UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 5/06/2013

XXXVII - No. 16 May 6th, 2013

Each year, the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison makes a point to recognize employees whose 15 or more years of service to L&S have allowed them to make a significant impact upon the college. For 2012-13, the college has awarded Matt Sanders, executive director of the Department of Chemistry, the Judith Craig Distinguished Service Award. Matt has served in this role for 16 years,  and has made many significant contributions to the department by interfacing with faculty, students, and staff. He has worked in the Department for 28 years. Congratulations Matt!
MADISON - Bassam Shakhashiri, a chemistry professor and William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received the 2013 Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science.
Named for the astronomer whose enthusiasm and broad scientific knowledge helped inspire a generation to look at science as a fascinating discipline that makes a different in the real world, the Sagan Award was made by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. The leaders of 60 societies with more than 1.4 million members comprise the council.
Shakhashiri is the immediate past president of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. Long known for his standing-room-only Christmas chemistry demonstrations, his recent efforts include the American Chemical Society Climate Science Toolkit (www.acs.org/climatescience), which encourages scientists to communicate the objective scientific facts about climate change.
"In a democracy," Shakhashiri says, "people should act wisely and avoid being bamboozled into making foolish decisions where matters of science and technology are concerned. Today the biggest challenge to science and society is to help sustain Earth and its people in the face of population growth, finite resources, malnutrition, spreading disease, deadly violence, war, climate change, and the denial of basic human rights, especially the right to benefit from scientific and technological progress."
"Dr. Shakhashiri has long been a staunch advocate of the importance of science and scientific literacy for all people and all ages, and has a very distinguished career in promoting science and science education internationally," said Patricia Simmons, chair-elect of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. "He continues to serve as a dynamic advocate for policies that serve our society through advances in science and technology."
Congratulations Bassam!!
The Chemistry Fast Copy Center has just launched its new website. The web site is on the Chemistry home page, and is available under the services tab and then the "Fast copy center" link or the direct link is: http://copycenter.chem.wisc.edu/.
The web site has details of the services that we provide down here in the copy center such as making copies, poster and bindery services and so on. It also has the copy center hours for myself and my helpers along with an announcement area and a calendar to let you know in advance of time I may be off or other events that would affect your job requests. You can submit your work orders electronically for copies, posters & paper from the fast copy web site from the links provided for job submission.
Thanks and enjoy the new Chemistry Fast Copy Center website
Bruce Goldade - Chemistry Fast Copy Center Manager
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's GSFLC poster session. We had a record number of attendees and presenters. Thanks again to everyone who presented- you gave the judges a very hard decision to make. We have such excellent science happening in this department! Thank you to Trisha, Jen, Shannon, Etienne, Danny, Marty, John, and Thomas for making the hard decisions!
And now the moment you've all been waiting for....
Best-in-Show ($200 each)
Ivan Pallares (Brunold Group) "Spectroscopic Studies of Enzyme-Corrinoid Interactions"
Shakeel Dalal (Ediger Group) "High-Throughput Screening of Vapor-Deposited Organic Glasses to Find Useful Materials"
Jared Rigoli (Schomaker Group) "Tunable, Chemoselective Amination via Ag Catalysis"
Nitasha Bennet (Kiessling Group) "Investigating Mechanisms of B Cell Antigen Recognition with Synthetic Multivalent Ligands"
Honorable Mention ($50 each, sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich)
Jack DeGrave (Jin Group) "Investigation of Exotic Spin Configurations in Non-Centrosymmetric B20 Silicide Nanowires (MSi; M=Fe, Co, Si)"
Vivian Trang (Streiter Group) "Elucidating the Role of Atypical Ubiquitin Chains in the Context of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System"
Alison Suess (Stahl Group) "Organometallic and Single-Electron Transfer Mechanisms of Cu(II)-Mediated Aerobic C-H Oxidation"
Rangarajan Nambirajan (Weisshaar Group) "Single-Cell Imaging of Antimicrobial Action of Cecropin A on E. coli"
2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

May 14th, 2013

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

May 7th, 2013


Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Vega, Complutense University of Madrid "Describing Water Using Computer Simulation"
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Borovik, University of California Irvine "Metal-Oxo Complexes in Biology and Chemistry"
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Ilya Eremin, Ruhr University Bochum "Magnetization Dynamics and Semi-Metal-Insulator Transition on the Surface of a Topological Insulator"
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Weis, Kansas University "Exploring the Role of Flexibility in Protein Function and Dysfunction With H/D Exchange Mass Spectrometry"
Thursday, May 9,13th, 2013 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building. Daniel E. Hooks, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamo. "Constituent properties, process, and formulation effects contributing to functional characteristics in pharmaceutical and explosive composites"
Friday, May 10th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. James Yardley, Columbia University "Preparing for a New Era of Multidisciplinary Research: Nanoscale Science and Engineering"
Friday, May 10th, 2013 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 WSEL.  Pat Brezonik. " Water Chemistry: Perspectives on a Half Century of Growth and Prospects for Future Developments"
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. "Department Meeting"
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Rainer Volkamer, University of Colorado, Boulder "Analytical Seminar"
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Samir Zard, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France "TBD"
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013   An organization of leaders of 60 scientific societies representing more than 1.4 million members has honored American Chemical Society (ACS) past president Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., for decades of efforts in promoting public understanding of science. The group, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), has named Shakhashiri recipient of its prestigious 2013 Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science.
Shakhashiri, 2012 president of ACS, the world's largest scientific society, is the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His most recent effort in fostering public understanding of science involves leading development of the American Chemical Society Climate Science Toolkit, available at www.acs.org/climatescience. That online resource encourages scientists to communicate the objective scientific facts about global climate change to the public.
"Dr. Shakhashiri has long been a staunch advocate on the importance of science and scientific literacy for all people and all ages, and has a very distinguished career in promoting science and science education internationally," said Patricia Simmons, Ph.D., 2013 CSSP chair-elect. "He continues to serve as a dynamic advocate for policies that serve our society through advances in science and technology."
CSSP consists of presidents, presidents-elect and recent past presidents of the nation's main scientific societies. It is a leader in promoting science policy and science education and serves as a resource on major issues to the U.S. government, as well as news media, policy groups, and civic and professional organizations.
The award cites Shakhashiri for "Outstanding contributions and accomplishments as a recognized magnifier of the public's understanding of science." Established in 1993, it was named for the late Carl Sagan, Ph.D., who also was the first recipient. Sagan, an astronomer at Cornell University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, became one of the world's best-known scientists by explaining the wonders of science on the television series Cosmos, in books and by other means.
Shakhashiri is noted internationally for pioneering the use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry in classrooms, as well as to the public in museums, convention centers, shopping malls and retirement homes  and at his Science is Fun website. The Encyclopædia Britannica termed Shakhashiri the "dean of lecture demonstrators in America." He received the prestigious National Science Board's Public Service Award in 2007 for pioneering new ways to encourage public understanding of science.
During his ACS presidency, Shakhashiri organized a task force that developed the ACS Climate Science Toolkit. The toolkit is a web-based tool to enhance understanding and communication of the science underpinning global climate change. The toolkit was developed for ACS' more than 163,000 members and others.
In addition to leading development of the ACS Climate Science Toolkit, Shakhashiri organized an ACS presidential commission that examined the state of graduate education in chemistry. Its report, Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, the most comprehensive on that topic in years, recommended changes in the education of tomorrow's scientists to keep pace with the evolving global economic, social and political environment.
Past winners of the Sagan Award include Sylvia Earle, the National Geographic Society; Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times; Ken Weiss and Usha McFarling, the Los Angeles Times; Court-TV; Cheryl Heuton and Nick Falacci; NUMB3RS; Popular Science; Philip G. Zimbardo, PBS; Science Times, The New York Times; John Noble Wilford, The New York Times; John Rennie, Scientific America; Richard Harris, NPR; Ira Flatow, NPR; Alan Alda, John Angier and Graham Chedd, Frontiers; Bill Nye, The Science Guy, TV program; NOVA-TV and Paula Apsell; the National Geographic Society and Magazine: Gilbert Grosvenor and William Allen; Edward Wilson, Curator, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University; and Carl Sagan, Cornell University.

University of Wisconsin - Superior. We are looking for an instructor to teach a general education lecture course, "Our Chemical Environment" (CHEM-100), as well as three sections of General Chemistry lab, for the fall 2013 semester. CHEM-100 is a 2-credit course and meets for an hour twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays). The duration of each lab is 3 hours, once a week (Tuesdays). The prospective candidate will be responsible for preparations, supervising the student lab work, and grading the quizzes and lab reports. Interested candidates should contact: Dr. Michael Waxman at, mwaxman@uwsuper.edu, or call him at (715) 394-8261. Michael Waxman, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Program of Chemistry and Physics, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Superior, 1800 Grand Ave., Superior, WI 54880, Office Telephone: (715) 394-8261, Fax: (715) 394-8418.
The Portland Technology Development group's Thin Films division of Intel Corporation has several openings for physical science Ph.D.s to support/direct R&D of advanced processing methods. Candidates hired for these positions will be responsible for developing the next generation of Intel's microprocessors.
Ph.D. candidates in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields are encouraged to apply. Criteria for selection include: a strong academic record, demonstrated experimental and data analysis expertise, superior critical thinking skills, an ability to drive and take responsibility for projects and a solid peer-reviewed publication record. Experience using and maintaining scientific equipment is preferred. Semiconductor processing experience is not mandatory.
Openings are immediately available at Intel's primary development facility (Ronler Acres) located 10 miles west of Portland, OR. Please see a more detailed job description included below. Interested candidates should email resumes to: laura.k.schirra@intel.com with "Intel Corporation Hiring" in the subject line. Laura Schirra, Ph.D., PTD Module Engineer, Intel Corporation.
PTD Module & Integration Yield Engineer, Description:
PTD Module Engineers are responsible for leading scientific research and enabling manufacture of innovative device architectures coupled with the realization of these architectures. Responsibilities include designing, executing and analyzing experiments necessary to meet engineering specifications for the process. A Module Engineer participates in the development of intellectual property and the development of the equipment necessary to exploit understanding gained in research (in collaboration with equipment suppliers.) The Engineer must work effectively with the equipment supplier to identify shortcomings, propose and evaluate hardware modification to mitigate issues and operate the manufacturing line in order to integrate the many individual steps necessary for the manufacture of complex microprocessors. Module Engineers are also responsible for overseeing in-situ ramp to manufacturing volumes to demonstrate that the technology meets requirements while simultaneously transferring the technology to counterparts in manufacturing via 'Copy Exactly!' methodology. Module ownership includes the install and qualification of manufacturing capacity at the development site and audit installation/qualification and supervision of first full loop at the production site. Must hold a PhD. Qualifications: You must possess a minimum of a Ph.D. degree majoring in Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemistry. Additional qualifications include: Demonstrate experience in keen experimental insight; Demonstrate experience to devise and focus on key experiments. Job Category: Engineering. Primary Location: USA-Oregon, Hillsboro. Posting Date: April 1, 2013. Apply Before: November 1, 2013.

Hope College. One-Year Term Position, Organic Chemistry. Position Description: The Hope College Chemistry Department (www.hope.edu/academic/chemistry/) invites applications for a one-year term position to begin in Fall 2013. The position is offered at either the Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor level, depending on qualifications. Candidates should either have completed a doctorate in organic chemistry or a related subdiscipline by July 2013, or have a masters degree in organic chemistry or a related subdiscipline with college chemistry teaching experience as the "instructor of record" for the course. This is a full-time teaching position on a 9 month contract to begin August 2013. Primary teaching responsibilities will be for one 3 hr/wk Organic Chemistry lecture section and two 5 hr/wk Organic Chemistry laboratory sections, though alternative teaching assignments in non-majors, general, or advanced organic chemistry may be possible in the second semester if desired.
Application Process: Please submit a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement addressing teaching experience, philosophy, and competencies, and a cover letter addressed to: Dr. Jason G. Gillmore, chair of the search committee. Please submit all materials electronically to Hope College Human Resources at: chemistrysearch2013@hope.edu as a single file in PDF format. A review of all completed applications will begin immediately. A subset of successful candidates will be asked to submit original graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement describing their fit to the mission of the college in early June. Additional information about Hope College can be found at: www.hope.edu.

Post Doc Opportunity: Wolfe Laboratories, Inc. (WLI), located in Watertown, MA, is a premier contract research organization that provides integrated early drug development solutions to the biopharmaceutical industry. Wolfe Laboratories is an essential element of the drug development ecosystem, recognized by global and virtual biopharmaceutical companies as a science-driven organization whose mission is to provide outstanding discovery and development services tailored to its clients' needs for rational formulation development. Wolfe Laboratories integrates the critical path components of early development to ensure that programs advance while meeting rigorous scientific demands with flexibility to address dynamic challenges and aggressive timelines. Wolfe Laboratories' vision is to improve human health, and we continue to strive towards that goal by embracing our core values of integrity, excellence and teamwork.
We require a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to work on protein stability & aggregation as it relates to therapeutic protein development. The current postdoctoral project is designed to understand the fundamental mechanism/s of protein instability, sub-visible particulate formation and aggregation using variety of chromatographic, biophysical and biochemical tools.
For more info refer to the posting in eRecruiting or the recent email from Steph Nagle. Interested candidates are requested to email a copy of their resume with a cover letter including salary history to: steve.pangione@wolfelabs.com.
Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thanks.