UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 9/08/2014

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 25 September 8th, 2014

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CATHY MIDDLECAMP!
Congratulations to Professor Cathy Middlecamp on receiving the 2015 ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences!  The award is sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.  Cathy is Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, holds a joint appointment in the Integrated Liberal Studies Program, and is a faculty affiliate in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations, Cathy!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT NEWBERRY!
Congratulations to Robert Newberry, grad student in the Raines group, on being selected to receive an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship. Robert will present a poster on his research at the 2015 National Organic Symposium, which will be held at the Univ. Maryland. http://www.btp.wisc.edu/Newberry.htm. Congratulations, Robert!
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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Sept 9, 2014 Oct 14, 2014 Nov 11, 2014 Dec 9, 2014
Feb 10, 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Apr 14, 2015 May 12, 2015

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

Sept 23, 2014 Oct 7, 2014 Oct 21, 2014 Nov 4, 2014
Nov 18, 2014 Dec 2, 2014 Dec 16, 2014 Jan 20, 2015
Feb 3, 2015 Feb 17, 2015 Mar 3, 2015 Mar 17, 2015
Apr 7, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting"
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Susan Kauzlarich, University of California - Davis "Zintl Phases and Ge Nanocrystals for Thermoelectrics and Photovoltaics"
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Miriam Freedman, Pennsylvania State University "The structure of atmospheric particles & impacts on atmospheric chemistry and climate"
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 to Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Cheri Barta / Desiree Bates, Department of Chemistry "CHOPs Graduate Recruiting Event"
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - Department, Materials, Physical Lecture, 4:00 pm, 1610 Engineering Hall. Professor Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University "Combining Chemistry, Engineering and Biology to develop novel antifouling materials"
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Monday, September 15th, 2014 - Materials Special Event, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kyoung-Shin Choi, UW Madison Chemistry, Materials Path Chair "Materials Student Seminar"
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 - Graduate, Materials, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Lynden Archer, Cornell University "Transport Phenomena and Electrodeposition in Lithium Metal Batteries"
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Department, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University "McElvain: ALL THE WAYS TO HAVE A BOND"
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 - Department Outreach, 7:00 pm, 1111 Genetics/Biotechnology Center (425 Henry Mall). Tracy Drier, Department of Chemistry "Wednesday Night @ the Lab: The Blasckha Glass Models"
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Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - General, Graduate Special Event, 4:00 pm, TBA. Ariel Andrea, Chemistry Librarian, UW-Madison "Keeping Current with Chemical Literature"
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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 "Personal Experiences and Lessons Learned in 30+ Years of Industrial Research"
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Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 12:00 pm, Rennebohm Park. GSFLC, "Snout-Out"
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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). Professor Julie Biteen, University of Michigan "Single-Molecule Imaging and Plasmon-Enhanced Fluorescence: Understanding of Bacterial Function on the Nanoscale"
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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 Chicgo "Seminar -TBA"
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 - General Lecture, 4:00 pm, Room 159 Education Building. Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Opportunities and Challenges in Graduate Research and Education"
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Thursday, September 25th, 2014 - Analytical Special Event, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Lloyd Smith, UW Madison, Analytical Path Chair "Analytical Path student seminar"
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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). Professor Lai-Sheng Wang, Brown University "Electrospray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: From Multiply Charged Anions to Ultracold Anions"
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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Shannon Boettcher, University of Oregon "Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Lecture, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Khalid Salaita, Emory University "Using light to visualize and manipulate molecular forces in living systems"
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - General, Graduate Special Event, 4:00 pm, Chemistry 1381 (Graduate Computer Lab). Ariel Andrea, Chemistry Librarian, UW-Madison "Managing Citations with EndNote"
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Monday, October 6th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Lecture, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George C. Schatz, Northwestern University "Silver and Gold Nanoparticles"
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Monday, October 6th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Franz Geiger, Northwestern University "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Lecture, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George C. Schatz, Northwestern University "Using self-assembly to make functional materials"
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Lecture, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George C. Schatz, Northwestern University "Challenges with harnessing the properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene for making strong materials"
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kenneth Suslick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Professor Robin Yonggui Chi, Nanyang Technological University "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 - Analytical, Graduate Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Allison Doerr, Sr. Editor of Nature Methods "Analytical McElvain Seminar (Title TBA)"
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Friday, October 10th, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Special Event, 5:00 pm, Garner Park - 333 S. Rosa Road. "Physical Chemistry Picnic"
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Rodney Priestly, Princeton University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Uttam Tambar, UT Southwestern "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Lynn Mazzoleni, Michigan Technological Institute "Analytical Seminar (Title TBA)"
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Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Saturday, October 18th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 10:00 am, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, Department of Chemistry "Science is Fun Extravaganza at the Wisconsin Science Festival "
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor William Wimley, Tulane University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - Analytical Lecture, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Andrew Marcus, University of Oregon "Analytical Seminar (Title TBA)"
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Monday, October 27th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Lecture, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Cynthia Friend, Harvard University "Science as a Vehicle for Meeting Societal Challenges"
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Monday, October 27th, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology, Department, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Rana Mohtaki, TEMA TTC Toyota "McElvain Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Cynthia Friend, Harvard University "Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Production-Surface Chemistry Guiding Catalyst Discovery"
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Linda Doerrer, Boston University "Seminar -TBA"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Role of Fragility in the Formation of Highly Stable Organic Glasses.
Sepulveda, A; Tylinski, M; Guiseppi-Elie, A; Richert, R; Ediger, MD*.
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 113 (4):10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.045901 JUL 23 2014.
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Effect of Axial Ligands on the Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Properties of Diruthenium Compounds.
Manowong, M; Han, BC; McAloon, TR; Shao, JG; Guzei, IA*; Ngubane, S; Van Caemelbecke, E; Bear, JL; Kadish, KM.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 53 (14):7416-7428; 10.1021/ic5007605 JUL 21 2014.
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Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Bifunctional Polyubiquitin Substrates for Monitoring Ubiquitin Chain Remodeling.
Trang, VH; Rodgers, ML; Boyle, KJ; Hoskins, AA; Strieter, ER*.
CHEMBIOCHEM, 15 (11):1563-1568; 10.1002/cbic.201402059 JUL 21 2014.
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Spectral and Electronic Properties of Nitrosylcobalamin.
Pallares, IG; Brunold, TC*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 53 (14):7676-7691; 10.1021/ic500986x JUL 21 2014.
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Kinetics and Mechanism of Water Cluster Equilibria.
Weinhold, F*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):7792-7798; 10.1021/jp411475s JUL 17 2014.
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Fast Crystal Growth from Organic Glasses: Comparison of o-Terphenyl with its Structural Analogs.
Powell, CT; Paeng, K; Chen, Z; Richert, R; Yu, L; Ediger, MD*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):8203-8209; 10.1021/jp501301y JUL 17 2014.
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Dynamics in Crowded Environments: Is Non-Gaussian Brownian Diffusion Normal?
Kwon, G; Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):8128-8134; 10.1021/jp5011617 JUL 17 2014.
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General Strategy for the Bioorthogonal Incorporation of Strongly Absorbing, Solvation-Sensitive Infrared Probes into Proteins.
Peran, I; Oudenhoven, T; Woys, AM; Watson, MD; Zhang, TQO; Carrico, I; Zanni, MT*; Raleigh, DP.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):7946-7953; 10.1021/jp5008279 JUL 17 2014.
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First-Principles Many-Body Force Fields from the Gas Phase to Liquid: A "Universal" Approach
McDaniel, JG; Schmidt, JR*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):8042-8053; 10.1021/jp501128w JUL 17 2014.
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Mimicking the First Turn of an alpha-Helix with an Unnatural Backbone: Conformation-Specific IR and UV Spectroscopy of Cyclically Constrained beta/gamma-Peptides.
Gord, JR; Walsh, PS; Fisher, BF; Gellman, SH*; Zwier, TS.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):8246-8256; 10.1021/jp5015884 JUL 17 2014.
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The Entry of HCl through Soluble Surfactants on Sulfuric Acid: Effects of Chain Branching.
Burden, DK; Johnson, AM; Krier, JM; Nathanson, GM*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):7993-8001; 10.1021/jp501080g JUL 17 2014.
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A First-Principles Model of Fermi Resonance in the Alkyl CH Stretch Region: Application to Hydronaphthalenes, Indanes, and Cyclohexane.
Sibert, EL*; Kidwell, NM; Zwier, TS.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):8236-8245; 10.1021/jp5014048 JUL 17 2014.
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Integrated Hamiltonian Sampling: A Simple and Versatile Method for Free Energy Simulations and Conformational Sampling.
Mori, T; Hamers, RJ*; Pedersen, JA; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 118 (28):8210-8220; 10.1021/jp501339t JUL 17 2014.
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Is There a Common Structural Basis for Amyloidosis Toxicity? A New Receptor-Mediated Mechanism of Pancreatic Islet Amyloidosis-Induced Beta-Cell Toxicity in Type 2 Diabetes.
Abedini, A; Plesner, A; Cao, P; Zhang, JH; Meng, FL; Middleton, CT; Tu, LH; Wang, H; Song, F; Rosario, R; Zanni, MT*; Verchere, B; Raleigh, DP; Schmidt, AM.
PROTEIN SCIENCE, 23 76-76; 1 JUL 2014.
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What is a hydrogen bond? Resonance covalency in the supramolecular domain.
Weinhold, F*; Klein, RA.
CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, 15 (3):276-285; 10.1039/c4rp00030g 2014
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Vapor-deposited glasses provide clearer view of two-level systems.
Ediger, MD*.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (31):11232-11233; 10.1073/pnas.1411278111 AUG 5 2014.
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Middle-Down Mass Spectrometry Enables Characterization of Branched Ubiquitin Chains.
Valkevich, EM; Sanchez, NA; Ge, Y; Strieter, ER*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 53 (30):4979-4989; 10.1021/bi5006305 AUG 5 2014.
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Detection of Large Ions in Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry: Effects of Ion Mass and Acceleration Voltage on Microchannel Plate Detector Response.
Liu, RR; Li, QY; Smith, LM*.
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 25 (8):1374-1383; 10.1007/s13361-014-0903-2 Aug 2014.
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Highly active hydrogen evolution catalysis from metallic WS2 nanosheets.
Lukowski, MA; Daniel, AS; English, CR; Meng, F; Forticaux, A; Hamers, RJ*; Jin, S*.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 7 (8):2608-2613; 10.1039/c4ee01329h AUG 2014.
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Electronic States of the Quasilinear Molecule Propargylene (HCCCH) from Negative Ion Photoelectron. Osborn, DL; Vogelhuber, KM; Wren, SW; Miller, EM; Lu, YJ; Case, AS; Sheps, L; McMahon, RJ*; Stanton, JF; Harding, LB; Ruscic, B; Lineberger, WC.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (29):10361-10372; 10.1021/ja5039984 Jul 23 2014.
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Chemoselective silver-catalyzed nitrene insertion reactions.
Scamp, RJ; Rigoli, JW; Schomaker, JM*.
PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY, 86 (3):381-393; 10.1515/pac-2014-5040 MAR 2014.
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Pyrazine-derived disulfide-reducing agent for chemical biology.
Lukesh, JC; Wallin, KK; Raines, RT*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 50 (67):9591-9594; 10.1039/c4cc04491f AUG 28 2014.
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First-Principles, Physically Motivated Force Field for the Ionic Liquid [BMIM][BF4].
Choi, E; McDaniel, JG; Schmidt, JR*; Yethiraj, A*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 5 (15):2670-2674; 10.1021/jz5010945 AUG 7 2014.
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Effective Protein Separation by Coupling Hydrophobic Interaction and Reverse Phase Chromatography for Top-down Proteomics.
Xiu, LC; Valeja, SG; Alpert, AJ; Jin, S*; Ge, Y.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 86 (15):7899-7906; 10.1021/ac501836k AUG 5 2014.
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Discovery of Chromatin-Associated Proteins via Sequence-Specific Capture and Mass Spectrometric Protein Identification in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Kennedy-Darling, J; Guillen-Ahlers, H; Shortreed, MR; Scalf, M; Frey, BL; Kendziorski, C; Olivier, M; Gasch, AP; Smith, LM*.
JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH, 13 (8):3810-3825; 10.1021/pr5004938 AUG 2014.
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Nonperturbative Imaging of Nucleoid Morphology in Live Bacterial Cells during an Antimicrobial Peptide Attack.
Bakshi, S; Choi, H; Rangarajan, N; Barns, KJ; Bratton, BP; Weisshaar, JC*.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80 (16):4977-4986; 10.1128/AEM.00989-14 AUG 2014.
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Intercomparison of Hantzsch and fiber-laser-induced-fluorescence formaldehyde measurements.
Kaiser, J; Li, X; Tillmann, R; Acir, I; Holland, F; Rohrer, F; Wegener, R; Keutsch, FN*.
ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES, 7 (6):1571-1580; 10.5194/amt-7-1571-2014 2014.
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Highly Enantioselective Hydroformylation of Alkenes by Rhodium-Diazaphospholane Catalysts.
Wong, GW; Landis, CR*.
ALDRICHIMICA ACTA, 47 (2):29-38; 2014.
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OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN GRADUATE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
A WISCAPE Event. Wednesday, September 24th, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Room 159 Education Building. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Professor of Chemistry, UW-Madison, 2012 ACS President, www.scifun.org.
Two questions succinctly express the opportunities and challenges of graduate education:
     1.   What are the purposes of graduate education?
     2.   What steps should be taken to ensure that graduate education addresses important societal issues as well as the needs and aspirations of graduate students?
With these two questions I hope to generate conversations to examine graduate education at major research institutions. I will use the Report of the ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences as a point of departure for this first conversation.
Suggested readings:
     •    Summary Report of the ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education
     •    Presenting the Report to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
          WEBCAST:
          http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/pcast/130315/globe_show/default_go_arc.... March 15, 2013
     •    Better Learning Through Chemistry? Science Magazine, February 1, 2013
www.wiscape.wisc.edu.
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SAVE THE DATE
Public Engagement: One of the hallmarks of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy. Www.scifun.org.
     •    Saturday, October 18th. Science is Fun Extravaganza with Theodore Gray at the Wisconsin
          Science Festival. 10:00 a.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Building
     •    Sunday, November 30th. Once upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri 2:00 p.m..
          Wisconsin Union Theater
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ACS JOINT GREAT LAKES/CENTRAL REGIONAL MEETING
The Great Lakes and Central regions of the American Chemical Society will jointly host a regional meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. from May 27 to 30. All members of the department are welcome to attend, and the organizers are soliciting session and symposium ideas and applications. The conference title is "Chemistry: A Grand Enterprise," and the focus themes will be food, health, and the environment. More information is available at: jglcrm2015.com.
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41st ANNUAL UW SYSTEM CHEMISTRY FACULTIES MEETING
Oct. 10-11, 2014 - UW-La Crosse
This year's 41st Annual UW-System Chemistry Faculties Meeting conference will provide an opportunity for members of the chemistry departments of the UW-System to meet, share best practices, and discuss ideas about chemistry instruction and scholarship.
The conference will offer discussions of research, pedagogy, research-teaching synergy, sub-disciplines of chemistry, and many other topics. We hope you will join us to talk about chemistry "by the big river." Poster Session: You are invited to submit a poster abstract. Poster Abstract* proposal deadline: September 19, 2014. *Size limit for posters: is up to 42 inches wide and up to 36 inches tall.
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SUMMER OF SCIENCE
The first floor hallway of the chemistry building tends to be a quiet place during the summer. Undergraduates lounge in the hallway, studying for a test or texting on their phones. Tour groups occasionally wend their way through, curiously peeking in windows as they pass by. But a swarm of a different type descended the weeks of July 7 and 21, filling the hall with energy, excitement, and clamors for goggles so they could get started in the lab. ChemCamp was in session.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of Fun with Chemistry camps, run by the Institute for Chemical Education (ICE). Over the course of two weeks, more than 150 middle school students visited the Chemistry Building with a voracious appetite for science and engineering. While the majority of the students were from Madison, ICE ChemCamp's unique, in-depth lab experience drew in students from New York, Minnesota and Illinois. The program began in 1984 with Fun with Chemistry; it has expanded to include topics such as super-hero science and food chemistry. This year's offerings included 2 sessions of Fun with Chemistry as well as Fun with Forensic Chemistry and Fun with Inventions Chemistry (designed in partnership with the MRSEC, the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center).
A typical camp day started with a guest speaker: a graduate student, professor, or industry professional. Through the speakers' talks and demonstrations, campers came to appreciate the wide diversity of people who use chemistry in their jobs and the variety of work they do. Safety instructions, introduced by ICE Outreach Specialist and ChemCamp coordinator Francisca Jofre, followed the presentation as the middle school students would soon be entering a real chemistry lab. With activity packets in hand, campers followed carefully trained undergraduate group leaders into the first floor chemistry labs, where they were introduced to complex scientific concepts most students don't encounter until high school. Cheering and laughter ensued as they tried their hands at metal flame tests, plating pennies, decorating shirts with ink chromatography, and finger print analysis. Though the summer humidity required occasional hallway breaks to defog goggles, students happily returned to their personally designed fluid dynamics experiments with magnetic stir bars and the ever popular challenge of combining as many substances into a graduated cylinder as their group leader allowed them to do safely. For those who were interested, engineering challenges concluded the day, including the design and testing of robot arms and marble roller coasters. By the end of the week, phone numbers were exchanged and new friends left with a knowledge that they could succeed in the world of chemistry.
Camp experiences have had a lasting effect on past participants. Houri Vorperian shared a segment of her daughter Sevahn's college application essay. "My love for science started in 7th grade at a Chemistry camp. I loved meticulously following the steps in my experiment packet and celebrating with my lab partner after watching blue crystals form or making a functional pH indicator. I enjoyed triumphantly exiting the lab after a day of experimenting and breaking the seal created by my bulky lab goggles on my sweaty face." Thanks to financial assistance from Sigma-Aldrich Corporation this year, ICE was able to share this profound experience with an even greater number of children. Students with a demonstrated need, including participants from the Dane County Boys & Girls Club, were designated Sigma-Aldrich Scholars and received financial assistance. In addition to Sigma-Aldrich, ICE would like to thank everyone in the department who helped make camps possible, especially Tom Ladell, Jim Maynard, Jeff Nielsen, and Bruce Goldade. With your help we are inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.
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SNOUT OUT - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH
Hello everyone,
The 31st annual Snout-Out will take place from 12 pm - 4 pm on Saturday, September 20th, at Rennebohm Park. There will be plenty of food and drinks, and of course the softball tournament - bragging rights are at stake! Registration forms will be sent out in mid-August, but for now, mark the date on your calendar!
Thanks! The GSFLC.
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MENTORING OPPORTUNITY
Dear graduate student:
     •    Want to get back in touch with your own excitement about science?
     •    Interested in broader impact by mentoring a high school student?
     •    Like to be a role model? Mentor a student in the Innovate to Mitigate competition!
Students will brainstorm and test a prototype method to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. YOU will check in to their discussion forum online once a week for approx 4 months, to guide and mentor 1-3 teams. You will receive a stipend of $200 and a certificate of service. Most of all, you will derive satisfaction from making the world a better place.
More info: Gilly Puttick PI, 617-873-9712, gilly_puttick@terc.edu. Check it out: innovatetomitigate.org. TERC, a nonprofit R&D organization focused on STEM education, has launched Innovate to Mitigate, (innovatetomitigate.org), a competition for middle and high school students to design a method for combatting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of the competition is to engage teams of students in project-based learning either in or outside the classroom as they design and test a prototype that reduces CO2, choosing any area of science or engineering, and demonstrate that it is effective. At the end, they will create a video and poster presentation for an online conference.  Scientists will judge the presentations; $1,000 in prizes will be awarded.
Please respond as soon as possible, mentoring will begin in Sept. The competition will close in December (2014).
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2014 LUCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM COMPETITION
This scholarship provides a year's internship in an Asian country related to the scholar's interests. Any professional field will be  considered, with the exception of Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. The  program is designed to provide highly qualified young Americans, who  lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this  knowledge through their normal career trajectories, an extended period of exposure to an Asian country. To be eligible, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, under the age of 30 at the beginning the program, and hold at least a B.A. Applicants should have little or no experience in the country of internship.
Applicants should have demonstrated a strong motivation and potential for accomplishment within their chosen field; have a record of outstanding academic achievement, particularly in their specialty; have evidence of an outstanding capacity for leadership; have more than usual openness to new ideas and sensitivity to their fellow human beings. In addition successful applicants possess qualities such as flexibility, adaptability, maturity, dependability, humility.
Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply; alumni applicants do not have to be present on campus to apply. Applicants should have an academic record of distinction and defined career interests. Application is only possible through institutional nomination; applications submitted directly to the Henry Luce Foundation are not accepted. There is a review process by the International Fellowships office to nominate three applicants to the Henry Luce Foundation by early November. The national selection process is rigorous and can involve several interviews with Foundation staff. Deadline: 4 PM on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Applications should be submitted to: Dr. Erin Crawley, International Fellowships Office, 328 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. Madison, WI 53706. Please contact  Erin with any questions about the application.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Product Development Chemist, PhD Level. Platypus Technologies uses advanced materials to develop sensors for industrial hygiene and environmental monitoring markets. The company has built a uniquely broad portfolio of intellectual property, expertise and technological capabilities, and is commercializing multiple new products by applying expertise in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering. Employees benefit from a small company environment in which everyone contributes to the tasks needed to accomplish company goals. Platypus offers a stimulating, challenging environment, a full benefits package, and competitive salary.
THE POSITION:  The Product Development Chemist will be a hands-on contributor to the design, development, and production of the company's liquid crystal-based chemical sensors. The successful candidate will be a member of a multidisciplinary team of product development professionals who generate new product ideas, implement product development projects, and help bring projects to commercial readiness.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
     •    Conceive of and test chemical approaches to sensing diverse molecular targets using the company's proprietary liquid crystal sensor technology.
     •    Fabricate and characterize chemically functionalized interfaces and evaluate their impact on liquid
          crystal alignment.
     •    Apply expertise to the development and manufacture of new products.
     •    Contribute to the company's federal grants and contracts program to support innovative product
          development for liquid crystal sensors.
     •    Other duties to be assigned as needed.
CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS:
     •    PhD in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or closely related subject.
     •    Demonstrated expertise in surface, organic and/or inorganic chemistry.
     •    Experience with liquid crystals or gas sensing an advantage.
     •    Able to serve as Principal Investigator on Small Business Innovation Research projects.
     •    Able to contribute to product development from concept to market readiness.
     •    Team player, with enthusiasm for working in a multidisciplinary product development team.
     •    Detail-oriented and self-motivated with strong written and oral English language communication
          skills.
HOW TO APPLY:
Email resume and cover letter to hr@platypustech.com with the subject line PDC0814.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University California, Davis invites applications for a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (PSOE) (which parallels the position of an assistant professor on track for tenure) or Lecturer with Security of Employment (SOE) (which parallels a tenured professorial appointment). The primary focus of this position is coordination and academic integration of the courses and laboratories within the undergraduate curriculum in chemistry, with a preference for the first year chemistry sequence.
     •    PSOE candidates should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or equivalent field, a proven record of
          excellence in teaching, and the intent to pursue creative activities.
     •    SOE candidates should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or equivalent field, an extensive proven record of excellence in teaching, and documented creative activities.
All candidates should possess innovative ideas for instructional initiatives and familiarity with existing learning assessment methodologies and pedagogies. As a member of the Academic Senate, the successful candidate will be a primary resource for undergraduate curriculum development and will participate in university and departmental committees as needed for effective teaching and safety enforcement. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty conducting chemical education research, provide coordination for evidence-based teaching methods and be a resource for innovative teaching practices. Further information on the Department is found at: http://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/. The deadline for full consideration is October 1, 2014. Applications should be submitted here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00330. Please contact Delmar Larsen (dlarsen@ucdavis.edu) if additional information regarding this position is desired.
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Liquid Crystal Scientist/Engineer. Platypus Technologies uses advanced materials to develop sensors for industrial hygiene and environmental monitoring markets. The company has built a uniquely broad portfolio of intellectual property, expertise and technological capabilities, and is commercializing multiple new products by applying expertise in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering. Employees benefit from a small company environment in which everyone contributes to the tasks needed to accomplish company goals. Platypus offers a stimulating, challenging environment, a full benefits package, and competitive salary.
THE POSITION: The Liquid Crystal Scientist/Engineer will be a major contributor to the design, development, and production of the company's liquid crystal-based chemical sensors. The Scientist/Engineer will generate new product ideas, implement product development projects, and help bring projects to commercial readiness. The successful candidate will be a member of a multidisciplinary team of product development professionals who generate new product ideas, implement product development projects, and help bring projects to commercial readiness.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
     •    Bring expertise in liquid crystals to a multidisciplinary team developing the company's proprietary
          liquid crystal sensor technology.
     •    Conceptualize and reduce to practice innovative liquid crystal-based approaches to developing
          commercial products that address market needs.
     •    Interact with potential customers to identify market needs that can be addressed using liquid crystal
          sensing technology.
     •    Contribute to the company's federal grants and contracts program to support innovative product
          development for liquid crystal sensors.
     •    Other duties to be assigned as needed.
CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS:
     •    PhD in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or closely related subject and at least two years of experience in research involving liquid crystals. Commercial sector experience preferred.
     •    Able to write SBIR grant applications and manage SBIR-funded projects.
     •    Team player, with enthusiasm for working in multidisciplinary product development teams.
     •    Able to contribute to product development from concept to market readiness.
     •    Detail-oriented and self-motivated with strong written and oral English language skills.
HOW TO APPLY:
Email resume and cover letter to hr@platypustech.com with the subject line LCS0814.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in organic/inorganic chemistry at the Assistant Professor level. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests in any of the following experimental areas: development of new synthetic methods, bioorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry or the synthesis of organic- and/or bio-inspired materials. Use of sustainability concepts, where appropriate, is encouraged. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry (or a closely related field) with the appropriate experience to vigorously pursue their chosen area of research. The potential to engage in collaborative research is desirable. An assistant professor is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, to be committed to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, to mentor students, and to serve the department, university, and discipline.
Applicants should upload their application package (in PDF format) to: https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57368, including: a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, teaching statement, research proposals (5 page limit), and names and contact information (including address, email, phone numbers) for three references. References will be contacted with a request to submit letters online at www.UBJobs.buffalo.edu.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Questions
may be addressed to iosearch@buffalo.edu.
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Stanford University, Stanford ChEM-H: Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health. Stanford ChEM-H is an independent institute at Stanford University, formed in partnership with the Schools of Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering. More information about the institute can be found on https://chemh.stanford.edu/. The Institute is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the junior level (Assistant or untenured Associate Professor). Applicants are expected to have earned a Ph.D. or M.D. degree in any discipline of science, engineering or medicine.
We will consider applicants knowledgeable in any frontier area of research at the interface between chemistry, biology, engineering, and medicine. In general, we give higher priority to the overall originality and promise of the candidate's work than to the sub-area of specialization. The successful candidate will have his/her primary appointment in a department within the School of Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, or Engineering. He/she will be expected to teach and/or perform clinical service within this department in a manner that is consistent with standard practices for tenure-track faculty within that department. The candidate will also be expected to develop a world-class research program in chemical biology. Applicants should be seeking a stimulating interdisciplinary environment in which to pursue teaching and research. We anticipate that the faculty member will develop interactions with faculty not only in his/her home department but also in other departments and Schools at Stanford and at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.
Applications should be addressed to: Professor Chaitan Khosla, Search Committee Chair, and include a curriculum vitae (including research accomplishments, teaching experience, and publications), a description of future research plans, a teaching statement, and at least three letters of reference. All materials should be submitted online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4233. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by October 15, 2014. Questions should be addressed to Professor Khosla at: chemh_info@stanford.edu.
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The Bowdoin College Chemistry Department and Biochemistry Program seek applicants for an appointment in physical biochemistry / biophysical chemistry (broadly defined) beginning Fall 2015. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field is required. The tenure track or tenured joint appointment to Chemistry and Biochemistry will be made at the Assistant, advanced Assistant or Associate professor level, depending on qualifications and experience. The teaching load is three courses per year, which includes responsibility for teaching a thermodynamics course appropriate for chemistry and biochemistry majors. Other courses will include contributions at the introductory level and courses at any level that will contribute to the curricula of the chemistry and biochemistry majors. Full-time laboratory instructor support is provided for most courses. The successful candidate must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential to develop a funded, active, and productive research program that involves undergraduates, especially those interested in biochemistry.
Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement on teaching philosophy and contact information for three people to provide letters of recommendation.
Review of applications, including letters of recommendation, will begin October 6, 2014. A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.
Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty. For further information about the College please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/chemistry.
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Assistant Professor in Bioorganic Chemistry. Saint Louis University, a Catholic Jesuit institution in St. Louis, MO, dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service seeks applicants for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Chemistry starting Fall 2015.  A Ph.D. is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred.  Successful candidates will develop an independent research program and be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching in the areas of both organic chemistry and biochemistry.  Successful applicants will have an expertise in bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology or organic chemistry.  The Department offers BA/BS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and MS and PhD degrees in chemistry.  Review of applications begins October 15th and will continue until the position is filled.  All applications must be made online at: http://jobs.slu.edu; also send CV, research plans, teaching philosophy, transcripts, and 3 reference letters to: buckners@slu.edu.  Saint Louis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and encourages nominations and applications of women and underrepresented minorities.
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University of Utah, School of Medicine. Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Chemical Biology. As part of a major, institution-wide effort to develop a world-class environment for chemical biology at the University of Utah, the Department of Biochemistry is searching for talented new investigators as Assistant Professors in the tenure-track. We are interested in all areas of chemical biology (broadly defined) with a particular interest in investigators using phenotypic screens to discover new biological pathways, targets, and lead compounds. Notably strong opportunities for synergy exist in the areas of cardiovascular, cancer, immunologic, metabolic, and neurological disorders. In addition to excellence in original research and commitment to education, the successful candidates will develop programs that initiate new commercial opportunities. The starting date is flexible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received starting from October 15. Positions will remain open until filled. Contact: 801-585-2555. Apply online at: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/34492.
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The Department of Chemistry at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Organic Chemistry starting September 2015. All areas of Organic Chemistry will be considered. Experience in synthesis, computational methods, and/or in material science will be viewed favorably. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the Introductory and Organic Chemistry sequences. The successful applicant will join a research active undergraduate program. A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or equivalent training is required. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable. The Shared Passages Program is a relatively new curricular offering within the K-Plan and candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this collegewide educational program. Candidates who have experience with programs and pedagogical approaches that are especially effective in attracting and retaining women and students of color in the discipline are especially encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will begin October 6, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, summary of scholarly interests and research plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and three letters of recommendation are required. All application materials should be addressed to Prof. Jeffrey Bartz, Chair of Organic Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295 and submitted in PDF form at https://www.kzoo.edu/chemistry/search/. Three letters of recommendation should be sent in PDF form to ChemistrySearch@kzoo.edu.
For more information, see our home page at http://kzoo.edu/ and departmental web site at: http://kzoo.edu/chem/. Kalamazoo College desires applicants who are committed to promoting access and success for all students, and strongly encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.
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The Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level in the areas of experimental analytical/physical and experimental organic chemistry. All areas of experimental organic chemistry, including chemical biology, materials, polymer synthesis, and synthetic chemistry, are welcomed.  Subfields of particular interest for the experimental analytical/physical position are bioanalytical chemistry and spectroscopy, particularly as they relate to medicine and cancer.  Unique opportunities are available in these areas due to the presence of the new UT-Austin Medical School and special funding opportunities available through the Texas CPRIT program.
The University of Texas at Austin is building a culturally and ethnically diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Candidates should submit applications via http://apply.interfolio.com/25340. Applications should include a cover letter indicating area of expertise, a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, and three letters of reference. Applications must be received by September 15, 2014 to receive full consideration. Stephen Martin, Chair, Department of Chemistry, M. June and J. Virgil Waggoner Regents Chair in Chemistry, Chairman, Executive Board of Tetrahedron Publications, Editor for the Americas of Tetrahedron. Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Welch Hall 2.204, 105 E. 24th St.  Stop A5300, Austin, Texas   78712-1224. (512) 471-3915 (Voice), (512) 471-4180 (FAX).
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