Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 02/01/2016

XL - No. 03 February 1st, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Randy Goldsmith on receiving the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers, an annual award given by the College of Engineering.  The Benjamin Smith Reynolds Memorial Fund was established to perpetuate the memory of Benjamin Smith Reynolds by creating an incentive to excel in teaching, and to emphasize the importance of excellent teaching. The award honors "the University of Wisconsin faculty member(s) who contribute(s) most to the instruction of Engineering students."  Randy is recognized for his instruction in Chem 109 and Chem 562. Congratulations, Randy!
Congratulations to Professor Qiang Cui on receiving a Kellett Mid-Career Award at UW-Madison. The Kellett awards are supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to recognize exceptional mid-career faculty, seven to twenty years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Congratulations, QC!
2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

2/09/2016 3/08/2016 4/12/2016 5/10/2016

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

2/16/2016 3/01/2016 3/29/2016 4/05/2016
4/26/2016 5/03/2016 5/17/2016  


Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Michael Heaven, Emory University "The unique bonding characteristics of beryllium and the Group IIA metals"
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Kevin Moeller, Washington University "Organic Seminar "From oxidative cyclizations to microelectrode arrays to the processing of lignin derived materials: Using electrochemistry to solve synthetic problems of structure and location""
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Wee Han Ang, National University of Singapore "Inorganic Seminar - Anticancer Metallocomplexes with Non- Classical Modes of Activity"
Thursday, February 4th, 2016 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Beebe, UW-Madison Biomedical Engineering Dept. "Micro Scale Tools Enable Functional and Mechanistic Insights in Cancer "
Monday, February 8th, 2016 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Carsten Sievers, Georgia Tech "Materials Seminar - Title TBD"
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Sara Vaiana, Arizona State University "Internal friction and charge expansion in intrinsically disordered proteins of the Calcitonin family"
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, "Department Meeting"
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephanie Dillon, UW Madison (Brunold Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
Friday, February 12th, 2016 to Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
Monday, February 15th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Kurt Kremer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research "Multiscale  Simulations for Soft Matter: Applications and New Developments"
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Kurt Kremer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research "Co(non)solvency or the puzzle of polymer properties in mixed good or poor solvents"
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan Neff-Mallon, UW-Madison (Wright and Brunold Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Dr. Clifton Barry, NIH, NIAID "Organic Seminar "Exploiting the biochemistry of trehalose to develop real-time imaging probes for tuberculosis""
Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Margaret Robinson, UW Madison - Hamers group "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
Monday, February 22nd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Dominika Zgid, University of Michigan "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Arthur Bragg, Johns Hopkins University "Structure, Dynamics, and Disorder in Excited States of Photoresponsive Conjugated Materials"
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Raj Gounder, University of Purdue "Inorganic Seminar"
Friday, February 26th, 2016 to Saturday, February 27th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
Colorado School of Mines. Polymer science and engineering provides jobs and produces technologies that advance our quality of life. The Colorado School of Mines is offering a unique interdisciplinary research experience for undergraduates that will apply polymer science and polymer engineering practices to 21st century technologies .
In the REU, participants will .
     •    Produce an original research project with one or multiple faculty members in either chemistry or
          chemical engineering;
     •    Participate in a mentored exchange program to experience a broad range of polymer research;
     •    Participate in a series of technical workshops providing a broad introduction to polymer science and
     •    Participate in a complementary set of workshops on developing as a professional scientist or
     •    Tour the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Children's Hospital Colorado to learn how
          polymers are being used in next generation technologies;
     •    Enjoy organized social events with other REU students, graduate students, and faculty in the
          beautiful Rocky Mountain region of Colorado.
Research projects will focus on the application of polymers to hot topics such as fuel cells, photovolatics, batteries, tissue engineering, nanomedicines, and membranes. May 30, 2016 - August 5, 2016.
Participants Receive -
     •    Stipend of $5,000
     •    Paid on-campus housing
     •    Travel allowance
     •    Hands-on research experience
To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college or university through Fall 2016 (sorry, graduating seniors cannot be accepted). Applications are being accepted for Summer 2016. Application deadline is March 4, 2016. For program and application information contact: Prof. Stephen Boyes (303) 273 3633 or Prof. Ning Wu
(303) 273 3702 or e-mail: Apply online at:

Influence of Lewis acid charge and proximity in Mo(sic)Mo center dot center dot center dot M linear chain compounds with M = Na+, Ca2+, Sr2+, and Y3+.
Dolinar, BS; Berry, JF*.
POLYHEDRON, 103 71-78; SI 10.1016/j.poly.2015.09.028 A JAN 8 2016.
Liang, D; Stolt, MJ; Jin, S*.
NATURE PHYSICS, 12 (1):25-26; 10.1038/nphys3547 JAN 2016.
Quinone-Catalyzed Selective Oxidation of Organic Molecules.
Wendlandt, AE; Stahl, SS*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 54 (49):14638-14658; 10.1002/anie.201505017 DEC 1 2015.
Expression and distribution of neuropeptides in the nervous system of the crab Carcinus maenas and their roles in environmental stress.
Zhang, YZ; Buchberger, A; Muthuvel, G; Li, LJ*.
PROTEOMICS, 15 (23-24):3969-3979; SI 10.1002/pmic.201500256 DEC 2015.

Career Opportunities: Analytical and Applied Sciences Intern (50725). Requisition ID 50725 - Research and Development - United States - Nebraska - Omaha.
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Primary Responsibilities:
     •    Responsible and accountable for an impactful project that will be assigned. Projects may include:
          problem/solution identification, product, process, or packaging improvement, testing of new
          innovations, etc.
     •    Use and develop analytical techniques (HPLC, GC, ICP, MS, SEM, and/or Spectroscopy).
     •    Document and maintain accurate laboratory notebook.
     •    Collect, organize, format, analyze and summarize data.
     •    Present results, findings, conclusions and recommendations.
Position Qualifications:
     •    Chemistry and/or applied sciences curriculum (Analytical Chemistry preferred).
     •    Completed coursework in multiple sciences and/or engineering laboratory classes.
     •    Experience with chromatographic and/or spectroscopic techniques.
     •    Third or fourth year undergraduate student or graduate student (research experience is preferred).
     •    Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
Professional Benefits:
     •    Exposure to contemporary business and technical challenges.
     •    Directed by professionals with extensive industry experience.
     •    Chance to personally drive impactful projects, based on individual's skill and interest level.
Internships will be for a 11-week period from May through August 2016. Click here to apply online:

University of Wisconsin-River Falls. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. More information about UWRF can be found at:
The Position: This is a full-time, nine month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology. The department has 10 full-time chemistry faculty and offers American Chemical Society certified programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry along with programs in Chemistry Education and Biotechnology. The department's instrumentation includes a Bruker 400 MHz multinuclear NMR (2013), a new MBraun LABStar Pro glovebox (2015) along with GC, LC-MS, FT-IR, DSC, a chromatography laboratory, and a joint optics laboratory with Physics. The department's curriculum also features a novel Organic First introductory track. Additional information about the department can be found at: The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interests and ability to develop and teach courses in Inorganic Chemistry and other classes dependent on expertise and department needs. Opportunities exist for optional summer employment through teaching, research grants, internship supervision and other funding sources. Anticipated Appointment date: August 22, 2016.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to:
     •    Develop a new inorganic chemistry course (lecture and laboratory) per American Chemical Society
     •    Effectively teach inorganic chemistry and other courses as department need and/or applicant
          expertise dictates;
     •    Develop an active research program in inorganic chemistry involving undergraduate students;
     •    Serve as academic advisor to undergraduate students;
     •    Contribute through service to the department, college, university, and/or wider community.
Qualifications Required:
     •    Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry or a related field at the start of the appointment.
Qualifications Preferred:
     •    Experience teaching undergraduate students,
     •    Demonstrated potential for research involving undergraduates, and
     •    Instrumentation skills appropriate to support an undergraduate inorganic chemistry curriculum.
To Apply: Online applications are REQUIRED at:
A completed application will include:
     •    Your curriculum vitae (resume);
     •    A letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter);
     •    A statement, not to exceed five pages, describing:
          •    Your teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including any evidence of successful
               teaching at the college level;
          •    Your research and scholarly activity agenda, including a summary of research experience and
               research plans appropriate for a predominantly undergraduate institution. (Other Document);
     •    Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts (official copies of transcripts will be required if
     •    Letters of reference from three individuals who can comment on your teaching ability, experience
          and/or professional preparation should be sent to the search committee chair: Dr. Jamie Schneider
Inquiries should be addressed to: Jamie Schneider Department of Chemistry
Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Materials not submitted electronically cannot be considered. The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

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