UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter 6/01/2010

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XXXIV ‑ No. 24 June 1st, 2010

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Congratulations To Our Department!

Each year the Office of the Dean of Students give out a small number of awards to departments, known as "Partnership Awards". This year the Dean's office presented Chemistry with a  Dean of Students Partnership Award.

Gery Essenmacher represented our department at the presentation. In presenting the award, Lori Berquam highlighted the Department's response to events such as the loss of Mike McCoy, and noted how a hard‑science department such as chemistry can set a tone that makes students feel like they are part of a family.

So, congratulations to our department on setting an excellent example! All of you play an important part of this, so each one of you played a role in our receipt of this award. (The award consists of a nice plaque with a picture of Bascom Hall..... sorry, no money with this one!!)

Congratulations to all!

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 ‑ Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Eun Lee, Seoul National University.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 ‑ Kramer Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Engineering Hall. Professor Yet‑Ming Chiang (MIT). "Advanced Inorganic Materials for Batteries"

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Friday, February 4th, 2011 ‑ Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Deborah Blum, UW Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; author: "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" ‑ Host: Bassam Shakhashiri.

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Friday, April 1st, 2011 ‑ Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc. ‑ Hosts: Gil Nathanson and Fleming Crim.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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NANOTECHNOLOGY Molecular robots on the move.

Smith, LM*.

NATURE 465 (7295): 167‑168 MAY 13 2010.

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Signature of Helimagnetic Ordering in Single‑Crystal MnSi Nanowires.

Higgins, JM; Ding, RH; DeGrave, JP; Jin, S*.

NANO LETTERS 10 (5): 1605‑1610 MAY 2010.

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On the calculation of rotational anisotropy decay, as measured by ultrafast polarization‑resolved vibrational pump‑probe experiments.

Lin, YS; Pieniazek, PA; Yang, M; Skinner, JL*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 132 (17): Art. No. 174505 MAY 7 2010.

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A New Twist on Nanowire Formation: Screw‑Dislocation‑Driven Growth of Nanowires and Nanotubes.

Jin, S*; Bierman, MJ; Morin, SA.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 1 (9): 1472‑1480 MAY 6 2010.

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POLY 334‑Poly(ethylene oxide) dynamics in miscible blends with poly(vinyl acetate): The relationship between segmental and terminal dynamics.

Ediger, MD*; Zhao, JS.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 235: ‑ 334‑POLY APR 6 2008.

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PRES 34‑Salt effects on DNA melting.

Erdmann, RM; Pegram, LM; Record, MT*.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 235: ‑ 34‑PRES APR 6 2008.

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Probing DNA Binding, DNA Opening, and Assembly of a Downstream Clamp/Jaw in Escherichia coil RNA Polymerase‑lambda P‑R Promoter Complexes Using Salt and the Physiological Anion Glutamate.

Kontur, WS; Capp, MW; Gries, TJ; Saecker, RM; Record, MT*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 49 (20): 4361‑4373 MAY 25 2010.

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Summer Library Workshops

Tuesday, July 6, 12‑1:15 PM, Chemistry Library.

RefWorks: Web‑Based Citation Management.

Covers basic RefWorks features, including organizing records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat and chemistry databases, and preparing bibliographies. Hands‑on practice included.

Thursday, July 8, 12‑1:15 PM, Chemistry Library.

EndNote: Managing Chemistry Literature.

Covers basic EndNote features, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from chemistry databases (SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies. This is a demonstration session. Bring your laptop if you want to work with your own EndNote library.

Tuesday, July 13, 12‑1:15 PM, Chemistry Library.

Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information.

Provides an overview of the Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire databases and search features, including structure, substructure, and property data.  Modifying record display, combined structure and fact editor searching, exporting information, and client availability will be discussed. Hands‑on practice included.

Thursday, July 15, 12‑1:15 PM, Chemistry Library.

SciFinder Scholar: Searching the Chemical Literature.

Provides an overview of SciFinder Scholar databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and research topic. Use of ANALYZE/REFINE for improved retrieval, remote access, and downloading for citation management also covered. Hands‑on practice included.

Tuesday, July 20, 12‑1:15 PM,  Chemistry Library.

Finding Crystallographic Data on the Web.

Provides an overview of Cambridge Structural Database Web (WebCSD), Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD‑Web) and other chemistry databases. Hands‑on practice included.

Tuesday, August 10, 12‑1:15 PM, Chemistry Library.

RefWorks: Web‑Based Citation Management (repeat of July 6).

Thursday, August 12, 12‑1:15 PM, Chemistry Library.

EndNote: Managing Chemistry Literature (repeat of July 8) .

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Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The Postdoctoral Office at Argonne National Laboratory is organizing a Postdoctoral Research Symposium. The event will take place on September 8, 2010.  Research papers, presented by postdoctoral fellows and senior graduate students will be accepted in the following general research areas: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and High Energy Physics, and Synchrotron Research.

Please encourage your PostDocs and senior graduate students to present the results of their work at this Symposium. The total time allotted for each presentation is fifteen (15) minutes. They should prepare a 12‑minute presentation and allow an additional 3 minutes for questions from the audience. A poster session is also planned along with a wine and cheese reception to promote networking among Argonne scientists, and academic and industrial professionals.

All Symposium presenters and attendees are required to pre‑register and to pay a $95 registration fee on or before August 2, 2010. The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a wine and cheese reception that will be held on Wednesday evening.

Instructions for preparation of abstracts, abstract submission, and registration information are available online at: http://www.dep.anl.gov/postdocs/symposium.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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University of Wisconsin‑ Madison Chemistry Department. The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates has funded a new Ph.D.‑level academic staff position for our department, the Undergraduate Research Coordinator.   This position will involve development of structured research experiences for undergraduates in some of our larger introductory courses (such as the design projects we currently do in chem 329), help place chemistry majors into individual faculty research labs for the more traditional extended undergrad research, and help to integrate students into research by teaching about practical aspects of doing research.  It will also involve ensuring that our department meets the federal requirements for ethics education for undergraduate and graduate researchers, and coordinate the activities currently in our chem 901 "introduction to research". The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field as well as significant prior experience managing undergraduate research programs and teaching of chemistry. The official PVL is now posted on the web at: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_064504.html. The official closing date is June 21 and earliest start date is July 1.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None Available for This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None Available for This Newsletter

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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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