UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 6/13/2011

XXXV - No. 19 June 13th, 2011

Jeanne Hamers & Pam Doolittle Write Successful Lab Equipment Proposals
Congratulations to Jeanne Hamers and Pam Doolittle for writing successful Instructional Laboratory Modernization requests for 2011.  Jeanne's proposal will help fund the purchase of new laboratory equipment that expands the advanced undergraduate labs capabilities for supporting electrochemistry experiments. Pam's successful bid will bring a new suite of analytical balances to the undergraduate analytical student labs. Congratulations Jeanne & Pam!!
Jeanne Hamers Inducted as a Teaching Fellow
This past April Jeanne Hamers was honored by being inducted as a Teaching Fellow in the UW Teaching Academy. Professor Ned Sibert wrote the nomination letter for Jeanne. Here is a link to the Teaching Academy announcement and web page that gives more info about the Academy and fellows: https://tle.wisc.edu/teaching-academy. Congratulations Jeanne!!
2001 Chemistry PhD Student Nick Condon on Jeopardy!
Former University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry grad Nick Condon, a 2001 PhD with John Wright, is on Jeopardy!! See him use his Badger smarts for a first place finish. If you want to follow his thoughts and experiences through the game show process, take a look at his blog: http://imagerelay.blogspot.com/.
July 16th, 2011 - Organic Special Event - Professor Ed Vedejs Symposium, 9:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ed Vedejs Symposium, Reunion, Retirement and Birthday Celebration.
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.
Structural Mimicry of the alpha-Helix in Aqueous Solution with an Isoatomic alpha/beta/gamma-Peptide Backbone.
Sawada, T; Gellman, SH*.
The Influence of the Polymer Chain Stiffness on Tracer Diffusion in Polymeric Matrices.
Jung, HT; Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.
Application of the SCC-DFTB Method to Neutral and Protonated Water Clusters and Bulk Water.
Goyal, P; Elstner, M; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 115 (20): 6790-6805 MAY 26 2011.
Role of Arg82 in the Early Steps of the Bacteriorhodopsin Proton-Pumping Cycle.
Clemens, M; Phatak, P; Cui, Q*; Bondar, AN; Elstner, M.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 115 (21): 7129-7135 JUN 2 2011.
Robust three-body water simulation model.
Tainter, CJ; Pieniazek, PA; Lin, YS; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 134 (18): Art. No. 184501 MAY 14 2011.
DiGeorge Critical Region 8 (DGCR8) Is a Double-cysteine-ligated Heme Protein.
Barr, I; Smith, AT; Senturia, R; Chen, YQ; Scheidemantle, BD; Burstyn, JN*; Guo, F.
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 286 (19): 16716-16725 MAY 13 2011.
Cobalt Cystathionine beta-Synthase: A Cobalt-Substituted Heme Protein with a Unique Thiolate Ligation Motif.
Smith, AT; Majtan, T; Freeman, KM; Su, Y; Kraus, JP; Burstyn, JN*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 50 (10): 4417-4427 MAY 16 2011.
Signature of n ->pi* interactions in alpha-helices.
Choudhary, A; Raines, RT*.
PROTEIN SCIENCE 20 (6): 1077-1081 JUN 2011.
Influence of Biological Media on the Structure and Behavior of Ferrocene-Containing Cationic Lipid/DNA Complexes Used for DNA Delivery.
Golan, S; Aytar, BS; Muller, JPE; Kondo, Y; Lynn, DM*; Abbott, NL; Talmont, Y.
LANGMUIR 27 (11): 6615-6621 JUN 7 2011.
Formation of Molecular Monolayers on TiO2 Surfaces: A Surface Analogue of the Williamson Ether Synthesis.
Chen, JX; Franking, R; Ruther, RE; Tan, YZ; He, XY; Hogendoorn, SR; Hamers, RJ*.
LANGMUIR 27 (11): 6879-6889 JUN 7 2011.
Sublimation Glassware for the Study of Low-Energy Organic Glasses.
Drier, Tracy*; Zhu, Lei; Yu, Lian.
FUSION 59 (2): 21-23 May 2011.
Local-Mode Approach to Modeling Multidimensional Infrared Spectra of Metal Carbonyls.
Baiz, CR; Kubarych, KJ; Geva, E; Sibert, EL*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 115 (21): 5354-5363 JUN 2 2011.
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Instrument Design, Development, Support, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is seeking an Associate Instrumentation Innovator-Research or Instrumentation Innovator-Research to maintain and upgrade the Department's and individual research groups' scientific instrumentation as well as the computers used for instrument control and data acquisition. The instrument innovator shall in case of instrument malfunction diagnose the extent of the malfunction and carry out in-house repairs or arrange for and oversee outside contract repairs as appropriate. The instrument innovator shall design, fabricate, and install scientific instrumentation or components thereto from original designs. The instrument innovator shall design, fabricate, and install electronic devices to interface computers and instrumentation and write and/or assist users in writing instrument control and data acquisition software. The successful applicant will work closely with individual researchers on their projects, train students, staff, and faculty in the use of advanced research instruments and provide technical instruction and assist in instruction in graduate courses in advanced experimental methods, and work closely with faculty on collaborative and service based projects using research instrumentation for remote operation for research and outreach. Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Chemistry or related STEM fields and 1-2 years of experience in electronics design and fabrication and 1-2 years of experience in computer programming for instrument control and data acquisition. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Chemistry or related STEM fields and 3-4 years experience in electronics design and fabrication and 3-4 years of experience in computer programming for instrument control and data acquisition. To apply online for this position, please see website: https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/6584. In addition to the online materials, applicants should arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent via e-mail to Peter Geissinger (geissing@uwm.edu). Evaluation of applications will begin July 8, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled. UW-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413, PHONE: 414-229-4411, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 3210 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee, WI 53211-3209, FAX: 414-229-5530.
Development Manager-Technical Team Leader, Middleton, WI 53794, Xolve, Inc. Development Manager-Technical Team Leader. Xolve is an early stage nanomaterials company possessing proprietary technology that can determine, for the first time, optimum solvents for a wide range of nanomaterials. By having the technology to make nanoparticles soluble, Xolve can lower the cost of producing these materials, make them perform better and reduce the cost of applying them. The technology has implications across a wide range of industrial and life sciences applications. As an early stage company, Xolve was chosen as one of Business Week's top 30 start-ups and was a national finalist in the Cleantech Open competition. The Company recently completed its first round of equity funding and will be working from a lab in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Xolve has been developing its technical team to complete its proof of concept work in the segments of composite materials, coatings and energy storage (batteries and ultracapacitors). The Company is currently looking for an experienced development manager to lead its initial technical team in this process. Experience with nanomaterials in any of these segments is desired but not required. There is a preference for a chemist or a chemical engineer but this, too, is not an absolute. The successful candidate will have good analytical and experimental skills, be scientifically rigorous and comfortable with a wide range of scientific instrumentation. Most importantly, however, the successful candidate will have experience inleading and motivating technical teams, in communicating to management and corporate boards and in developing the details of a technical project management process and executing it successfully. Xolve offers an opportunity to do cutting edge scientific work with large market potential, a competitive salary and benefits, incentive options and the opportunity to live and work in one of the Nation's top rated medium sized cities. Keywords: Chemistry. Type: Full-time, Permanent. To apply, please e-mail your resume to: biondi@xolve.com or hamilton@xolve.com.
Helmholtz Zentrum München.  PhD Student m/f (2011/1101). Organic micropollutants like pesticides can leach through soil and endanger groundwater. They can be retarded or eliminated through sorption or reaction at biogeochemical interfaces. Compound-specific isotope analysis is an innovative approach to investigate these processes: isotope ratios do not change during transport, but show fractionation during sorption and degradation, due to underlying isotope effects. The advertised position has the goal to systematically investigate sorption isotope effects and compare them with degradation-induced isotope fractionation. Subsequently, isotopic changes of micropollutants will be investigated in soil columns to test the method for applications in natural systems. The project is embedded in the DFG priority program 1315 'Biogeochemical Interfaces in Soil'.
Job Description: Laboratory experiments to investigate the partitioning of organic contaminants between sorptive surfaces and aqueous solution; In parallel, degradation studies; Measurement of concentrations during sorption/degradation with standard methods (HPLC-UV/VIS, GC-FID, GC-MS); Measurement of compound-specific isotope ratios with state-of-the art isotope analysis (GC-IRMS, LC-IRMS); Construction of bench-scale soil columns and flow-through experiments.
Your Qualifications: Diploma or master in chemistry or in environmental sciences with major in chemistry; Strong motivation in environmental processes, in particular the degradation and sorption of groundwater contaminants; Some knowledge about partitioning processes and their discription with polyparameter LFER (Linear free energy relationships); Some experience in Analytical Chemistry, e.g., GC-MS or LC-MS/MS; Strong interest to work in an interdisciplinary research environment, with strong interactions with hydrologists, microbiologists, etc.; Strong motivation for the project, as well as to work with others in a team.
Our Offer: Working in an innovative, well- equipped and scientifically stimulating surrounding; Further training opportunities; Initial short-term employment contract for three years with a standard public service salary (TVöD EG 13 50 %).
The Helmholtz Zentrum München as holder of the Bavarian Advancement of Women Prize and of the Total E-Quality Certificate is striving to increase the overall proportion of women on its staff and thus expressly urges qualified women to apply. Please send your application via e-mail to: Dr. Martin Elsner, e-mail: martin.elsner@helmholtz-muenchen.de. Helmholtz Zentrum München, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH), Ingolstädter Landstr. 1, 85764 Neuherberg, http://www.helmholtz-muenchen.de, Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende: MinDir in Bärbel Brumme-Bothe, Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. Günther Wess und Dr. Nikolaus Blum, Registergericht: Amtsgericht München HRB 6466, USt-IdNr: DE 129521671.
Northern Arizona University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, lecturer position. Applications are invited for a full time lecturer who can provide quality instruction in organic and general chemistry. The position is a non-tenured appointment beginning August 22, 2011. The position may be renewed pending satisfactory job performance, availability of funding, and program needs. The individual will be expected to teach organic and general chemistry and oversee teaching assistants in advanced organic and general chemistry labs. Minimum qualifications are an earned PhD in chemistry or a closely related discipline by August 2011. Preference will be given to applicants with one or more years of teaching experience at the college level, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and experience working and interacting with diverse cultures. Applications must include a CV, a brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a cover letter addressing the job description and preferred qualifications, and three letters of recommendations. Send application materials to Organic Lecturer Search Committee Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Box 5698 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698. Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Northern Arizona University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please note that a background check is a requirement of employment. For more information, contact Marin Robinson, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 958-523-3008, marin.robinson@nau.edu, or visit the department website at http://www.nau.edu/chem. See http://www.nau.edu/hr for full position announcement.
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