UW-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 2/13/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 5 February 13th, 2012

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SOME SAD NEWS
Emeritus Professor Howard Zimmerman died Saturday night (2/11/2012) from injuries he suffered in a fall. There will be a private service this week for family only. We are certain there will be a memorial fund set up to honor Professor Zimmerman's life and career. Details will be developed in the next few days, and we will keep the Department informed as soon as we know anything more.
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Professor Mark Ediger Awarded a WARF Professorship
We are delighted to learn that Professor Mark Ediger has been awarded a named WARF professorship. This is one of the highest honors the University can bestow on a faculty member. Our understanding is that Mark will "name" his professorship after our colleague Emeritus Professor Hyuk Yu. Congratulations, Mark!
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 14th, 2012 March 13th, 2012 April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012

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

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, February 14th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ruhong Zhou, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. "Large Scale Biomolecular Modeling wih IBM Blue Gene"
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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Elon Ison, North Carolina State University.
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Thursday, February 16th, 2012 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building. Gang Bao, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. "Engineering Molecular Imaging Probes for Nanomedicine"
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Friday, February 17th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Harvey Harper, Madison Clean Lakes Alliance. "Use of Alum in Lake Management"
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Friday, February 24th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Ramsey Kropp, ECT Grad Student.
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Friday, March 2nd, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Curtis Hedman, ECT Grad Student.
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Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zoe Samer, McMahon Group.                                  
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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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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The chemistry department of Lebanon Valley College invites applications for a one-year, postdoctoral teaching/research fellow position in the area of organic chemistry.  Position requires a PhD in organic chemistry or a closely related field.  Start time is July 9, 2012. This position involves teaching a sophomore-level, two-semester lecture sequence in organic chemistry, an upper-level course in advanced organic chemistry, and sophomore-level laboratory courses in organic chemistry.  Apart from teaching, the position involves mentoring undergraduate students in research in the area of organic chemistry during the academic semesters and during a summer research session in July/August 2012.  The position also includes responsibilities in student advising and in departmental committee service. This position pays a nine-month teaching salary of $35,000, medical benefits, and $750 for professional travel. An additional research stipend of $3,500 for summer 2012 will cover work with college students in July/August, 2012.  Information about the chemistry department is available at: http://www.lvc.edu/chemistry.  Information about Lebanon Valley College is available at: http://www.lvc.edu. Interested applicants should e-mail resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three professional references to: work@lvc.edu by March 12, 2012.
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Ohio Northern University invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to begin on August 15, 2012. Applicants with expertise in the areas of theoretical and computational chemistry are sought. A successful teacher-scholar post-doc will accomplish the following during her/his ONU appointment: A) demonstrate effective classroom teaching ability and be the instructor of record for at least one section of general chemistry, B) mentor students on reearch projects and take them to external scientific meetings to present results, C) obtain novel research results and submit a manuscript for publication in a peerreviewed chemistry journal, and D) develop her/his research ideas into a proposal suitable for external funding to start her/his career. The proposed research for a teacher-scholar post-doctoral fellow in the Perrine lab include both the application of state of the art computational methods and the exploration of method development in the field of molecular electronics. These are described in more detail below. The Perrine laboratory is well equipped with computing hardware (a 48 CPU high performance computing cluster with a 5 seat computational laboratory) and software (QChem 3.2), and there are currently two active undergraduates in the lab who have expressed the desire to continue this research. A postdoctoral scholar would gain experience mentoring undergraduate students in research efforts at a PUI. Molecular electronics and photovoltaics are expanding fields which have the potential to greatly reduce the current level of traditional energy consumption through the development of highly efficient devices and alternative energy production, respectively. Through modern quantum chemistry computations, molecular systems with novel characteristics useful in these two fields will be designed and suggested to the experimental community, significantly reducing the cost and time involved in their realization. The Perrine group has been focusing on porphyrin based polymers for use as donor materials in photovoltaics by varying the linker moiety and functionalization of the porphyrin. So far this has been accomplished via ground state electronic structure calculations using density functional theory. The current work will be expanded through the use of excited state TD-DFT computations as well as novel methods. The method development portion of the project involves the integration of current Landauer formalism for electronic transport with the electronic structure theory IVO-CASSCF. This will involve both theoretical and computer programming work. The teacher-scholar post-doctoral fellow will be involved in the introductory chemistry sequence (both lecture and lab), and could participate in the physical chemistry courses as well. Dr. Perrine is also interested in modern pedagogical methods and research in chemical education, and a teacher scholar postdoc would be welcome to work on this aspect of her research as well. Please see the Human Resources page for the official posting and application instructions: https://jobs.onu.edu/postings/1367.
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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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