Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 09/19/2016

XL - No. 24 September 19th, 2016

In the Morgridge Institute's Blue Sky Science, Dr. Rodney Schreiner answers a young science fan's question: Why do some logs float and some sink?
Blue Sky Science is a weekly Q&A series that gives children and adults a forum to pose curiosity-driven, blue-sky questions about science. The public poses the questions and the Blue Sky Science team finds the relevant Madison scientists to answer the questions. See more episodes:
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

Sept 20 Oct 5 (Wed) Oct 18 Oct 25
Nov15 Nov 29 (If Needed) Dec 6 Dec 20 (If Needed)
Jan 17 Feb 7 Feb 21 Mar 7
Mar 28 Apr 18 May 2 May 16


Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Silvia Cavagnero, University of Wisconsin - Madison "Exploring Protein Folding and Aggregation in the Cell"
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - General Career Services, 11:00 am, Sonata Room   Gordon Dining and Event Center. "Fall Engineering Career Connection"
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Prof. Richmond Sarpong, UC Berkeley "Strategies and Methods for Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Natural Products"
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Regina Murphy, UW-Madison Chemical & Bio Engineering "Homotypic and heterotypic interactions in amyloid protein networks"
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - General Career Services, 4:00 pm, Kohl Center. "Fall Career and Internship Fair"
Monday, September 26th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Physical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315. Professor J. Andrew McCammon, University of California - San Diego "Computer-aided Drug Discovery"
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Professor J. Andrew McCammon, University of California - San Diego "Biomolecular Thermodynamics"
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - General Career Services, 5:30 pm, 1610 Engineering Hall. "Intel Info. Session "
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - General Career Services, 11:00 am, Sonata Room   Gordon Dining and Event Center. "Fall Engineering Career Connection"
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Physical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor J. Andrew McCammon, University of California - San Diego "Biomolecular Kinetics"
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - General, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. John Berry, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Inorganic seminar -Chemistry of Reactive Intermediates: Transition Metal Oxo, Nitrido, and Nitrene Species"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 to Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 - Special Event, 8:00 am, "CHOPs/PGSEC"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Chemistry 1315-Seminar Hall. Prof. Yonggui Robin Chi, Nanyang Technological University "Organic Seminar "Carbene Organic Catalysis: Toward New Activation Modes and Rapid Synthesis of Functional Molecules""
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Ying Ge, UW-Madison Cell & Regen Med Center "Novel Strategies in Top-down Proteomics"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - General Career Services, 1:00 pm, Union South. "Computer Sciences Annual Job Fair"
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David Reichman, Columbia University "Professor David Reichman, Columbia University"
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 - Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry 1315-Seminar Hall. Prof. Juan C. Scaiano, University of Ottawa "Organic & Inorganic Seminar"
Monday, October 10th, 2016 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. James Cahoon, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill "Architectural Nanomaterials: Designing semiconductor morphology so form follows function"
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. "Department Meeting"
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry 1315-Seminar Hall. Prof. Jared Lewis, University of Chicago "Engineering Proteins for Selective Catalysis"
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Mircea Dinca, MIT "Inorganic seminar -TBD"
Thursday, October 13th, 2016 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Christina Remucal, UW-Madison Civil & Environmental Engineering "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Professor Zahra Fakhraai, University of Pennsylvania "Long-range Correlated Dynamics in Glasses"
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Garth Simpson, Purdue University "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
Friday, October 21st, 2016 - Special Event, 8:30 am, Union South. "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
Monday, October 24th, 2016 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Dean DeLongchamp, Nat'l Institute of Standards & Technology "Materials Seminar - title TBD"
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Professor Libai Huang, Purdue University "Ultrafast Nanoscopy of Energy and Charge Transport"
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Martha Stipanuk, Cornell University "Chem Bio/Inorganic Seminar"
Thursday, October 27th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Chemistry 1315 Seminar Hall. Professor R. Dan Little, UC Santa Barbara "Organic Seminar"
Friday October 7, 2016 - 3:30 pm seminar hall. The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Women in Science Program is hosting a special conversation session with Dr. Nadia Drake, National Geographic and UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence. A reception will follow in the Shain Atrium.

Editorial for the Special Issue on Photocatalysis.
Kozlowski, M; Yoon, T*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 81 (16):6895-6897; 10.1021/acs.joc.6b01717 AUG 19 2016.
Surface diffusion and surface crystal growth of tris-naphthyl benzene glasses.
Ruan, S; Zhang, W; Sun, Y; Ediger, MD*; Yu, L.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 145 (6):10.1063/1.4960301 AUG 14 2016.
Synthesis and Characterization of Backbone Degradable Azlactone-Functionalized Polymers.
Carter, MCD; Jennings, J; Appadoo, V; Lynn, DM*.
MACROMOLECULES, 49 (15):5514-5526; 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01212 AUG 9 2016.
n ->pi* Interactions Are Competitive with Hydrogen Bonds.
Newberry, RW; Orke, SJ; Raines, RT*.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 18 (15):3614-3617; 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b01655 AUG 5 2016.
KetoABNO/NOx Cocatalytic Aerobic Oxidation of Aldehydes to Carboxylic Acids and Access to alpha-Chiral Carboxylic Acids via Sequential Asymmetric Hydroformylation/Oxidation.
Miles, KC; Abrams, ML; Landis, CR*; Stahl, SS*.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 18 (15):3590-3593; 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b01598 AUG 5 2016.
Evaluation of the Ser-His Dipeptide, a Putative Catalyst of Amide and Ester Hydrolysis.
MacDonald, MJ; Lavis, LD; Hilvert, D; Gellman, SH*.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 18 (15):3518-3521; 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b01279 AUG 5 2016.
Synthesis of Indole-2-carboxylate Derivatives via Palladium-Catalyzed Aerobic Amination of Aryl C-H Bonds.
Clagg, K; Hou, HY; Weinstein, AB; Russell, D; Stahl, SS*; Koenig, SG.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 18 (15):3586-3589; 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b01592 AUG 5 2016.
Broad Wavelength Tunable Robust Lasing from Single-Crystal Nanowires of Cesium Lead Halide Perovskites (CsPbX3, X = Cl, Br, I).
Fu, YP; Zhu, HM; Stoumpos, CC; Ding, Q; Wang, J; Kanatzidis, MG; Zhu, XY; Jin, S*.
ACS NANO, 10 (8):7963-7972; 10.1021/acsnano.6b03916 AUG 2016.
Chemical Genetics Reveals Environment-Specific Roles for Quorum Sensing Circuits in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Welsh, MA; Blackwell, HE*.
CELL CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 23 (3):361-369; 10.1016/j.chembiol.2016.01.006 MAR 17 2016.

GILEAD, Research Scientist, Analytical Core Team. With the commitment and drive you bring to the Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing (PDM) workplace, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. You will see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through on-going development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining PDM at Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.
Specific Responsibilities & Skills for the Position:
     •    Join a team of analytical chemists supporting the synthesis and development of drug candidates.
          Develop and execute analytical and spectroscopic methods to support the characterization of drug
          substances, synthetic intermediates and drug products. The candidate will interact closely with    other chemists working on drug substance and drug product process development and on the
          implementation of manufacturing processes.
Essential Functions:
     •    Responsible for conducting scientific research for the development of drug candidates or the research support of marketed drugs.
     •    Applies the principles and techniques of Analytical Chemistry to products and problems.
     •    Works under supervision of more senior scientists or scientific directors to advance the development of state-of-the-art techniques to characterize substances, assays and tools.
     •    Working under general supervision, plans designs, implements and analyzes laboratory
          experimentation to advance scientific knowledge of drug substances or techniques to identify such
     •    Advises Research Associates or members of project teams in the initiation and execution of
          laboratory experimentation, considering economic, regulatory and safety factors.
     •    Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and
          nature of work.
     •    Maintains full working knowledge of principles and theories, applying such knowledge to the
          direction that supports Company interests.
     •    Demonstrates emerging ability in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for
          obtaining results and interpreting experimental outcomes.
     •    Must think critically and creatively and be able to work independently, determine appropriate
          resources for resolution of problems and have strong organizational and planning skills.
     •    May make contributions to scientific literature and conferences or regulatory filings.
     •    Excellent communication skills (both verbal and technical) and strong interpersonal skills are
Knowledge, Experience & Skills:
     •    PhD with Post Doc in Chemistry with industry experience.
     •    BS or MS degree with extensive industry experience.

The Chemistry Department ( at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for 3 tenure-earning positions and 1 open rank position set to begin in fall 2017. The following positions are currently open.
Assistant Professor in Biochemistry: The selected applicant will be expected to establish a prominent, externally-funded research program; teach biochemistry and other courses in the department at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and provide service to UCF and the profession. Eligible applicants will have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related discipline; at least two years of postdoctoral experience; and a strong record of high impact research. Credit towards tenure may be considered for outstanding applicants.
Assistant Professor in Environmental Chemistry: The selected applicant must have the minimum qualifications of a Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field from an accredited institution, and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience with a demonstrated track record of research productivity in environmental chemistry. The candidate will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and develop externally-funded, nationally-competitive research. State-of-the-art laboratory space and a competitive start-up package can be expected. Credit towards tenure may be considered for outstanding applicants.
Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry: The selected applicant will be expected to establish a prominent, externally-funded research program, teach chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and provide service to UCF and the profession. Eligible applicants will have a PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline from an accredited institution, at least two years of postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of well-regarded research in organic chemistry. Credit towards tenure may be considered for outstanding applicants.
Open Rank Professor in Chemistry: Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field, and have relevant postgraduate experience in any area of chemistry, including interdisciplinary and applied focus areas. Senior candidates at the Associate or Full Professorship level are expected to have a proven record of independent funding and a current outstanding publication record. Exceptional candidates at the Assistant Professorship level also with established independent funding and a good publication record are also encouraged to apply. All candidates will be expected to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and provide service to the University,
Department, and professional organizations. (Position to be posted by early October). To be considered, applicants must apply online at and upload the following at the time of application: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, detailed plan of future research, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference that attest to the candidate's accomplishments and potential in research and teaching to be sent to:
Review of applications for each position will begin on 1 October 2016 and continue until the position is filled. UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Mr. Kurt Lorenz, Chemistry Faculty Search Manager, at: 407-823-5728 or
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 Cary-8454 UV-Vis (2016), a MBraun LABStar Pro glovebox (2015), a Bruker 400 MHz multinuclear NMR (2013), along with GC, FT-IR, DSC, a chromatography laboratory, and a joint optics laboratory with Physics. The department's curriculum also features a novel Organic-First introductory chemistry option. 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 Organic 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 21, 2017.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be expected to

     •    Effectively teach organic chemistry and other courses as department need and/or applicant expertise dictates;
     •    Develop an active research program in organic 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 Organic 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 organic 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: o 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
     •    A list of 3-4 references who can comment on your teaching ability, experience and/or professional
          preparation, including the references' relationship to the candidate, the references' phone number
          and the references' email address;
Inquiries should be addressed to: Stacey Stoffregen, Department of Chemistry
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 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.
For a copy of the UWRF campus safety information, see or call Public Safety at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy. This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol issues.

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