UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 8/8/2011

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 23 August 8th, 2011

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CHEMISTRY SNOUT-OUT 2011
The annual Chemistry Department Snout-Out will be held Saturday, August 27th starting at noon in Rennenbohm Park. As always there will be plenty of food, drinks, games, and the ever popular softball tournament. Watch your email for more information. Hope to see you there!
Beth Blaesi - Inorganic GSFLC Rep.
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Physical Chemistry Introductory Research Talks 2011
Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:35 p.m., in Room 8335, Chemistry Building
For entering graduate students interested in physical chemistry, there will be a series of short talks by faculty members describing their research interests.  These will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays during the first weeks of the semester.
Since these talks are brief, students should follow up by contacting individual faculty members in whose research they are interested.  Each student should interview at least three faculty members during the fall semester concerning research opportunities.
These talks are a means of finding research opportunities and of obtaining a broad overview of physical chemistry research in the Department.  Students expecting to major in physical chemistry should make every effort to attend all of these talks.  Teaching Assistants should mark this time on the schedule cards turned in to the teaching Laboratory Director.
Schedule for Introductory Research Talks
Thursday, September 1st
5:45 - 6:05 p.m. - Ned Sibert
6:05 - 7:15 p.m. - Thomas Brunold
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 p.m. - Mahesh Mahanthappa
7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Song Jin
September 8th
5:45 - 6:05 p.m. - John Wright
6:05 - 7:15 p.m. - Silvia Cavagnero
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 p.m. - Tom Record
7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Randy Goldsmith
September 15th
5:45 - 6:05 p.m. - J. R. Schmidt
6:05 - 7:15 p.m. - Jim Skinner
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 p.m. - Mark Ediger
7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Gil Nathanson
September 22nd
5:45 - 6:05 p.m. - Arun Yethiraj
6:05 - 7:15 p.m. - Bob Hamers
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 p.m. - Fleming Crim
7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Marty Zanni
September 29th
5:45 - 6:05 p.m. - Jim Weisshaar
6:05 - 7:15 p.m. - Lian Yu
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 p.m. - Qiang Cui
7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Frank Keutsch
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The WISL will be hosting a talk by Eric Scerri, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California at Los Angeles, on Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the 9th Floor Lounge, Room 9341. The title of the talk is "The Origins and Significance of the Periodic Table." For more information, view the attached poster or visit http://www.scifun.org/Calendar/events_of_interest.htm.
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SEMINARS
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Monday, August 15th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Shoji Takada, Kyoto University. "Coarse-Grained Modeling of Biomolecular Systems"
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Saturday, August 27th, 2011 - Chemistry Snout Out, 12:00 p.m., Rennebolm Park. Snout Out Picnic for the Chemistry Department, Faculty, Staff, Grad Students and their guests.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Spatial control of cell fate using synthetic surfaces to potentiate TGF-beta signaling.
Li, LY; Klim, JR; Derda, R; Courtney, AH; Kiessling, LL*.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 108 (29): 11745-11750 10.1073/pnas.1101454108 JUL 19 2011.
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Nonspecific DNA Binding and Bending by HU(alpha beta): Interfaces of the Three Binding Modes Characterized by Salt-Dependent Thermodynamics.
Koh, J; Shkel, I; Saecker, RM; Record, MT*.
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 410 (2): 241-267 10.1016/j.jmb.2011.04.001 JUL 8 2011.
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Electronic Packing Frustration in Complex Intermetallic Structures: The Role of Chemical Pressure in Ca(2)Ag(7).
Fredrickson, DC*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 133 (26): 10070-10073 10.1021/ja203944a JUL 6 2011.
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Broad Distribution of Energetically Important Contacts across an Extended Protein Interface.
Johnson, LM; Horne, WS; Gellman, SH*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 133 (26): 10038-10041 10.1021/ja203358t JUL 6 2011.
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Glu-286 Rotation and Water Wire Reorientation Are Unlikely the Gating Elements for Proton Pumping in Cytochrome c Oxidase.
Yang, SO; Cui, Q*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 101 (1): 61-69 10.1016/j.bpj.2011.05.004 JUL 6 2011.
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Intramolecular pi-Stacking Interactions of Bridged Bis-p-Phenylenediamine Radical Cations and Diradical Dications: Charge-Transfer versus Spin-Coupling.
Jalilov, AS; Nelsen, SF*; Guzei, IA*; Wu, Q.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 50 (30): 6860-6863 10.1002/anie.201102629 2011.
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To understand the whole, you must know the parts: unraveling the roles of protein-DNA interactions in genome regulation.
Smith, LM*; Shortreed, MR; Olivier, M.
ANALYST 136 (15): 3060-3065 10.1039/c1an15037e 2011.
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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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The Chemistry Department and the Molecular Biology Program at Pomona College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, invite applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Biochemistry or Chemical Biology beginning July 1, 2012. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and upper-division courses in biochemistry and either general or organic chemistry. The appointee will be expected to initiate and sustain an externally funded research program that involves the participation of undergraduates. Applicants should supply a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a summary of research plans, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted via: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/804. Review of completed applications will begin October 3, 2011.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Postdoctoral fellowship available in the area of synthetic organometallic chemistry with a focus on ligand synthesis and iron complexes in catalysis (see for example  Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 2282; Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 8240; Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 11039; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 9662). The candidate must have expertise in the synthesis and characterization of ligands and air-sensitive compounds, catalysis and NMR spectroscopy and must have received the PhD degree after Oct. 2009. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2011. The starting time is flexible and the position is initially for one year at 38,000 $CDN/year. Please e-mail your letter of application, your CV and two representative papers, all in one .pdf file and have two letters of recommendation e-mailed to: Robert H. Morris, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St George St, Toronto,Ont., M5S 3H6, Phone: 1-416-978-6962, e-mail: robert.morris@utoronto.ca, Web page: http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~rmorris/.
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Research Associate (Postdoctoral). U.W. Madison - Biochemistry. Salary: $36-43K, depending on exp. Percent-Time: 100%. Begin/End Dates: 9/1/2011-8/31/2013 (w. possible extn). Experienced postdoctoral synthetic organic chemist needed to design and produce immobilized lignin model compounds (phenolics). Each model compound will mimic the major structure in lignin and will yield an immobilized fluorescent moiety when subjectd to oxidative cleavage. Candidates with prior experience in lignin chemistry or preparation of fluorogenic compounds 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 micro scale syntheses to prepare lignin dimer structures that carry an umbelliferone or fluorescein or similar moiety, link these dimers to micrometer-scale silica beads, and use fluorescence spectroscopy or microscopy methods to characterize the response of the beads to various chemical and biological oxidants. Contact Name Address: John Ralph, Dept. Biochemistry, Enzyme Institute, Room 546, 1710 University Ave Madison, WI 53726-4087, Phone: 608-890- 2429, E-mail: jralph@wisc.edu.
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Research Associate (Postdoctoral). U.W. Madison - Biochemistry. Salary: 36-43K, depending on exp. Percent-Time: 100%. Begin/End Dates: 9/1/2011-8/31/2013 (w. possible extn). The Ralph Lab is engaged in basic plant cell wall chemistry aimed at overcoming the recalcitrance to biomass processing posed by the lignin polymer. Experienced postdoctoral synthetic organic chemist needed to design and produce lignin model compounds (phenolics) and to explore their immobilization and reaction chemistry, and for production and testing of antigens (antibody production will be via collaborators). Each model compound will mimic a major structure in lignin and will be subjected to radical coupling chemistry to understand cross-coupling propensities to determine the most compatible lignin monomer substitutes for eventual plant lignification. The candidate will work in a supportive laboratory group with a lot of experience in such reaction chemistry. Candidates with prior experience in lignin chemistry or preparation of phenolic compounds are especially encouraged to apply. A strong familiarity with analytical methods for structural characterization (NMR, MS) is expected. 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 syntheses of lignin monomer, dimer, and higher oligomers, link these compounds to immobilized supports, examine their cross-coupling propensities with biologically compatible phenolics, and work with collaborators on antibody production and testing. Contact Name Address: John Ralph, Dept. Biochemistry, Enzyme Institute, Room 546, 1710 University Ave Madison, WI 53726-4087, Phone:608-890-2429, E-mail: jralph@wisc.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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