UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 04/13/2015

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 13 April 13th, 2015

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALICIA RICHARDS

Congratulations to Alicia Richards, a graduate student in the Coon group, on receiving an ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship.  This Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to encourage basic research in the field of analytical chemistry, to promote the growth of analytical chemistry in academic institutions and industry, and to provide recognition of future leaders in the field of analytical chemistry. The program has endeavored to be a model of the benefits of cooperation between the academic and industrial communities, with chemical companies employing Ph.D. analytical chemists sponsoring the fellowships for outstanding analytical graduate students.  The sponsor of Alicia's fellowship is the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). Congratulations, Alicia!
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Ángel Abruña-Rodríguez Recieves an Honored Instructors Award
Mr. Ángel Abruña-Rodríguez received an Honored Instructor Award for the Spring 2015, from the Honored Instructor Program. Congratulations Ángel!!
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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Apr 21, 2015 May 12, 2015

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

Apr 28, 2015 May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015

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SEMINARS
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Monday, April 13th, 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, April 14th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Amber Krummel, Colorado State University "Gaining Insights into Nanoaggregate Structures of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with 2D IR spectroscopy"
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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 "Synthetic Design Tools for Complex Inorganic Solids and Nanostructures"
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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 4:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. N.M. Markovic, Argonne National Laboratory "Interfacing Electrochemistry"
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Friday, April 17th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, 8551 Research Way Suite 150 Building 9 Middleton. "PPD Open House"
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Saturday, April 18th, 2015 - Department, General Special Event, 9:00 am, Union South - Varsity Hall. Randall Ribaudo and Larry Petcovic, SciPhD.com "How to Get Industry Jobs"
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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 Stephen K. Doorn, Los Alamos National Laboratory "Harnessing Dark Excitons: Interplay of Chemistry and Optics in the 1-D World of Carbon Nanotubes"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jenn Prescher, University of California, Irvine "Joint Organic/Chemical Biology 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 - Department Outreach, 3:00 pm, 4619 Jenewein Road Fitchburg. NOBCChE and ICE, "Earth Day Outreach Event for the Boys & Girls Club"
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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 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor John Hartwig, UC Berkeley "Organic Seminar "Selective Functionalization of Alkyl and Aryl C-H Bonds - Installation of Temporary Functional Groups""
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Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Jake Yeston, Science Magazine "Scientific Publishing from the Inside Out"
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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 "What Makes Water Unique? A Molecular Perspective"
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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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Friday, May 1st, 2015 - Department Special Event, 3:00 pm, 1361 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "Student Awards Ceremony"
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Monday, May 4th, 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, May 5th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley "Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Porfessor V. Ramamurthy, University of Miami "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - Analytical, Department Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Rena Robinson, University of Pittsburg "Analytical Seminar (Title TBA)"
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University "Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry"
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Michael Organ, York University in Canada "Catalyst Reactivity and Selectivity in Cross-Coupling: Are They Always at Odds With Each Other?"
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Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University "Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry"
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Friday, May 15th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 3:00 pm, 1361 and Shain Atrium. Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "Chemistry Graduation Celebration"
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Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - Department, Inorganic Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Daniel Rabinovich, University of North Carolina, Charlotte "Inorganic Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Daniel Rabinovich, Univ. North Carolina-Charlotte "Synthetic Analogues of Methanobactin"
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Amir Hoveyda, "Organic McElvain Seminar"
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, ACS Great Lakes/Central Regions, "ACS Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting"
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 10:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Chemical Biology Ph.D. Path, "Chemical Biology Fourth-Year Student Seminar Day"
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2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium
Because of the discussions about active learning within our department, I thought you would want to know  that the theme of this year's Teaching and Learning Symposium is Accelerate Active Learning. The symposium will be held in Union South on May 20 and 21. Jim Maynard is presenting a poster and Cathy Middlecamp is co-author of one of the presentations. A lot of the other presentations are relevant to our discussions of active-learning methods.
More information is available at http://tlsymposium.wisc.edu/index.htm. Registration is free. I encourage you to attend.
John W. Moore.
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ADHOC2015 CONFERENCE
I am writing to inform you of an international conference in Madison this summer that Ive Hermans and I have organized, called ADHOC2015 -  "Activation of Dioxygen and Homogeneous Oxidation Catalysis" (http://www.union.wisc.edu/adhoc2015/). We would welcome broad participation by UW students/postdocs and faculty/staff.
We especially encourage students and postdocs doing research relevant to this topic to contribute a poster. As we anticipate a number of individuals from the department might be interested in attending only the talks and/or poster sessions, we have arranged with the conference staff a discounted "local registration" fee of $65. The normal registration fee ($330 for students/postdocs) covers the opening reception with WI beers/cheeses, meals, an excursion (Dells boat tour or Hoofers sailing day) and the conference banquet. All of the registration and abstract submission details and website links are provided in the announcement.
To access the local registration discount, select "local registrant" on the registration page and enter "BadgerChemist" (case sensitive) in the discount code box.
Shannon Stahl
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Michigan State University invites applications for a fixed-term, full-time, one-year General Chemistry Instructor position in the Lyman Briggs College (LBC), an undergraduate science and liberal arts community (http://lymanbriggs.msu.edu/). The successful candidate will teach introductory chemistry lecture and laboratory courses at LBC during the 2015-2016 academic year. The ideal candidate should have disciplinary or pedagogical research interests in Chemistry or Chemical Education. Ideal candidates will be broadly trained in chemistry and enthusiastic about joining the community of teaching-focused faculty within LBC. This position requires a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates and active learning pedagogical techniques. Requirements include a strong record of teaching and research, and a master's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Education is required.  A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Education is desired. This position is listed on the MSU Applicant Page, Posting # 1080. Applications must be uploaded to MSU's online job application site (https://jobs.msu.edu), and should include a cover letter, CV, and teaching portfolio, and copies of up to three representative publications. For teaching portfolio details see:  http://lymanbriggs.msu.edu/faculty/openPositions.cfm.  In addition, three letters of recommendation must be sent electronically by the recommenders through the application system.  Letters should address the candidate's teaching experience, potential for excellence in an instructional role, and research scholarship. Questions regarding this position may be directed to: Dr. Robert LaDuca, Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean of Lyman Briggs College, at: laduca@msu.edu, or at 919 E. Shaw Lane; Room E-35; Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI 48825-1107.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral Associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Biomaterials and Bioengineering. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Bioenergy and Biofabrication Section is looking for a qualified Ph.D. candidate for a postdoctoral position in biomaterials and bioengineering. Qualified candidates need to hold a Ph.D. in bioengineering, materials science, chemistry, biology, physics or related field and be willing to work on interdisciplinary programs. Candidates with research experience in bioprinting, forming nanofiber polymers (including natural products and biopolymers), optics, laser processing, hydrogels for tissue scaffolding, micro- and nano-fabrication techniques for polymers/soft materials, or mammalian cell interfacing with materials will be given preference. Specific desired skills include 3D confocal microscopy, electrospinning, computer aided design (CAD)/computer aided manufacturing (CAM), biomaterial testing, 3D cell culture, stem cell differentiation, bioreactors and/or lab-on-a-chip cell culturing, microfluidics, laser system engineering as well as hydrogel formulation and synthesis. NRL collaborates with the National Research Council (NRC) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) to place postdoctoral associates at the Lab. The starting salaries for these positions are approximately $74,000/yr and require US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additional information about these opportunities can be found at: http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=64&RO... AND http://nrl.asee.org/. Please send CV's and interest letters to: Dr. Brad Ringeisen (Head, Bioenergy and Biofabrication Section, NRL) at: Bradley.Ringeisen@nrl.navy.mil.
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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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