UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 02/16/2015

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 6 February 16th, 2015

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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

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

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

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 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 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Nandini Ananth, Cornell University "TCI SEMINAR - CANCELLED"
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Arun Yethiraj, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Coarse grained models for macromolecules"
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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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Thursday, February 19th, 2015, -  Materials Science Program & MRSEC Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building, 1509 University Avenue. Pascal Bellon, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UIUC. "Nanoscale structuration and self-adaptation in materials systems driven by irradiation and plastic deformation"
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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 "Career Perspectives from a Recent Graduate - Experiences within the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries"
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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 "Single-conformation spectroscopy: Probing H-bonded Networks in Peptides and Clusters"
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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 "Patterns of crystal orientation at the nanoscale in biominerals"
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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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ASTROBIOLOGY GRADUATE CONFERENCE AT MADISON
Between the 19th and 23rd of July, the UW-Madison will be hosting the 12th annual Astrobiology Graduate Conference. Every year, this NASA-supported event draws together early career scientists from all over the country, and from wildly different fields of study. If your research can be tied into the origin of life, or the conditions of habitability anywhere in this harsh universe we call home, then it's likely to have a place at AGC.
Applications are due by Tuesday, March 10th. You can submit abstracts and find loads of additional information at the conference website: http://abgradcon.org/. If you'd like to look at last year's program, you can find it here: http://abgradcon.org/abgradcon2014/finalprogram.pdf.
All of the organizers here would like to see Madison make a strong showing, but we can't possibly know everyone who might be interested, so please help us out by passing the word along to others in your program! And don't hesitate to contact me with any additional questions. Adam Denny, Masters Student, Department of Geosciences.
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JOINT GREAT LAKES-CENTRAL REGIONAL MEETING ACS
On May 27-30 of 2015 the Great Lakes and Central Regions of the American Chemical Society have the privilege of hosting a Joint Regional Meeting at the Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Capitalizing on the interests in our geographic area, the three focus themes chosen for the meeting are Food, Health, Environment.
Encompassing primarily the full states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin, this meeting offers affordable accessibility to faculty and students to present their research, hear lecturers of renown and to network with other science professionals.  Our roster of speakers includes Dr. Scott Denmark of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Dustin Mergott of Eli Lilly & Co. and Dr. Joan Brennecke of the University of Notre Dame.
Abstract submission is now open (go to our website http://jglcrm2015.com).  We urge you to encourage your faculty and students to participate; this is a wonderful way to help your students in their professional growth, and your junior and mid-career faculty in the development of their professional networks.  On our website you may also access the Registration for the meeting; there you will see that in addition to planned symposia we have poster sessions, social events as well as workshops available for your professional enrichment. Please check the website regularly for updates on the program, speakers, and other events that will make the Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting a Grand Enterprise.
We look forward to your cooperation for a successful meeting.  Please distribute widely to your faculty and staff.  If you would like to discuss this further, you may contact either of us by e-mail, or Lydia by telephone at: 269-375-7349. Lydia E. M. Hines, Ph.D., lemhwgh@gmail.com, Neal M. Fox, nealmfox@comcast.net.
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INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENDNOTE WORKSHOP 2/19
Intermediate/Advanced EndNote Workshop
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 1381 Chemistry Building
Do you use EndNote but think you could be doing more with it? Have you ever wondered what that Terms List update is?  Then this workshop is for you! New features of version X7.2 will be discussed included the new UNLIMITED SHARING feature! For current EndNote users who want to increase their knowledge of the product. Bring your laptop with EndNote on it if possible. Please feel free to contact me if you plan on coming and want to have a specific question or topic discussed. More Info: http://today.wisc.edu/events/view/82224. Registration is encouraged but not required. Thanks, Ariel.
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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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Two Visiting Assistant Professor Positions in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Hendrix College (www.hendrix.edu/chemistry) is seeking to fill two Visiting Assistant Professor positions, Organic and Inorganic, to commence in August 2015. Each position is for one year with the possibility of renewal. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching undergraduates. The successful Organic candidate's teaching load will include Organic Chemistry with lab and Chemistry for non-science majors. The successful Inorganic candidate will teach General Chemistry with lab, an upper-level integrated laboratory, and possibly Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Hendrix has a strong commitment to experiential learning, including research, as evidenced by the highly successful Odyssey Program for engaged, experiential learning (www.hendrix.edu/odyssey).
While this position will carry no research expectations, the successful candidate may find opportunities to engage in research with Hendrix undergraduates. The Department of Chemistry consists of seven faculty members supported by a full-time laboratory manager and a full-time position devoted to instrumentation maintenance, laboratory development, and chemical hygiene duties, as well as a half-time position for assistance with lowerlevel laboratories. Chemistry faculty members and the chemistry curriculum support not only the major in Chemistry, but also those in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Chemical Physics, and Environmental Studies. Virtually all of our majors are active in research with faculty and present their research at National ACS Meetings. For example, in March, 2014, 7 faculty and staff accompanied 21 student research presenters to the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas. The  Department has benefitted from a major Department Development Award from Research Corporation, as well as numerous research and/or instrumentation grants from NSF, NIH, ACS-PRF, Research Corporation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, and the Sturgis Foundation. A pioneering green chemistry laboratory program has been implemented in the General and Organic Chemistry labs (www.hendrix.edu/greenchemistry). The junior year of the major is distinguished by an integrated, year-long laboratory, Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry. The department is housed in a facility that is a combination of recently constructed and completely renovated buildings joined into a single complex.
Our ACS-approved department is well equipped with the usual major instrumentation (400 MHz broadband NMR, multiple GC-MS, FTIR including ATR-FTIR, UV-Vis, AA with flame and graphite furnace, HPLC, ultracentrifuge, low temperature freezer, ion chromatograph, various lasers, etc.). We sponsor a consistently award-winning student chapter of the American Chemical Society, and have an active seminar program.
Interested candidates should send an application letter addressing the candidate's interest in teaching in a demanding liberal arts environment, CV, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and should arrange for three letters of reference (include phone numbers and email addresses of references in the CV). These materials can be uploaded through www.hendrix.edu/jobs.
Questions may be directed to Dr. David Hales at: hales@hendrix.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning February 16 2015, then upon receipt until the positions are filled. Hendrix College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. Further, the College is committed to the maintenance of an atmosphere of civility and respect for all students, faculty, and staff.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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The Purdue University Center for Drug Discovery currently has an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Philip S. Low. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join a multidisciplinary team that aims to discover, develop and translate promising new candidates into the drugs of tomorrow.
Research experience in biochemistry, molecular biology or hematology is required. Research experience in human erythrocyte biochemistry is preferred. Experience in cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, expression/purification and characterization of recombinant proteins is preferred. Experience with the routine culturing of mammalian cells is also strongly desired.  Candidates with a strong background in erythrocyte characterization, hematology and a strong background in standard biochemistry techniques are especially encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate should be able to use their discretion and independent judgment in all areas of research including experimental design, project management, and implementing strategies for cross-functional teamwork and collaboration. They will be responsible and accountable for the design  of lab experiments, be able to delegate and manage day-to-day research procedures efficiently. Furthermore, excellent oral and written communication skills in English are essential.
Responsibilities will also include preparing data for both publication and grant application purposes, participation in formulating ideas and concepts for grants, writing manuscripts for peer review publication, presenting research results at conferences and major meetings, and participating in discussions with international scientists to lead and support research. Knowledge of all applicable NIH and OSHA safety rules, as well as ensuring that all safety regulations and proper methods for handling potentially dangerous chemicals, pathogens, substances and materials are followed is also required.
Requirements: Applicant must have a PhD and a track record of accomplishment and creative scientific contributions as evidenced by publications and/or presentation at scientific meetings.
How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, a research summary of 2 pages or less, and contact information for 2 references combined into a single PDF file by email to: lowresearchgroup@gmail.com.
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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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