UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 9/24/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 28
September 24th, 2012

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Mahesh Mahanthappa Has Won The American Physical Society Dillon Medal
We are delighted to report that Associate Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa has won the American Physical Society Dillon medal, "To recognize outstanding research accomplishments by young polymer physicists who have demonstrated exceptional research promise early in their careers". Congratulations Mahesh!!
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October 16th, 2012 November 13th, 2012 December 11th, 2012 February 12th, 2012
March 12th, 2012 April 16th, 2012 May 14th, 2012  

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

October 2nd, 2012 October 23rd, 2012 November 6th, 2012 November 20th, 2012 December 4th, 2012
December 18th, 2012 January 22nd, 2012 February 19th, 2012 March 5th, 2012 March 19th, 2012
April 2nd, 2012 April 23rd, 2012 May 7th, 2012    

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Stanton, University of Texas at Austin.
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Theodore Betley, Harvard University. "Correlation Of Electronic Structure To Reactivity In Organometallic Catalysis And Polynuclear Small Molecule Activation"
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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 - McElvain Seminar in Organic Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Tomi Sawyer, Chief Scientific Officer, Aileron Therapeutics. "Stapled α-Helical Peptides: A New Therapeutic Modality"
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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 - Materials & Physical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd Krauss, Rochester University. "Fundamental Insights into Semiconductor Nanocrystals from Synthesis and Single Molecule Spectroscopy"
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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265, 1509 University Avenue (Materials Science and Engineering Building). Shriram Ramanathan, Harvard University. "Phase Transitions in Oxides: Materials Science and Exploratory Devices"
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Friday, September 28th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Professor Hussain Bahia, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison. "Bitumen, Blacktop, and the Future of Road Building Materials."
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Monday, October 1st, 2012 - Special Analytical Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Cziczo, MIT. "How Can the Chemical Composition of Atmospheric Particles Affect Cloud Formation?"
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Monday, October 1st, 2012 - Hirshfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michele Parrinello, ETH-Z rich. "Atomistic Computer Simulations: Past, Present and Future"
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Tuesday October 2nd, 2012 - Hirshfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michele Parrinello, ETH-Z rich. "Molecular Dynamics of Nucleation and Growth of Crystals from Solution"
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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 - Organic and Chemical Biology Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jonathan Lai, Einstein Medical School. "Filovirus Envelope Glycoproteins: Mechanism of Cell Entry and its Inhibition by Designed Peptides"
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 - Hirshfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michele Parrinello, ETH-Z rich. "Proteins in Motion"
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Oleg Ozerov, Texas A&M.
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Thursday, October 4th, 2012 - Organic Seminar, All Day, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dek Woolfson, Bristol University.
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Thursday, October 4th, 2012 - Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vicki Grassian, University of Iowa. "Surface Chemistry of Metal Oxide Nanomaterials in Gas and Aqueous Phase Environments"
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Friday, October 5th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 168 Noland Hall. Vladimir Novotny, Professor Emeritus, Marquette University and Northeastern University; Director Emeritus, Center for Urban Environmental Studies, Northeastern University; Managing Partner, AquaNova, LLC. "Prevention and Remediation of Advanced (Hyper) Eutrophication of Multipurpose Impoundments - A Case For Integrated Watershed Management"
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Monday, October 8th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Hofmann, Heidelberg University.
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Friday, October 12th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 1025 Engineering Centers Building. David Sedlak, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC-Berkeley; Co-Director, Berkeley Water Center; Director, Berkeley Environmental Solutions Laboratory.
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Friday, October 19th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 1025 Engineering Centers Building. Colleen Hansel, Assistant Professor,  Environmental Sciences, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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About seeing

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Effect of the Disease-Causing R266K Mutation on the Heme and PLP Environments of Human Cystathionine beta-Synthase.
Smith, AT; Su, Y; Stevens, DJ; Majtan, T; Kraus, JP; Burstyn, JN*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 51 (32):6360-6370; 10.1021/bi300421z AUG 14 2012.
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Deamidation Accelerates Amyloid Formation and Alters Amylin Fiber Structure.
Dunkelberger, EB; Buchanan, LE; Marek, P; Cao, P; Raleigh, DP; Zanni, MT*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (30):12658-12667; 10.1021/ja3039486 AUG 1 2012.
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Titanium dioxide nanoparticles produce phototoxicity in the developing zebrafish.
Bar-Ilan, O; Louis, KM; Yang, SP; Pedersen, JA; Hamers, RJ*; Peterson, RE; Heideman, W.
NANOTOXICOLOGY, 6 (6):670-679; 10.3109/17435390.2011.604438 SEP 2012.
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Thermally Induced Protein Unfolding Probed by Isotope-Edited IR Spectroscopy.
Wang, L; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 116 (32):9627-9634; 10.1021/jp304613b AUG 16 2012.
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Mass spectrometric elucidation of the neuropeptidome of a crustacean neuroendocrine organ.
Hui, LM; Xiang, F; Zhang, YZ; Li, LJ*.
PEPTIDES, 36 (2):230-239; 10.1016/j.peptides.2012.05.007 AUG 2012.
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What's Going on with These Lithium Reagents?
Reich, HJ*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 77 (13):5471-5491; 10.1021/jo3005155 JUL 6 2012.
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Coulombic free energy and salt ion association per phosphate of all-atom models of DNA oligomer: dependence on oligomer size.
Shkel, IA; Record, MT*.
SOFT MATTER, 8 (36):9345-9355; 10.1039/c2sm25607j 2012.
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Crossed intermolecular [2+2] cycloaddition of styrenes by visible light photocatalysis.
Ischay, MA; Ament, MS; Yoon, TP*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 3 (9):2807-2811; 10.1039/c2sc20658g 2012.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Scientific staff position in BNL Chemistry Department "Artificial Photosynthesis" group. The BNL Chemistry Department is seeking applicant for a tenure track scientific staff position in the Artificial Photosynthesis group, led by Dr. Etsuko Fujita.  The successful candidate will conduct research to advance fundamental principles for the successful conversion of solar energy to fuels. The BNL AP group is a leader in fundamental studies of redox chemistry for solar fuels (see http://www.bnl.gov/chemistry/AP). We seek candidates who demonstrate promise to develop an innovative experimental or theoretical/computational research program. Areas of particular interest include one or more aspects of solar energy to fuels conversion: (1) semiconductors and transition-metal photosensitizers and their coupling  to electron transfer and/or catalytic processes for solar fuels production; (2) design and synthesis of catalysts for fuel generation and water oxidation; (3) characterication of intermediates involved in multi-electron, multi-proton processes; (4) immobilization of catalysts on electrode or semiconductor surfaces and spectroelectrochemical characterization of reaction intermediates; and/or (5) coupling oxidative and reductive half-reactions using a photoelectrolysis cell. A Ph.D. degree in inorganic or physical chemistry or a related field is required. Demonstrated leadership ability is also desirable. An appointment at any level will be considered for an exceptionally qualified candidate. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply prior to November 1, 2012 by sending a CV, the names of three references, and a short Research Statement (no more than two pages) that includes a summary of research background and future research interests via http://www.bnl.gov/HR/careers (job number 16200). Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunty employer committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Assistant Professor in Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. The department of chemistry and biochemistry within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego: http://www-chem.ucsd.edu, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Chemical Biology (10-445). Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the chemical or biological sciences and a demonstrated ability or potential for a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research at the interface of chemistry and biology. The University is committed to an excellent and diverse faculty and student body. A successful candidate will be judged on research and teaching accomplishments as well as on potential for leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Review of applications will commence on September 10, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit online a curriculum vitae with list of publications, reprints of up to five representative papers, and a personal statement that includes a summary of research plans. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should be included in the application materials: see http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-Info.asp. Applications should be submitted to: https://aool-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00218. Candidates should also provide names and contact information for three individuals to submit letters of reference addressing research, teaching and professional service.
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The Department of Chemistry at Tufts University is in the midst of a significant, multi-year expansion. We are now accepting applications for multiple tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek outstanding candidates with research programs at the interface of chemistry and the life sciences. All areas of modern chemistry at this interface will be considered, with a particular emphasis on bioanalytical, bioinorganic, chemical biology, and biophysical chemistry. The Chemistry Department at Tufts is a well-funded, thriving community of researchers with collaborations across the university and the greater Boston area, Additional information about the department can be found at: http://chem.tufts.edu. Applicants should submit a CV, a research plan, and three letters of recommendations via: academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1748. Alternatively, these materials may be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155.
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The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Candidates must have demonstrated outstanding leadership and scholarship, and possess strong commitments to interdisciplinary research, educational activities, and faculty/staff development. They must also have an earned doctorate in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related discipline. The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech is a dynamic department with diverse research activities that benefit from a Georgia Tech-wide expansion in the natural sciences. Georgia Tech's commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration is also a major asset, which has led to frequent, fruitful interactions involving faculty in the School and those in other strong programs in science and engineering at the Institute. The School offers B.S. degree programs in Chemistry and in Biochemistry, and M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the fields of biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, including theoretical chemistry. The School comprises 46 faculty members, and is currently ranked among the top 15% of graduate Chemistry programs in the U.S. (USN&WR). Georgia Tech is situated on an attractive campus in the heart of Atlanta, a large, vibrant, verdant city having great economic and cultural strengths. For further information, please refer to the Georgia Tech Web page at http://www.chemistry.gatech.edu/. Applications and nominations should be sent by e-mail to: science@cos.gatech.edu or by regular mail to: Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair Search Committee, Dean's Office, College of Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 225 North Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30332-0365, U.S.A. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. They should include a letter of interest and a current resumé that describes the applicant's research, teaching and administrative experience, and publications, as well as the names of at least five references, with addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
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The Department of Chemistry at New York University, a private university in the heart of the most exciting city in the world, is actively engaged in an ambitious development plan, including the addition of numerous senior and junior faculty and the construction of new laboratory facilities. This growth plan includes the establishment of the Molecular Design Institute (MDI), a research program in supramolecular materials chemistry within the Department of Chemistry, and the Biomedical Chemistry Institute (BCI), which is dedicated to fundamental research of importance to human health. The successful candidate will be located in a new laboratory facility modeled after the Department's new MDI and BCI laboratories. The Department plans further significant renovations and equipment acquisitions that continue to strengthen its graduate research program as well as its undergraduate program. The faculty currently enlists 20 tenure-stream faculty members, more than 100 graduate students, extensive shared instrumentation, a contingent of staff scientists and teaching staff members. The Department also collaborates with the Center for Soft Matter Research, including research performed under the NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which is supported by the National S Science Foundation. The department boasts dynamic experimental, theoretical, and computational research programs, cutting across nanotechnology, chemical biology, synthetic chemistry, materials chemistry, and biomolecular chemistry. Opportunities for collaboration within NYU are abundant, including the aforementioned Center for Soft Matter Research in the Department of Physics, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the College of Dentistry, the Center for Comparative Functional Genomics, the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, the Center for Neural Science, and the School of Medicine. The recent merger of NYU with Polytechnic University in Brooklyn is creating exciting possibilities for interdisciplinary research with engineering programs. NYU faculty also are actively engaged with its recently established comprehensive campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, which creates opportunities for teaching at these sites as well collaborative research with their faculty and research institutes. New York University also offers numerous convenient opportunities for external collaborations due to its proximity with other institutions in New York City (Columbia University, Rockefeller University, the City College of New York, the Sloan-Kettering Institute, the Cornell University Medical School, the NY Structural Biology Center, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and the greater metropolitan area (Princeton, Rutgers, Yale, SUNY-Stony Brook). The NYU Department of Chemistry is adjacent to Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village has attracted writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals for generations. NYU faculty members enjoy convenient access to the extensive cultural offerings available throughout New York City, from its renowned museums and theatres to professional athletics. Again, we would very much appreciate your assistance in bringing these opportunities to the attention of qualified individuals who might be interested in these positions. For your reference, the search ad is attached to this message. Prospective candidates are invited to visit our department webpage to view the search ad for instructions on how to apply: http://chemistry.fas.nyu.edu/object/chem.nyufacultypositions.
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The Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry. Candidates in all areas of organic chemistry. including catalysis and green chemistry, are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or related field, to develop a vibrant research program supported by extramural funding, supervise graduate students, and demonstrate excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty search will be conducted with an expectation of a hire at the assistant professor level. Applicants should send a letter of application with curriculum vitae and three references, a summary of planned and/or ongoing research, and a statement on teaching philosophy to: Chair, Organic Chemistry Faculty Search Committee, Purdue University, Department of Chemistry, 560 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2084. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address. Applications will be reviewed beginning Nov. 1, 2012, and will remain in consideration unfit the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. See http://www.chem.purdue.edu/ for more details.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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