UW-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 12/19/2011

XXXV - No. 40 December 19th, 2011


Dick Fenske

Some Sad News
Richard Ferdinand "Dick" Fenske, age 82, of Las Vegas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
Richard was born May 23, 1929, in Milwaukee, as one of 10 children to the late Bernard and the late Mary Fenske. Dick taught chemistry at the University of Wisconsin for 30 years, and was chairman for five years. He was known as a creative and enthusiastic teacher and earned many awards for his teaching style. Although his first loves were his family and teaching, Dick also enjoyed travel, piloting, poker and golf. In addition, he was a deeply spiritual man who was involved in his church and appreciated music, photography and art.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Francesca Mary Fenske; children, Marybeth (Peter) Geissler of De Pere, Rick (Vickie) Fenske of Neenah, and John Fenske of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Richard, Rebecka and Jacob Fenske, Sarah, Rachel, Jonathan, and David Geissler and Alexia Shurmur; siblings, Mary Bechmann and Robert (Arlene) Fenske; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Joseph Fenske. Contributions in Dick's memory may be made to your favorite charity

University of Wisconsin Professor Bassam Shakhashiri Becomes President of World's Largest Scientific Society
Bassam Shakhashiri will start his term as the new ACS President for 2012 starting on January 1st, 2012. Way to go Bassam! For more information, see: http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=PP_A...
Brian Esselman Wins 2011 Campus-Wide Teaching Award
Brian Esselman, a grad student in Professor Bob McMahon's group, has won a 2011 Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award for Innovation.  Brian was nominated by Dr. Nick Hill for his MIU-funded work on the development and use of computational chemistry in the organic teaching labs. Congratulations Brian!
Linda Zelewski Recognized as an Honored Instructor
Linda Zelewski was recognized as an Honored Instructor by students living in University Housing for making a significant impact on their educational experience. Students nominated Linda for her "extraordinary way of simplifying very complicated topics in Chemistry 104". This is the second time Linda has received this award. Congratulations Linda!
Professor Helen Blackwell Wins Romnes Award
We're very pleased to inform you that Professor Helen Blackwell was selected one of two Romnes Award winners on campus. Congratulations, Helen!
Complete List of Chemistry Recipients of Honored Instructors Awards
Here is a list of all Chemistry Staff who were nominated as Honored Instructors.
Aaron Smith - Andy Pham - Angel M. Abruña-Rodríguez - Arne Ulbrich - Brett Marsh - Brian Dolinar - Cale Weatherly - Christopher Lietz - Clark Landis - Diane Nutbrown - Fleming Crim - Frank  Keutsch - James M. Hutchison - John Moore - Jose Laboy - Kale Engelkemier - Linda Zelewski - Matt Bowman - Matthew Hutchison - Matthew Rowley - Oana Martin - Samuel Gellman - Sriteja Mantha - Tehshik Yoon - Teresa Larson - Thomas Brunold - Tracey Oudenhoven - Travis Sunderland. Congratulations All!!!
2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 14th, 2012 March 13th, 2012
April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012

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

January 17th, 2012 February 7th, 2012 February 21st, 2012 March 6th, 2012
March 20th, 2012 April 17th, 2012 May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.
Segmental Dynamics of Dilute Poly(ethylene oxide) in Low and High Molecular Weight Glass-Formers.
Zhao, JS; Ediger, MD*.
MACROMOLECULES 44 (22): 9046-9053 10.1021/ma201889b NOV 22 2011.
CO-Induced Formation of an Interpenetrating Bicuboctahedral Au(2)Pd(18) Kernel in Nanosized Au(2)Pd(28)(CO)(26)(PEt(3))(10): Formal Replacement of an Interior (mu(12)-Pd)(2) Fragment in the Corresponding Known Isostructural Homopalladium Pd(30)(CO)(26)(PEt(3))(10) with Nonisovalent (mu(12)-Au)(2) and Resulting Experimental/Theoretical Implications.
Mednikov, EG; Ivanov, SA; Dahl, LF*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 50 (22): 11795-11806 10.1021/ic201923y NOV 21 2011.
Subdiffraction-Limit Study of Kaede Diffusion and Spatial Distribution in Live Escherichia coli.
Bakshi, S; Bratton, BP; Weisshaar, JC*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 101 (10): 2535-2544 10.1016/j.bpj.2011.10.013 NOV 16 2011.
Remote Effects of Axial Ligand Substitution in Heterometallic Cr Cr center dot center dot center dot M Chains.
Nippe, M; Turov, Y; Berry, JF*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 50 (21): 10592-10599 10.1021/ic2011309 NOV 7 2011.
Time-averaging approximation in the interaction picture: Absorption line shapes for coupled chromophores with application to liquid water.
Yang, M; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135 (15):  10.1063/1.3654005 OCT 21 2011,.
Yields of oxidized volatile organic compounds during the OH radical initiated oxidation of isoprene, methyl vinyl ketone, and methacrolein under high-NO(x) conditions.
Galloway, MM; Huisman, AJ; Yee, LD; Chan, AWH; Loza, CL; Seinfeld, JH; Keutsch, FN*.
ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS 11 (21): 10779-10790 10.5194/acp-11-10779-2011 2011.
Copyright © 2011 Thomson ISI
Silicon Mechanics Announces Research Cluster Grant
We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of a unique grant opportunity: A complete High Performance Compute Cluster using the latest AMD Opteron processors and NVIDIA GPUs. Silicon Mechanics, a leading integrator of rackmount servers, storage systems, and high-performance computing solutions, is dedicated to building relationships and collaborating with professors and researchers at universities and other research institutions. This grant program is open to all US and Canadian qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs with university affiliations. Submissions will be reviewed for merit and related impacts. Further details on the grant rules and the technical specifications of the cluster itself are available at: www.siliconmechanics.com/research_cluster_grant. We hope you will consider this opportunity to support your research by submitting a proposal, or by forwarding this to others in your department who could benefit through this grant. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: research-grant@siliconmechanics.com.
The Interdisciplinary Education Group (IEG) of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Structured Interfaces at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) is hiring an assistant director of education/K-12 coordinator.  Please share this with people and groups who might be interested.  The application deadline is Dec 27. If anyone has questions, they can contact me: Greta Zenner Petersen, Director, 608-890-2268 - (If you get my "out of office" auto reply, please respond and I'll do my best to respond.). Web: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_072384.html.
Department of Chemistry Loyola University Chicago. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track biochemistry laboratory coordinator position, beginning in the fall of 2012. Candidates should hold at least an M.S. degree in biochemistry or chemistry or in a closely related field. Applicants will be required to direct graduate student teaching assistants, and have the ability to teach effectively laboratory and discussion sections in biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, and molecular biology for biochemistry majors who aspire to careers in the health sciences. Candidates should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, a teaching philosophy statement, and a letter of interest to: http://wwwwww.careers.luc.edu, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to: Biochemistry Laboratory Coordinator Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Loyola University Chicago, 1068 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL60626. Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2012 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The Department offers PhD, MS, and ACS approved BS degrees. For more details about the department, visit http://www.luc.edu/chemistry.
BS/MS chemists in organic synthesis. Knopp Biosciences, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is building a small medicinal chemistry team to support our discovery research programs in neurological diseases.  The company has a drug in Phase 3 testing for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which was partnered with Biogen-Idec based on positive Phase 2 study data.  We are interested in hiring a mix of experienced medicinal chemists as well as synthetic organic chemists from academic programs.  In particular, we are seeking a promising non-PhD chemist with research experience, either at the BS or MS level. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: Steven A. Boyd, PhD, Sr. Director of Chemistry, Knopp Biosciences LLC, 2100 Wharton St., Suite 615, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-350-8301 (cell), 412-488-1776 (office), web: boyd@knoppbio.com.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning first semester 2012-13 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The incumbent will teach 2 organic chemistry courses and supervise the accompanying laboratory sections (for an equivalent of 5 courses). The incumbent will also have the opportunity to direct undergraduate research projects. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2012-13). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has nine full-time faculty and about 25 majors in each graduating class. The department is well equipped for teaching and research. Instrumentation includes 400-MHz and 600-MHz multinuclear FT-NMR spectrometers, x-ray powder diffractometer, parallel computational cluster, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA and DSC), FT-Raman/IR, FT-IR, atomic absorption, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers as well as chromatographic (GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS), electrochemical, and biochemical instrumentation (including refrigerated centrifuge, automated electrophoresis systems and a peptide synthesizer). Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at: http://new.oberlin.edu/chemistry/. To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference,* should be sent to: Manish Mehta, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Oberlin College, 119 Woodland Street, Oberlin, Ohio, 44074 by February 10, 2012. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.
Chemistry Instructor. 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 2012, 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. 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 peparation. 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 meas. 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 chemistry.
Desired Qualifications:
     •    Education beyond the master's level is desirable. Ph.D. preferred.
     •    Recent teaching experience in inorganic chemistry as well as a commitment to the mission of the community college and interest in involvement in division and college initiatives are desired.
Application Process: Submit the following materials either online at: http://www.rockvallevcollege.edutemployment or under single cover by January 12, 2012; however applications will continue to be accepted until 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. Documentation of successful prior classroom instruction (optional) to: Rock Valley College Human Resource Services 3301 N. Mulford Road Rockford, IL 61114.
Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria. Post-Doctoral Fellow Position   Probing Asphaltene Aggregation and De-aggregation with Fluorescence. A post-doctoral position is open in the Bohne group, http://www.foto.chem.uvic.ca/ for work on projects related to the probing of asphaltene aggregates using fluorescence. The continuous need for new energy sources is leading to the development of oil production from alternate resources, such as the extraction of oil from oil sands. Oil sands are rich in asphaltenes, which correspond to the "heavy" portion of oil. Asphaltenes are responsible for increasing the oil's viscosity and for the formation of aggregates that interfere with oil production. The aggregates of asphaltene can be viewed as supramolecular systems and the fluorescence techniques used in the Bohne group to study the dynamics of supramolecular systems will be employed to study how the components of asphaltene aggregate. Applicants are required to hold a PhD degree and to have experience in steady-state fluorescence and time-resolved fluorescence measurements. The successful applicant is expected to lead the research projects independently and to write required reports and manuscripts. The salary amounts to Can$ 32,000 per year. The position is available initially for a period of one year with the possible extension for a second year. The expected starting date for this position is between March 1, 2012 and May 15, 2012.  Applications should include:
•    A cover letter, with a brief description on how the applicant's background fits the description of the position and how the work described will fit the career development plans of the applicant. The applicant should describe his/her experience with steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence studies
•    CV
•    Name and contact information of three references
Please submit applications to: cornelia.bohne@gmail.com in pdf format. Applications will be considered from Jan. 10th onwards until the position is filled.
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