UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 4/28/2014

XXXVIII - No. 15 April 28th, 2014

Tim started on Monday, April 21st and is a recent UW Madison graduate.  He is working in the Business Office and his primary accountabilities are Accounts Payable.  Tim is located on the first floor in the Business Office. We are glad to have Tim join our team and look forward to his contributions. Welcome Tim!
2014 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 13, 2014

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

May 6, 2014


Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Sarah Reisman, Caltech "Natural Product Synthesis: A Platform for Discovery in Chemistry and Biology"
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charlie Sykes, Tufts University "Single Atom Alloys as a Strategy for Selective Heterogeneous Hydrogenations"
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Frank Neese, Max-Plank Institute "Molecular Magnetism and Quantum Chemistry"
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lectureship in Soil Science, 3:30 pm, Room 270 Soils Building. Dr. Oliver A. Chadwick,  Professor, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara. "Farming the Rock: Biogeochemical Controls on Intensive Agriculture in Polynesia"
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Amanda Hummon, University of Notre Dame "Characterizing the Proteome of 3-Dimensional Cell Cultures"
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Dan Appella, NIDDK, NIH "Nucleic Acid Detection and Multivalent Display on Synthetic PNA Backbones"
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "Student Awards Ceremony"
Monday, May 5th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Zhibin Guan, University of California-Irvine "Bioinspired Design of Dynamic and Self-healing Polymers"
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric Mazur, Harvard University "Why you can pass tests and still fail in the real world"
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Elizabeth Nolan, Massacchusetts Inst. of Technology "Seminar"
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Suzanne Walker, Harvard University "Organic Chemistry Seminar"
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 - Analytical, Materials, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Wei, University of Florida "Plasmon-mediated Surface Chemistry for Solar Photocatalysis"
Friday, May 16th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:00 pm, Room 1361 and Shain Atrium. Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "Graduation Reception"
Saturday, May 17th, 2014 - Department, Organic Special Event, 8:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Hans Reich, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Professor Hans Reich Celebration Symposium"
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Special Event, 8:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Jim Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Professor Jim Skinner Celebration Symposium"
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Special Event, 8:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jim Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Professor Jim Skinner Celebration Symposium"
Thursday, June 19th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Bldg.. Professor YiJing Yan, University of Science and Technology of China "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
Registration is open for the 37th Steenbock Symposium: The Future of Chemical Biology. The Steenbock Symposium will feature research presentations from over twenty exceptional chemical biologists from the United States and Canada. Please plan to join us June 5-7, 2014 at Ebling Auditorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The registration deadline is May 28, 2014.
* Non-Student Registration: $250.00
* Student Registration: $200.00
To learn more about the Symposium and to register, visit: https://www.biochem.wisc.edu/seminars/steenbock/symposium37/.
If you have any questions about registration, please send an email to conference@cals.wisc.edu and reference the "37th Steenbock Symposium." For all other questions, please feel free to contact Kris Turkow at kturkow@chem.wisc.edu.
18th Annual Conference, May 17, 2014, Abbott Park, IL. (Chicago's North Suburb)
Dear Scientists and Engineers:
     •    Do you like to explore your career opportunities in industry and academia?
     •    Are you interested in exchanging ideas and views with your peer professionals?
     •    Do you want to expand and enhance your professional network?
If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should attend the 18th Annual Conference of the Chinese American Chemical Society   Great Lakes Chapter (GLCACS). The theme of this year's meeting will be the "Career Development for Chemists and Chemical Engineers". GLCACS is the Great Lakes regional chapter of the Chinese American Chemical Society (CACS), a national organization representing Chinese-American scientists and engineers in fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering and other interdisciplinary fields in the US. CACS is the only Chinese-American professional organization that is officially recognized by both the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Since 1997, each year the GLCACS Annual Conference has been attended by more than a hundred students and professionals from universities, industries and other institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and other states. Serving the conference participants' interests such as professional growth and technical exchanges has always been the society's only priority.
Mark your calendar for this upcoming special event and we welcome you to participate! Details of the conference program will become available soon. Please visit GLCACS website at: www.greatlakecacs.org  or contact the following organizers for registration or more information. GLCACS is a local chapter of Chinese American Chemical Society (CACS) in the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Ohio. CACS is a Chinese-American professional organization affiliated with both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Since its founding, GLCACS has played an active role in promoting professional development and networking for GLCACS members and non-members alike.
Each year, GLCACS invites students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers from all regional universities to participate in a presentation contest and awards session during the Annual Meeting. This year, the context will take the form of 5-minute Blitz Talks. This is different from previous years and we believe it will make the contest more exciting and effective. Make sure you read the guideline attached. Regardless of academic disciplines and ethnic origins, all undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to participate. Act quick though: we can take only the first 24 participants! Blitz Presentations will be evaluated according to both the technical merits and presentation effectiveness by all conference attendees. A total of $600 cash will be awarded to those outstanding presenters through votes. The format of this year's awards would be:
     •    One First Place   $150
     •    Two Second Places   $100 each
     •    Three Third Places   $50 each
     •    Five Honorable Mentions   $20 each
This year, the 18th GLCACS annual meeting will be held at Abbott Laboratories, 200 Abbott Park Rd. Abbott Park, IL on May 17th, 2014. We welcome presentations from different research fields: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences, Environmental Science and other interdisciplinary areas. For detailed information, please refer to the following documents in the attachment:
     •    Student/Postdoc Presentation Contest Application Form
     •    Presentation Contest Guidelines
Mark your calendar now for this upcoming special event. Whether or not you decide to participate in the presentation contest, you are welcome to attend Annual Meeting! Attached is a program overview of the conference. The program details will be available soon. Please visit the GLCACS website at: www.greatlakecacs.org or contact the following organizers for registration or more information.
The UW-Madison Glass Lab is offering Neon Animation (neon + arduino/microcontrollers!!!) this summer. This is a unique and rare opportunity, as we have the good fortune of Greg Mowery from School of the Art Institute Chicago joining us as a lecturer to run this course. Greg runs the Light Lab in the Art+Technology program at SAIC, where he teaches Neon Techniques, Neon Animation, Shaping Light, and Light Experiments. Enrollment for this course is open now; sign up!!!
ART488 LAB 001, May 27 - Jun 15, 2014, MTW 8:00AM-5:40PM, Art Lofts 1165.
Instructor: Greg Mowery, Professor, Department  of Art and Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, President, City Neon Incorporated.
While there has been neon animation almost as long as there has been neon, until the advent of simple, inexpensive, user friendly microprocessors and solid state transformers, the potential remained untapped. This course is a hands-on overview which covers neon esign, neon bending and microprocessor programming/circuit design skills.
We're writing to let you know that WISELI's Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering Grant Program is now accepting grant applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. The application deadline is June 13, 2014.
This program provides funds to departments, programs, centers, or student groups who wish to:
     •    Increase the representation of  women scientists and engineers in seminar/colloquium series,
     •    Increase awareness and generate discussion of issues/concerns important to women scientists and
     •    Learn about the history and/or status of women in science and engineering, and/or
     •    Create new workshops, symposia, lecture series, or similar events in line with WISELI's mission to
          promote the participation and advancement of women in science and engineering.   
More detailed information about the grant program and an application are available on our website: http://wiseli.engr.wisc.edu/celebrating.php.
We thank the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, College of Letters & Science, School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine & Public Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Engineering for their generous support of this grant program.

Neutron-Encoded Mass Signatures for Quantitative Top-Down Proteomics.
Rhoads, TW; Rose, CM; Bailey, DJ; Riley, NM; Molden, RC; Nestler, AJ; Merrill, AE; Smith, LM; Hebert, AS; Westphall, MS; Pagliarini, DJ; Garcia, BA; Coon, JJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 86 (5):2314-2319; 10.1021/ac403579s MAR 4 2014.
Influence of the phase state of self-assembling redox mediators on their electrochemical activity.
Muller, JPE; Aytar, BS; Kondo, Y; Lynn, DM*; Abbott, NL.
AICHE JOURNAL, 60 (4):1381-1392; 10.1002/aic.14402 APR 2014.
Ultrafast Dynamics within the 1S Exciton Band of Colloidal PbSe Quantum Dots Using Multiresonant Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy.
Kohler, DD; Block, SB; Kain, S; Pakoulev, AV; Wright, JC*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 118 (9):5020-5031; 10.1021/jp412058u MAR 6 2014.
F-box Protein FBXL16 Binds PP2A-B55 and Regulates Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells along the FLK1 Lineage.
Honarpour, N; Rose, CM; Brumbaugh, J; Anderson, J; Graham, RLJ; Sweredoski, MJ; Hess, S; Coon, JJ*; Deshaies, RJ.
MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS, 13 (3):780-791; 10.1074/mcp.M113.031765 MAR 2014.
Improved isobaric tandem mass tag quantification by ion mobility mass spectrometry.
Sturm, RM; Lietz, CB; Li, LJ*.
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 28 (9):1051-1060; 10.1002/rcm.6875 MAY 15 2014.
Inverse spinel NiFeAlO4 as a highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst: promotion of activity by a redox-inert metal ion.
Chen, JYC; Miller, JT; Gerken, JB; Stahl, SS*.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 7 (4):1382-1386; 10.1039/c3ee43811b APR 2014.
Dye Self-Association Identified by Intermolecular Couplings between Vibrational Modes As Revealed by Infrared Spectroscopy, and Implications for Electron Injection.
Laaser, JE; Christianson, JR; Oudenhoven, TA; Joo, Y; Gopalan, P*; Schmidt, JR*; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 118 (11):5854-5861; 10.1021/jp412402v MAR 20 2014.
Structure-Activity Relationships among Antifungal Nylon-3 Polymers: Identification of Materials Active against Drug-Resistant Strains of Candida albicans.
Liu, RH; Chen, XY; Falk, SP; Mowery, BP; Karlsson, AJ; Weisblum, B; Palecek, SP; Masters, KS; Gellman, SH*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (11):4333-4342; 10.1021/ja500036r MAR 19 2014.
Tuning the Biological Activity Profile of Antibacterial Polymers via Subunit Substitution Pattern.
Liu, RH; Chen, XY; Chakraborty, S; Lemke, JJ; Hayouka, Z; Chow, C; Welch, RA; Weisblum, B; Masters, KS; Gellman, SH*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (11):4410-4418; 10.1021/ja500367u MAR 19 2014.
New Insights into Bacterial Chemoreceptor Array Structure and Assembly from Electron Cryotomography.
Briegel, A; Wong, ML; Hodges, HL; Oikonomou, CM; Piasta, KN; Harris, MJ; Fowler, DJ; Thompson, LK; Falke, JJ; Kiessling, LL*; Jensen, GJ.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 53 (10):1575-1585; 10.1021/bi5000614 MAR 18 2014.
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Postdoc position at AMOLF Institute. Two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of elastomeric proteins You will use nonlinear infrared spectroscopy to study the molecular mechanism underlying the extensibility of fibrin. Fibrin is the protein responsible for blood coagulation. Blood clots are composed of a network of highly extensible fibrin fibers which can be stretched up to three to four times their original length. There are indications that the stretching of these fibers is accompanied by conformational changes of the fibrin molecules, as well as changes in the interaction of the protein with its hydration shell. As part of this project you will develop novel experimental techniques for performing nonlinear infrared spectroscopy on mechanically strained protein gels. You will use these techniques to study the conformational changes that occur during the stretching of fibrin fibers. The project will be carried out in the Biomolecular Photonics group (dr. Y.L.A. Rezus), and you will collaborate with the Biological Soft Matter group (prof. G. Koenderink). About the group: http://www.amolf.nl/research/biomolecular-photonics/. We are looking for an outstanding experimental physicist, physical chemist or biophysicist with a strong interest in biomolecular spectroscopy. The candidates must meet the requirements for a PhD degree. The position is intended as a full-time (40 hrs/week, 12 months/year) appointment in the service of Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) for the duration of two years. AMOLF assists any new postdoc with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs.
For further information please contact: Dr. Y.L.A. Rezus, E-mail: rezus@amolf.nl, Phone:  +31 (0)20-754-7211. Applications can be sent to: FOM Institute AMOLF, P&O Dept., Postbus 41883, 1009 DB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, application@amolf.nl. Please quote vacancy #1403.1A, Please send your: Resume; Motivation on why you want to join the group (max. 1 page). Online screening may be part of the selection.
Two Post-doctoral Research Opportunities at Idaho State University (ISU).
The first post-doc opportunity is for a Post Doc Research Engineer Nuclear Materials. Information for the position can be found at: https://isujobs.net/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp.
The second post-doc opportunity is for a PhD in nuclear engineering, materials science, physics or similar field who has experience in research at the nanoscale. Information for the position can be found at: https://isujobs.net/applicants/jsp/hared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?pos....
Contact: Cathy Dixon, Director, Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards.
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