UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 02/02/2015

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 4 February 2nd, 2015

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JIM SKINNER NAMED TO THE SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD OF THE WELCH FOUNDATION
Congratulations to Professor Jim Skinner on being named to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Welch Foundation. The Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the United States' oldest and largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. The Welch Foundation is a legacy to the world from Robert Alonzo Welch, a self-made man with a strong sense of responsibility to humankind, an enthusiastic respect for chemistry and a deep love for his adopted state of Texas. Mr. Welch came to Houston as a youth and later made his fortune in oil and minerals. Over the course of his career and life, he became convinced of the importance of chemistry for the betterment of the world. http://www.welch1.org/. Congratulations, Jim!
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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Feb 10, 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Apr 14, 2015 May 12, 2015

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

Feb 3, 2015 Feb 17, 2015 Mar 3, 2015 Mar 17, 2015
Apr 7, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015

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SEMINARS
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Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Theresa Reineke, University of Minnesota "Sugar-coated polymer synthesis: from sustainable materials to selective drug delivery"
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor John Herbert, Ohio State University "Novel Quantum Chemistry Methods for Large Systems: From Non-Covalent Assemblies to Excited-State Energy Transfer"
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor John Reynolds, Georgia Institute of Technology "Organic Seminar "Color in Conjugated Polymers: Electrochromism and Photovoltaics""
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Van Vleet, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 am, Room 1315 Chemistry. Travis Sunderland, UW-Madison, Berry Group "Design and Investigation of Rh2- and Ir-Catalysts for C H Functionalization"
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology, Department Seminar, 12:00 pm, 1211 Biochemical Sciences Bldg.. Dr. Srivatsan Raman, Wyss Institute at Harvard "Design and evolution of new proteins and genomes"
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry. Tristan Brown, UW-Madison, Berry Group "New Chemistry of Ru2(II,II) Oxypyridinato Complexes: Insights From Electronic Structure"
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Matthew Champion, University of Notre Dame "A proteomics lens on the molecular biology of bacterial pathogens"
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Friday, February 6th, 2015 - Department Seminar, 12:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Cheri Barta, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Research Mentoring Workshop Series: Maintaining Effective Communication"
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Monday, February 9th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Yuriy Roman, MIT Chemical Engineering "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - Graduate, Materials, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor David Ginger, University of Washington "Probing and Pulling: From Polymer Solar Cells to Photoswitchable DNA Nanoparticles"
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Vince Yannello, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 - General Seminar, 11:00 am, 1211 Biochemical Sciences Bldg. Joshua Michener, MIT "Evolutionary Optimization of Heterologous Pathways in Microbes"
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Ryan Shenvi, Scripps Research Institute "Organic Seminar "Chemical Synthesis of Secondary Metabolites""
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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Jodi Cabana, University of Illinois, Chicago "Visualization of Electrochemical Phase Transformations in Battery Materials with Synchrotron X-ray"
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Monday, February 16th, 2015 - General Seminar, 1:00 pm, 1211 Biochemical Sciences Bldg. Jerome Fox, Harvard University "Kinetic Impediments as Targets for Optimization and Control in Complex Systems: from Biofuels to Forest Fires"
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Monday, February 16th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Nandini Ananth, Cornell University "TCI Seminar"
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Monday, February 16th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Jillian Buriak, University of Alberta, Canada "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Abigail Doyle, Princeton "Organic Seminar "New Electrophiles and Ligands for Ni-Catalyzed Cross Coupling""
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Britta Johnson, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 - General Seminar, 11:00 am, 1211 Biochemical Sciences Bldg. Michaela TerAvest, UC-Berkeley "Dissection and Redesign of the Bacterial Respiratory Powerhouse for Synthetic Biology"
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Kevin Eliceira, University of wisconsin Microscopy Center "Analytical Seminar (Title TBA)"
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - Graduate, Materials, Physical Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Dr. Julian Helfferich, University of Freiburg "Separation of time scales in the continuous-time random-walk picture of glass dynamics"
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - General, Graduate Special Event, 4:30 pm, Chemistry 1381 (Graduate Computer Lab). Ariel Andrea, Chemistry Librarian, UW-Madison "Intermediate/Advanced EndNote Workshop"
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015 - General Seminar, 12:00 pm, 1211 Biochemical Sciences Bldg. Alison Narayan, University of Michigan "Chemical and Enzymatic Methods for the Synthesis of Complex Molecules"
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Anastassia Alexandrova, University of California-Los Angeles "Sub-nano clusters: motors, catalysts, and simply curious entities"
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Erin Duffy, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 - General Seminar, 11:00 am, Ebling Auditorium of Microbial Sciences Bldg. Russell Monds, Synthetic Genomics "Evolution of the Bacterial Cytoskeleton and Principles of Cellular Design"
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 - Department, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. David Anderson, BASF "Seminar"
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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Ming Hammond, UC-Berkeley "Organic Seminar "Exploiting Riboswitches to Study and Manipulate Bacterial Signalling""
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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1100 Grainger Hall (Morgridge Auditorium). Professor Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Shain Colloquium: Biomaterials and Biotechnology"
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Friday, February 27th, 2015 - Department Seminar, 12:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Dr. Cheri Barta, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Research Mentoring Workshop Series: Fostering Independence"
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Friday, February 27th, 2015 to Sunday, March 1st, 2015 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jia-Jung Ho, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Analytical Lecture, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Lan Yang, Washington University "Whispering-gallery microresonators and microlasers for nanoscale sensing and beyond"
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Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Tim Lian, Emory University "Solar Energy Conversion Using Artificial Atoms, Molecules and Solids"
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Friday, March 6th, 2015 - Department Seminar, 12:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Dr. Cheri Barta, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Research Mentoring Workshop Series: Solving Mentoring Challenges"
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Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Fennell, Oklahoma State University "Effective electrolytes: Generalizing collective interactions in solution"
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Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Bryan Boudouris, Purdue University "Designing Macromolecules for Advanced Energy Conversion and Nanofiltration Applications"
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Tom McDonough, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Julia Wildt, UW-Madison, Landis Group "Seminar"
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 - General Special Event, 7:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). WISL / School of Music, UW-Madison "Rameau the Theorist"
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Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Catherine Jackson, UW-Madison "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Alicia Richards, UW-Madison Joshua Coon Group "Analytical Seminar (Title TBA)"
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Friday, March 13th, 2015 - Department Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Leiv Sydnes, University of Bergen (Norway) "Chemistry in Service to Humanity and Earth"
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Pupa Gilbert, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jennifer Faust, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Matthew Gaunt, University of Cambridge UK "Organic AbbVie Seminar"
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - Department Special Event, 5:00 pm, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting (Denver)"
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Brandon Kilduff, UW-Madison, Fredrickson Group "Seminar"
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Friday, March 27th, 2015 to Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
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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 Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (tenure-track, tenured) in experimental or theoretical biophysics, starting August 2015. The successful candidate is expected to establish an active research program, and engage in teaching and service commensurate with faculty rank. In addition to start-up support, UWM provides substantial funding opportunities through the Research Growth Initiative. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in physics, biophysics, or a closely related field. A demonstrated track record of relevant publications in the field of biophysics is required.
Evidence of ability to collaborate with faculty members within the NSF Science and Technology Center "Biology with X-ray Lasers" is preferred. The Center is focused on the structure and dynamics of biological soft matter. Candidates seeking consideration must apply at: http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/21218, and  submit application materials including: CV, research and teaching statements, and a list of publications. They must also arrange for three confidential letters of reference. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
Applications received after February 28, 2015 might not be considered. UWM is an AAIEO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For further information please email the UWM Department of Physics at: biophysics-hire@uwm.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Gregg Beckham, National Bioenergy Center. A postdoctoral position in heterogeneous catalysis available to start March 1st. This position will be an integral part of a large, multidisciplinary team to produce renewable polymer precursors from biomass. Interested candidates should send a CV and letter describing their research and professional interests to me via email.
The position description is as follows:
Job Duties: Successful candidates will design, synthesize, and screen heterogeneous catalysts for conversion of biomass-derived intermediates to high-value chemicals. The successful candidate will be able to conduct laboratory work independently and safely. The work in this position includes catalyst design and synthesis, physical and chemical characterization of new catalysts, safe operation of single and dual bed flow reactor systems, measurement of kinetic parameters of catalysts, and authorship of peer-reviewed publications.
Minimum Qualifications: A recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a closely related field. Experience with synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts. The ability to communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral, and the ability to work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and biologists.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with kinetic measurements of heterogeneous catalysts in flow through reactors and demonstrated knowledge of catalyst characterization techniques (e.g. XRD, surface titration, BET, etc.).  Previous experience with construction and maintenance of flow reactors utilizing online detection (FTIR, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, etc.) is preferred but not required. Familiarity with control software such as Opto22, Labview, or a similar platform is also preferred.
Contact: Gregg T. Beckham, MSCEP, PhD., Senior Engineer, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: (+01) 303-384-7806, Mobile: (+01) 617-960-7648, www.nrel.gov/gbeckham.
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