UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 06/24/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 20 June 24th, 2013

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PATH CHAIR RESULTS
Recent elections were held for the path chairs, and the results are:
Analytical:  Lloyd Smith
Chem Bio:  Helen Blackwell
General:  Gil Nathanson
Inorganic:  John Berry
Materials:  Kyoung-Shin Choi
Organic:  Laura Kiessling
Physical:  Arun Yethiraj

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ZACHARY KANN WINS MIDWEST THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE POSTER AWARD
Zachary Kann, a member of the Skinner group, won one of six "prestigious poster awards" at the Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference held in Urbana last month. Congrats to Zachary!!
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VIVIAN TRANG RECEIVES 1 of 5 BIOORGANIC GRC POSTER AWARD
Vivian Trang (Strieter lab) received one of five poster awards at the Bioorganic GRC held last week at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. Excellent job, Vivian!
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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry
TBA
Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130
TBA
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SEMINARS
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Friday, August 2nd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Chulbom Lee, Seoul National University "Seminar"
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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Chemistry Faculty, UW Madison "Faculty Presentations for First-Year Graduate Students"
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 - Department Special Event, 9:00 am, , 9:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. "Faculty presentations for 1st year graduate students"
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Friday, August 23rd, 2013 - Department Special Event, 9:00 am, , 9:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. "Faculty presentations for 1st year graduate students"
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The 2013 Akron Section Award
The Award is scheduled for presentation at our Section meeting in November 2013. It consists of a $1,000 honorarium and an engraved plaque. The Awardee will be asked to deliver two lectures and to visit with scientists in the Akron community.
Purpose: To give the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society the opportunity to recognize young scientists who show great promise in their professional careers and to promote their interaction with Section members.
Rules of Eligibility: A nominee for the Akron Section Award should be a scientist or engineer working in any branch of chemistry who is not beyond his/her 45th birthday and who demonstrates exceptional promise for making significant contributions to chemical science. The nominee must reside within a 500 mile radius of Akron at the time the Award is conferred.
Procedure for Nomination: The selection of the Awardee will be based on the recommendation of peers familiar with the work of the scientist and based on published research and patents. There is no specified format for the letter nomination. At least one seconding letter should support the nomination. The nominators are requested to include a synopsis of the accomplishments of the candidate and to define and document the importance of the nominee's contributions.
Re-nominations are encouraged. Nominations should be sent to: Dr. Henry C. Stevens, Department of Chemistry, The University of Akron Akron, OH 44325-3601, Email: conrad2@uakron.edu.
The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2013.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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NBO 6.0: Natural bond orbital analysis program.
Glendening, ED; Landis, CR*; Weinhold, F*.
JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY, 34 (16):1429-1437; 10.1002/jcc.23266 JUN 15 2013.
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A Strongly Absorbing Class of Non-Natural Labels for Probing Protein Electrostatics and Solvation with FTIR and 2D IR Spectroscopies.
Woys, AM; Mukherjee, SS; Skoff, DR; Moran, SD; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (17):5009-5018; 10.1021/jp402946c MAY 2 2013.
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Chemoselective Metal-Free Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation in Lignin.
Rahimi, A; Azarpira, A; Kim, H; Ralph, J; Stahl, SS*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 135 (17):6415-6418; 10.1021/ja401793n MAY 1 2013.
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Visible Light Photocatalysis: The Development of Photocatalytic Radical Ion Cycloadditions.
Yoon, TP*.
ACS CATALYSIS, 3 (5):895-902; 10.1021/cs400088e MAY 2013.
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Enantioselective intermolecular bromoesterification of allylic sulfonamides.
Zhang, W; Liu, N; Schienebeck, CM; Zhou, X; Izhar, II; Guzei, IA*; Tang, WP.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 4 (6):2652-2656; 10.1039/c3sc50446h 2013.
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Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Asymmetric Substituted Silafluorenes.
Pusztai, E; Toulokhonova, IS; Temple, N; Albright, H; Zakai, UI; Guo, S; Guzei, IA*; Hu, RR; West, R*.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 32 (9):2529-2535; 10.1021/om300891n MAY 2013.
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Polyelectrolyte Multi layers Promote Stent-Mediated Delivery of DNA to Vascular Tissue.
Saurer, EM; Jewell, CM; Roenneburg, DA; Bechler, SL; Torrealba, JR; Hacker, TA; Lynn, DM*.
BIOMACROMOLECULES, 14 (5):1696-1704; 10.1021/bm4005222 MAY 2013.
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Synthesis of Functionalizable and Degradable Polymers by Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization.
Fishman, JM; Kiessling, LL*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 52 (19):5061-5064; 10.1002/anie.201300293 2013.
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alpha-Helix Mimicry with alpha/beta-Peptides.
Johnson, LM; Gellman, SH*.
METHODS IN PROTEIN DESIGN, 523 407-429; 10.1016/B978-0-12-394292-0.00019-9 2013.
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A Peptoid Ribbon Secondary Structure.
Crapster, JA; Guzei, IA*; Blackwell, HE*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 52 (19):5079-5084; 10.1002/anie.201208630 2013.
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Multivalent alteration of quorum sensing in Staphylococcus aureus.
Yerushalmi, SM; Buck, ME; Lynn, DM*; Lemcoff, NG; Meijler, MM.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 49 (45):5177-5179; 10.1039/c3cc41645c 2013.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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University of Leeds.
Project Title: Towards Bionic Proteins - Tertiary Structures from Non-Natural Building Blocks. Full time for 36 months, available from 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust you will explore the design and synthesis of proteomimetics as components of functional proteins. You should have a strong background in bioorganic chemistry and a PhD in chemical biology or synthetic chemistry (or have submitted a thesis in this field prior to taking up the appointment).
The project focuses upon the design and synthesis of small molecules and their integration within functional protein architectures. A major challenge within contemporary chemistry is to reproduce the folding of biopolymers into functional 3D architectures as determined by primary sequence. Thus, the purpose of this project is to demonstrate that mimetics of protein secondary structure can replace components of a protein's covalent structure to result in new semi-synthetic biomolecules capable of function. The project will involve extensive use of polypeptide and total protein synthesis, cloning and protein expression and biophysical techniques.
University Grade 6 (£24,766 - £29,541 p.a.) or University Grade 7 (£30,424- £36,298 p.a.) dependent on qualifications and experience. Due to funding limitations an appointment will not be above £32,267 p.a. Informal enquiries may be made to: Prof Andy Wilson, e-mail: A.J.Wilson@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 1409. Closing Date: 18 June 2013. Ref: MAPCH0067. Further information on the post and application procedure together with instructions on how to apply online can be obtained via the link below and entering the reference number above. http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/fe/tpl_universityofleeds01.asp.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The University of Nebraska at Kearney. Chemistry, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural and Social Sciences. Teach approximately twelve hours per semester in chemistry (primarily general and introductory chemistry) and service on department committees and as equipment caretaker as needed. There may be opportunity to pursue scholarly projects that are relevant to the mission of the department and institution that complement existing department strengths. M.S. in Chemistry or related field; evidence of ability to teach effectively; evidence of ability to contribute to department service. Ph.D. in Chemistry. Postdoctoral research experience and/or college/university chemistry teaching experience. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  To apply, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of all college/university transcripts, brief statement of teaching philosophy & experience, contact information for three references to the address or e-mail to: Scott A. Darveau, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE  68849-1150, Telephone:  (308) 865-8491; Fax:  (308) 865-8399, e-mail: darveausa@unk.edu. Applicants needing accommodation under ADA should contact the Director of AA/EO at (308)865-8655. Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides Retirement Plan options and a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee.  Nuflex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care, as well as an Educational Assistance Program.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. The UNK Department of Chemistry (http://chem.unk.edu) is ACS-certified and has a strong record of scholarly teaching and externally-funded undergraduate research.
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Queen's National Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University. Chemical Biology And/or Medicinal Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Queen's University invites applications from outstanding individuals in the area of chemical biology and/or medicinal chemistry. The faculty appointment will be a tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, under the Queen's National Scholar (QNS) Program. The successful candidate will exhibit strong potential for innovative and high quality scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications, as well as for outstanding teaching contributions and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence, in support of the Faculty's academic goals. The Queen's National Scholar Program expects that the successful candidate will have demonstrated their ability to provide a rich and rewarding learning experience to all their students and have developed a research program that aligns well with the University's priorities. Further information can be found at: http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/index/QUniversityAcademicPlanFinal2011... and
http://www.queensu.ca/vpr/SRP/SRPMay2012Final.pdf.
The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Organic Chemistry or a cognate discipline. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The review of applications will begin on June 30, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2014. The academic staff at Queen's is governed by a collective agreement, the details of which are posted at: http://www.queensu.ca/provost/faculty/facultyrelations/qufa/collectiveag....
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. The University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of current and prospective research interests, a statement of teaching experience, and copies of recent publications to the address below. Please also arrange to have three letters of reference, of which one must be at arm's length, sent to: Dr. Natalie Cann, Head, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6. E-mail: Natalie.Cann@chem.queensu.ca.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Postdoctoral Fellowship is available in Pamela Stanley's lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York to identify specific roles for glycans during spermatogenesis. The Stanley lab has shown that complex N-glycans are essential for spermatogenesis, and also identified a novel inhibitor of complex N-glycan synthesis that is proposed to regulate spermatogenesis. Mutant mice have been developed to identify specific roles for N-glycans and the functions of the novel inhibitor during spermatogenesis. Publications are linked to the laboratory homepage at: http://stanxterm.aecom.yu.edu/.
Recent PhD graduates are strongly preferred. Applicants should have extensive expertise in molecular and cell biology, developmental biology, and using mouse genetic models. First author publication(s) in peer-reviewed, English language journals are necessary. Candidates with outstanding credentials may be eligible for a Harry Eagle Fellowship http://www.einstein.yu.edu/departments/cell-biology/harry-eagle-scholar/. Ability to work independently, creativity, motivation and a strong work ethic are important. A curriculum vitae with a description of research experiences and contact information for three references should be sent to: gianette.fata@einstein.yu.edu?subject=Stanley_Spermatogenesis_Application.
The Department of Cell Biology has a strong core of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, working in diverse areas of development, cell biology, immunology and cancer biology. The Department is highly interactive, meets weekly for work-in-progress seminars, and biweekly for a journal club and hosts numerous outside seminar speakers. http://www.einstein.yu.edu/departments/cell-biology/.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation's premier institutions for basic research and clinical investigation with 300+ research laboratories funded by more than $200 million from the National Institutes of Health. There are ~350 PhD students, including 125 in the combined MD/PhD programs, and ~350 postdoctoral fellows at Einstein. http://einsteinpostdocs.info/.
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Post--doctoral Opportunity in Astrochemical Dynamics. See http://chem.wayne.edu/suitsgroup/index.html. Contact: asuits@wayne.edu. In collaboration with Bob Field at MIT and with generous support from NSF and Wayne State University, we have developed a new instrument joining two powerful technologies: Chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy and pulsed uniform supersonic (Laval) flows. This combination represents a universal detection method that yields isomer and conformer specific, quantitative detection and spectroscopic characterization of unstable reaction products and intermediates, product vibrational distributions, and molecular excited states. This technique is suitable for application in diverse fields including fundamental studies in spectroscopy and reaction dynamics, kinetics, combustion and atmospheric chemistry, and Astrochemistry, the focus of the program for the post-doc now being sought. Our goal will be to use these powerful techniques, along with complementary femtosecond strong-field ionization and DC slice ion imaging, to understand the rich chemistry in the low-temperature environments of the outer planets and their moons. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, chemical physics, or a related field, and experience in some combination of the following areas: molecular spectroscopy, astrochemistry, reaction dynamics, microwave spectroscopy, or kinetics, as demonstrated by published work. The position is only open to US citizens or permanent residents. Interested parties should send a CV to: asuits@chem.wayne.edu.
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