UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 12/08/2014

XXXVIII - No. 38 December 8th, 2014


Cecilia is our Grants Specialist, and Matt Martin is a Machinist. Both of them have won Classified Staff Excellence Awards from the College of Letters&Science. Two of the five awards went to Chemistry nominees this year. Chemistry has had 16 winners since the awards were instituted in 2004, and in only one year was there no Chemistry winner. Thanks to Cecilia and Matt, and to all our staff for helping to make Chemistry one of the most well-regarded departments on campus. Congratulations Cecila and Matt!!

Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri will air on local television three times this
holiday season.
On Wisconsin Public Television:
Sunday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 25 at 2:00 p.m.
On the Wisconsin Channel:
Saturday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Check local listings for telecast times elsewhere around the country.
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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Dec 9, 2014 Feb 10, 2015 Mar 10, 2015
Apr 14, 2015 May 12, 2015  

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

Dec 16, 2014 Jan 20, 2015 Feb 3, 2015 Feb 17, 2015 Mar 3, 2015
Mar 17, 2015 Apr 7, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015


Monday, December 8th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). "Special Seminar" Dr. Ian Seiple, Harvard University. "A practical, full synthetic route to macrolide antibiotics and the first chemical synthesis of palau'mine"
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting"
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - Materials Science Program & MRSEC Seminar, 4:00 pm, in room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building, 1509 University Avenue. Silvia Muro, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. "Controlling targeting and transport of drug delivery systems by biological functionalization of nanomaterials"
Monday, December 15th, 2014 - Department Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building. "Special Seminar"
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Laura Gagliardi, University of Minnesota "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - Department, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Daniel Fredrickson, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Inorganic Chemistry Seminar"
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 - Department, Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jennifer Schomaker, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Organic Chemistry Seminar"
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor JR Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christophe Coperet, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology "Meloche Seminar -TBA"
Friday, January 30th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christophe Coperet, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology "Meloche Seminar -TBA"
Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - General Outreach, 9:00 am, "Wisconsin Middle School Regional Science Bowl"
The National Research Council of the National Academies has these outstanding fellowship opportunities. More detailed information and an online application can be found at: www.nationalacademies.org/rap. The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply, and a list of participating laboratories, are available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website (see link above). Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu.
There are four annual review cycles.
     •    Review Cycle:  February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1
     •    Review Cycle:  May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
     •    Review Cycle:  August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
     •    Review Cycle:  November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1
Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities. H. Ray Gamble, Director of the Fellowship Programs, National Research Council, The National Academies, 500 5th Street NW, Keck 568, Washington, DC 20001.
We are pleased to announce that the "7th Summer School of the European Federation of EPR groups on Advanced EPR" will be held from August 24th 2015 to 31st 2015 in Berlin, Germany. It will be organized by the member groups of the Berlin Joint EPR lab at the Free University Berlin and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.
The advanced EPR School is an initiative of the European Federation of EPR groups (EFEPR) to ensure the continuation of the successful development of EPR techniques and their applications. Lectures and tutorials by top researchers in the field provide close coupling between theoretical background and the experimental techniques. Methodological aspects are closely linked to different fields of application ranging from biophysics to material sciences. Graduate students and post-docs with some basic background in magnetic resonance are the main target group of the advanced EPR School (but not only).
Application for the school starts December 1st 2014 and will close March 31st. A number of grants are available for graduate students and post-docs. Grant applications can be submitted together with the general application on the school web site.
For further details about the school and the application process, please visit our website: http://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/events/efepr/index_de.html. We are very much looking forward to receiving your application. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. On behalf of the organizing committee: Dr. Alexander Schnegg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH,  Institut für Silizium-Photovoltaik, Kekuléstrasse. 5, D-12489 Berlin  Germany, phone: +49 30 8062 41373, fax: +49 30 8062 41333, e-mail: alexander.schnegg@helmholtz-berlin.de.
May 26-29, 2015 - Future Faculty Workshop at the University of Michigan
Develop Your Career: The NextProf Science 2015 Workshop will help you a talented scientist with a demonstrated commitment to diversity-explore what is involved in pursuing exciting and rewarding careers in academia. Your expenses for travel, lodging, and meals will be covered.
Listen. Learn. Network: At NextProf Science, you will learn:
     •    how the faculty search process works
     •    how to build successful research programs
     •    how to form a teaching and mentoring philosophy
     •    why a network is important
Expand your network at NextProf. Join colleagues, faculty, career experts, and academic leaders from across the country. Learn how diverse faculty meet the challenges of research and teaching. Share conversations with successful faculty members about their goals and views of academia.
Apply! Interested in attending the NextProf Science 2015 Workshop? Nominate yourself or ask your faculty advisor to nominate you. Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Apply online at: sites.lsa.umich.edu/nextprof-science/. Deadline to receive all application material: February 28, 2015. website: sites.lsa.umich.edu/nextprof-science.
Marquette University
invites applications for the position of Director of First Year Laboratories/Instructor in the Department of Chemistry.  This position is a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure-track faculty position. The Director oversees the work of teaching assistants, is the primary contact point for students having issues, questions or concerns with the laboratory, and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the laboratory curriculum.  The Director is expected to periodically teach in the first-year chemistry program and contribute to the development of Chemical Education in the department.  A M.S. in chemistry or a closely related field is required (Ph.D. preferred), and teaching experience is preferred.  Review of applicants will begin December 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. All applications must be received through an electronic recruiting system accessed at: https://employment.marquette.edu/postings/3886. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a current Curriculum Vitae, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.
Western Illinois University
invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, in the area of forensic analytical chemistry, beginning August 2015.
Required Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or related sciences with a background in forensic chemistry, including forensic analytical analysis techniques. An ABD will be considered, however the Ph.D. must be completed prior to receiving tenure-track status. Applicants must be able to play a key role in WIU's signature B.S. Forensic Chemistry program. Applicants must also have excellent written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience and post-doctoral research preferred. Applicants capable of fostering our B.S. Chemistry-Pharmacy option, as well as the B.S. Forensic Chemistry program, are preferred. Applicants with experience mentoring undergraduate research are also preferred.
To apply please see full announcement on the web at http://goo.gl/exRAZA. For questions about the position please contact: Dr J K Huang, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Illinois 61455.

Postdoctoral Positions in Chemical Biology. Postdoctoral researcher positions at the University of  Minnesota in the laboratory of Erin Carlson. Two postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Carlson in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Applications are invited immediately, with successful applicant(s) starting in 2015. The Carlson research group unites tools from chemistry and biology to promote the development of new strategies for treatment of bacterial infections. The focus of the available positions will be: 1) design, synthesis and application of chemical probes for characterization of the penicillinbinding proteins, the cellular targets of many existing antibacterial agents; 2) design, synthesis and evaluation of inhibitors for the histidine kinases, proteins involved in bacterial development, virulence and antibiotic resistance. Background on our research program can be found in several of our recent publications, as well as the Carlson Lab web site (http://www.chem.umn.edu/groups/carlson/): J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 9150 9153; Sci. Transl. Med. 2013, 5, 203ps12; Med. Chem. Commun. 2013, 4, 269-277; ACS Chem. Biol. 2012, 7, 1746-1753; Mol. Microbiol. 2014, 94, 21-40. Candidates must have completed their PhD training in chemistry, biochemistry or medicinal chemistry. Successful candidates will have demonstrated potential for independent research supported by a strong publication record, ambitious scientific goals, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively with a team. Candidates should have strong expertise in synthetic chemistry, as well as proven ability to be successful in a highly multi-disciplinary environment. Successful applicants will be offered NIH guideline-based salary and benefits, along with the advantages of being a critical member of a high-quality research team in a collaborative research environment. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to lead innovative, cutting-edge research projects, which will provide the foundation for their future career goals. Applicants should email their CV, personal research statement, and the contact information for three references (including their present and previous mentors) to: Erin E. Carlson, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 207 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, Email: carlsone@umn.edu.
The University of Chicago. Postdoctoral positions in bioengineering/protein engineering/chemical biology. The Dickinson Lab is currently seeking postdoctoral fellows to begin several new research initiatives. Research in the Dickinson lab focuses on the development and application of novel protein-based technologies that report on or modulate biochemical reactions in living systems, with the ultimate goal of engineering mammalian systems to diagnose or treat disease. This work is centered at the interface of biochemistry, synthetic biology, and engineering, to spawn biological discovery through the development and application of new technology. Postdoctoral fellows will pursue their projects in a highly multidisciplinary environment, providing ample opportunities for the acquisition of new skillsets and expertise. Candidates with Ph.D. training related to molecular biology, protein engineering, directed evolution, or other related biotechnology areas would be considered for projects concerning the development and application of new protein-based research tools. These projects will involve both protein design and the application of novel molecular evolution techniques. The candidate should have experience with cloning and biochemistry practices, strong lab skills, and a willingness to acquire new skills. To apply, please email a single pdf containing a cover letter, CV, contact information for references, and reprints of manuscripts published or submitted during graduate school to Professor Dickinson. Working in a new research group can be an exciting and rewarding experience, so please contact us to learn more about opportunities in the lab. Send to: Bryan C. Dickinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Affiliate, The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, E-mail: dickinson@uchicago.edu, URL: dickinsonlab.uchicago.edu.
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