UW-Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter for 5/2/2011

Bucky University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Chemistry Newsletter
XXXV - No. 16 May 2nd, 2011

Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Session
Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Session, Friday May 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Shain Tower Atrium. Stop by and learn about some of the exciting research being done by our chemistry undergraduate students.
Congratulations to Poster Session Award Winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated in last Friday's poster session. Particularly, we thank the faculty judges and those students who presented posters. Your efforts made this event a success! The judges had the challenge of evaluating the 31 poster presentations and deciding upon four to receive poster awards. According to our judges, this was not an easy task! All of the posters were outstanding, demonstrating many elements of excellent research including relevance, elegant experimental design, and rigorous analysis.
The four poster award winners are the following:
-Shakeel Dalal, Ediger Group
-Fu Li, Skinner Group
-Lu Wang, Skinner Group
-Samira Musah, Kiessling Group
Congratulations! Awards will be presented at the upcoming Chemistry Department award ceremony. Thank you, the GSFLC.
We'd also like to thank Nitasha Bennett and the GSFLC for organizing this event.
Lu Wang Wins PChem Poster Award at ACS
Ms. Lu Wang, who works with Professor Jim Skinner, was one of the winners of the Pchem poster award at the Anaheim ACS meeting. The Picture and announcement is at: http://phys-acs.org/241st/American/Chemical/Society/National/Meeting.pdf. Congratulations, Lu!
Dianne Mitchell Donation & Condolences Information Update
We have had several questions in the past few days as to how someone can either send condolences to Dianne's family, or send donations to the charities they specified.  Here is some information you might use:
Family of Dianne Mitchell
409 N. Stevenson St.
De Forest, WI  53532-1232
The Humane Society of Dane County
5132 Voges Rd.
Madison, WI  53718
Hospice Care of Dane County
5395 E. Cheryl Parkway
Madison, WI  53711
Thank You
Chemistry Newsletter Summer Hours
The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to Bi-weekly publication for the Summer after this week's newsletter. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.
2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 3rd, 2011

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

May 10th, 2011

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University. "Teaching Old Polymers New Tricks:  Novel Conjugated Materials Based on Benzobisazoles"
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University. "Clusters"
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Thursday, 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Makoto Fujita, University of Tokyo.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jaclyn Brown, Stahl Group.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science & Engineering Building. Professor Alexandra Navrotsky, Universityof California-Davis, Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and NEAT ORU. "Size-induced Shifts in the Thermodynamics of Oxide Equilibria"
Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University. "A General Method for Controlling Regio- and Stereoselectivity"
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
Chemistry Camps
The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) offers a summer afternoon laboratory program in chemistry for middle school students entering grades 5-8. Chemistry Camps are designed to stimulate scientific curiosity through demonstrations, experiments, and other hands-on activities.
Three different camp themes will be offered this year.

  • Two separate sessions of Fun with Forensics Science will be offered: June 27-July 1 or July 11-July 15.
  • Fun with Inventions will be offered July 18-22.
  • Fun with Chemistry will be held July 25-July 29.
  • Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 1:15-4:30 pm.

The cost for each one-week session is $160. An optional late (5:30 pm) pick-up is available for an additional $30/week. Information and registration instructions are available online at http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/Camps.html. For additional information, contact: Sandy Walejko, 1305 Chemistry Bldg., 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608/262-3033; fax: 608/265-8094; email: ice@chem.wisc.edu.

Group Leaders Needed
Fun with Chemistry Camps
The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering the Fun with Chemistry Camps (Chem Camps) this summer. The camps provide a fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students. There are four sessions this summer, each of which runs for five weekday afternoons. The dates for this year's camps are:

  • Fun with Forensics Science I -  June 27-July 1
  • Fun with Forensics Science II - July 11-July 15
  • Fun with Inventions - July 18-July 22
  • Fun with Chemistry - July 25-Jul6 29

We need GROUP LEADERS (undergraduates only) to provide guidance to 4 6 students in the laboratory. We will need 10 group leaders for each session. The time commitment is approximately 12:45 4:30 PM each day, and the pay is $300 per weekly session. If you are interested in applying, please stop by room 1305 with a current resume, and sign up with Sandy by Thursday, April 28. Those who can work all 4 weeks will be given priority. The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you're interested! April 28 is the last day to sign up (bring a resume) and be guaranteed consideration for a position. Group Leaders are selected on a combination first-come, first served/interviewed basis. Interviews will be held May 2nd-10th. Applicants will be informed if they have been selected by Friday, May 13. For more information see the ICE website or call Sandy at 262-3033.
The 2011 Madison Organic Chemistry Symposium in Honor of Professor Edwin Vedejs
Vedejs Reunion, Retirement and Birthday Celebration, Saturday, July 16, 2011
Symposium speakers include:

  • Professor Phil Fuchs - Purdue University
  • Professor Fred West - University of Alberta
  • Professor Don Warner - Boise State University
  • Professor Steven Diver - University of Buffalo
  • Dr. Janet Grissom
  • Professor Art Cammers - University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Linus Lin and Dr. Artis Klapars - Merck
  • Professor Robert Twieg - Kent State University
  • Professor Olafs Daugulis - University of Houston

The link for additional information: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/organic/symposium/symposium_2011.htm.
Graduate Special Event
ACS Office of Graduate Education, Department of Chemistry. Preparing for Life after Graduate School. A career development workshop. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May 16-18, 2011. Register by May, 2nd to: Ann Marie Woys at: woys@wisc.edu.
Allene Functionalization via Bicyclic Methylene Aziridines.
Boralsky, LA; Marston, D; Grigg, RD; Hershberger, JC; Schomaker, JM*.
ORGANIC LETTERS 13 (8): 1924-1927 APR 15 2011.
Tirandamycins from Streptomyces sp 17944 Inhibiting the Parasite Brugia malayi Asparagine tRNA Synthetase.
Yu, Z; Vodanovic-Jankovic, S; Ledeboer, N; Huang, SX; Rajski, SR; Kron, M; Shen, B*.
ORGANIC LETTERS 13 (8): 2034-2037 APR 15 2011.
Fabrication of Lithographically Defined Chemically Patterned Polymer Brushes and Mats.
Liu, CC; Han, E; Onses, MS; Thode, CJ; Ji, SX; Gopalan, P*; Nealey, PF.
MACROMOLECULES 44 (7): 1876-1885 APR 12 2011.
Effect of Ortho Substitution on the Charge Localization of Dinitrobenzene Radical Anions.
Telo, JP; Jalilov, AS; Nelsen, SF*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 115 (14): 3016-3021 APR 14 2011.
Pyrazolyl iron, cobalt, nickel, and palladium complexes: synthesis, molecular structures, and evaluation as ethylene oligomerization catalysts.
Ainooson, MK; Ojwach, SO; Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Darkwa, J.
Potent and Selective Synthetic Modulators of a Quorum Sensing Repressor in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Identified from Second-Generation Libraries of N-Acylated L-Homoserine Lactones.
Mattmann, ME; Shipway, PM; Heth, NJ; Blackwell, HE*.
CHEMBIOCHEM 12 (6): 942-949 APR 2011.
Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy of beta-Peptides That Display Well-Defined Three-Dimensional Chemical Patterns.
Acevedo-Velez, C; Andre, G; Dufrene, YF; Gellman, SH*; Abbott, NL.
Chemically Reversible Four-Electron Oxidation and Reduction Utilizing Two Inorganic Functional Groups.
Nippe, M; Goodman, SM; Fry, CG*; Berry, JF*.
Improved Small-Molecule Macroarray Platform for the Rapid Synthesis and Discovery of Antibacterial Chalcones.
Stringer, JR; Bowman, MD*; Weisblum, B; Blackwell, HE*.
Tunable, Post-translational Hydroxylation of Collagen Domains in Escherichia coli.
Pinkas, DM; Ding, S; Raines, RT*; Barron, AE.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 6 (4): 320-324 APR 2011.
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Rockford College is seeking to fill a one-year position in chemistry, to begin in August 2011 and continue through May 2012. The position would include teaching general chemistry and, possibly advanced inorganic chemistry. The successful candidate will have the Ph.D. in hand or will be near completion of that degree. (Will have Tenure track position opening for Fall 2012). Please send curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three references to: Dr. Deborah R. Breiter, Chair, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Rockford College, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, ChemSearch@rockford.edu. For more information about this position please visit our web site at http://www.rockford.edu/hr/employment.htm. Rockford College encourages applications from women and members of minorities (EEO/AA).
Environmental Chemist Internship Opportunity Summer 2011. Bureau of Laboratory Services, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Madison, Wisconsin. Spend your summer working in Madison, Wisconsin for an agency that helps ensure that Wisconsin's food and water supplies are safe. This is a paid opportunity to jump-start your career upon graduation. You can make a difference that can impact the lives of others while:

  • Gaining real life experience at a government laboratory analyzing environmental samples for pesticides and industrial pollutants.
  • Applying what you've learned in your coursework in "real world" applied laboratory projects.
  • Getting valuable hands on experience with advanced scientific instrumentation.
  • Getting practical experience from and networking with other professional chemists.
  • Spending you summer in Madison, Wisconsin, rated as one of the highest quality-of-life cities in the world.

We're looking for people with a basic knowledge of laboratory practices generally gained through participation in several college level laboratory courses, knowledge of the theory of gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, an eye for detail, and the ability to work closely with others as a team. Internship Duration: June 13 through August 20. Hours: 40 per week. Pay: $12.00 per hour. Send your resume, and a cover letter explaining what you hope to gain from this experience, by May 20, 2011 to: Steven Sobek, State of Wisconsin, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Protection , PO Box 7883, Madison, WI 53707-7883.
The University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://www.d.umn.edu/chem) is seeking two full-time temporary instructors/assistant professors for the 2011-2012 academic year. Duties include: Teaching undergraduate chemistry lecture and laboratory courses including general chemistry, liberal education chemistry and possibly other chemistry courses depending on departmental needs and expertise of the candidate; Supervising teaching assistants; Serving on departmental committees; Carrying out other departmental duties as assigned. Appointment dates: 8/29/11 through 5/27/12. Qualifications: Good communication skills as they pertain to teaching and advising; experience teaching chemistry; Instructor: MS in Chemistry or closely related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Toxicology). Assistant Professor: PhD in Chemistry or closely related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Toxicology). Experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility (e.g., teaching assistants); ability to teach effectively; Instructor: MS in Chemistry; one or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience. Assistant Professor: PhD in Chemistry;  two or more years of teaching college level chemistry lecture and lab courses. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning May 11, 2011 and continuing until the positions are filled. To apply for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website: https://employment.umn.edu, using job requisition # 170887. The application will consist of the electronic application form plus the following materials, which may be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair (below) or attached electronically: letter of application (with current email address and telephone number); curriculum vitae; undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); description of teaching experience (with emphasis on chemistry lecture and lab courses you have taught); and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Dr. Donald Poe, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1039 University Drive, 246 Chem, Duluth, MN 55812, e-mail: dpoe@d.umn.edu; fax: 218-726-7394. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the University of Minnesota Disability Specialist at 218-726-7725.
The West Virginia University Health Sciences Center (HSC) (http://www.hsc.wvu.edu) is recruiting a Director of Core Resources (DCR) to lead operation and growth of modern core resources that anchor a vigorous and rapidly growing research environment. Significant investment has established a broad range of modern core facilities. This new position is designed to build upon that momentum. Appointment will be made at the Associate or Full Professor level in the tenure-track. The DCR will ensure that core resources provide expert service, covering experimental design and data analysis, in modern facilitie. The DCR will work with core directors and the Core Resource Management Committee to spearhead development and acquisition of new technology through extramural applications such as shared instrumentation grants. S/he will apply business management principles to facility operation and have an understanding of federal policies and regulations regarding fiscal management of shared research facilities. The DCR will also determine annual budgets, work with HSC leadership to determine institutional commitments to cores and lead annual reviews of technical and budgetary performance. The DCR will plan programs to advertise facilities through web site development, workshops and other means. The DCR must hold a doctoral degree, have experience developing or managing core facilities, and maintain an interest in novel  technologies and technology development. S/he should have an understanding of financial challenges and principles applied to core facility operation, and possess excellent people skills and be able to work in a collaborative fashion. Preference is that candidates hold active extramural funding for laboratory research. This position plays a vital leadership role to support and expand research activities at the HSC and across the WVU campus. Candidates should send electronically (hlegleiter@hsc.wvu.edu) a letter summarizing their approach to core resource organization and management, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee, c/o Holly Legleiter, Administrator, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-9104. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thanks.