UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 4/14/2014

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 13 April 14th, 2014

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APRIL LESLIE WINS 2013-14 L&S CLASSIFIED STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD
Congratulations to April Leslie on receiving a 2013-14 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, April!
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KAREN FOLLMANN STARTS AS CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT MANAGER
Karen Follmann starts today as the Chemistry Department Manager. She will be in Room 1128 in the admin suite.  Please stop and say Hello and welcome her to the department.
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NEW NSF FELLOWS ANNOUNCED!
Recipients of the 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships have been announced (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do?method=loadAwardeeList), and the Chemistry Department again has a number of students who have received Fellowships.
The UW-Madison Chemistry students who have received the award (we had a number of honorable mentions also) include Adam Birdsall (Keutsch), Wen Chyan (Raines), Daniel Hinton (Goldsmith), Kacie Rich (Zanni), and Nick Riley (Coon).
Congratulations to all the NSF Fellows, new and continuing!
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TONG WANG RECEIVES BARRY GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Tong Wang, a junior Chemistry major from New Berlin working in Sam Gellman's group.  Tong received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, "one of the country's most prestigious awards conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences."  More information can be read at: http://news.ls.wisc.edu/awards-honors/chemistry-student-wins-goldwater-s..., or in the Wisconsin State Journal. Congratulations Tong!
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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

Apr. 22, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 20, 2014

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SEMINARS
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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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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, Varsity Hall II at Union South. GSFLC, UW-Madison "GSFLC Annual Department Poster Session "
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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 "Natural Product Synthesis: A Platform for Discovery in Chemistry and Biology"
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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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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Amanda Hummon, University of Notre Dame "Analytical Seminar-Title TBA"
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Dan Appella, NIDDK, NIH "Organic Seminar"
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Friday, May 2nd, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "Student Awards Ceremony"
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Monday, May 5th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Zhibin Guan, University of California-Irvine "Materials Seminar Title TBA"
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric Mazur, Harvard University "Why you can pass tests and still fail in the real world"
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Elizabeth Nolan, Massacchusetts Inst. of Technology "Seminar"
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Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Suzanne Walker, Harvard University "Organic Chemistry Seminar"
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Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Wei, University of Florida "Plasmon-mediated Surface Chemistry for Solar Photocatalysis"
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Friday, May 16th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:00 pm, Room 1361 and Shain Atrium. Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "Graduation Reception"
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Saturday, May 17th, 2014 - Department, Organic Special Event, 8:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Hans Reich, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Professor Hans Reich Celebration Symposium"
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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Special Event, 8:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Jim Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Professor Jim Skinner Celebration Symposium"
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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Special Event, 8:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jim Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Professor Jim Skinner Celebration Symposium"
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37TH STEENBOCK SYMPOSIUM: THE FUTURE OF CHEMICAL BIOLOGY
Registration is open for the 37th Steenbock Symposium: The Future of Chemical Biology. The Steenbock Symposium will feature research presentations from over twenty exceptional chemical biologists from the United States and Canada. Please plan to join us June 5-7, 2014 at Ebling Auditorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The deadline for discounted registration and poster abstract submission is April 15, 2014.
     •    Early Non-Student Registration: $225.00 by April 15, 2014
     •    Regular Non-Student Registration: $250.00 by May 28, 2014
     •    Student Registration: $200.00 by May 28, 2014
     •    Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: April 15, 2014
To learn more about the Symposium and to register, visit: https://www.biochem.wisc.edu/seminars/steenbock/symposium37/.
If you have any questions about registration, please send an email to: conference@cals.wisc.edu\ and reference the "37th Steenbock Symposium." For all other questions, please feel free to contact Kris Turkow at kturkow@chem.wisc.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Signatures of n ->pi* interactions in proteins
Newberry, RW; Bartlett, GJ; VanVeller, B; Woolfson, DN; Raines, RT*.
PROTEIN SCIENCE, 23 (3):284-288; 10.1002/pro.2413 MAR 2014.
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An alternative structural isoform in amyloid-like aggregates formed from thermally denatured human gamma D-crystallin.
Moran, SD; Zhang, TO; Zanni, MT*.
PROTEIN SCIENCE, 23 (3):321-331; 10.1002/pro.2422 MAR 2014.
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Solar Synthesis: Prospects in Visible Light Photocatalysis.
Schultz, DM; Yoon, TP*.
SCIENCE, 343 (6174):985-+; 10.1126/science.1239176 FEB 28 2014.
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Collisions of Sodium Atoms with Liquid Glycerol: Insights into Solvation and Ionization.
Wiens, JP; Nathanson, GM*; Alexander, WA; Minton, TK; Lakshmi, S; Schatz, GC.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (8):3065-3074; 10.1021/ja4106144 FEB 26 2014.
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N-Methyl and peptoid scans of an autoinducing peptide reveal new structural features required for inhibition and activation of AgrC quorum sensing receptors in Staphylococcus aureus.
Tal-Gan, Y; Stacy, DM; Blackwell, HE*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 50 (23):3000-3003; 10.1039/c4cc00117f 2014.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Biomass Science and Conversion Technologies Department at Sandia National Labs has an opening for a postdoc position investigating enzymatic conversion of biomass for use in the production of lignocellulosic biofuels. This position is staffed at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, CA. Interested candidates should have experience in molecular biology methods, biophysical characterization of proteins and enzymology. The postdoctoral position in the Biomass Science and Conversion Technologies Department is available immediately. The researcher will investigate the optimization of biofuels production from renewable lignocellulosic biomass as part of the Enzyme Engineering team at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).   This team investigates the enzymatic conversion of biomass components (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) to their simpler components (e.g., monosaccharides and monolignols) within the overall research projects to enhance the production of biofuels from a variety of cellulosic biomass. The multidisciplinary team is using a combination of enzyme engineering, biochemical and biophysical characterization, structural and computational biology, high-throughput screening, and genomic and proteomic discovery  to identify enzyme targets for modification and iterative improvement of their stability, activity and tolerance to  targeted biomass pretreatment protocols.
Required Qualifications:
     •    Requires a PhD in biochemical engineer or a related discipline.
     •    Extensive experience in molecular biology methods, biophysical characterization of proteins and
          enzymology
     •    Demonstrated track record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific literature
     •    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
     •    Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams
Desired:
     •    Previous research experience with lignocellulolytic enzyme engineering, biochemical engineering
          relevant to biofuels.
     •    High-throughput enzymology and development of synergistic enzyme mixes.
Apply at: Go to the Sandia Careers Web page, follow the instructions to upload a resume, and complete the submission process to indicate your interest in this position. JBEI Postdoctoral Appointee. JOB ID: 645831, MANAGER: Ben Wu. Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, postdocs, and visiting researchers-all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, visit http://ca.sandia.gov/.
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One postdoctoral position in experimental physical chemistry and chemical physics (reaction dynamics, astrobiology, astrochemistry) is open at the Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, for the period of initially one year to investigate the evolution of organics under a simulated Martian environment. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience ranging from $ 39,000 to $ 45,000.  Successful applicants should have a strong back-ground in experimental reaction dynamics, surface scattering, UHV technology, and VUV laser systems, optical spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman, UVVIS), and gas phase detection techniques (time-of-flight and quadrupole mass analyzer). Programming experience in C, labview, and/or autocad and knowledge in the generation of tunable UVVUV radiation is desirable. The prime directive of this research project is to investigate the chemical fate of molecules in the extreme environments representative of the surface of Mars. Solid communication skills in English (written and oral) and a strong publication record in internationally circulated, peer-reviewed journals are mandatory. Only self-motivated and energetic candidates are encouraged to apply; please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, which includes a publication list to Brant Jones (brantmj@hawaii.edu), Department of Chemistry & W.M. Keck Research laboratory in Astrochemistry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA. Only complete, electronic applications in pdf format will be considered. The review of applications will start June 1, 2014, with an expected start state of September 2014. A description of the current research group can be found at: http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/welcome.html and http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/KLA.html. Contact: Brant Jones (brantmj@hawaii.edu).
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