UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 04/27/2015

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 15 April 27th, 2015

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DANNY FREDRICKSON!
Congratulations to Danny Fredrickson upon his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! This action reflects the recognition of Danny's scholarly contributions to our discipline, the Department, and the institution.  The tenure process involves recommendation by the Department, review by the Physical Sciences divisional committee, and approval by the Dean.  Dean Scholz recently approved Danny's tenure and promotion.  Subsequent approvals by the Chancellor and Board of Regents are pro forma. Congratulations, Danny!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO MAHESH MAHANTHAPPA!
Congratulations to Mahesh Mahanthappa on his promotion from Associate Professor to Professor! This action represents well-deserved recognition of Mahesh's ongoing accomplishments and was recently approved by Dean Scholz.  Subsequent approvals by the Chancellor and Board of Regents are pro forma. Congratulations, Mahesh!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO JEN SCHOMAKER!
Congratulations to Jen Schomaker upon her promotion to Associate Professor with tenure!  This action reflects the recognition of Jen's scholarly contributions to our discipline, the Department, and the institution.  The tenure process involves recommendation by the Department, review by the Physical Sciences divisional committee, and approval by the Dean.  Dean Scholz recently approved Jen's tenure and promotion. Subsequent approvals by the Chancellor and Board of Regents are pro forma. Congratulations, Jen!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO JR SCHMIDT!
Congratulations to JR Schmidt upon his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! This action reflects the recognition of JR's scholarly contributions to our discipline, the Department, and the institution.  The tenure process involves recommendation by the Department, review by the Physical Sciences divisional committee, and approval by the Dean.  Dean Scholz recently approved JR's tenure and promotion.  Subsequent approvals by the Chancellor and Board of Regents are pro forma. Congratulations, JR!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN BERRY!
Congratulations to John Berry on his promotion from Associate Professor to Professor! This action represents well-deserved recognition of John's ongoing accomplishments and was recently approved by Dean Scholz.  Subsequent approvals by the Chancellor and Board of Regents are pro forma. Congratulations, John!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO JEANNE HAMERS!
Congratulations to Jeanne Hamers on receiving a 2014-15 L&S Academic Advising Award. This award recognizes the exemplary work of faculty and academic staff involved in providing this vital service to our students. Congratulations, Jeanne!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO MATT MARTIN!
Congratulations to Matt Martin on receiving a 2014-15 L&S Classified Staff Excellence Award. The awards recognize classified staff members who have demonstrated exceptional performance within their unit of the College of Letters & Science. Congratulations, Matt!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO CECILIA STODD!
Congratulations to Cecilia Stodd on receiving a 2014-15 L&S Classified Staff Excellence Award. The awards recognize classified staff members who have demonstrated exceptional performance within their unit of the College of Letters & Science. Congratulations, Cecilia!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO DESIREE BATES!
Congratulations to Desiree Bates on receiving a 2014-15 L&S Academic Staff Early Career Award. These awards recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance, substantial promise of future contributions, and a high degree of professionalism. Congratulations, Desiree!
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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

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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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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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 - Chemical Biology, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Liliana Quintanar, CINVESTAV, Dept of Chemistry, Mexico City "Copper-Modulated Amyloid Aggregation: Insights Into the Bio-Inorganic Chemistry of Neurodegenerative Diseases"
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Porfessor V. Ramamurthy, University of Miami "Organic Seminar "Chemistry in a Capsule: Controlling excited state processes through confinement and weak interactions""
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Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Rena Robinson, University of Pittsburgh "Increasing proteomics throughput to study aging and Alzheimer's disease"
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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 Haveyda, "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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STUDENT AWARDS CEREMONY
Please join us at the Student Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 1st. We will be awarding over $150,000 in scholarships and awards to approximately 75 graduate and undergraduate students.
Ceremony Schedule:
     •    3:00 - 3:30 pm - Reception in Atrium honoring donors and award/scholarship winners
     •    3:30 - 5:00 pm - Awards Ceremony in Rm 1361
     •    5:00 - 6:00 pm - Poster Session
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14TH ANNUAL UNDERGRADUATE POSTER SESSION
On May 1st from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM the 14th Annual Undergraduate Poster Session will be taking place in the Shain Atrium. Please come and join us for this presentation.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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An employment opportunity here on campus with the ARS-USDA at the US Dairy Forage Research Center for a BS/MS chemist. The USDA, ARS, Cell Wall Biology and Utilization Research Unit in Madison, Wisconsin is seeking a permanent, full-time Physical Science Technician to provide laboratory support for research designed to analyze plant components and systems for their impact on nitrogen utilization efficiency in dairy farming systems. The incumbent duties include isolation and purification of plant components and preparation of synthetic intermediates using chromatographic methods such as column chromatography and HPLC; characterization of isolates using spectroscopic methods (NMR, MS, IR); performing laboratory synthesis of plant components and compounds of interest using standard synthetic organic techniques. For a more complete description of the position and instructions for preparing application materials, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/401733900. Deadline for receipt of online applications is May 7, 2015. Contact: Wayne Zeller, Research Chemist, ARS-USDA, 1925 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Toledo invites applications for up to four (4) one-year Visiting Assistant Professor positions. These positions, which are subject to budgetary approval, will start August 2015 and may be renewed for up to three (3) years. A Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a related discipline is preferred. Candidates with a masters' degree and past teaching experience will also be considered. The successful candidates will be expected to have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level in general, organic, analytical, biochemistry, inorganic or physical chemistry. Applicants should specify their field(s) of expertise. Opportunities for research collaboration with the current faculty are also possible for further professional development. The University is a comprehensive state institution in suburban Toledo with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students. The University offers competitive salaries and an excellent package of benefits to its faculty. Further information on the department can be found on the departmental website: http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/chemistry/index.html. Applicants must submit a single pdf file to: https://jobs.utoledo.edu that includes a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and teaching statement. Applicants also should arrange for three reference letters to be sent to: utchem@utoledo.edu. Review of applicants will begin after May 1, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled. The Department encourages applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral Scholar Position, College of Agricultural Sciences - Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Available: April 30, 2015.
Position Summary:
A postdoctoral scholar position (1.0 FTE; 12-months) is available in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) at Oregon State University. The position provides a competitive stipend and health insurance for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance.
The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of natural products extraction, isolation, purification, structure elucidation and bioassay, in addition to sharing basic laboratory duties. The project is part of a large, multi-laboratory trans-disciplinary research effort aimed at, in part, discovery and evaluation of new (and existing) compounds for prevention and control of disease of plants caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians. There will be opportunities to contribute to other projects, including determination of biodistribution of the pathogens in production settings, and deployment of molecular diagnostics. Responsibilities include conducting independent research in the field, greenhouse and laboratory settings; maintaining accurate and detailed research operations records; isolation and maintenance of bacterial cultures; development and execution of appropriate experiments; collection and analysis of data, interpretation of results, formulation of conclusions, and documentation in final written form.
The successful candidate will possess 1) effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with a diverse team of researchers, students, and staff, 2) the ability to work independently and maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines, and prioritize competing demands 3) display an aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the work of others 4) demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators and 5) act as lead and support in manuscript and grant proposal writing. The position will be in the laboratories of Dr. Taifo Mahmud (College of Pharmacy) and Melodie Putnam (BPP). Required Qualifications:
Recent Ph.D. graduates in Natural Products Chemistry or a closely related discipline and experience in purification and structure elucidation techniques including HPLC, 1D and 2D NMR, MS, UV, IR, are required. Applicants must also possess basic computer skills, and have a record of completing projects in a timely manner. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and have excellent oral and written English skills. The Ph.D. degree must have been granted before the candidate can be hired into this position. Preferred Qualifications:
Strong research experience as demonstrated by first author publications. Familiarity with antibacterial assays, both in vitro and in vivo, is highly desirable. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is preferred.
Application Process:
To apply, please provide a CV and cover letter which includes a summary of past accomplishments, a statement of research goals, and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three references. Application material may be sent electronically to: Melodie Putnam, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, 2082 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, (541) 737-3472, putnamm@science.oregonstate.edu.
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