UW-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 11/28/2011

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 37 November 28th, 2011

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Angel Abruña-Rodríguez Receives University Housing's Honored Instructor Award
Angel M. Abruña-Rodríguez has received for the second year in a row, the University Housing's Honored Instructor award. This award is given in recognition of invaluable contribution to student learning Angel was recognized by a student living in University Housing as having made a significant impact on their educational experience. The Honored Instructor Award will be given out by University Housing on December 9th, 2011. This is the 10th time Angel has been recognized with an award in his 18 years of service to the Chemistry Department. Congratulations Angel!!
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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

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, December 1st, 2011 - Special Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez, Cornell University. "A Versatile Toolbox for the Interrogation and Imaging of Electrodes"
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Thursday, December 8th, 2011 - Department Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Evan Miller, University of California-San Diego.
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Monday, December 12th, 2012 - Department Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Etienne Garand, Yale University.
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Master's of Science Graduate Program Offered by the Infectious Disease and Immunology Institute at Loyola University Chicago
Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Infectious Disease and Immunology are encouraged to apply. Students in our program gain a strong foundation in the basic sciences and exposure to medicine through participation in a combination of existing basic science and medical school courses. This distinctive feature of our program makes it appealing to students seeking a basic or clinical science research career, as well as students already in the work force who wish to advance in their profession. We anticipate that our program will appeal particularly to students interested in health-related fields including medicine, nursing, clinical laboratory science, biotechnology, translational research, forensic medicine, pharmaceutical research and product development, as well as other careers with a science emphasis such as science writing and health care policy.
We are excited about what we do and enthusiastic about what we have to offer. Students in the masters program can expect to:
•    Receive broad training in the biomedical sciences and focused training in infectious disease and immunology
•    Gain technical expertise in molecular and/or cellular biology, based on a strong foundation in biochemistry, immunology and microbiology
•    Experience outstanding mentoring by a basic scientist and a clinician investigator
•    Develop outstanding communication and presentation skills
•    Design and execute a translational research project at the interface of basic science and clinical medicine
•    Participate in weekly journal clubs, departmental lab meetings, and seminar series
Prospective students are encouraged to visit our website for more information and for an application. http://www.stritch.luc.edu/depts/indii.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at by email, at pokeefe@lumc.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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2DIR Spectroscopy of Human Amylin Fibrils Reflects Stable beta-Sheet Structure.
Wang, L; Middleton, CT; Singh, S; Reddy, AS; Woys, AM; Strasfeld, DB; Marek, P; Raleigh, DP; de Pablo, JJ; Zanni, MT*; Skinner, JL*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (40): 16062-16071 10.1021/ja204035k Oct 12 2011.
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Spectroscopic Properties of Nanotube-Chromophore Hybrids.
Huang, CS; Wang, RK; Wong, BM; Mcgee, DJ; Leonard, F; Kim, YJ; Johnson, KF; Arnold, MS; Eriksson, MA; Gopalan, P*.
ACS NANO 5 (10): 7767-7774 10.1021/nn202725g OCT 2011.
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Spectroscopic and computational studies of matrix-isolated iso-CHBr(3): Structure, properties, and photochemistry of iso-bromoform.
George, L; Kalume, A; Esselman, BJ; Wagner, J; McMahon, RJ*; Reid, SA.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135 (12):  10.1063/1.3640887 SEP 28 2011.
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COMPASS: A suite of pre- and post-search proteomics software tools for OMSSA.
Wenger, CD; Phanstiel, DH; Lee, MV; Bailey, DJ; Coon, JJ*.
PROTEOMICS 11 (6): 1064-1074 SI 10.1002/pmic.201000616 MAR 2011.
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Organosilicon Compounds for Energy Storage.
Peña-Hueso, A; West, R*.
Acta Universitaria; Vol. 21 Special Edition 4.
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Copyright © 2011 Thomson ISI
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Kelly Services. Contract R&D Chemist-Madison. Job Code : BHJOB3479_429348. Full Time - 8-12 month appointment. Biotech/Clinical/R&D/Science. Entry Level, Bachelor's Degree. Verona WI US 53593. Are you a chemist who is seeking an opportunity to be a part of a R&D team?  A Madison division of a global pharmaceutical company is seeking two skilled organic chemists to contribute to their R&D program as part of a validation project.  While this is expected to be only an 8-12 month contract opportunity, it is a great way to gain some industry experience in chemistry.  In this role, the manager is seeking skilled chemists with direct experience performing bench-top organic chemistry.  You will apply your skills to challenging a process of making a drug including identifying and adjusting parameters, evaluating results, and writing reports.  If you would like a unique opportunity to be part of this R&D team, please apply below.  Qualified candidates will have;
•    A BA, Masters, or PhD with direct experience in organic chemistry as part of independent research
•    Ability to work full time for (40 hrs) for up to 8 months
•    Ability to work well within a team
•    Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
•    Excellent attention to detail
•    The ability to express themselves clearly, and properly execute directions
•    Candidates within a commutable distance to Madison, Wi preferred
If you are seeking to gain valuable experience with a leading, world renowned chemical company, apply today or email Idella Yamben at: Idella_Yamben@kellyscientific.com.
Kelly Scientific Resources (KSR), a business unit of Kelly Services, is the largest company in the world dedicated to scientific staffing, currently employing 5,000 scientists through 76 locations in nine countries. KSR provides scientific staffing services on a temporary, project, and full time basis to a broad spectrum of industries, including but not limited to biotechnology, chemical, consumer products, cosmetics, environmental, food services, medical/clinical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical. Visit http://www.kellyscientific.com for additional information. In addition, KSR operates the Science Learning Center, a distance learning campus offering science and management-related online courses. Visit http://www.sciencelearningcenter.com for more details.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Associate Professor or Professor in Green Chemistry. The Chemistry Department of the University of Massachusetts Boston invites applications and nominations for a senior faculty member in Green Chemistry. The Department consists of eleven tenured/tenure-track faculty with diverse specializations in traditional and current interdisciplinary fields. The department is part of the College of Science and Mathematics and offers B.A., ACS Certified B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. The doctoral program, which encompasses the traditional areas of chemistry, is built around a focus on Green Chemistry. The department also participates with the Biology Department in offering a B.S. program in biochemistry. The University is constructing a new Integrated Science Center, which will house the Chemistry Department's research facilities beginning in fall 2013. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related scientific field and have a record of experience warranting appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor. Applicants who currently hold the rank of Assistant Professor, but whose record of accomplishments would meet rigorous standards for appointment with tenure at the Associate level, will also be considered. The successful candidate is expected to have an existing nationally and internationally recognized research program, supported by significant and on-going external funding, and to be able to demonstrate strong interests and abilities in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. No specific research focus within Green Chemistry is required, but candidates whose scientific interests complement those of existing faculty are preferred. Expected start date is September 1, 2012. For more information, please see our website at: http://www.chem.umb.edu. Review of applicants will begin December 1, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. All materials should be submitted by email, naming the position sought in the subject line, sent to: virginia.mackay@umb.edu. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans and teaching philosophy, and a description of startup requirements. Finalists will be asked to arrange for at least three letters of reference to be addressed to: Chair, Green Chemist Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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A full-time postdoctoral position is available at Kansas State University. We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join our laboratory. Our group is focused on the mechanistic studies of proteins with pathogenic importance using a combination of approaches including enzymology, biochemistry, chemical biology and synthetic organic chemistry http://www.k-state.edu/chem/people/faculty/pingli.html. Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biophysics, or related disciplines. Applicants should have a strong research background in one or more of following:
•    Molecular cloning and expression of recombinant proteins in Bacteria and large-scale protein purification and analysis. Experience with membrane proteins and Yeast, Baculovirus, Mammalian expression systems will be a plus.
•    Enzyme kinetics and biochemical and biophysical methods.
Applicants should have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a strong background and publication record. The successful candidate must also value working with faculty and students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Please send your CV, 3 reference letters and a brief statement of your research experience to: Professor Ping Li via email address: pli@ksu.edu. Screening  of applications will begin on December 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.
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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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