UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 9/12/2011

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 26 September 12th, 2011

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Thomas Brunold Finishes 5th Overall in Madison Ironman
Professor Thomas Brunold  finished the 2011 Ironman competition in 5th place overall, and in 1st place for all non-professional athletes, with a time of 9 hours 12 minutes 44 seconds. An extraordinary accomplishment. Congratulations Thomas!!
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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
Sept. 15th
5:45 - 6:05 - J. R. Schmidt
6:05 - 7:15 - Jim Skinner
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 - Mark Ediger
7:15 - 7:35 - Gil Nathanson
7:35 - 7:50 - Pupa Gilbert
Sept. 22nd
5:45 - 6:05 - Arun Yethiraj
6:05 - 7:15 - Bob Hamers
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 - Fleming Crim
7:15 - 7:35 - Marty Zanni
7:35 - 7:50 - Danny Fredrickson
Sept. 29th
5:45 - 6:05 - Jim Weisshaar
6:05 - 7:15 - Lian Yu
Dinner
7:15 - 7:35 - Qiang Cui
6:55 - 7:15 - Frank Keutsch
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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

September 13th, 2011 October 11th, 2011 November 8th, 2011 December 13th, 2011
February 14th, 2012 March 13th, 2012 April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012

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

September 20th, 2011 October 4th, 2011 October 18th, 2011 November 1st, 2011
November 15th, 2011 December 6th, 2011 December 20th, 2011 January 17th, 2012
February 7th, 2012 February 21st, 2012 March 6th, 2012 March 20th, 2012
April 17th, 2012 May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - Theoretical Lecture, 2:00 p.m., Room 1381 Chemistry Building. UW Madison. Computational Chemistry Workshop.
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University. "The Role of Quantum Coherence in Photosynthetic Energy Transfer"
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - The Edward Noble Kramer Lectureship, 3:30 p.m., 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor Angela M. Belcher, MIT. "Evolving Biomolecular Control and Assembly of Semiconductor and Magnetic Nanostructures"
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:30 p.m. Professor Xile Hu, Ecole polytechnique Federal de Lausanne. "Catalysts Made of Earth-abundant Elements for Making C-C and H-H Bonds"
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 2:55 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Eric Voight, Abbott Laboratories. "Heterocycle Synthesis in Process and Medicinal Chemistry."
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, Abbott Seminar, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erick M. Carreirra,  ETH Zurich. "Discovery and Surprises with Natural Products"
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering Building. Samantha Daly, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Michigan. "Multi-Scale Experimental Studies of Deformation Mechanisms in Shape Memory Alloys"
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., R5310 Chamberlin Hall. Professor William Putikka, Ohio State University. "How d-wave Pair Fluctuations Arise From Strong Electronic Correlations"
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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sam Daly, University of Michigan.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2011 - Department Special Event, 9:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Howard Zimmerman Celebration.
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Monday, September 19th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth (Beth) Blaesi, UW-Madison. TBA
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 1381 Chemistry Building. Dr. Desiree Bates UW Madison. Computational Chemistry Workshop.
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kirk Peterson, Washington State University. "High Accuracy Quantum Chemistry: kJ/mol Thermochemistry and cm-1Accuracy Spectroscopy".
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Thursday, October 20th, 2011 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Harald Morgner, University Leipzig. "A New Theory for Fluids in Mesopores:  Motivation and Some Applications"
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011- Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrei Vedernikov, University of Maryland. TBA
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011- Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dunwei Wang, Boston College. "Designing Materials at the Nanoscale for Advanced Energy Applications"
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 - Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Johnna Temenoff, Georgia Tech.
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Franz Geiger, Northwestern University.
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011- Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eckard Munck, Carnegie Mellon University. TBA
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Cale Weatherly - Schomaker Group, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011- Materials Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cun-Zheng Ning, Arizona State University. "Semiconductor Alloy Nanowires for Optoelectronics App. from UV to Midinfared"
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Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program Opportunities
Radcliffe Institute for advanced study, Harvard University. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. Stipends, which normally complement sabbatical leave salary, are funded at $70k for one year, with an additional small research fund. Support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. All are encouraged to apply. Proposals are accepted from applicants in any field with the receipt of a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree at least two years prior to appointment in the area of the proposed project. Residence in the  Boston area and participating in the Institute community are required during the fellowship year, which extends from early September through May 31. Fellow are expected to present their work-in-progress and to attend other fellows' events. Applications must be submitted by October 3rd, 2011, for humanists, social scientists, and creative artists or November 15th, 2011 for natural scientists and mathematicians. For more information, visit: http://www.radcliffe.edu. Send to: Application Office, 8 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, Phone: 617-496-1324, Fax: 617-495-8136, e-mail: fellowships@radcliffe.edu.
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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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California State University, Fresno has a tenure-track opening for an organic chemist, at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2012. The American Chemical Society online position advertisement that summarizes the position, the application process, and requested application materials can be found at: http://chemistryjobs.acs.org/jobs/4466324/chemistry-assistant-. A copy of the complete job vacancy announcement and the online application form can be found at: http://iobs.csufresno.edu/. Interested individuals can find out more about California State University, Fresno by going to the university website at: http://www.csufresno.edu. The university also has a website for New/Prospective Faculty at: http://csufresno.edu/aps/facultv/index.shtml that provides a variety of information, including information on the greater Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University's commitment to diversity visit: http://www.csufresno.edu/diversity. Interested candidates may also contact me directly if they have any questions: josephg@csufresno.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Professor Peter Legzdins of the University of British Columbia is writing to request your assistance in identifying excellent candidates for postdoctoral positions in catalytic transition-metal organometallic chemistry that are currently available in his group. Recent projects are focused on the selective activation and functionalization of hydrocarbon C-H bonds; see, for example, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 15160.  The website at http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins provides more details of the specific chemistry that is currently being investigated.  Experience with the synthesis and characterization of organic and air-sensitive organometallic compounds is essential, and experience with kinetic and mechanistic studies and the development of catalytic systems is desirable for these positions. The positions are initially for one year with the strong possibility of a one-year renewal.  The salary range is as specified by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and depends on qualifications, and full benefits are provided.  Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two or three letters of reference sent to me directly by email to: Professor Peter Legzdins, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada  V6T 1Z1, Telephone: (604) 822-2987, Fax: (604) 822-2847, Email: legzdins@chem.ubc.ca. Website: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins. You should also feel free to contact him either at: legzdins@chem.ubc.ca or by telephone at 604-822-2987.
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Thanks.
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