UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 4/15/2013

BUCKY UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 14 April 15th, 2013

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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

April 16th, 2013 May 14th, 2013

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

April 23rd, 2013 May 7th, 2013

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mathias Weber, University of Colorado-Boulder "Molecular Level Insight into the Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes   Spectroscopy of Mass-Selected Clusters in Vacuo"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor J. Mathias Weber, University of Colorado-Boulder "Molecular Level Insight into the Chemistry of Transition Metal Complexes   Spectroscopy of Mass-Selected Clusters in Vacuo"
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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 "Direct Asymmetric Alkylation of Carboxylic Acids"
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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Todd Harrop, University of Georgia "Synthetic Analogues of Nickel Superoxide Dismutase (NiSOD): A New Role for Nickel in Biology"
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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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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Patanjali Kambhampati, McGill University "Excitons in Semiconductor Quantum Dots"
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - Aldrich Awards Seminar in Materials Science, 4:00 p.m., Room 1111 Biotechnology Building, 425 Henry Mall. Mid-Career Researcher Award Winner, Kristi Anseth, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the Biofrontiers Institute, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder. "Dynamic cell matrices through bio-orthogonal photochemical reactions"
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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 "An Idea Before Its Time"
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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 "Structural Studies of the Amyloid State of Proteins"
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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 "New synthetic transformations using alkenes: From transition metal catalysis to metal-free radical reactions"
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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 "Developing IMS-MS techniques as a means of following structural transitions of biopolymers in solution"
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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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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ron Cohen, University of California, Berkeley "Breathing Easier? New perspectives on the atmospheric chemistry of ozone and aerosol"
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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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Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Weis, Kansas University "Exploring the Role of Flexibility in Protein Function and Dysfunction With H/D Exchange Mass Spectrometry"
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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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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Rainer Volkamer, University of Colorado, Boulder "Analytical Seminar"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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A Single-Component Inimer Containing Cross-Linkable Ultrathin Polymer Coating for Dense Polymer Brush Growth.
Sweat, DP; Kim, M; Yu, X; Gopalan, P*.
LANGMUIR, 29 (11):3805-3812; 10.1021/la305060z MAR 19 2013.
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Synthesis of Lipid-Linked Arabinofuranose Donors for Glycosyltransferases.
Kraft, MB; Farias, MAM; Kiessling, LL*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 78 (5):2128-2133; 10.1021/jo302507p MAR 1 2013.
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Natural Bond-Bond Polarizability: A Huckel-Like Electronic Delocalization Index.
Zimmerman, HE*; Weinhold, F*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 78 (5):1844-1850; 10.1021/jo301620k MAR 1 2013.
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Intimate Interactions with Carbonyl Groups: Dipole-Dipole or n ->pi*?.
Kamer, KJ; Choudhary, A; Raines, RT*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 78 (5):2099-2103; 10.1021/jo302265k MAR 1 2013.
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Transition Metal Photoredox Catalysis of Radical Thiol-Ene Reactions.
Tyson, EL; Ament, MS; Yoon, TP*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 78 (5):2046-2050; 10.1021/jo3020825 MAR 1 2013.
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Mechanistic Studies of Wacker-Type Amidocyclization of Alkenes Catalyzed by (Imes)Pd(TFA)(2)(H2O): Kinetic and Stereochemical Implications of Proton Transfer.
Ye, X; White, PB; Stahl, SS*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 78 (5):2083-2090; 10.1021/jo302266t MAR 1 2013.
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Copyright   2013 Thomson ISI
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CLIMATE CHANGE CONVERSATIONS
The thousands of presentations at the meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in New Orleans exemplify one of the many ways scientists converse among themselves about the most recent advances in science. Science and technology continue to reshape the world we live in, and appreciating how these changes, both intended and unintended, come about is a necessity for all citizens in a democratic society. Scientists have a responsibility to help their fellow citizens understand what science and technology can and cannot do for them.
Communicating the science of climate change provides one example where the scientific community must do more. Climate change affects everyone, so everyone should understand why the climate is changing and what it means for them, their children, and generations to follow. Scientists are already members of groups that can facilitate this communication: neighborhoods, school boards, religious groups, service clubs, political organizations, and so on. These groups present opportunities to engage in respectful conversations on climate change and on the policies and actions that individuals, communities, and nations might take to mitigate and adapt to what is happening to our planet.
We know that the concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere are higher and increasing faster than at any time in the past 1 million years.* The average temperature of Earth is increasing, ice is melting, oceans are acidifying, and extreme weather events are more frequent. Human activities, principally the combustion of fossil fuels, are a major source of greenhouse gases and a major driver of climate change. To share this knowledge with the public and be credible as a "scientist-citizen," a scientist must acquire a good grasp of the science of climate change.
In recent years, U.S. scientific institutions and societies, including the National Academies, Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and American Institute of Physics have prepared Web-based materials on the science of climate change suitable for communicating with the public.** Last year, the ACS released a Climate Science Toolkit on greenhouse gases, atmospheric and planetary warming, and Earth's energy balance, among other topics.*** The Tool-kit provides a succinct intellectual foundation at an introductory level that can be a guide to more extensive resources. Some of the materials are in forms (such as slide shows) that scientists may use to present this subject to the public, and there is a series of brief narratives designed to help scientists initiate informal conversations with others. Implicit in this resource is the message that the world must make adaptations to changes that have already occurred and that reducing emissions is required to avoid a warmer planet. Scientist-citizens can stress how lifestyle decisions that reduce energy consumption are actually meaningful steps. Supporting elected officials who promote policies and practices aimed to decrease the effects of global warming is another step that individuals and citizens' groups should take.
F. Sherwood Rowland was a central figure in the late-20th-century controversy about the effect of chlorofluorocarbonson stratospheric ozone. For years, he engaged audiences ranging from students to members of the U.S. Congress. As an exemplary scientist-citizen, his focus eventually led to the worldwide ban on these compounds. Rowland spoke to all scientist-citizens when he asked: Isn't it the responsibility of scientists, if you believe that you have found something that can affect the environment, isn't it your responsibility to do something about it, enough so that action actually takes place? ... "If not us, who? If not now, when?"****
We pose these same questions and ask you to join the conversations now.
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri and Jerry A Bell.
* www.copenhagendiagnosis.com.
** http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/sample-page/; www.epa.gov/climatechange/;climate.nasa.gov/evidence/; www.aip.org/history/climate/index.htm.
*** www.acs.org/climatescience.
**** http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=03122012.
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