UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 4/21/2014

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 14 April 21st, 2014

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CLAUDE WOODS RECEIVES AN AWARD FOR MENTORING UNDERGRADUATES IN RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
Congratulations to Professor Claude Woods on receiving an Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities. These new awards are being presented for the first time this year. The Office of the Provost sponsors these awards to recognize the important role mentors have in fostering undergraduates' intellectual, personal, and professional growth. The awards provide $1,000 to a faculty member/research group, academic staff member or post-doctoral fellows/graduate students in alternating years, for excellence in undergraduate mentoring. The awards were presented at the Undergraduate Symposium last week. Congratulations, Claude!
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WINNERS OF THE POSTER SESSION AWARDS
Thank you to everyone who stopped by April 17th at the annual GSFLC poster session. Special thanks to the participants and the faculty judges, you are what makes the event such a treat!
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for!
First Place (one per category, $150):
Robert Newberry, Raines Group, Electronic Effects on Biomolecular Structure (Biological)
Brett Marsh, Garand Group, Cryogenic Ion Vibrational Spectroscopy of Copper Containing Species (Analytical)
Dominic Perroni, Mahanthappa Group, Counterion Effects on the Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Self-Assembly of Bis-Triazlium Gemini Amphiphiles (Materials)
Erin Boyle, Wright Group, A New 2D Vibrational Spectroscopy: The Resonance-IR Analogue to Resonance Raman (Computations and Spectroscopy)
Anna Hurtley, Yoon Group, [2+2] Cycloaddition of Dienes by Visible Light Photocatalysis (Synthesis)
Honorable Mentions (3 from across all categories, $75):
Robert Guenette, Strieter Group, Discovery and Characterization of Novel Ubiquitin Chain Debranching by UCH37.
Amber Jain, Sibert Group, Vibrational Relaxation of Chloroiodomethane in Cold Argon
Veronica Berns, Fredrickson Group, Problem-Solving with Pentagons: the Tsai-type Quasicrystal as a Structural Response to Chemical Response
Congratulations!
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2014 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 13, 2014

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

Apr. 22, 2014 May 6, 2014

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SEMINARS
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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 "What Do We Understand About Equilibration in Block Copolymer Micelles?"
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Labs "McElvain Seminar - Bridging the Gap between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis at Argonne National Laboratory"
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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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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 "Molecular Magnetism and Quantum Chemistry"
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lectureship in Soil Science, 3:30 pm, Room 270 Soils Building. Dr. Oliver A. Chadwick,  Professor, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara. "Farming the Rock: Biogeochemical Controls on Intensive Agriculture in Polynesia"
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Amanda Hummon, University of Notre Dame "Characterizing the Proteome of 3-Dimensional Cell Cultures"
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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 "Bioinspired Design of Dynamic and Self-healing Polymers"
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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, Materials, Physical 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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Thursday, June 19th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Bldg.. Professor YiJing Yan, University of Science and Technology of China "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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37TH STEENBOCK SYMPOSIUM
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 registration deadline is May 28, 2014.
     * Non-Student Registration: $250.00
     * Student Registration: $200.00
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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AWARDS FOR COMMUNICATING RESEARCH TO THE PUBLIC
The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) is currently offering a $250 award to each UW-Madison chemistry Ph.D. candidate who includes in their thesis a chapter that communicates their research to non-specialists. This chapter is to share the candidate's scholarly research and its significance in a way that a wider audience - family members, friends, civic groups, reporters, state legislators, and members of the U.S. Congress - understands. Equally important to communicate are the imagination, creativity, and fulfillment that discovery in science involves. Communicating the role and value of the chemical sciences to non-specialists is an important responsibility. WISL expects all Ph.D. students to excel as scientists and encourages each to be a responsible scientist-citizen by fostering public engagement with science.
Purposeful communication of the critical role of science and technology in society can help shape attitudes of the general public and can also foster collaboration among people to work together across boundaries in order to solve global challenges. WISL aims to motivate Ph.D. candidates to be thoughtful, creative, and innovative in their communication of chemistry. Many Ph.D. degree recipients have successfully completed their theses including such a chapter. You can read their work online here. For more information on how to qualify for this award, contact scifun@chem.wisc.edu.
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LIFE SCIENCES CAREERS DAY

Note the upcoming Life Sciences Careers Day (LSCD) 2014, to be held on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in the Ebling Symposium Center of the Microbial Sciences Building. This graduate student-organized symposium has been enthusiastically received and very well attended in the past. In 2014, the organizers are planning for ~400 participants. This event is FREE and open to all current graduate students and post-docs in life science related areas.
Join us to learn where your PhD can take you, and have a chance to ask questions! Learn what it takes to land the career of your dreams! Register at the symposium URL, https://sites.google.com/site/2014lscd. The goal of the LSCD is to help graduate students and postdocs explore the various career paths open to them and to allow face-to-face discussion with individuals currently active in these areas. The speakers reflect a diversity of career interests and will be able to provide valuable insights to our students in plenary talks and breakout sessions. Indeed, past Career Days (ongoing since 1995) have allowed trainees to make many valuable contacts for future development of their careers.
The 2014 speaker biographies can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/2014lscd. Click on the Speaker List and Schedule tabs to view this information.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry, Western Illinois University (WIU), invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in Macomb, Illinois. A Ph.D. is required, preferably in an area of chemistry with an interest in applications to Forensic Chemistry. An individual with all but dissertation will be considered; however, the Ph.D. must be completed prior to receiving tenure-track status. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in forensic chemistry and to mentor undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) research students within our chemistry/ biochemistry/ pharmacy, and forensic chemistry programs. WIU is a comprehensive public university offering 57 undergraduate degree programs, 36 graduate degree programs, and a doctorate degree. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1, WIU's 720 full-time faculty teach 95% percent of all undergraduate as well as graduate courses in addition to 13 pre-professional degree programs and 10 certificate programs. Western Illinois University is a member of the NCAA and competes at the Division I level. The Leslie F. Malpass Library ranks among the finest at comprehensive universities in the United States. Salary is competitive. Faculty salary minima can be found in the UPI faculty contract agreement on page 87 at: http://www.wiu.edu/provost/upi_agreement/pdfs/UPI%20Agreement.pdf#87. Starting Date: August 14, 2014.
Review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications include 1) a letter of application, 2) current curriculum vita or resume, 3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references, 4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate, 5) statement of research interests and mentoring experience, 6) statement of teaching interests. To apply, please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW at the following URL: https://www.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=48036 or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL http://www.wiu.edu/employment/. Questions regarding the search may be directed to:  Dr. Rose McConnell at rm-mcconnell@wiu.edu. For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.
Contact: Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Two Post-doctoral Research Opportunities at Idaho State University (ISU).
The first post-doc opportunity is for a Post Doc Research Engineer Nuclear Materials. Information for the position can be found at: https://isujobs.net/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?po....
The second post-doc opportunity is for a PhD in nuclear engineering, materials science, physics or similar field who has experience in research at the nanoscale. Information for the position can be found at: https://isujobs.net/applicants/jsp/hared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?pos....
Contact: Cathy Dixon, Director, Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards.
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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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