UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 7/21/2014

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 22 July 21st, 2014

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ARRIETTA CLAUSS NEW GRADUATE STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR
We're very pleased to announce that we have hired Arrietta Clauss to fill the new position of Graduate Student Services Coordinator. This position will take on many of the duties that Stephenie Nagle did, in addition to providing a graduate student advisor, and someone who can give us more presence among our alumni and companies that come to recruit. Arrietta started Monday, July 14; she will be in Room 2108, and her phone number will be 2-0363. Welcome, Arrietta!
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LYNN MALONE NEW PAYROLL SPECIALIST
Please welcome Lynn Malone to the Dept. of Chemistry.  Lynn is our Payroll and Benefits Specialist. Lynn has worked at Home Depot in various roles that include HR and payroll accountabilities. Welcome Lynn!
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HEIKE HOFSTETTER NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE MAGNETIC RESONANCE FACILITY
Heike Hofstetter has accepted our offer to become the Assistant Director of the NMR Facility. Her start date is August 1.  Heike managed the Chemistry Department's Analytical Laboratory at Northern Illinois University, and was a lecturer of General Chemistry classes there.  She brings an excellent combination of research and teaching skills, and will be a great addition to our department. Please assist me in welcoming Heike to our department.
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NEW BUILDING UPDATE
The state's Dept Administration announced the selection of the architect / engineering team for the chemistry building project.  We are delighted by the selection of the team of Ballinger (Philadelphia) / Strang / Aro-Eberle / Affiliated Engineers.  This team definitely has the depth and expertise needed for this challenging project.
As you may recall, Ballinger / Aro-Eberle conducted the master planning study, so they are intimately familiar with the project. We have very high regard for Ballinger through our experience with both the master planning study and their work in designing WID. Matt Aro and Mike Eberle, and also Affiliated Engineers, bring longstanding familiarity with Chemistry dating back to their work on the Chemistry WISTAR addition / renovation project in the late 1990's.
It will take 6-8 weeks to negotiate a contract; design work will probably begin in earnest during September. We are anxious to get to work!
For the Facilities Committee: Bob McMahon / John Moore / Matt Sanders.
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SOME SAD NEWS
We regret to inform you of the death last weekend of one of our Chemistry colleagues, Andrei Pakoulev. Andrei was a postdoc and scientist in the research group of John Wright since 2003.  Andrei got his PhD in Physics from Moscow State University, and he was a postdoc at Illinois before coming to Wisconsin.
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SEMINARS
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Sunday, August 10th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 5:00 pm, Grand Ballroom C. "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting (San Francisco)"
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Monday, August 18th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry. Prof. Koushik Venkatesan, University of Zurich "Seminar -TBA"
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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 8335. Dr. Manabu Abe Professor of Chemistry, Hiroshima University, Japan "Organic Seminar"
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - Department, Materials, Physical Lecture, 4:00 pm, 1610 Engineering Hall. Professor Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University "Kramer Lecture"
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Susan Kauzlarich, University of California - Davis "Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, 9341 Chemistry. Cheri Barta & Desiree Bates - Organizers, UW Madison Department of Chemistry "CHOPs Graduate Recruiting Event Sept 11 - 13"
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University "McElvain TBD"
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Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. William Banholzer, UW Madison Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering/Chemistry "William Banholzer - Department Colloquium"
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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Joshua Goldberger, Ohio State University "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Guangbin Dong, UT Austin "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Wenbin Lin, The University of Chicago "Seminar -TBA"
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Friday, September 26th, 2014 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Andrew Jorgensen, University of Toledo "Department Colloquium"
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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Ground and excited state infrared spectroscopy of jet-cooled radicals: Exploring the photophysics of trihydronaphthyl and inden-2-ylmethyl.
Kidwell, NM; Mehta-Hurt, DN; Korn, JA; Sibert, EL*; Zwier, TS.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 140 (21):10.1063/1.4879550 JUN 7 2014.
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Vertical Heterostructures of Layered Metal Chalcogenides by van der Waals Epitaxy.
Zhang, XW; Meng, F; Christianson, JR; Arroyo-Torres, C; Lukowski, MA; Liang, D; Schmidt, JR*; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS, 14 (6):3047-3054; 10.1021/nl501000k JUN 2014.
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Applications of Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy to Studies of Structure and Mechanism in Lens Crystallin Protein Aggregates.
Moran, SD; Zanni, MT*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 106 (2):40A-40A; 1 JAN 28 2014.
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Efficient Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Generation Using Heterostructures of Si and Chemically Exfoliated Metallic MoS2.
Ding, Q; Meng, F; English, CR; Caban-Acevedo, M; Shearer, MJ; Liang, D; Daniel, AS; Hamers, RJ*; Jin, S*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (24):8504-8507; 10.1021/ja5025673 Jun 18 2014.
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Isoprenoid Phosphonophosphates as Glycosyltransferase Acceptor Substrates.
Farias, MAM; Kincaid, VA; Annamalai, VR; Kiessling, LL*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 136 (24):8492-8495; 10.1021/ja500622v JUN 18 2014.
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Surface functionalization and biological applications of CVD diamond.
Szunerits, S; Nebel, CE; Hamers, RJ*.
MRS BULLETIN, 39 (6):517-524; 10.1557/mrs.2014.99 JUN 2014.
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Rapid control of phase growth by nanoparticles.
Chen, LY; Xu, JQ; Choi, H; Konishi, H; Jin, S*; Li, XC.
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 5 10.1038/ncomms4879 MAY 2014.
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Active Efflux Influences the Potency of Quorum Sensing Inhibitors in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Moore, JD; Gerdt, JP; Eibergen, NR; Blackwell, HE*.
CHEMBIOCHEM, 15 (3):435-442; 10.1002/cbic.201300701 FEB 10 2014.
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Copyright © 2014 Thomson ISI
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CHOPs UPDATE
Dear faculty, staff and students,
Please mark your calendar for this year's CHOPs event which is approaching fast on Sept. 11-13.  Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs) is a program that invites highly qualified underrepresented students to the UW-Madison Chemistry Department for an all-expense paid weekend to explore the chemistry graduate program. This year we have 15 confirmed participants.
We will attach a schedule of events closer to the date.  Keep watch for future emails on ways to participate.
Best, Cheri Barta & Desiree Bates  
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The TA position in the NMR facility is open starting fall term 2014.  The position primarily involves instruction of NMR techniques as part of lab courses and in small groups.  Some additional duties are involved, including assisting with cryogens fills.  Applicants must have previously taken Chem 636; prior enrollment in Chem 637 (or equivalent) is preferred. Please contact Charlie Fry, by July 28 at: Charles G. Fry, Ph.D., Director, MR Facility, Chem. Dept., 1101 University Ave, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI  53706  USA, Tel:(608)262-3182, Fax: (608)262-0381, e-mail: fry@chem.wisc.edu.
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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Science and Health at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, www.uwlax.edu/chemistry seeks an enthusiastic and dedicated Laboratory Manager I who will join its ranks on August 18, 2014, or earlier.  A B.S. or B.A. degree in chemistry/biochemistry or closely related field is required.  Previous chemical laboratory/stockroom experience and/or a M.S. degree in chemistry/biochemistry or closely related field are preferred.  
This position provides management and technical service in the purchase, stocking, distribution, use, and disposal of chemicals and chemical laboratory supplies and small equipment.  Duties include assisting the faculty with the preparation, setup, and breakdown of chemical demonstrations; working with faculty in the development and implementation of teaching lab experiments; coordinating suppliers and managing the system for requisition, purchase, receiving, and distribution of chemicals and chemical laboratory glassware and supplies; maintaining a complete chemical stockroom inventory and minimum stocks of items specified by the faculty; supervising procedures for chemical stockroom inventory control and the preparation of solutions and reagents for instructional labs; supervising the work of undergraduate student stockroom workers; maintaining systems for control and replacement of chemical laboratory drawer locks; maintaining small equipment required for use in instructional labs and repairing, when possible; maintaining the operational capability of instructional instrumentation; other duties as assigned.  Maintaining a safe operating environment through working with the campus safety officer and knowledge of chemical safety and unwanted materials disposal issues are required.  Salary and benefits are competitive.
To apply for this 100% annual appointment, please submit a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in this position, a resume, unofficial academic transcripts, and the names of three professional references to  the UW-La Crosse human resources website: https://employment.uwlax.edu/. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning on July 23, 2014, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.
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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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Dr. Yu's lab at the Bioengineering Department of University of Utah is actively looking for applicants for a postdoctoral position in Peptide / Organic Chemistry. Duties include design, synthesis, analysis, and test of drug-peptide conjugates for therapeutic targeting as part of NIH funded research. Applicants should hold a PhD degree in Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, or in closely related field with strong skills in multi-step  synthesis of organic molecules. Expertise in solution/solid phase peptide synthesis or in vitro and/or in vivo evaluation of bioactive compounds is highly desired. Those interested should contact Dr. Michael Yu directly by emailing: michael.yu@utah.edu. Group webpage is https://sites.google.com/site/michaelyugroup/.
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A Post-Doctoral position is available at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, which focuses on molecular imaging and nanotechnology (http://mi.wisc.edu/). A PhD or MD/PhD degree in molecular/cancer biology, biochemistry, cell biology, or related biomedical fields is required. Exceptional written and oral communication skills, self-motivation, ability to work independently or in a team-oriented setting in a  multidisciplinary environment are required. Research topics include molecular imaging, nanotechnology/nanomedicine, cancer research, and/or cardiovascular research. Responsibilities include biology/imaging-related experiments (~70%) and writing/editing manuscripts and grants (~30%). Only native English speakers within 1 year of obtaining a PhD degree will be considered. This position will remain open until filled. The start date is flexible and can be as early as 10/1/2014. To apply, please submit your current CV along with a brief statement of your scientific writing experience to Prof. Weibo Cai by e-mail: wcai4@wisc.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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