Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 05/31/2016

XL - No. 16 May 31st, 2016

Hey everyone,
I hope you all enjoyed the poster session and thank you to everyone who stopped by!  A special thank you to all of our wonderful poster presenters and faculty judges who graciously volunteered their time to help us out.  The winners of this year's annual GSFLC poster session are:
First Place:
     •    Anna Brezny- Landis Group
     •    Dian Wang- Stahl Group
     •    Diane Walters- Ediger Group
Second Place:
     •    Jaritza Gomez- Ediger Group
     •    Mimi Hang- Hamers Group
     •    Chang Yun Son- Yethiraj & Cui Groups
Honorable Mention:
     •    Michelle Boursier- Blackwell Group
     •    Robert Newberry- Raines Group
     •    Stephanie Dillon- Brunold Group
     •    Anastasiya Vinokur- Fredrickson Group

Thank you again and see you next year!
Best, Margaret Lumley and Trisha Tucholski - GSFLC First Year Reps.
2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry


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



Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 - Department Special Event, 7:00 pm, Orchard View Room (Discovery Building). WISL, "Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks"
Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, Chemistry Room 1315. Dr. Tom Zinnen - Biotechnician Extension Specialist, UW Madison "GSFLC Alternative Careers Symposium "
Sunday, August 21st, 2016 to Thursday, August 25th, 2016 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, American Chemical Society, "ACS Meeting - Philadelphia"
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 to Friday, August 26th, 2016 - General, Department Special Event, 9:00 am, "Grad Student Orientation"
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 12:00 pm, "Snout-Out Departmental Picnic"
Monday, August 29th, 2016 to Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - General, Department Special Event, 9:00 am, "TA Training"
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Prof. Richard Sarpong, UC Berkeley "Organic Seminar"
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christopher Scarborough, Emory University "Inorganic Seminar"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Chemistry 1315-Seminar Hall. Prof. Yonggui Chi, Nanyang Technological University "Organic Seminar"

Photocatalytic reduction of nitrogen to ammonia on diamond thin films grown on metallic substrates.
Bandy, JA; Zhu, D; Hamers, RJ*.
Diamond and Related Materials, 64 34-41; 10.1016/j.diamond.2016.01.006 APR 2016.
Conformation-specific spectroscopy of capped glutamine-containing peptides: role of a single glutamine residue on peptide backbone preferences.
Walsh, PS; Dean, JC; McBurney, C; Kang, H; Gellman, SH*; Zwier, TS.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (16):11306-11322; 10.1039/c6cp01062h APR 28 2016.
Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3-Ga2O3 Alloy Coatings for Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O-2 Cathode to Improve Rate Performance in Li-Ion Battery.
Laskar, MR; Jackson, DHK; Guan, YX; Xu, SZ; Fang, SY; Dreibelbis, M; Mahanthappa, MK*; Morgan, D; Hamers, RJ*; Kuech, TF.
Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8 (16):10572-10580; 10.1021/acsami.5b11878 APR 27 2016.
A Family of Photolabile Nitroveratryl-Based Surfactants That Self-Assemble into Photodegradable Supramolecular Structures.
Hwang, L; Guardado-Alvarez, TM; Ayaz-Gunner, S; Ge, Y; Jin, S*.
Langmuir, 32 (16):3963-3969; 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b00658 APR 26 2016.
Atmospheric fates of Criegee intermediates in the ozonolysis of isoprene.
Nguyen, TB; Tyndall, GS; Crounse, JD; Teng, AP; Bates, KH; Schwantes, RH; Coggon, MM; Zhang, L; Feiner, P; Milller, DO; Skog, KM; Rivera-Rios, JC; Dorris, M; Olson, KF; Koss, A; Wild, RJ; Brown, SS; Goldstein, AH; de Gouw, JA; Brune, WH; Keutsch, FN*; Seinfeldcj, JH; Wennberg, PO.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (15):10241-10254; 10.1039/c6cp00053c APR 21 2016.
Hydrogel arrays formed via differential wettability patterning enable combinatorial screening of stem cell behavior.
Le, NNT; Zorn, S; Schmitt, SK; Gopalan, P*; Murphy, WL.
ACTA Biomaterialia, 34 93-103; SI 10.1016/j.actbio.2015.09.019 APR 1 2016
Crystal Structure of the Unliganded form of Cyclic Nucleotide Binding Domain (CNBD) from HCN2 Channel.
Klenchin, VA; Alvarez-Baron, CP; Cowgill, J; Cui, Q*; Chanda, B.
Biophysical Journal, 110 (3):282A-282A; 1 FEB 16 2016.
Large Effects of Discriminator Exchanges on the RNA Polymerase-Promoter Open Complex Structure, Lifetime and Transcription Initiation Patterns.
Henderson, K; Felth, L; Wang, S; Molzahn, C; Chhabra, M; Poulos, M; Ruff, E; Bieter, L; Record, MT*.
Biophysical Journal, 110 (3):233A-233A; 1 FEB 16 2016.
Kinetic Compensation between Ester-Bond Cleavage, Folding and Release from the Ribosome in Protein Biogenesis.
Addabbo, RM; Lam, HN; Arnold, B; Cavagnero, S*.
Biophysical Journal, 110 (3):392A-392A; 1 FEB 16 2016.
Using Chemoattractants to Lure Bacteria to Contact-Killing Surfaces.
Jain, R; Faith, NG; Milkowski, A; Nelson, K; Busche, D; Lynn, DM*; Czuprynski, CJ; Abbott, NL.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 55 (19):5698-5702; 10.1002/anie.201510813 2016.
Formation of supported lipid bilayers containing phase-segregated domains and their interaction with gold nanoparticles.
Melby, ES; Mensch, AC; Lohse, SE; Hu, DH; Orr, G; Murphy, CJ; Hamers, RJ*; Pedersen, JA.
Environmental Science-nano, 3 (1):45-55; 10.1039/c5en00098j 2016.
Chip-Scale Fabrication of High-Q All-Glass Toroidal Microresonators for Single-Particle Label-Free Imaging.
Knapper, KA; Heylman, KD; Horak, EH; Goldsmith, RH*.
Advanced Materials, SN 0935-9648, EI 1521-4095, APR 20, 2016, VL 28, IS 15.
Improved photovoltaic response of a near-infrared sensitive solar cell by a morphology-controlling seed layer.
Zhang, LS; Andrew, TL*.
Organic Electronics, SN 1566-1199, 1878-5530, JUN 2016, VL 33, 135, 141.
The impact of finite temperature on the coordination of Cu cations in the zeolite SSZ-13.
Goltl, F; Sautet, P; Hermans, I*.
Catalysis Today, SN 0920-5861, 1873-4308, JUN 1, 2016, VL 267, 41, 46.
Organization and function of anionic phospholipids in bacteria.
Lin, TY; Weibel, DB*.
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, SN 0175-7598, 1432-0614, MAY 2016, VL 100.
Comprehensive analysis of tropomyosin isoforms in skeletal muscles by top-down proteomics.
Jin, YT; Peng, Y; Lin, ZQ; Chen, YC; Wei, LM; Hacker, TA; Larsson, L; Ge, Y*.
Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility, SN 0142-4319, 1573-2657, APR 2016, VL 37.
PRINCEPS: A Computer-Based Approach to the Structural Description and Recognition of Trends within Structural Databases, and Its Application to the Ce-Ni-Si System
Guo, YM; Fredrickson, DC*.
Crystals, SN 2073-4352, APR 2016, VL 6.
Revisiting benzene cluster cations for the chemical ionization of dimethyl sulfide and select volatile organic compounds.
Kim, MJ; Zoerb, MC; Campbell, NR; Zimmermann, KJ; Blomquist, BW; Huebert, BJ; Bertram, TH*.
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, SN 1867-1381, 1867-8548, 2016, VL 9.

MATC is writing because they're seeking part time chemistry instructors for the Fall 2016 semester. Madison Area Technical College is recruiting qualified part-time candidates to teach courses in the Chemistry program. Teaching opportunities include but are not limited to the following courses: General Chemistry, General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry, and College Chemistry 1. Candidates will be expected to teach both lecture and laboratory sections of assigned courses. This position reports to the Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.  Interested candidates can find application materials and additional information at the Madison College webpage: Contact: Kenneth A. Walz, Ph.D., Chemistry and Engineering Instructor, Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI  53704-2599, email:, Office: (608) 246-6521.

Full-Time, One-Year, Possibly Renewable Position in Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Morris. The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education, to fill a full-time, one-year, possibly renewable position in chemistry beginning August 15, 2016. Responsibilities include: teaching organic chemistry and the associated labs, as well as general chemistry labs and the opportunity to conduct research that involves undergraduates, particularly in the Chemistry discipline's Introduction to Research course; and contributing to the liberal arts mission of the UMM campus as a whole. Teaching responsibilities may include advanced elective courses in chemistry/organic chemistry.
Candidates must hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or a closely related field by August 15, 2016. Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate chemistry is required. (Graduate TA experience is acceptable.)
Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted on-line. Job ID #309937. Applications must include a letter of application, resume, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a teaching statement with evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference. Supporting documentation may be sent to Ann Kolden, Administrative Assistant, at:, 0201589-6301.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening begins on May 25, 2016. Inquiries can be made to: Professor Nancy Carpenter, Search Committee Chair, at (320) 589-6337, e-mail:
Faculty Opening: Chemistry Instructor (General and Organic Chemistry). Rock Valley College, a comprehensive community college located in Rockford, Illinois, serves a diversified metropolitan area of over 370,000 people. Rockford is centrally located in northern Illinois, within 90 minutes of Chicago as well as Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The College is the principal institution of post-secondary education in the region. RVC is an educational leader in providing quality, accessible, lifelong learning opportunities, cultural enrichment, and support for economic and technological development.
Conditions of Employment: This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position to begin August 2016, with the tenure decision in three years. Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and group life insurance plans are offered and State Universities Retirement System (SURS) administered retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Optional overload and summer teaching assignments are possible, depending upon availability. Some flexibility in work schedule is necessary. Interest in serving a diverse student population is essential.
The successful candidate will provide evidence of strong teaching ability in chemistry and must be comfortable with a variety of students, including many having limited science and math preparation. The successful candidate must also be willing to interface with and offer courses in conjunction with growing and changing industrial and engineering technology programs on campus. The job will also involve working with technology faculty and local industry in designing programs in these areas. While there is no requirement to conduct research, opportunities for doing so are available in the area, and any of these that would involve students would be particularly welcome.
Required Qualification:
     •    An earned Master's Degree with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in chemistry, to teach introductory and general courses in inorganic and organic chemistry.
Desired Qualifications:
     1.   Education beyond the master's level is desirable. Ph.D. preferred.
     2.   Recent teaching experience in organic chemistry.
     3.   Commitment to the mission of the community college and interest in involvement in division and college initiatives are desired.
Application Process: Applicants are encouraged to submit the following materials electronically at: or documentation may be submitted under single cover to the address listed below. The search and screen committee will begin evaluating application materials on June 10, 2016.
Applications may continue to be received until the position is filled.
     •    Letter of interest which specifically addresses how you are qualified for the position.
     •    Current resume, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of a minimum of three professional references.
     •    Unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work completed. Offer to hire cannot be extended without official transcripts.
     •    (Optional) Documentation of successful classroom instruction.
Send to: Rock Valley College, Human Resource Services, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114.

The Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University anticipates hiring a postdoctoral fellow in the area of chemical education. The successful candidate will work with the general chemistry lab director (GLCD) to establish an integrated set of learning objectives for the general chemistry laboratory courses; develop inquiry-based experiments and other approaches to improve student learning and persistence in these courses and the corresponding lecture courses; develop or implement valid assessments of student learning in the general chemistry laboratory courses; disseminate work through scholarly publications and lesson plans for internal use.
The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by the GCLD, and will have responsibility for collaborating with the GCLD to design, develop, and implement a project-based general chemistry laboratory curriculum that integrates with the topics taught in the general chemistry lecture courses. The postdoctoral fellow will also participate in TA training and mentoring, delivering laboratory lectures, and overseeing laboratory sessions.
Applicants should have completed a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Education, or a related field, have demonstrated excellence in teaching, and have familiarity with emerging pedagogical trends and developments, particularly regarding laboratory learning, issues related to diversity and inclusion, and assessment techniques. The successful candidate must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and be interested in advancing educational innovations to improve persistence of diverse student populations in the STEM disciplines. The initial appointment will be for one year. The successful applicant could have the opportunity to be considered for a continuing position as part of the general chemistry laboratory teaching faculty.
Position Available: September 1, 2016, with the possibility of an earlier start date.
To Apply: Applications should be submitted to: and must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and statement of teaching philosophy and experiences. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Questions regarding the position should be sent to the above e-mail address.
Closing Date: Position is open until filled. Initial consideration of applications will begin on June 1, 2016. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by this date.
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