UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 3/19/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 10 March 19th, 2012

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American Chemical Society President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Comments on the Death and Legacy of F. Sherwood Rowland
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2012   Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., president of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, issued the following statement on the death and legacy of F. Sherwood Rowland, Ph.D., who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Shakhashiri is the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sherry Rowland will live on as a compelling reminder that individual scientists must speak out with courage and persistence when they think it is important for society to change. In doing so, they can have a tremendous impact on great global challenges. Sherry will endure as a role model for scientist-citizens, who have the responsibility to communicate such concerns in the years ahead.
The Nobel Prize committee said as much in recognizing Rowland, Mario Molina, Ph.D., and Paul Crutzen, Ph.D. "By explaining the chemical mechanisms that affect the thickness of the ozone layer, the three researchers have contributed to our salvation from a global environmental problem that could have catastrophic consequences."
That catastrophe was averted when manufacturers around the world phased out production of substances like the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol sprays and other products that Sherry and his colleagues linked to destruction of Earth's protective ozone layer. Without that shield, life would not exist on Earth. The first Rowland and Molina study linking CFCs to destruction of the ozone layer appeared in 1974 and drew scorn, ridicule and vicious personal attacks from skeptics. Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. It took Rowland and Molina a decade of persistence in the face of intense criticism and controversy.
Rowland recalled being shunned even by university chemistry departments, with invitations to lectures disappearing from 1975-1985. However, as chair of the ACS Fourth Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, I welcomed Sherry to the University of Wisconsin as plenary lecturer in 1976.
Eventually, their science was accepted, and it fostered worldwide action to avert an environmental disaster. Sherry's experience with ozone depletion made him a prominent voice for scientists concerned about another global problem - climate change. Let me recall what Rowland said at a White Ho use roundtable on climate change in 1997: "Isn't it a responsibility of scientists, if you believe that you have found something that can affect the environment, isn't it your responsibility to do something about it, enough so that action actually takes place? If not us, who? If not now, when?" The ACS' more than 164,000 members feel the loss of this great scientist, educator and champion of the environment, and we extend our heart-felt sympathy to Sherry's widow, Joan, and their family.
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Professor Michele Parrinello Wins 2012 Hirschfelder Prize
Professor James Skinner is delighted to report that Michele Parrinello, from ETH-Zurich, is the winner of the 2012-13 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry.  Professor Parrinello invented the field of "ab initio molecular dynamics", and is a world leader in the development and application of simulation techniques.  He will be visiting Madison and delivering three lectures during October 1-3, 2012.  Please mark those dates on your calendars! Congratulation Professor Parrinello!
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Assistant Professor Etienne Garand Hired
We are really, really pleased to let you know that we have just hired Etienne Garand as an Assistant Professor beginning in Fall. He is a spectroscopist interested in spraying solution phase species into the gas phase and thus obtaining high-resolution IR spectra of them. Combined with Kyoung-Shin Choi and Trisha Andrew, Etienne caps off a very successful hiring season. And many thanks to Shannon Stahl and the Faculty Search Committee for their efforts! Welcome Etienne!!!
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 20th, 2012 April 10th, 2012
May 8th, 2012

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

March 20th, 2012 April 17th, 2012 May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sergey Nizkorodov, University of California-Irvine. "Unraveling the Molecular Composition of Organic Particulate Matter with High Resolution Mass Spectrometry"
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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Shatruk, Florida State University. "Controlling Magnetic Bistability in Solid-State and Molecular Materials: Itinerant Magnets and Spin-Crossover Complexes"
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, (All Day), Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Terry Rosen, Amgen Corp. "Discovery, Synthesis and Properties of Potent and Orally-bioavailable Agonists of GPR 40"
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Massari, University of Minnesota.
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 - Materials Science Program Seminar, Room 265, MS&E Building. Patricia J. Keely, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology, Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. "Molecular Mechanisms by Which Dense, Aligned Collagen Promotes Tumor Progression"
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Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Megan Cismesia of the Yoon Group, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - Analytical Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Chemistry Department Spring Poster Session
April 10, 2012 4-5:30 PM, Union South Varsity Hall II
All graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to present research posters. If you are interested, please submit your name, group and poster title to: nbennett@chem.wisc.edu by March 31st.
All are welcome to attend the poster session! This is an opportunity to learn more about the current research endeavors within our department, to exchange ideas, and to interact with members of the department that you may not see on a regular basis. Refreshments will be provided. Also, any comments or suggestions regarding the poster session may be directed to: nbennett@chem.wisc.edu.
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International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Membership for Grad Students (and Faculty)
If your research or chemistry interests include heterocyclic chemistry, please consider joining the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC). For students, it is an excellent deal: $20.00 per year ($55.00 for Ph.D., faculty and research scientists).
Benefits of Membership:
•    Participation in the ISHC Congress at significantly reduced rates.
•    Obtain ISHC-Congress abstracts of papers at no cost, even if not in attendance.
•    Subscribe to Heterocycles at 20% discount.
•    Receive 25% discount from Elsevier on many different chemistry books.
•    Free electronic copy of Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry (PHC).
Membership in the ISHC will also look good on your resume! Our most recent newsletter is attached. The Society is on the web at http://www.ishc-web.org. The website provides links to congress pages and past newsletters and provides email addresses for its governing board. The International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry also maintains groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Professor D. L. Comins, President-Elect, ISHC, Professor Dawei Ma, President, ISHC.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Synthesis of (+)-Patulolide C via an Asymmetric Hydroformylation/Macrocyclization Cascade.
Risi, RM; Burke, SD*.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 14 (4):1180-1182; 10.1021/ol2034299 FEB 17 2012.
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Photocatalytic [2+2] Cycloadditions of Enones with Cleavable Redox Auxiliaries.
Tyson, EL; Farney, EP; Yoon, TP*.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 14 (4):1110-1113; 10.1021/ol3000298 FEB 17 2012.
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Quasiracemic Crystallization as a Tool To Assess the Accommodation of Noncanonical Residues in Nativelike Protein Conformations.
Mortenson, DE; Satyshur, KA; Guzei, IA*; Forest, KT; Gellman, SH*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 134 (5):2473-2476; 10.1021/ja210045s FEB 8 2012.
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The d '-d-d ' Vertical Triad Is Less Discriminating Than the a '-a-a ' Vertical Triad in the Antiparallel Coiled-Coil Dimer Motif.
Steinkruger, JD; Bartlett, GJ; Hadley, EB; Fay, L; Woolfson, DN; Gellman, SH*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 134 (5):2626-2633; 10.1021/ja208855x FEB 8 2012.
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Menchettiite, AgPb2.40Mn1.60Sb3As2S12, a new sulfosalt belonging to the lillianite series from the Uchucchacua polymetallic deposit, Lima Department, Peru.
Bindi, L; Keutsch, FN*; Bonazzi, P.
AMERICAN MINERALOGIST, 97 (2-3):440-446; 10.2138/am.2012.3944 FEB-MAR 2012.
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Quantification of gas-phase glyoxal and methylglyoxal via the Laser-Induced Phosphorescence of (methyl)GLyOxal Spectrometry (LIPGLOS) Method.
Henry, SB; Kammrath, A; Keutsch, FN*.
ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES, 5 (1):181-192; 10.5194/amt-5-181-2012 2012.
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Reactions of Solvated Electrons Initiated by Sodium Atom Ionization at the Vacuum-Liquid Interface.
Alexander, WA; Wiens, JP; Minton, TK; Nathanson, GM*.
SCIENCE, 335 (6072):1072-1075; 10.1126/science.1215956 MAR 2 2012.
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Two-dimensional IR spectroscopy and segmental C-13 labeling reveals the domain structure of human gamma D-crystallin amyloid fibrils.
Moran, SD; Woys, AM; Buchanan, LE; Bixby, E; Decatur, SM; Zanni, MT*.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 109 (9):3329-3334; 10.1073/pnas.1117704109 FEB 28 2012.
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tRNA Ligase Catalyzes the GTP-Dependent Ligation of RNA with 3 '-Phosphate and 5 '-Hydroxyl Termini.
Desai, KK; Raines, RT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 51 (7):1333-1335; 10.1021/bi201921a FEB 21 2012.
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Rhodium-catalyzed 1,3-acyloxy migration and subsequent intramolecular [4+2] cycloaddition of vinylallene and unactivated alkyne.
Huang, SY; Li, XX; Lin, CL; Guzei, IA*; Tang, WP.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 48 (16):2204-2206; 10.1039/c2cc17406e FEB 21 2012.
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Rational Design and Evaluation of Mammalian Ribonuclease Cytotoxins.
Lomax, JE; Eller, CH; Raines, RT*.
METHODS IN ENZYMOLOGY, VOL 502: PROTEIN ENGINEERING FOR THERAPEUTICS, PT A, 502 273-290; 10.1016/B978-0-12-416039-2.00014-8 2012.
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