Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 09/25/2017

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XLI - No. 16 September 25th, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MORGAN REA! - 3M SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT
3M makes a number of 3-year fellowships available to the University each year, and one of those goes to a Chemistry graduate student. We're pleased to report that Morgan Rea, a third year student in the Goldsmith group, is the recipient of the 3M Fellowship for 2017-2020. Congratulations, Morgan!
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2017 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October - 10th November - 14th December - 12th February - 13th
March - 13th April - 10th May - 8th  

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

October - 10th October - 17th October - 24th November - 7th
November - 21st December - 5th December - 19th - if needed January - 16th
January - 30th February - 20th February - 27th March - 6th
April - 3rd April - 17th May - 15th May - 22nd if needed

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SEMINARS
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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:45 pm, Rm 265 - Mtls Science & Engineering Bldg. Prof. Randy Goldsmith, UW Madison Department of Chemistry "Materials for Optical Microresonators and Optical Microresonators for Studying Materials"
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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chem. Prof. Nicholas L. Abbott, UW - Chemical and Biological Engineering "Molecular Self-Assembly in Topological Defect of Liquid Crystals"
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Thursday, October 5th, 2017 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Nikolai Klimov, "Temperature metrology of tomorrow: Ultra-high resolution photonics-based thermometry on a chip"
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Friday, October 6th, 2017 - Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 4:00 pm, , 4:00 pm, Union South. TBD, UW-Madison "Super Group meeting"
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Graeme Henkelman, University of Texas - Austin "Correlating the Structure and Function of Alloy Nanoparticle Catalysts"
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting "
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry (Seminar hall). Prof. Eranthie Weerapana, Boston College "Chemical Biology Seminar - Chemical-proteomic Strategies to Investigate Reactive Cysteines"
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Thursday, October 12th, 2017 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, "Atmospheric organic particles in the atmosphere: Why so complicated?"
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Friday, October 13th, 2017 - Analytical, Materials, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Physics Dept. in Chamberlin Hall. Prof. Jeffrey A. Davis, Swinburne University of Technonoogy "Materials/Physics seminar - TBD"
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Friday, October 13th, 2017 - General Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar, 12:00 pm, 9341 Chemistry. Arielle Mensch, UW Madison - Hamers group "Thesis Defense - Title TBA"
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Friday, October 13th, 2017 - General Colloquium, 3:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, "Pesticides to particles: Some interesting heterogeneous chemistry in the lower atmosphere"
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Monday, October 16th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chem 1315. Prof. Abraham Nitzan, University of Pennsylvania "Hirschfelder Seminar - Adventures in Nanoland: Molecular Conduction and Beyond"
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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Abraham Nitzan, University of Pennsylvania "Hirschfelder Seminar - Transport and Spectroscopy in Illuminated Molecular Junctions"
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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chem 1315. Prof. Abraham Nitzan, University of Pennsylvania "Hirschfelder Seminar - Molecular Heat Transport and Energy Conversion"
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Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Susanna L. Widicus Weaver, Emory University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Prof. Frances Arnold, California Institute for Technology "Hirschmann Lecture Series: Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe"
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Thursday, October 26th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Prof. Frances Arnold, California Institute for Technology "Hirschmann Lecture Series: Biocatalysts for Non-Natural Reactions: Bringing New Chemistry to Life"
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Friday, October 27th, 2017 - Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 4:00 pm, , 4:00 pm, Union South. TBD, UW-Madison "Super Group meeting"
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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Martin Margittai, University of Denver "Self-templating conformers of tau fibrils: Agents of pathology spreading in Alzheimer's disease"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Gapless genome assembly of Colletotrichum higginsianum reveals chromosome structure and association of transposable elements with secondary metabolite gene clusters.
Dallery, JF; Lapalu, N; Zampounis, A; Pigne, S; Luyten, I; Amselem, J; Wittenberg, AHJ; Zhou, SG; de Queiroz, MV; Robin, GP; Auger, A; Hainaut, M; Henrissat, B; Kim, KT; Lee, YH; Lespinet, O; Schwartz, DC*; Thon, MR; O'Connell, RJ.
BMC GENOMICS, 18 10.1186/s12864-017-4083-x AUG 29 2017.
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Frequency-domain coherent multidimensional spectroscopy when dephasing rivals pulsewidth: Disentangling material and instrument response.
Kohler, DD; Thompson, BJ; Wright, JC*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 147 (8):10.1063/1.4986069 AUG 28 2017.
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Loss of Rnase1 Produces Coagulation Abnormalities in Mice.
Garnett, ER; Raines, RT*.
FASEB JOURNAL, 31 1 APR 2017.
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A multi-plate velocity-map imaging design for high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy.
Kregel, SJ; Thurston, GK; Zhou, J; Garand, E*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, SN 0021-9606, 1089-7690, SEP 7, 2017, VL 147, IS 9.
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Pair distribution functions of amorphous organic thin films from synchrotron X-ray scattering in transmission mode.
Shi, CY; Teerakapibal, R; Yu, L*; Zhang, GGZ.
IUCRJ, SN 2052-2525, SEP, 2017, VL 4.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Max Planck Society together with Astra Zeneca and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, plans to appoint three Independent Junior Group Leaders in the Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max Planck Society in Dortmund; Germany.
The Chemical Genomics Centre (CGC) was established in 2005 by the Max-Planck Society (MPG) as collaboration with several pharmaceutical companies to address challenging scientific problems, to explore and validate high-risk approaches and to generate cutting edge precompetitive research which could enable the development of translational science in the medium to long term. The CGC network interconnects the scientific, infrastructural and institutional strength of well-established Max-Planck Departments with new research groups bringing in intellectual talent and novel scientific approaches. It has a proven track record from its first two funding periods (2006-2011; 2012-2017), and will serve as a role model for excellent and fruitful collaborations between academic research and industry again in the third funding period (2018-2023). (For more information about the CGC and its track record see www.cgc.mpg.de).
During the third funding period of the CGC (2018-2023), three Junior Group Leader positions are available. These include direct access to fully furnished laboratories and funding to start their independent research group. Candidates that have already gained research experience, are passionate to realize high-level research projects, and interested to qualify for future Professorships or other scientific leadership positions are welcome to apply. Successful candidates will have a strong background in chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry or a related area as proven by an excellent publication record. Group Leaders usually hold an advanced degree with at least one year post-doctoral experience. The 5-years contract is for a Group Leader at the Junior Professor level, starting in 2018. Funding will be provided in collaboration with the CGC of the MPG, Astra Zeneca and Merck KGaA, and includes support for the Group Leader position, Ph.D. students and Post Docs.
The CGC develops novel chemical biology, chemistry and biology and approaches to gain novel insight into biological systems. The independent groups will focus on a topic of chemical biology, including, but not limited to Noncanonical Functions of Proteins, Druggability of RNA and RNA-Protein Complexes and Small Molecule Target Deconvolution Strategies.
Ambitious candidates looking to make high-impact discoveries with very attractive research proposals on the chemical biology field are welcomed to apply.
The groups will be located in well-equipped laboratories in the BioMedizinZentrum (BMZ) Dortmund. The BMZ is situated in the Technische Universität Dortmund Campus where it benefits from a strong collaborative, inter-sectorial network of R&D entities such as the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (MPI), the Lead Discovery Center (LDC), the Technische Universität Dortmund (TUDo), the Compound Management and Screening Center (COMAS), the Zentrum für Integrierte Wirkstoffforschung (ZIW), and the Faculty of the International Max Planck Research School of Chemical Biology (IMPRS).
Candidates will be invited to submit their application and later upon selection be asked to present their research proposal, in English, at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund on 24th-25th January; 2018. The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
The Max-Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Applications including CV, publication list, research proposal (10 pages maximum), in English, and two letters of recommendation should be sent to Debora Bruzzese, e-mail: debora.bruzzese@mpi-dortmund.mpg.de, who can also be contacted for additional information, before November 10th, 2017.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Chemistry Faculty Positions, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The Department of Chemistry seeks to fill two or more tenure-track or tenured faculty positions. We welcome candidates whose research interests are in any area of modern chemistry. Our department is a dynamic collegial community committed to cutting-edge multidisciplinary research and teaching, located in the heart of a vibrant diverse metropolitan area. Appointees will be expected to direct a vigorous original research program, to advise research students, to teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Chemistry, and to participate in Departmental and University governance. Selection will be based on each candidate's record of previous accomplishments relevant to these responsibilities and their potential for outstanding future contributions. Appointees must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree by July 1, 2018 or later. Evaluation of applications will begin October 2, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates should apply electronically by following the link on our website (https://chem.umn.edu/news/seeking-tenure-track-or-tenured-facultv) and include the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of overall research interests, a statement addressing anticipated contributions to the research and teaching missions of the department, a statement addressing the candidate's experiences and commitment to diversity, and copies of their graduate transcripts. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent as email attachments to chemfs@umn.edu or as hard copies to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 207 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455-0431. The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
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Tenure Track Faculty Positions at Whitehead Institute and Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Whitehead Institute http://wi.mit.edu/ and Department of Biology at M.I.T. https://biology.mit.edu/ are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level. Candidates may apply to either or both searches.
Fundamental Biology: We are interested in candidates who are pursuing fundamental problems in molecular, cellular, or organismal biology. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to development, cell biology, computational biology, chemical biology, biophysics, structural biology, physiology, and genetics.
Mammalian Biology: We are interested in candidates who are pursuing fundamental problems in mammalian biology, including approaches in human biology or in non-human models.
A successful applicant will be expected to develop a significant, independent research program and to share our commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent and should submit curriculum vitae with a summary of current and proposed research programs, a brief teaching statement on teaching philosophy and interests, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted to: https://facultvsearch.wi .mit.edu. Completed applications will begin to be considered on October 15, 2017.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for two tenure-track positions in the general areas of Biochemistry and Polymer Chemistry. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, biochemistry/biophysics of muscle proteins and/or biomechanics broadly defined materials science, polymer synthesis, polymers with thermal and mechanical properties suitable for 3D printing, flexible electronics or energy storage applications. An ability to participate in interdisciplinary research with faculty in other departments such as Biology and Physics or centers is considered a plus.
Appointees will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally supported research program and teach both undergraduate and graduate coourses A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is required, and postdoctoral training in a relevant discipline is preferred. Applicants at all ranks will be considered, but appointments at the Assistant Professor level are anticipated.
Application materials, including a cover letter, detailed CV, description of research plans, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted online at: explorejobs.uml.edu. Only online applications will be accepted. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are tilled.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biochemistry/Biophysics - Job Number: 492501.
Tenure-Track Faculty in Polymer Chemistry/Polymer Science - Job Number: 492502.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Utrecht University. Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics. Five Post-doctoral and three PhD Vacancies. In the Heck group at Ultrecht University, a variety of exciting research projects seek motivated researchers to tackle them. The research emphasis is on the development of advanced mass spectrometry based methods for proteomics and structural biology.
The group houses an excellant infrastructure, including a dozen state-of-the-art mass spectrometers, advanced separation technologies, bioinformatics and laboratories for cell culture, biochemistry and molecular biology. The research group is vibrant with over 15 nationalities being present. Utrecht is a great place to be!
More detailed information about the group, these projects and how to apply for them: www.hecklab.com/vacancies or via c.c.heuzer@uu.nl.
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University of Kansas. My colleagues and I are looking for a postdoc or research associate to support an ongoing NIAID-sponsored contract for comprehensive epitope mapping of ricin toxin by HX-MS. The project touches on immunology, vaccinology, and development of new HX-MS analysis and interpretation methods. Annually renewed support from NIAID through Oct of 2019 is anticipated.
We are looking for someone with extensive experience in the LC-MS analysis of peptides and proteins. Prior experience with HX-MS is not required. The start date would be between now and the end of 2017.
Please contact: David D. Weis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (courtesy), University of Kansas, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864-1377, david.weis@ku.edu.
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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thanks.
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