 10.1021/ja204755p OCT 5 2011.
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Observation and Mechanistic Study of Facile C-O Bond Formation between a Well-Defined Aryl-Copper(III) Complex and Oxygen Nucleophiles.
Huffman, LM; Casitas, A; Font, M; Canta, M; Costas, M; Ribas, X; Stahl, SS*.
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL 17 (38): 10642-10649 10.1002/chem.201100608 SEP 2011.
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Spin Polarization Measurement of Homogeneously Doped Fe(1-x)Co(x)Si Nanowires by Andreev Reflection Spectroscopy.
DeGrave, JP; Schmitt, AL; Selinsky, RS; Higgins, JM; Keavney, DJ; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS 11 (10): 4431-4437 10.1021/nl2026426 OCT 2011.
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Screw Dislocation-Driven Growth of Two-Dimensional Nanoplates.
Morin, SA; Forticaux, A; Bierman, MJ; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS 11 (10): 4449-4455 10.1021/nl202689m OCT 2011.
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Formation and relaxation dynamics of iso-CH(2)Cl-I in cryogenic matrices.
Preston, TJ; Dutta, M; Esselman, BJ; Kalume, A; George, L; McMahon, RJ*; Reid, SA; Crim, FF*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135 (11):  10.1063/1.3633697 SEP 21 2011.
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Chemoselectivity in Chemical Biology: Acyl Transfer Reactions with Sulfur and Selenium.
McGrath, NA; Raines, RT*.
ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 44 (9): 752-761 SI 10.1021/ar200081s SEP 2011.
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Reaction of O(2) with [(-)-Sparteine]Pd(H)Cl: Evidence for an Intramolecular [H-L](+) "Reductive Elimination" Pathway.
Decharin, N; Popp, BV; Stahl, SS*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (34): 13268-13271 10.1021/ja204989p AUG 31 2011.
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Lyotropic Liquid Crystals Formed from ACHC-Rich beta-Peptides.
Pomerantz, WC; Yuwono, VM; Drake, R; Hartgerink, JD; Abbott, NL; Gellman, SH*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (34): 13604-13613 10.1021/ja204874h AUG 31 2011.
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Photocatalytic reductive cyclizations of enones: Divergent reactivity of photogenerated radical and radical anion intermediates.
Du, JN; Espelt, LR; Guzei, IA*; Yoon, TP*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE 2 (11): 2115-2119 10.1039/c1sc00357g 2011.
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Self-diffusion of the amorphous pharmaceutical indomethacin near T(g).
Swallen, SF; Ediger, MD*.
SOFT MATTER 7 (21): 10339-10344 10.1039/c1sm06283b 2011.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Position(s) available in Proteomics/Mass Spectrometry. The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee is looking for individuals with expertise and experience in mass spectrometry-based proteomics.  Positions are available at the staff level (B.S. or M.S.) or as postdoctoral research associates (Ph.D.) in the laboratory of Dr. M. Olivier as part of the Wisconsin Center of Excellence in Genomics Science. Applicants should have experience in Thermo LTQ Orbitrap Velos operation (or other Thermo LC-MS systems) for analyses in proteomics.  Additional expertise in small molecules (metabolomics, lipids) and quantitative analysis or characterization of PTMs a plus. The individual would be part of a team at the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center at MCW to help operate the instruments, assist lab members in protein sample preparation, data analysis, and run their own independent research projects as part of our ongoing research efforts. Multiple positions are available immediately. For more information, or to apply for a position, please contact: Dr. Michael Olivier, molivier@mcw.ed and forward your CV/resume.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The College of Wooster. I. Visiting Assistant Professor: Biochemistry. The Department of Chemistry seeks a one-year full-time visiting assistant professor to begin August 2012 with an emphasis in Biochemistry. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment and will teach courses in biochemistry including a laboratory based course. Other courses are possible but preference will be given to those who can teach introductory chemistry. The Department has eight full-time faculty. Required senior thesis project for all graduates; active student/faculty research program with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Send: resume, transcripts, three letters of evaluation, statement of teaching philosophy, and a brief statement of research plans suitable for work with undergraduates. We prefer that materials be submitted by email to chemistry@wooster.edu. Please indicate interest in the one-year position. Review of completed applications will begin December 15, 2011, and will continue until an appointment is made. Mailing Address: Department of Chemistry, Search Committee, The College of Wooster, 943 College, Mall, Wooster, OH 44691.
II. Visiting Assistant Professor: Physical, Analytical, or Inorganic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry seeks a two-year full-time visiting assistant professor to begin August 2012 with an emphasis in experimental Physical Chemistry. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Teaching responsibilities include analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and instrumental analysis. Preference will be given to those who can teach introductory chemistry, courses for non-science majors, and mentor undergraduate research. The Department has eight full-time faculty. Required senior thesis project for all graduates; active student/faculty research program with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Summer research with Wooster students is encouraged with some internal support for summer 2013. Send: resume, transcripts, three letters of evaluation, statement of teaching philosophy, and a brief statement of research plans suitable for work with undergraduates. We prefer that materials be submitted by email to chemistry@wooster.edu. Please indicate interest in the two-year position. Review of completed applications will begin December 15, 2011, and will continue until an appointment is made. Mailing Address: Department of Chemistry, Search Committee, The College of Wooster, 943 College, Mall, Wooster, OH 44691.
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Computational Chemical Biology. (Associate / Full Professor). The University of North Texas (UNT) has embarked on a major multi-year university initiative to hire new faculty and make major infrastructure changes to enhance and expand research. UNT is seeking to fill multiple faculty positions, largely at the senior level, to join with existing faculty to build fifteen cross-disciplinary research clusters in strategically selected areas http://research.unt.edu/clusters. The new faculty members will have significant opportunities to shape expansion and growth of the clusters. UNT invites applications for a senior (Associate or Full) faculty position in computational chemical biology to be part of the Computational Chemical Biology Cluster. Go to http://c3b.unt.edu for more information on the cluster. The candidate will have an established international reputation with an active, externally funded research program and an earned doctorate in chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, scientific computing, or a related field. The area of specialization is broadly defined, but we particularly seek candidates who complement existing strengths. Candidates will interact with current and future faculty hires in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences, and support the instructional goals of the university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The home department of the candidate will be determined by experience and research program, with joint appointments strongly encouraged. Additional preferred qualifications for the Computational Chemical Biology position include:
     •    Applicants who use chemistry to advance molecular understanding of biology via computational approaches.
     •    Applicants with experience in areas such as cheminformatics, protein-protein interactions, computer-aided drug design, biophysics, protein structure and function, and computational pharmacology and toxicology.
     •    Applicants developing novel methodologies (i.e., codes for translational architectures new to scientific computing, design of intelligent database systems) for chemical biology modeling are especially preferred.
All applicants must apply online at http://facultyjobs.unt.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51576. Applicants must provide curriculum vitae with contact information with their online application. Finalists will be asked to provide contact information for four professional references. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2011, and will continue until the search is closed.  UNT is the home of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM) (http://cascam.unt.edu/), an interdisciplinary center of excellence in advanced scientific computing and modeling, encompassing computational chemistry, bioinformatics, condensed matter theory, fluid/particle dynamics as well as atomistic, mesoscale, and continuum level modeling of advanced materials. Several national centers are affiliated with CASCaM including an NSF Chemical Bonding Center and a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. UNT is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex and is 30 minutes from the DFW International Airport. DFW is an area of more than six million people, with significant economic growth, low cost of living, numerous industries, and excellent school districts. The area and the university provide excellent cultural and educational opportunities as well as exceptional employment opportunities. For further inquiries on the position and/or department, please contact us at: c3b@unt.edu.
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Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University. We are seeking highly qualified individuals for 1-2 positions in the Assistant/Associate/Full Professorship levels. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or science, an outstanding record of accomplishments in research and enthusiasm in teaching. Application portfolio including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, full publication list, teaching and research plans, contact information (names, mailing addresses, e-mails, phone numbers) of three referees (only a list is needed upon submission) and the CV at-a-glance (available at: http://bme.web.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home/php) and should be sent to: Ms. Peggy Sung, College of Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013, Fax: +886-3-571-2670, e-mail: chsung@mx.nthu.edu.tw by December 15th, 2011.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral positions available at University of British Columbia. Professor Peter Legzdins is seeking excellent candidates for postdoctoral positions in catalytic transition-metal organometallic chemistry that have very recently become available in my research group.  Current projects are focused on the selective activation and functionalization of hydrocarbon C-H bonds; see, for example, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 15160 and Organometallics 2011, 30, ASAP.  The website at http://www.chem.ubc.ca/our-people/profiles/peter-legzdins provides more details of the specific chemistry that is currently being investigated.  Experience with the synthesis and characterization of organic and air-sensitive organometallic compounds is essential, and experience with kinetic and mechanistic studies and the development of catalytic systems is desirable for these positions. The positions are initially for one year with the strong possibility of a one-year renewal.  The salary range is as specified by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and depends on qualifications, and full benefits are provided.  Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two or three letters of reference sent to me directly by email to: Professor Peter Legzdins, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada  V6T 1Z1, Telephone:  (604) 822-2987, Fax:  (604) 822-2847. They should also feel free to contact me either at: legzdins@chem.ubc.ca or by telephone at 604-822-2987.
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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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