UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 8/20/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 25 August 20th, 2012

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Hannah Bowman to head the Society of Graduate Women in Chemistry
For those of you whom I haven't met, my name is Hannah Bowman and I'm a rising 3rd year in Judith Burstyn's group as part of the Chem Bio program. I have inherited the Society of Graduate Women in Chemistry from Laura Kopff now that she has graduated. In the past this group has had monthly brown bag lunches and discussions, met with female seminar speakers, provided mentoring for first year students, and helped out with the GSFLC. I am hoping to get this group active again this school year and have a first meeting in September.
If you are interested in being a part of the SGWC, I am reactivating the mailing list so I don't have to bug everyone all the time about our events. Please subscribe here if you haven't already (incoming classes of 2009 or earlier are most likely already on the list): https://mailman.chem.wisc.edu/mailman/listinfo/graduate-women.
Membership is not limited to graduate students only, we would love to have faculty members and post-docs too- you were grad student once! Also it is not just limited to females.
Hannah Bowman
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

September 11th 2012 October 16th, 2012 November 13th, 2012 December 11th, 2012
February 12th, 2012 March 12th, 2012 April 16th, 2012 May 14th, 2012

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

September 4th, 2012 September 18th, 2012 October 2nd, 2012 October 23rd, 2012
November 6th, 2012 November 20th, 2012 December 4th, 2012 December 18th, 2012
January 22nd, 2012 February 19th, 2012 March 5th, 2012 March 19th, 2012
April 2nd, 2012 April 23rd, 2012 May 7th, 2012  

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SEMINARS
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Monday, August 27th, 2012 - Special Event, 1:30 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Aaron M. Almeida, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Insight into Protein Structure Using Parallel Beta-Sheet Adopting Small Model Peptides"
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Bartels, University of Notre Dame.
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Thursday, September 6th, 2012 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael M. Haley, University of Oregon.
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Monday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nuru Stracey, UW-Madison.
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, All Day, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Travis Williams, University of Southern California.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Beyond Benzyl Grignards: Facile Generation of Benzyl Carbanions from Styrenes.
Grigg, RD; Rigoli, JW; Van Hoveln, R; Neale, S; Schomaker, JM*.
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 18 (30):9391-9396; 10.1002/chem.201200642 JUL 2012.
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X-ray Absorption Spectroscopic, Crystallographic, Theoretical (DFT) and Chemical Evidence for a Chalcogen-Chalcogen Two-Center/Three-Electron Half Bond in an Unprecedented "Subselenide" Se23-Ligand.
Yao, SA; Lancaster, KM; Gotz, AW; DeBeer, S; Berry, JF*.
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 18 (30):9179-9183; 10.1002/chem.201201291 JUL 2012.
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Molecular Adsorption on ZnO(10(1)over-bar0) Single-Crystal Surfaces: Morphology and Charge Transfer.
Chen, JX; Ruther, RE; Tan, YZ; Bishop, LM; Hamers, RJ*.
LANGMUIR, 28 (28):10437-10445; 10.1021/la301347t JUL 17 2012.
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Neuropeptide analysis with liquid chromatography-capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometric imaging.
Zhang, ZC; Jia, CX; Li, LJ*.
JOURNAL OF SEPARATION SCIENCE, 35 (14):1779-1784; 10.1002/jssc.201200051 JUL 2012.
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Searching for reliable premortem protein biomarkers for prion diseases: progress and challenges to date.
Ma, D; Li, LJ*.
EXPERT REVIEW OF PROTEOMICS, 9 (3):267-280; 10.1586/EPR.12.20 JUN 2012.
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What Is Happening When the Blue Bottle Bleaches: An Investigation of the Methylene Blue-Catalyzed Air Oxidation of Glucose
Laurens Anderson *, Stacy M. Wittkopp , Christopher J. Painter , Jessica J. Liegel , Rodney Schreiner , Jerry A. Bell , and Bassam Z. Shakhashiri.
Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1322, United States.
An investigation of the Blue Bottle Experiment, a well-known lecture demonstration reaction involving the dye-catalyzed air oxidation of a reducing sugar in alkaline solution, has delineated the sequence of reactions leading to the bleaching of the dye, the regeneration of color, and so forth. Enolization of the sugar is proposed as a key step in the sequence. The first-order rate constant for this step was found to be ~2.3   10-3 min-1 with respect to total sugar concentration under the conditions used (0.184 M glucose, pH 13.3, 25 °C). Measurements with an oxygen-sensing electrode on Blue-Bottle mixtures containing varying quantities of methylene blue indicated that in a usual demonstration the rate of O2 consumption is ~60% of the enolization rate. Small samples of the organic oxidation product were isolated and found by chromatographic and NMR-spectroscopic examination to consist primarily of the 5-carbon sugar acid arabinonic acid.
See the complete Journal of Chemial Education rticle at: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed200511d?journalCode=jceda8.
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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, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position. The applicant must  have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology or closely related field conferred by January of 2013; postdoctoral experience is generally preferred. The successful candidate will hold the A. J. Solo Assistant Professorship in Medicinal Chemistry (which provides $10K in unrestricted funds annually) and is expected to participate in the teaching of organic and medicinal chemistry courses in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program in the area of medicinal chemistry and/or chemical biology and/or organic chemistry, broadly defined; one that complements existing research efforts in the department (http://www.chemistry.buffalo.edu/). Candidates should apply online at: https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55447, The application package should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research proposal (no more than 6 pages) and names and contact information for three references. Candidates should arrange for three recommendation letters to be uploaded to: https://www.UbJobs.Buffalo.edu or mailed to: Chair, Organic/Medicinal Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260-3000. Questions regarding the position can be sent via e-mail to: orgsrch@buffalo.edu. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012.
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Tenure-track faculty position at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) in Analytical Chemistry, broadly defined. Candidates should be qualified and interested to teach entry-level general, analytical, and specialized chemistry courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. More information about research programs at ORNL and the Joint Institutes can be found via links on the departmental web page. The Chemistry Department offers excellent support facilities including a NMR Instrument Center, a MS Instrument Center, a Polymer Characterization Laboratory, etc. as described on our departmental web page. Additionally the aforementioned Joint Institutes and other ORNL User facilities provide unique opportunities for chemical and physical characterization and fabrication. Further information about the Department and the research environment may also be obtained by an inquiry directly to the search committee. Faculty members are expected to establish an active, externally-supported research programs while maintaining a strong commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A competitive start-up package will be provided to supply the successful candidate with the time and funds required to initiate a strong, internationally recognized research program. Appointments are expected to begin August, 2013. Interested and qualified persons should consult instructions at: http://www.chem.utk.edu/positions.html for submitting an application. Review of applications will begin in October of this year and continue until the position is filled. The Department of Chemistry is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce; applicants are invited to visit the University's diversity website http://www.utk.edu/diversity/.
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Faculty Position in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine invites applications from outstanding individuals for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the broad field of Inorganic Chemistry. Candidates must have a PhD in Chemistry or a related field and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The position requires both the establishment of a vigorous research program and a strong commitment to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications must be submitted electronically via the Internet at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu. Applicants should upload a cover letter, a curriculum vita (including publication list), and a concise statement of research plans. At least three letters of recommendation are required. Applications and supporting materials should be received by October 15, 2012 for full consideration.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Professor S. Scott Saavedra, of the University of Arizona is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position that is available immediately. The person filling this position will join a project team focused on development of electrophysiological sensors composed of membrane protein receptors reconstituted into artificial lipid membranes. The ideal candidate will have experience with ultrasensitive fluorescence spectroscopy, including instrument development and data analysis. Experience in artificial membranes and nanopore-based sensing is also desirable. Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues. Interested candidates should visit: http://www.uacareertrack.com, search for job number 50742, complete the application form, and upload a letter of intent and a CV that includes contact information for 3 references. S. Scott Saavedra, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona, 1306 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721-0041, voice: (520) 621-9761, fax: (520) 621-8407, e-mail: saavedra@email.arizona.edu, http://cbc.arizona.edu/faculty_profile/profile/profile.php?fid_call=Saav.
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