Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 11/14/2016

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XL - No. 32 November 14th, 2016

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

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, November 15th, 2016 - General Career Services, 8:30 am, 9341 Chemistry. Betty Moore & Jeanne Hamers & Ned Sibert & Ive Hermans, "Coffee, Communication, and Careers: How to Advocate for Yourself"
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 - General Career Services, 3:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Kyoung-Shin Choi & Qiang Cui & Ying Ge, "Dealing with Cultural Differences: Asians in the U.S."
Friday, November 18th, 2016 - General Special Event, 3:30 pm, Chem 9341. Luis Pinero and David Blom, UW Madison Office of Equity and Diversity "Creating an Inclusive Educational Environment"
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 - General Career Services, 6:00 pm, 9341 Chemistry. Matthew McReynolds & Martin Ruebelt, Monsanto "Monsanto Info Session"
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, 1104 & 1108 Chemistry. Matthew McReynolds & Martin Ruebelt, Monsanto "Monsanto On-Campus Interviews"
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 - General Special Event, 1:00 pm, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri"
Friday, December 9th, 2016 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, TBA. "Coffee, Communication, and Careers: Non-Verbal Communications"
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. "Department Meeting"
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry 1315 Seminar Hall. "Organic Seminar"
Thursday, November 17, Union South (TITU), 8:30-10:00 a.m.; refreshments will be served.
Topic: Working Hard, Working Well
Presenter: Susan Fuszard, CEAP (Certified Employee Assistant Professional) Consultant
Description: Today's workplace is often very stressful, fast-paced and involves ongoing change. Outside of work, we may be facing time pressures, financial concerns, relationship problems or caregiver stress. One of the consequences of juggling so many work and personal responsibilities can be a greater focus on tasks with less attention paid to cultivating strong relationships with colleagues. This session will focus on specific ways each of us can sharpen a few simple personal skills, envision a positive, supportive work environment and create a plan for making it happen.
To register: Registration is encouraged but not required.
For only the third time in their careers Kenneth Woods and Cynthia Woods (son and daughter of Claude Woods) will be performing on the same stage, as guest artists with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM in WYSO's first concert of the season. Both Kenneth and Cynthia are accomplished professional orchestra conductors, and both are alums of WYSO. Cynthia Woods is Conductor of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and two youth orchestras at the New England Conservatory Prep School, where she is a member of the violin and conducting faculty. Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and the Surrey Mozart Players (near London) and is also the cellist in the Epomeo Trio, which has toured widely and recorded several CDs. With WYSO they will be performing the Phillip Sawyers Cello Concerto with Kenneth as the cello soloist and Cynthia as conductor. Phillip Sawyers is a prolific and widely acclaimed living British composer. The Orchestra of the Swan recently made the premier recording of this piece with Kenneth Woods as conductor. The concert will also feature Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2 and the Overture to "Der Freishutz" by Carl Maria von Weber, both conducted by WYSO Music Director James Smith. The event will take place at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, WI, 105 9th St .off of Madison Street (near the high school).
Age and structure of a model vapour-deposited glass.
Reid, DR; Lyubimov, I; Ediger, MD*; de Pablo, JJ.
Nature Communications, 7 10.1038/ncomms13062 OCT 20 2016.
12/10-Helical beta-Peptide with Dynamic Folding Propensity: Coexistence of Right- and Left-Handed Helices in an Enantiomeric Foldamer.
Shin, S; Lee, M; Guzei, IA*; Kang, YK; Choi, SH.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (40):13390-13395; 10.1021/jacs.6b08235 OCT 12 2016.
Photochemical Stereocontrol Using Tandem Photoredox-Chiral Lewis Acid Catalysis.
Yoon, TP*.
Accounts of Chemical Research, 49 (10):2307-2315; 10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00280 OCT 2016.
IR spectra of water droplets in no man's land and the location of the liquid-liquid critical point
Ni, YC; Skinner, JL*.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 145 (12):10.1063/1.4963736 SEP 28 2016.
Conformation-specific spectroscopy of alkyl benzyl radicals: Effects of a radical center on the CH stretch infrared spectrum of an alkyl chain.
Korn, JA; Tabor, DP; Sibert, EL*; Zwier, TS.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 145 (12):10.1063/1.4963227 SEP 28 2016
Chemical probes of quorum sensing: from compound development to biological discovery.
Welsh, MA; Blackwell, HE*.
FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 40 (5):774-794; 10.1093/femsre/fuw009 SEP 2016.
Spatially Resolved Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy via Wide-Field Microscopy.
Ostrander, JS; Serrano, AL; Ghosh, A; Zanni, MT*.
ACS Photonics, 3 (7):1315-1323; 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00297 JUL 2016.
Communication between cation environments in aluminosilicate frameworks: incommensurately modulated crystal structure of an e-plagioclase.
Fredrickson, RT; Fredrickson, DC*.
ACTA Crystallographica Section B-structural Science Crystal Engineering and Materials, INT Union Crystallography, SN 2052-5206; OCT, 2016, VL 72.
Synthesis and characterization of environmentally benign, semifluorinated polymers and their applications in drug delivery.
Fleetwood, MC; McCoy, AM; Mecozzi, S*.
Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, Elsevier Science SA, SN 0022-1139, 1873-3328, OCT, 2016, VL 190.
Phytoplankton blooms weakly influence the cloud forming ability of sea spray aerosol.
Collins, DB; Bertram, TH*; Sultana, CM; Lee, C; Axson, JL; Prather, KA.
Geophysical Research Letters, Amer Geophysical Union, SN 0094-8276, 1944-8007, SEP 28, 2016, VL 43.

Karen Jones of the Pharmaceutical Experiment Station in the UW School of Pharmacy. Currently has a job opening that may be of interest to BS or MS chemistry students that are graduating this semester.  If you are a student who might be interested in an entry level analytical chemistry position please contact: Karen Jones, Researcher, Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station, UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, 2304 Rennebohm Hall, 777 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705-2222, (608) 263-4159, e-mail:, web:, or go to: to see the job posting.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure-track position in organic chemistry. Individuals from all areas of organic chemistry are encouraged to apply including polymer chemistry, energy science and chemical biology. The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level and candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent with postdoctoral experience highly desirable. Expectations for the successful candidate will include: excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, nationally recognized and externally funded research program and participation in departmental and university-wide governance.
Complete applications must include a detailed CV, descriptions of research plans and teaching interests, teaching philosophy, anticipated start-up costs and three letters of recommendation. Applicants are directed to the following University of Wyoming HR website for submission details: Review of applications will begin Dec 9, 2016 and continue until suitable candidates are identified.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Tenure Track (Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry). The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2017.  The department seeks candidates committed to undergraduate teaching excellence at a comprehensive institution that supports both liberal arts curricula and professional programs. Candidates will develop a strong research program involving undergraduate students that may include participation in summer research activities. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related field preferred; ABD will be considered.
The Nazareth College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is located in Peckham Hall, a 74,000 square foot facility for integrated math and science that was recently ranked 20th for Best Science Lab Facilities by the Princeton Review. For further information on the department and programs, please visit:
The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach students with diverse cultural backgrounds and learning styles. Primary teaching responsibilities include contributions to the first year chemistry program (General Chemistry, Foundations of Organic and Biochemistry), organic chemistry, biochemistry, upper-level courses including electives in their area of expertise, and courses in the college core curriculum.
Complete applications will include:
     •    A letter of application inclusive of teaching philosophy and experience working with culturally
          diverse groups
     •    A statement of research plans suitable for undergraduate participation (limit 1000 words)
     •    A curriculum vitae
     •    Copy of graduate-level transcripts
     •    The names and contact information for three professional references (including at least one that can address your teaching experience and one that can address your experience working with diverse groups.)
Applications should be submitted electronically to: Review of completed applications will begin on December 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Vision ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications  for a tenure-track position in the Chemistry Department. The Chemistry Department at the University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks applications for a full time tenure-track position to begin in August 2017. All areas of organic, bioorganic, or biological chemistry will be considered, with preference given to candidates whose research contributes to the above initiatives and complements that of current faculty. A link to the posting at C&EN is: Contact info: Amy R. Howell, Professor, Department of Chemistry, UCONN, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, CT 06269-3060, Phone: (860) 486-3460, Fax:  (860) 486-2981, web:

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