UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 03/02/2015

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 8 March 2nd, 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 21, 2015 May 12, 2015

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

Mar 3, 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Apr 7, 2015
Apr 28, 2015 May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015

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SEMINARS
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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, Materials, Physical Special Event, 1:30 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. "Minisymposium on Glasses"
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Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 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 "Joint Materials & MRSEC Seminar: 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 The "Methodical Production of Genius": Collective Practice and Chemical Theory in Emil Fischer's Laboratory"
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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 Research Group "One-hour Proteomes"
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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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Monday, March 16th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Franz Geiger, Northwestern University "Aqueous Proton Transfer Across Single-layer Graphene"
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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, 3:00 pm, 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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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Mark Johnson, Yale University "Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Viktor Poltavets, Michigan State University "Seminar"
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Friday, April 10th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Friday, April 10th, 2015 - Analytical, Department, General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). James Jorgenson, University of North Carolina "John Schrag Analytical Seminar: Ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography: What the future might hold"
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Monday, April 13th, 2015 - 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, April 14th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Amber Krummel, Colorado State University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Eric Hagee, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Raymond Schaak, Pennsylvania State University "Seminar"
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Friday, April 17th, 2015 - Graduate Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Dr. Daria Fedyukina, L.E.K. Consulting "Alternative Career Symposium"
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Yu-Shan Lin, Tufts University "TCI Seminar"
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 - Department, General, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Stephen Forrest, University of Michigan "McElvain Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Steve Doorn, Los Alamos National Laboratory "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jenn Prescher, University of California, Irvine "Organic Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Huong Tran, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Michael Reynolds, Shell International Exploration and Production "Inorganic McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David Tirrell, Caltech "Chemical Biology McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Analytical, General Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Richard Quinn, Carl Sagan Center at NASA, Ames IA "Perchlorates on Mars: Implications for biomarker preservation and discovery"
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor John Hartwig, UC Berkeley "Organic Seminar"
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Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Jake Yeston, Science Magazine "Department Colloquium"
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Toshiko Ichiye, Georgetown University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wyatt Merrill, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Department, Graduate Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri, UW Department of Chemistry "The Wisconsin Idea: Opportunities and Challenges for Graduate Research and Education"
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - General Lecture, 3:30 pm, Memorial Library Special Collection. Eldridge Bourne Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor Alan Rocke, Case Western Reserve ""Science vs. Practice": The German Chemist ca. 1860"
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INVITE TO THE CAL MEYERS MEMORIAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY SYMPOSIUM AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to attend the 2nd Cal Meyers Memorial Organic Chemistry Symposium in Carbondale, IL USA on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The symposium is part of an endowment initiated by a $3 million donation by Cal Meyers for the creation of the Meyers Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). The symposium was initiated to bring together organic chemists from the midwest states to provide a low-cost opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to present their own research along side established academic researchers. The scientific program of this symposium includes five invited lectures, and four 20-minute oral presentations given by graduate students or postdocs.
We encourage all graduate students and postdocs interested in presenting an oral communication at the symposium to email houyq@siu.edu with a short abstract before March 25. We look forward to your participation.
Yuqing Hou, Associate Director of the Meyers Institute, SIUC
Kyle N. Plunkett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, SIUC
Colleen Scott, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, SIUC
INVITED SPEAKERS:
     •    Barry M. Trost - Stanford University -  "New Strategies for Asymmetric Induction and Total
          Synthesis: Cycloadditions via TMM-PdL2 Intermediates"
     •    Vladimir B. Birman - Washington University in St. Louis - "Amidine-Based Catalysts and Their
          Applications in Enantioselective Acyl Transfer"
     •    Martin D. Burke - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Title TBA
     •    Jeffrey N. Johnston   Vanderbilt University - "On-Demand Synthesis of Small-Molecule
          Therapeutics and Peptides"
     •    Olaf G. Wiest   University of Notre Dame - "From the Clinic to the Computer. And Back"
RSVP APPRECIATED: Attendance to the symposium is free to all; however, a RSVP to houyq@siu.edu will be helpful for refreshments planning. Complementary beverages and pastries will be served starting at 8:15 AM.
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MADISON WORKSHOP ON FUTURE OF NIH-FUNDED RESEARCH
Recent trends in NIH funding have indicated that an imbalance exists between the number of researchers competing for NIH funds (which has steadily increased) and a flattening/decrease in the research funds available. Concern over this situation resulted in a publication in 2014 that recommended large changes to the current system (see http://www.pnas.org/content/111/16/5773.full.pdf)
UW-Madison will be participating in the national discussion about this topic.  Over the next few weeks, a series of open meetings will be held where the campus will discuss four topics and brainstorm solutions together.  After these initial meetings, an all day workshop will be held with both UW and external participants to further refine these ideas and make recommendations.  I encourage everyone (faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students) to participate in these conversations.  To help orient you, here is a brief overview of the topics:
Numbers in the Biomedical Research Workforce. How should the pipeline change to reduce the number of independent investigators who compete for research funding?
     •    March 3, 2 4 pm. Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building
     •    March 5, 4 6 pm. Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center
Shape of the Biomedical Research Workplace. How should university policies, departments and laboratories change to accommodate fewer governmental funds available to maintain them? Please fill out a short pre-survey to help focus this session:  https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pucfOqDZuiPlyJ.
     •    March 10, 2 4 pm. Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building
     •    March 12, 4 6 pm. Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center
NIH Grant Mechanisms. What mechanisms should be introduced or changed to increase funding available to young and mid-career investigators?
     •    March 17, 2 4 pm. Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building
     •    March 19, 4 6 pm. Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center
NIH Evaluation Mechanisms. How should peer review be reconfigured to increase funding for proposals with potential for groundbreaking advances? Please fill out a short pre-survey to help gather data for this topic:  https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vVJXVwH0fs28sd.
     •    March 24, 2 4 pm. Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building
     •    March 26, 4 6 pm. Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center
On behalf of the entire workshop team, I would ask that you forward this to your research group - we look forward to hearing everyone's ideas! Contact: Pamela Kreeger, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, web: www.kreegerlab.org, e-mail: kreeger@wisc.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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Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, one-year position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry starting in August, 2015. This one-year term appointment will end in May 2016. We seek candidates with expertise in Organic Chemistry, with preference given to those with experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or Master's degree in Chemistry (preferably Organic Chemistry) by the time of the appointment and experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Specific teaching assignments will include General Chemistry with laboratory, Organic Chemistry with laboratory, and Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry with laboratory. The successful candidate must be committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching and working closely with students in a small college environment.
An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority. Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to "be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning." The Chemistry program offers ACS certified B.S. degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Environmental Chemistry.
Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Hartwick College is committed to provide a safe and secure educational environment. As such, employment at Hartwick College is contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check. Additional information about Hartwick (an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research) and the Department may be found on our web site at www.hartwick.edu.
To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence or the potential for it, and three letters of reference sent directly by your referees. All materials should be sent to: Dr. Susan Young, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Johnstone Science Center, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820. Electronic submissions to: chemsearch@hartwick.edu are required. Review of applications will begin February 16, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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