University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 6/25/2012

XXXVI - No. 21 June 25th, 2012


Caroline Burke SOME SAD NEWS
Caroline Quinn Burke, age 29, died unexpectedly at her home in Madison on June 8, 2012 due to chronic medical conditions. Caroline was known for her quirky sense of humor, her passion for music and progressive politics, and her ease in making friends regardless of her situation. Caroline graduated from Verona Area High School in 2001 and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her favorite time at the University was her tenure on the Memorial Union Music Committee.
Caroline will be missed and always remembered for the best of times. She is survived by her parents, Mary Q. Burke and Steven Burke, her daughter Nina, her sister Stephanie, her step-brothers Jason Burke and Casey Nicks, her step-parents Susan Burke and Stephen Nicks, her grandfathers Douglas Burke and William Quinn, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her infant sister Jennifer and her grandmothers Celestine Burke, and Mary Jane Quinn.
A memorial gathering of family and friends in remembrance of Caroline will be held from 12:00 until 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd., Madison, WI. Lunch will be served. The family wishes to thank the many people and organizations that supported and helped Caroline with her long struggle with alcohol and anxiety issues. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ARC Community Services, 1409 Emil Street, Madison, WI 53713.

Tracy Drier selected for the 2012 Helmut Dreschel Award
Tracy Drier has been selected as the recipient of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society 2012 Helmut Dreschel Award, given for contributions to the promotion of scientific glassblowing and the ASGS.  This award, which will be presented in Corning this month, recognizes Tracy's many contributions including hosting annual meetings, presenting posters and technical articles, helping produce the quarterly "Questions and Answers" column in Fusion magazine, and presenting demonstrations for museums, science fairs, and scout troops. Congratulations Tracy!
2012 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


Thursday, June 28th, 2012 - Physical Macromolecules Seminar, 2:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Keiji Tanaka, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. "Structure and Dynamics of Polymers at Interfaces"
Thursday, September 6th, 2012 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael M. Haley, University of Oregon.
Monday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nuru Stracey, UW-Madison.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, All Day, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Travis Williams, University of Southern California.
Self-cleaning, broadband and quasi-omnidirectional antireflective structures based on mesocrystalline rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays.
Cai, JG; Ye, JF; Chen, SY; Zhao, XW; Zhang, DY; Chen, S; Ma, YR; Jin, S*; Qi, LM.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 5 (6):7575-7581; 10.1039/c2ee03573a JUN 2012.
Covalent Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Water-Permeable and Water-Impermeable Polymer Multilayers on Highly Water-Soluble and Water-Sensitive Substrates.
Broderick, AH; Manna, U; Lynn, DM*.
CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 24 (10):1786-1795; 10.1021/cm300307g MAY 22 2012.
Rapid Release of Plasmid DNA from Surfaces Coated with Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Promoted by the Application of Electrochemical Potentials.
Aytar, BS; Prausnitz, MR; Lynn, DM*.
ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 4 (5):2726-2734; 10.1021/am3003632 MAY 2012.
Dislocation-Driven CdS and CdSe Nanowire Growth.
Wu, HY; Meng, F; Li, LS; Jin, S*; Zheng, GF.
ACS NANO, 6 (5):4461-4468; 10.1021/nn301194v MAY 2012.
Chemically assembled heterojunctions of SnO2 nanorods with TiO2 nanoparticles via "click" chemistry.
Shah, S; Benson, MC; Bishop, LM; Huhn, AM; Ruther, RE; Yeager, JC; Tan, YZ; Louis, KM; Hamers, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 22 (23):11561-11567; 10.1039/c2jm31227a 2012.
RNA-Mediated Gene Assembly from DNA Arrays.
Wu, CH; Lockett, MR; Smith, LM*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 51 (19):4628-4632; 10.1002/anie.201109058 2012.
Helical secondary structures in 2:1 and 1:2 alpha/gamma-peptide foldamers.
Guo, L; Zhang, WC; Guzei, IA*, Spencer, LC; Gellman, SH*.
TETRAHEDRON, 68 (23):4413-4417; 10.1016/j.tet.2012.01.079 JUN 10 2012.
Instant spectral assignment for advanced decision tree-driven mass spectrometry.
Bailey, DJ; Rose, CM; McAlister, GC; Brumbaugh, J; Yu, PZ; Wenger, CD; Westphall, MS; Thomson, JA; Coon, JJ*.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (22):8411-8416; 10.1073/pnas.1205292109 May9 2012.
Incorporation of DOPE into lipoplexes formed from a ferrocenyl lipid leads to inverse hexagonal nanostructures that allow redox-based control of transfection in high serum.
Muller, JPE; Aytar, BS; Kondo, Y; Lynn, DM*, Abbott, NL.
SOFT MATTER, 8 (24):2608-2619; 10.1039/c2sm00047d 2012.
What is a hydrogen bond? Mutually consistent theoretical and experimental criteria for characterizing H-bonding interactions.
Weinhold, F* Klein, RA.
MOLECULAR PHYSICS, 110 (9-10):565-579; SI 10.1080/00268976.2012.661478 2012.
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Bayesian Analysis Workshop
We are writing to inform you about an exciting workshop opportunity that is being offered by the Psychology Department this July. Prof. John K. Kruschke, will offer a three day workshop on "Doing Bayesian Data Analysis"  on Wednesday-Friday, July 11-13. The cost for this 3-day workshop is $150 for students and $250 for faculty/staff. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.  Also, feel free to forward this information to any interested colleagues. Registration: The cost for the workshop is $250 for faculty/staff, $150 for students.  This cost will include a morning coffee break and afternoon refreshments each day.  Faculty/Staff/Students in Psychology may apply for a workshop supplement to offset registration costs. To register, please complete this application form and return it to Kevin Belt; in the Psychology Department.  If you have questions, please contact John Curtin via email,
Registration Form:
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Payment (Check one)
o    Student: $150
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Apply for Psychology Department supplement (Check one):
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Dr. Kruschke expands on these ideas in an Open Letter to editors, chairs, reviewers, and researchers;
Roosevelt University. Visiting Assistant Professor Organic Chemistry. The Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences invites applications for a one-year full-time visiting position beginning August 15, 2012. Duties include teaching organic chemistry I and II lecture and lab, and synthetic organic chemistry lecture. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry is required; additional teaching experience is welcome. Opportunities for research with undergraduates are available. Upload CV, teaching philosophy and contact information for three references at the Roosevelt careers website. For more information contact Joshua Telser, Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Roosevelt University is an institution dedicated to social justice that serves a diverse population of students. Roosevelt has a campus in Chicago's South Loop and a second major campus in suburban Schaumburg.
A position for a postdoctoral fellow is available in the laboratory of Prof. Arnold at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is playing a vital role in shaping the future of Wisconsin.  Just minutes from downtown Milwaukee, 29,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff are located on a 92-acre campus in a residential neighborhood near the shores of Lake Michigan.  For further information visit the University's web site at  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has 23 enthusiastic faculty members and 75 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Major mass spectroscopy and NMR instruments are part of two core facilities supported by the department.  Embedded in the department is the "Milwaukee Drug Discovery Institute", focusing on the discovery and development of new therapies for neurological diseases and disorders, cancer treatment and early diagnosis, and microbial and parasitic diseases with emphasis on multi-drug resistant infections and bioterrorism. A postdoctoral position is available for an individual with prior experience in the field of medicinal chemistry and biochemistry in the group of Prof. Arnold.  The project is focused on the synthesis of structural analogs of small molecules with the ability to inhibit nuclear receptor coregulator interactions. The generation of synthetic analogs will enable structure activity relationship studies and further investigations to discover the diverse biological functions of these unique transcriptional coregulators. Successful candidates should be familiar with organic synthesis as well as biochemical and cell-based assays. Candidates with experience in conducting patch-clamp assays are very welcome. Requirements: Candidates with a PhD in organic chemistry or related field, good communication skills, and an interactive team- oriented attitude are essential for success in our diverse laboratory.  Interested applicants should submit a copy of their CV, a brief statement of research skills, and contact information (email address and phone number) of three references to: Prof. Arnold, e-mail:
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