UW Madison Chemistry department newsletter for 3/26/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 11 March 26th, 2012

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Kristi Heming Receives Partners in Giving Governor's Award
Please join us in congratulating Kristi Heming, Inorganic Divisional Coordinator, for receiving the Partners in Giving Governor's Award for creativity, resourcefulness , enthusiasm and integrity.  She earned this for her role as Co-Chair of Special Events, Board Member, and Marketing Committee member.  Kristi received a plaque signed by the Governor. Congratulations Kristi!
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Joe Wright is New Undergraduate Services Specialist
We are happy to announce that Joe Wright has joined the Chemistry Department as the new Undergraduate Services Specialist. In this role, Joe will work with the rest of our Undergraduate Chemistry Team in providing program support to our students, faculty and staff.  His office will be in the Undergraduate Chemistry Office (room 1328).  Some of you may remember that Joe is not new to Chemistry.  He has helped in the grants area and in the Undergraduate Office over the past year. Welcome Joe!
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012

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

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

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SEMINARS
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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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Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Seongshik Oh, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Rutgers University. "Atomic-Layer Engineering and Topological insulators"
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Friday, March 30th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Michael R Olson, Civil &  Environmental Engineering Graduate Student. "Black Carbon's Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality: Development of a quantitative accounting framework for black carbon and brown carbon to relate source profiles, emissions inventories, and ambient observations"
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Monday, April 9th, 2012 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Douberly, University of Georgia. "High Resolution Laser Spectroscopy of Radical Containing Complexes and Radical Reaction Products in Helium Nanodroplets"
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ranko Richert, Arizona State University. "Nonlinear Dielectric Response and Enthalpy Relaxation in Supercooled Liquids"
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeffrey Johnson, Hope College. "Transition Metal-Catalyzed Activation of Carbon-Carbon Single Bonds: From Mechanistic Understanding to New Methodologies"
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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Professor Kenneth Poeppelmeier, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - Organic Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Harold Kroto, Florida State University. "Carbon in Nano and Outer Space"
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Friday, April 13th, 2012 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Harold Kroto, Florida State University. "Science, Lost in Translation?"
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GSFLC Accepting Nominations for 2012 Mentor Awards
The Graduate Student-Faculty Liason Committee (GSFLC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Mentor Awards. The Mentor Awards are meant to recognize grad students, post-docs, academic staff and faculty who have had a profound positive impact on the graduate students in the chemistry department.  Any member of the chemistry community who has dedicated time to development, growth, and/or counsel during a graduate students career is eligible for nomination.  Up to three awards are given each year depending on participation.  Details concerning how to nominate a mentor and the criteria by which nominations will be judged can be found at the GSFLC's website: http://gsflc.chem.wisc.edu/content/mentor-awards.
This year nominations are due Monday April 16, 2012 by 5:00 P.M. The letters of nomination can be submitted in the GSFLC mailbox on the first floor of Shain Tower.
It is always rewarding to be recognized for one's hard work and time.  If somebody in the chemistry community has had an impact on your graduate career and/or that of your peers, I encourage you to consider nominating them for this award.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or any other GSFLC representative. A list of current representatives can be found on the GSFLC website: http://gsflc.chem.wisc.edu/content/members.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Lecturer. Req # 01226. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago invites applications for a non-tenure track appointment from outstanding individuals for the position of Lecturer that will carry responsibility for directing a program in collaborative teaching and for teaching of general chemistry courses. The position is to begin July 1, 2012, or later. Applicants must have a PhD in Chemistry and must have teaching experience at a university or college. The length of the initial term may be for up to 3 years depending on the availability of funding. Experience teaching General Chemistry is required, and experience in collaborative teaching techniques is important. Applicants must apply on line to the University of Chicago Academic Careers website at: http://tinyurl.com/87vumd3. Applicants must upload a curriculum vitae and a one page teaching statement. In addition, three reference letters will be required. Arrange to have the three reference letters sent to: Richard F. Jordan, Chairman, Department of Chemistry by email to: chem-chair@uchicago.edu. Screening of applications will continue until position is filled.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The University of Hong Kong Department of Chemistry, Applications are invited for tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, from July 1, 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post will initially be made on a three-year term with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement. Appointment with tenure will be considered during the second three-year contract. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with research interests in Materials, Energy and Environment. The appointee is expected to develop a vigorous and independent research program and excel in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. A suitable start-up fund for research will be provided. Information about the Department can be obtained at: http://chem.hku.hk/. A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as leave, and medical benefits. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable. Applicants should send a completed application form, together with a C.V., three letters of recommendation, a research proposal, and a teaching statement by e-mail to: chemcir@hku.hk. Please indicate clearly "Ref.: 201200165" in the subject of the email. Application forms (341/1111) can be obtained at: http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc. Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/. Closes April 30, 2012.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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