UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 3/17/2014

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 9 March 17th, 2014

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FRANK KEUTSCH RECEIVES A VILAS MID-CAREER INVESTIGATOR AWARD
Congratulations to Professor Frank Keutsch on receiving a Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award at UW-Madison.  The Vilas Mid-Careeer awards are supported by the Vilas Trust to recognize exceptional scholarly accomplishments. The award provides flexible research funding. Congratulations, Frank!
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MATT SANDERS RECEIVES THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP
Congratulations to Matt Sanders on receiving the Wisconsin Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Leadership. The awards recognize Academic Staff members who have demonstrated exceptional organizational leadership. Congratulations, Matt!
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LINGHONG ZHANG RECEIVES THE YOUNG CHEMIST AWARD FROM METROHM USA
Congratulations to Linghong Zhang, graduate student in Bob Hamers' research group, on receiving the Young Chemist Award from Metrohm USA.  The award was presented at PITTCON last week. http://pittcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/9702.N1.1017-PITT-2014_Pre.... Congratulations, Linghong!
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2014 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Apr. 15, 2014 May 13, 2014

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

Mar. 25, 2014 Apr. 8, 2014 Apr. 22, 2014
May 6, 2014 May 20, 2014  

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SEMINARS
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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Nuru Stracey, UW-Madison "Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of a Structural and Functional Small-molecule Analogue of Cysteine Dioxygenase"
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Friday, March 21st, 2014 - Inorganic Special Event, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Anton Vidal, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia "Modularity and Distal Regulation in Enantiopure P-Ligands for Catalytic Efficiency in Asymmetric Hydrogenations and Hydroformylations"
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Monday, March 24th, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Lecture, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society "Model Systems for Heterogeneous Catalysts at the Atomic Level"
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Monday, March 24th, 2014 - Materials, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. S. Thayumanavan, University of Massachusetts "Materials Seminar - Title TBD"
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Lecture, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society "Thin Oxide Films and the "Physics" of Catalysis"
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Dean Toste, University of California at Berkeley "Cationic gold(I) complexes as homogenous catalysts for the transformation of carbon-carbon ?-bonds"
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Javier Vela-Becerra, Iowa State University "TBD"
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Chris Beaudry, Oregon State University "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Graham Cooks, Purdue University "Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Intrasurgical Diagnostics, On-line Reaction Monitoring and Chemical Synthesis on a Preparative Scale"
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Friday, March 28th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, Chemistry Department. UW Madison "Graduate Recruiting Weekend"
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Junrong Zheng, Rice University "Molecular Vibrations: A Structural Tool"
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David Spring, University of Cambridge "Enriching chemical space to drug undruggable targets"
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Jonathan Owen, Columbia University "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Juliet Alderson of the Schomaker Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Jennifer Kaiser, UW Madison Keutsch Group "Formaldehyde Spectroscopy on Zeppelins and Planes: A Product-based Approach for Understanding Atmospheric Oxidation Mechanisms"
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Monday, April 7th, 2014 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Jeff Snyder, Caltech "Materials/Inorganic Seminar Title TBA"
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Munira Khalil, University of Washington "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peter Dervan, Caltech "Hirschmann Lectures -"Molecular Recognition of DNA by Small Molecules: Fundamentals to Applications (Part I)""
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 1:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peter Dervan, Caltech "Hirschmann Lecture -"Molecular Recognition of DNA by Small Molecules: Fundamentals to Applications (Part II)""
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Adam Fiedler, Marquette University "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Kaylee Underkofler of the Raines Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ralf Sudowe, University of Las Vegas "Analytical McElvain Seminar"
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Friday, April 11th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. James Checco, University of Wisconsin Madison "IRES Intellectual Property Panel Discussion"
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Monday, April 14th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry. Anna Dunn, UW-Madison "Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Bacterial cell wall mechanics"
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University "Organic McElvain Lecture"
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University "Organic McElvain Speaker"
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. John Roylance, UW-Madison "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Eileen Burke of the Schomaker Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Monday, April 21st, 2014 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy P. Lodge, University of Minnesota "2013-14 Ferry Lectures"
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy P. Lodge, University of Minnesota "2013-14 Ferry Lectures"
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Labs "McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Erin Boyle, UW-Madison Wright Group "A New 2D Vibrational Spectroscopy: The Resonance-IR Analogue to Resonance Raman"
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Friday, April 25th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Monday, April 28th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Bryan Coughlin, University of Massachusetts "Materials McElvain Seminar-Title TBA"
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charlie Sykes, Tufts University "Single Atom Alloys as a Strategy for Selective Heterogeneous Hydrogenations"
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Sarah Reisman, Caltech "Organic seminar"
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Frank Neese, Max-Plank Institute "Seminar - TBD"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Measurement of Segmental Mobility during Constant Strain Rate Deformation of a Poly(methyl methacrylate) Glass.
Bending, B; Christison, K; Ricci, J; Ediger, MD*.
MACROMOLECULES, 47 (2):800-806; 10.1021/ma402275r JAN 28 2014.
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Dynamics near Free Surfaces and the Glass Transition in Thin Polymer Films: A View to the Future.
Ediger, MD*; Forrest, JA.
MACROMOLECULES, 47 (2):471-478; 10.1021/ma4017696 JAN 28 2014.
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High-purity iron pyrite (FeS2) nanowires as high-capacity nanostructured cathodes for lithium-ion batteries.
Li, LS; Caban-Acevedo, M; Girard, SN; Jin, S*.
NANOSCALE, 6 (4):2112-2118; 10.1039/c3nr05851d 2014.
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Using citrate-functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles to study the effect of particle size on zebrafish embryo toxicity.
Kim, MS; Louis, KM; Pedersen, JA; Hamers, RJ*; Peterson, RE; Heideman, W.
ANALYST, 139 (5):964-972; 10.1039/c3an01966g 2014.
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Surface Coatings that Promote Rapid Release of Peptide-Based AgrC Inhibitors for Attenuation of Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus.
Broderick, AH; Stacy, DM; Tal-Gan, Y; Kratochvil, MJ; Blackwell, HE*; Lynn, DM*.
ADVANCED HEALTHCARE MATERIALS, 3 (1):97-105; 10.1002/adhm.201300119 JAN 2014.
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Hydrophobic variants of ganglio-tripod amphiphiles for membrane protein manipulation.
Chae, PS; Cho, KH; Wander, MJ; Bae, HE; Gellman, SH*; Laible, PD.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes, 1838 (1):278-286; 10.1016/j.bbamem.2013.09.011 B Jan 2014.
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Neutron-encoded Signatures Enable Product Ion Annotation From Tandem Mass Spectra.
Richards, AL; Vincent, CE; Guthals, A; Rose, CM; Westphall, MS; Bandeira, N; Coon, JJ*.
MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS, 12 (12):3812-3823; 10.1074/mcp.M113.028951 DEC 2013.
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Allosteric Activation Transitions in Enzymes and Biomolecular Motors: Insights from Atomistic and Coarse-Grained Simulations.
Daily, MD; Yu, HB; Phillips, GN; Cui, Q*.
DYNAMICS IN ENZYME CATALYSIS, 337 139-164; 10.1007/128_2012_409 2013.
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Visible-Light Sensitization of Vinyl Azides by Transition-Metal Photocatalysis.
Farney, EP; Yoon, TP*.
Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 53 (3):793-797; 10.1002/anie.201308820 JAN 13 2014.
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Copyright © 2014 Thomson ISI
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CALL FOR IGNITER FUNDS APPLICATIONS
Dear Campus Community:
This is an invitation to apply for Igniter funds to help advance innovations toward becoming commercialized. The Igniter fund ($2.4M) was awarded to UW-Madison from a System-wide economic development grant. Igniter's goal is to provide financial and business support for up to 10 UW-Madison pre-company innovations that can be commercial-ready (company start or licensed) by May 31, 2015. This is part of
UW-Madison's new Discovery to Product (D2P) initiative, www.d2p.wisc.edu.
     Important Information:  Please read these statements before filling out the Igniter Application.
•    The information entered on this application will be treated confidentially, and will be reviewed under an
     NDA (non-disclosure agreement).  All proposals and any subsequent documentation will also be kept
     confidential and will only be used for Igniter evaluation and funding purposes.
•    The purpose of Igniter funds is to advance existing discoveries/innovations toward successful
     commercialization. Funding will be provided based on milestone completions.
•    UW-Madison faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students and postdocs are eligible to apply for         Igniter funding.
•    The first round of application reviews will be conducted in March-May 2014; timing for subsequent
     application reviews will be announced in May 2014.
•    Application reviews are conducted by persons with business expertise.
We will have initial review rounds for funding. To ensure consideration in each round of funding, please apply by March 20, April 20, or May 20, 2014. Click here to apply: http://go.wisc.edu/i6ar48.
Please direct questions on this application to: Mary Linton, Igniter Coordinator, mary.linton@d2p.wisc.edu. Paul M. DeLuca, Jr., Provost. Mark E. Cook, Professor and Chair of D2P Advisory Board.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. FRET sensor development and imaging. Immediate opening for self-directed person with analytical chemistry, fluorescence, and microscopy experience to develop and use new FRET based probes for specific reactive oxygen species.  The successful applicant should have quantitative chemistry, microscopy and fluorescence probe experience, excellent organizational and communication skills, and be a self-motivated learner.  Tasks include design and validation of new FRET based probe, then imaging the probes in live systems with quantitative confocal (LSCM) images.  The successful applicant should be able to design and carrying out experiments, analyze data, and report results effectively.
The aim of the project is to design new selective ROS sensors to produce quantitative maps of the lignocellulose-degrading oxidants that fungi produce in wood, with the goal of understanding fungal oxidative systems that operate during lignocellulose deconstruction.  The images will be of wood systems containing the new ROS probes and decay fungi.  
Those with experience developing or optimizing FRET conditions and sensors strongly encouraged to apply. Microbiology and ability to script new image analysis routines are also desirable. The position will be located at the US Forest Products Laboratory on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  This UW position is available until Nov 30 with expectation of extension by one year.  Pay $34 - 50k/yr plus full benefits. If interested, send a CV and contact information for three references to HuntLabApplication@gmail.com.
More information about our work and publications can be seen at the following websites: Hammel website:
http://www.bact.wisc.edu/faculty.php?init=KEH&show=PEP; Hunt website: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/people/bios/employee_level_bio.php?employee_id=... Recent paper: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/products/publications/specific_pub.php?posting_....
Contact: Christopher G. Hunt, Research Chemist, Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering, US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1 Gifford Pinchot Dr., Madison WI  53726 USA, phone: 608-231-9521, e-mail: cghunt@fs.fed.us.
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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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The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking outstanding postdoctoral fellows with expertise in one or more of the following areas: cellular and molecular biology, transfection of human cell lines, high content imaging, and protein expression, purification and characterization. Projects include the development of novel cell models of neurodegenerative illnesses for highthroughput screening, generation of transgenic and mouse and rat models, and determining the molecular basis for propagation of misfolded protein conformations. Directed by Stanley B. Prusiner, the IND's mission is to discover causes and develop cures for diseases of aging, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, the tauopathies and the prion diseases. Current research at the IND involves both basic and translational science, from molecular, cell and structural biology to transgenic mouse models and drug discovery. The IND is housed in the state-of-the-art Sandler Neurosciences Center on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, permitting interaction with a wide range of biomedical and clinical research scientists.
The postdoctoral mentoring program at the IND trains fellows to become independent investigators qualified to research neurodegenerative diseases using the most appropriate, modern methods. To achieve this goal, fellows must acquire a strong foundation in the fundamentals that will enable them to master new techniques and approaches long after they complete formal training.
Applicants should hold or be close to completing a Ph.D. degree and be highly motivated individuals with superior critical thinking skills. IND faculty will be attending the following upcoming conferences: Experimental Biology 2014, San Diego, April 26 30 PRION 2014, Trieste, May 27 30.
Apply online via the IND website at: http://ind.ucsf.edu/careers/postdoctoral with a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests, and the contact information of three references. If you are presenting at one of the above conferences, please contact Kurt Giles at: kgiles@ind.ucsf.edu, listing your poster number, and the day and time of your presentation. http://ind.ucsf.edu.
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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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