UW-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 7/23/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 23 July 23rd, 2012

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5th Qualifier Information
The most important qualifying exam is quickly approaching! So mark it on your calendars and come enjoy some food and beverages with your fellow chemists.
When: Wednesday August 22nd, 5-7 pm
Where: Varsity 3, Union South
Have a great week! 5th Qualifier Planning Committee
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It's a Beautiful Summer day. Why Don't We Go Out!
GSFLC is inviting all of you - students, faculty and staff - to TGIF Summer BBQ on Friday 8/3. On the patch of grass next to the loading dock, we will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. We will start it from 4 - if you think it is too early, don't worry. It will go until 7 or until we run out of food. Just come for food, fun & relaxation. We hope to see you there!
When : 8/3(Friday) 4 - 7 PM
Where : Next to the loading dock
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

TBA

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

TBA

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SEMINARS
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Thursday, September 6th, 2012 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael M. Haley, University of Oregon.
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Monday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nuru Stracey, UW-Madison.
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, All Day, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Travis Williams, University of Southern California.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Superresolution imaging of ribosomes and RNA polymerase in live Escherichia coli cells.
Bakshi, S; Siryaporn, A; Goulian, M; Weisshaar, JC*.
MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY, 85 (1):21-38; 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2012.08081.x JUL 2012.
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Epitaxial Heterostructures of Lead Selenide Quantum Dots on Hematite Nanowires.
Selinsky, RS; Shin, S; Lukowski, MA; Jin, S*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 3 (12):1649-1656; 10.1021/jz300672x JUN 21 2012.
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Surface hopping simulation of vibrational predissociation of methanol dimer.
Jiang, RM; Sibert, EL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 136 (22):10.1063/1.4724219 JUN 14 2012.
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Overcoming the "Oxidant Problem": Strategies to Use O-2 as the Oxidant in Organometallic C-H Oxidation Reactions Catalyzed by Pd (and Cu).
Campbell, AN; Stahl, SS*.
ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH, 45 (6):851-863; 10.1021/ar2002045 JUN 2012.
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Accessing the Synthetic Chemistry of Radical Ions.
Ischay, MA; Yoon, TP*.
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, (18):3359-3372; 10.1002/ejoc.201101071 JUN 2012.
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Synthesis, characterization and thermal properties of trimetallic N-3-Cr(sic)Cr center dot center dot center dot M-N-3 azide complexes with M = Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co.
Turov, Y; Berry, JF*.
DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 41 (26):8153-8161; 10.1039/c2dt30150d 2012.
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Preparation and measurement methods for studying nanoparticle aggregate surface chemistry.
Szakal, C; McCarthy, JA; Ugelow, MS; Konicek, AR; Louis, K; Yezer, B; Herzing, AA; Hamers, RJ*; Holbrook, RD.
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, 14 (7):1914-1925; 10.1039/c2em30048f JUL 2012.
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Functionally Diverse Nylon-3 Copolymers from Readily Accessible beta-Lactams.
Zhang, JH; Markiewicz, MJ; Weisblum, B; Stahl, SS*; Gellman, SH*.
ACS MACRO LETTERS, 1 (6):714-717; 10.1021/mz300172y JUN 2012.
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Copyright © 2012 Thomson ISI
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You are invited to a One-Day Free Workshop on Enhancing Teaching and Learning Chemistry with Natural Bond Orbitals
http://washington.uwc.edu/events/chemistry-workshop12.html.
Where: University of Wisconsin - Washington County, http://washington.uwc.edu/, (UW-WC), Collins Science Hall, 400 University Drive, West Bend, WI  53095.
Maps and Directions - http://washington.uwc.edu/about-campus/campus-visits/map-directions/.
When: Monday, August 27, 2012, 9:30 AM   3:30 PM.
Presenters: Dr. Clark Landis, http://www.chem.wisc.edu/users/landis/, Professor, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. Dr. Mohamed Ayoub, Associate Professor, http://washington.uwc.edu/about/mohamed.ayoub/,
Department of Chemistry, UW-WC.
Cost: FREE - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by August 1, 2012. http://www.washington.uwc.edu/events/images/chem-12.doc.
Contact: Dr. Mohamed Ayoub, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Washington County, 400 University Drive, West Bend, WI 53095, Tel. No. 262-335-525, Ext. 234, Fax: 262-335-5251, E-mail: mohamed.ayoub@uwc.edu.
For more information, program and registration for this workshop, visit: http://washington.uwc.edu/events/chemistry-workshop12.html.
Organizers: Dr. Frank Weinhold (UW-Madison) & Dr. Mohamed Ayoub (UW-Washington County). Sponsored by a National Science Foundation Portals of Discovery Collaborative Research and Curricular Initiative Grant.
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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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Research Associate (Postdoctoral). Biochemistry/GLBRC - Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Salary: $36-43K, depending on exp. Percent_Time: 100 - 9/1/2012-8/31/2014 (w. possible extn). Contact: John Ralph, Dept. Biochemistry and the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Enzyme Institute, Room 546, 1710 University Ave Madison, WI 53726-4087, Phone: 608-890-2429, E-mail: jralph@wisc.edu. Requirements: Experienced postdoctoral synthetic organic and analytical chemist needed to work on projects aimed at altering plant cell wall biosynthesis. Focus is on the aromatics and the lignin component. The incumbent will be involved in synthesizing precursors and products explore the cell wall biosynthesis mechanisms, and designing/improving and applying analytical methods [degradative methods followed by GC- and LC-MS, NMR (on products or on the whole cell wall), to search for crucial components of interest in the cell wall. In particular are components that the collaborative group is attempting to engineer into the wall. Candidates with prior experience in lignin chemistry and analysis are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have co-authored one or more peer reviewed publications in reputable international journals, and will be familiar with synthetic organic chemistry methods and instrumental structural analysis methods. Note: given the imminent starting date, applicants who are US citizens or have US work visas will be given priority. Job Duties: The chemist will perform mostly small-scale syntheses of phenolics, and collaborate with researchers engaged in structurally analyzing transgenic plants with altered cell walls, many of our design. This person will also contribute to the design of experiments relying on expertise in the subject and by reading scientific literature and extracting relevant information. They will prepare results for publication in scientific journals and presentation at various meetings. Deadline: September 30, 2012.
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Postdoctoral Positions in the MIT Department of Chemistry. Multiple postdoctoral research associate positions are currently available in Matt Shoulders' lab in the MIT Department of Chemistry. Openings are (1) for a postdoc with synthetic chemistry experience and an interest in learning the requisite cell and molecular biology to apply new chemical tools in cells and (2) for a postdoc with substantial expertise in molecular and cell biology and an interest in studying protein folding in the cell. The Shoulders laboratory employs a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how the cell remodels itself to address challenges to protein homeostasis, to elucidate the pathophysiology of protein folding-related diseases with poorly defined etiologies, and to target the biological processes we uncover for the development of first-in-class small molecule drugs. We currently focus on protein homeostasis in the endoplasmic reticulum, a subcellular compartment responsible for folding and processing approximately one-third of the eukaryotic proteome including secreted, membrane, and lysosomal proteins. Our research program leverages new chemical biology tools to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms of how cells respond to dysregulated protein homeostasis, with a focus on cancer-related and stress-induced posttranslational protein modifications. We also work to understand the etiologies of and develop new therapeutic strategies for rare and orphan diseases deriving from missense mutations to extracellular matrix proteins. The postdoctoral positions are open immediately and remain open until filled. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, reprints of selected publications, three reference letters, and a cover letter summarizing their experience, long-term goals, and estimated start date directly to Matt Shoulders at: mshoulde@mit.edu.
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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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