UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 3/11/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 10 March 11th, 2013

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2013 LINDAU NOBEL LAUREATE MEETING ATTENDEES
Shakeel Dalal, a graduate student with Mark Ediger, Brett VanVeller, a postdoc in Ron Raines lab, Alison Wendlandt from the Stahl Lab, and Jennifer Faust with Gil Nathanson's group, were recently selected to participate in the 2013 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.  They will all travel to Lindau Germany in June with 500 other graduate students from around the world to particulate in a scientific program with a number of Nobel Laureates.  Their participation is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Congratulations All!!!
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RANDY GOLDSMITH WINS NSF CAREER AWARD
Assistant Professor Randy Goldsmith has won a NSF Career Award. Congratulations Randy!!
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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 12th, 2013 April 16th, 2013
May 14th, 2013  

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

March 19th, 2013 April 2nd, 2013
April 23rd, 2013 May 7th, 2013

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Chinedum Osuji, Yale University "Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers Using Magnetic Fields and Electrospray Deposition on Controlled Surfaces"
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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. "Department Meeting"
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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 - 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Rauchfuss, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Synthetic Analogues of the Active Sites of the Hydrogenase Enzymes"
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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matthew Bogyo, Stanford University "Seminar"
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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Moore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Mechanoresponsive Materials and Self-Healing Systems"
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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building at 1509 University Avenue. Xiaolin Zheng, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University. "Flame Synthesized Metal Oxide Nanowires as Effective Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water-Splitting"
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Thursday, March 14th, 2013 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Andrew Daley, University of Pittsburgh. "Non-equilibrium many-body dynamics with cold atoms in optical lattices"
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Friday, March 15th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jason Chin, MRC Lab of Molecular Biology Cambridge "Seminar"
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Monday, March 18th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Argonne National Labs "Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Chris Cappa, University of California - Davis "Atmospheric Organic Particles: Heterogeneous Oxidation and Phase Considerations"
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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague, University of California Davis "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Burjor Captain, University of Miami "Small Molecule Activation at Nickel and Platinum Centers: From Bulky Tin to Tempo Radical Ligands"
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Thursday, March 21st, 2013 - Organic Seminar,
11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Valerie Winton, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, March 21st, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. James Hutchison, University of Oregon "McElvain Seminar"
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Vahe Bandarian, University of Arizona "Biosynthesis of 7-Deazapurines, One Step At a Time"
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Ken N. Houk, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry "Theory, Mechanism, and Dynamics of Cycloadditions: Applications in Chemical Biology"
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Monday, April 1st, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical  Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Sam Butcher lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Dill, Stony Brook University "The Dynamics of Fluctuating Systems and the Principle of Maximum Caliber"
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ekaterina Pletneva, Dartmouth College "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 4th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Stephanie Knezz, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 4th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Walt, Tufts University "Seminar"
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Friday, April 5th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Hans Reich, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Department Colloquium"
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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ronny Neumann, Weizmann Institute "TBA"
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Friday, April 12th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ronny Neumann, Weizmann Institute "Seminar"
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Monday, April 15th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Spiridoula Matsika, Temple University "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mathias Weber, University of Colorado-Boulder "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Armen Zakarian, University of California, Santa Barbara "Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Todd Harrop, University of Georgia "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Thom Smith, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - General Special Event, 12:00 pm, Union South. UW-Madison, "Undergraduate Research Symposium"
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 Friday, April 19th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 8:00 am, "Board of Advisors Meeting"
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Monday, April 22nd, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Department, Organic, Physical Seminar, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Eisenberg, University of California, Los Angeles "Willard Lecture"
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Department, Organic, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Eisenberg, University of California, Los Angeles "Willard Lecture"
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 12:10 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Alexanian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Julia Chan, Louisana State University "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Floriana Foarta, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 - Analytical, Graduate Seminar, 12:15 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Clemmer, Indiana University "Seminar"
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Friday, April 26th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Grads and Undergrad students, UW-Madison Chemistry "Awards Ceremony"
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Monday, April 29th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Brad Pierce, University of Texas Arlington "Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Engel, The University of Chicago "McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry"
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Derek Lowe, Vertex Pharmaceuticals "Organic McElvain Seminar"
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Arnold, University of California, Berkeley "Seminar"
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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 9:30 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Overman, University of California, Irvine "Abbott Lecture"
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Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - Department, Graduate Special Event, 4:00 pm, Varsity Hall II (Union South). Department of Chemistry Graduate Students, UW-Madison "GSFLC Poster Session"
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph Subotnik, University of Pennsylvania "A molecular interpretation of Marcus Theory from the Surface Hopping Perspective"
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Presenter and title TBA.
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Vega, Complutense University of Madrid "Describing Water Using Computer Simulation"
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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Borovik, University of California Irvine "Seminar"
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Friday, May 10th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. James Yardley, Columbia University "Colloquium"
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 2:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Marletta, Scripps Research Institute "Novartis Symposium"
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(GSFLC) ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 MENTOR AWARDS

The Graduate Student-Faculty Liason Committee (GSFLC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Mentor Awards.  The Mentor Awards are given to recognize graduate students, post-docs, academic staff and faculty who have had a profound positive impact on the graduate students in the chemistry department.  Any member of the chemistry community who has dedicated time to development, growth and/or counsel during a graduate student's career is eligible for nomination.  Up to three awards are given each year depending on participation.  Details concerning how to nominate a mentor and the criteria by which nominations will be judged can be found at the GSFLC's website: http://gsflc.chem.wisc.edu/content/mentor-awards.
Nominations are due Monday April 1, 2013. The letters of nomination can be submitted in the GSFLC mailbox on the first floor of Shain Tower.
It is always rewarding to be recognized for one's hard work and time.  If somebody in the chemistry community has had an impact on your graduate career and/or that of your peers, I encourage you to consider nominating them for this award and gathering letters of support from their colleagues.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other GSFLC representative.  A list of current representatives may be found on the GSFLC website: http://gsflc.chem.wisc.edu/content/members.
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2013 GSFLC SPRING POSTER SESSION

Spring is almost here, and with it our 2013 GSFLC Spring Poster Session!! This year the poster session will be on Friday May 3rd at the Union South Varsity Hall III from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. To make this event successful we need your participation! Please consider presenting a poster.
All graduate students and postdocs affiliated with the chemistry department are welcome to present. Consider this an opportunity to improve the talking points of your research and to learn how to organize an effective poster without the hassle of having to travel to participate! As an added incentive, four awards (approx. $250 each) will be given to exceptional posters.
If you are willing to present, please fill in the attached form and send it to lruiz@chem.wisc.edu or hbowman@chem.wisc.edu or leave it in the GSFLC mailbox by Friday April 19th.
Special thanks to this year's sponsors, Promega, Sigma-Aldrich and Thermo Fisher. Thank you!! Please feel free to email any of us with any questions.
Laura Ruiz Espelt, Hannah Bowman & the GSFLC

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Scientific Support / Internship, Mirus Bio LLC, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative nucleic acid based technologies and products, has a part-time position for a responsible student. Availability during School Year Mon - Fri 9AM-6PM: approximately 10 hours/week, flexible scheduling. Availability during summer and other breaks: approximately 40 hours/week. We seek an enthusiastic student working toward a degree in chemistry or biochemistry to work in the organic chemistry lab. Previous laboratory experience in a chemistry research lab is a plus, but not required. This position provides an opportunity for students to work closely with senior scientists in order to gain technical skills while being exposed to the small biotech company environment. Initial training in the organic lab and analytical techniques will be provided. The work will include some basic laboratory tasks such as preparing solutions, performing organic synthesis and purification of organic compounds under supervision of a senior scientist, archiving data in a laboratory notebook and basic maintenance of the lab and equipment. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to participate effectively in multidisciplinary environment are essential. Most student interns progress to assisting the scientific staff with their research programs, gaining invaluable research experience The ideal candidate will be one that is an underclassman (freshman or sophomore, preferred) who brings the opportunity to work at Mirus Bio throughout the remainder of their undergraduate career. This position offers significant exposure to current molecular biology and gene transfer technologies. Salary $9.00/ hour. Contact: Anatoly N. Pinchuk, PhD., Senior Scientist - Chemistry, Mirus Bio LLC, 545 Science Dr., Madison, WI 53711, e-mail: employment@mirusbio.com.
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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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Post-Doctoral Position, Biocrystallography and foldamers to be filled in summer or fall 2013. Dr. I. Huc's research group - Bordeaux University   France. Deadline for applications: April 15th 2013. A post-doctoral is opened in the group of Dr. Ivan Huc, at the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology (IECB), Bordeaux, France. The project deals with the crystallogenesis and crystallographic structural analysis of foldamer-protein complexes, foldamer-peptide conjugates, and foldamer tertiary and quaternary structures. It will develop in a broader context in collaboration with chemists, biophysicists and biologists. See the group website for details of the team's research background: http://www.iecb.u-bordeaux.fr/teams/HUC/. IECB offers an international environment with state of the art facilities for research at the chemistry/biology interface, including robots for crystallization and crystal monitoring, high level in house diffractometers (FRX rotating anode), and access to synchrotrons. The position is for one year renewable twice. Salary is calculated according to research experience. Candidates should hold a PhD degree before the start of the Post-Doc. They should have a strong track record in, by decreasing order of importance:
     •    crystallization of proteins or large peptides
     •    protein and peptide purification
     •    crystallography
     •    peptide synthesis or protein production
A very good command of English is indispensable. No prior knowledge of French is required. Candidates should e-mail their cover letter and CV, and they should request at least two recommendation letters to be sent to: Dr. Ivan Huc, Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie (IECB), i.huc@iecb.u-bordeaux.fr.
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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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