UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 8/05/2013

XXXVII - No. 23 August 5th, 2013


David Mortenson, a graduate student in the Gellman group, has been selected to participate in the 2013 Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, to be held at the University of Delaware 25-28 July. Speakers at this Symposium are selected based on a national competition. Congratulations David!!
2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Sept. 17, 2013 Oct. 8th, 2013 Nov. 12, 2013 Dec. 10, 2013
Feb. 11, 2014 Mar. 11, 2014 Apr. 15, 2014 May 13, 2014

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

Sept. 3, 2013 Sept. 24, 2013 Oct. 1, 2013 Oct. 15, 2013
Nov. 5, 2013 Nov. 19, 2013 Dec. 3, 2013 Dec. 17, 2013
Jan. 21, 2014 Feb. 4, 2014 Feb. 18, 2014 Mar. 4, 2014
Mar. 25, 2014 Apr. 22, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 20, 2014


Thursday, August 8th, 2013 - Department, Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Charles C. Han, Institute of Chemistry, CAS "Effect of Dynamic Asymmetry on the Crystallization and Phase Separation in Polymer Blends"
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Chemistry Faculty, UW Madison "Faculty Presentations for First-Year Graduate Students"
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 - Department Special Event, 9:00 am, , 9:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. "Faculty presentations for 1st year graduate students"
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 - Department Special Event, 9:00 am, , 9:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. "Faculty presentations for 1st year graduate students"
Friday, August 23rd, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Special Event, 5:00 pm, Garner Park. "PChem Picnic"
Saturday, August 31st, 2013 - Department Special Event, 12:00 pm, Rennebohm Park. GSFLC, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Snout Out Picnic"
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patrick Charbonneau, Duke University "High-dimensional surprises near the glass and the jamming transitions"
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Bart Bartlett, University of Michigan "Material Seminar"
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 5:00 pm, "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting (Indianapolis)"
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 4:00 pm, 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University "Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting: the Magic of Microfluidics"
Friday, September 13th, 2013 - Department Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University "Discipline-Based Education Research: An NRC Report from an Emerging Field ChemEd Series"
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Merz, University of Florida "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Christian Hackenberger, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin "Chemoselective Synthesis of Functional Peptides and Proteins"
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Guy Bertrand, University of California, Riverside "TBD"
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jorg Wrachtrup, University of Stuttgart "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Matt Sigman, The University of Utah "Organic seminar"
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Cliff Kubiak, University of California, San Diego "TBD"
Friday, September 27th, 2013 - General Outreach, 9:00 am, Discovery Building. Tracy Drier, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Wisconsin Science Festival"
Friday, September 27th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Prof. Marion O'Leary - Dean Emeritus, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University - Sacramento ""Musical Milestones: My Tale of Science and Music""
Friday, September 27th, 2013 - General Colloquium, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University "Title to be announced"
Advancing the careers of physical, chemical or computational science researchers and engineers whose work addresses biological questions. Preproposal Deadline: September 3, 2013.
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first years of faculty service.  Awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences and engineers whose work addresses biological questions.
These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents. Eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal by September 3, 2013.
Preproposals will be reviewed by the Interfaces in Science Advisory Committee and selected candidates will be invited to submit a full application. Full invited applications must be submitted by January 9, 2014.
See our video: http://www.youtube.com/embed/7BUCJzQJoxg.
For full grant details, see: bwfund.org/casi.
The Graduate School's Integrating Research Ethics and Scholarship (IRES) Fellows Program is inviting applications for 2013-2014 from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines.  Fellows will explore ethical issues in research/scholarship as part of an interdisciplinary community, learn ethics education-related pedagogies, and assume leadership for providing high-quality educational events for their department and campus. The IRES Fellows Program offers graduate students and postdoctoral researchers an exceptional opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and facilitation skills by: (a) becoming a departmental resource for issues related to research ethics; (b) teaching and leading a small group discussion to your peers; and (c) designing, implementing, and assessing one research ethics event for your department and two for campus. Through participation in the program, fellows will learn foundational research ethics common to all disciplines with a small cohort and get to know researchers from other disciplines through participation in workshops and brown bag seminars.
Application Deadline: August 20, 2013.
Graduate students who have completed at least one semester of graduate school and postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Fellows selected to participate will receive $1,250 stipend each semester ($2500 total) for the 2013-2014 academic year. Fellows must participate in all activities in the fall and spring semesters. Responsibilities include:
     •    Participate in weekly seminars that address research ethics related issues.  Fellows will meet from
          8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013- Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
     •    Work with other fellows to plan an event open to the campus community.
     •    Attend half-day retreat on Friday, January 24, 2014.
     •    Work with other fellows to plan an event open to the campus community.
     •    Create and implement a research ethics event for your department. For example, fellows may lead a
           discussion of case studies relevant to their field during a regularly scheduled departmental colloquium.
     •    Attend and evaluate one event designed and implemented by another fellow.
Application Materials: For more information or application materials, please visit: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/ethics/iresfellows.html.
Please submit completed application materials to: ires@grad.wisc.edu.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact  hnmcfadden@grad.wisc.edu. Completed applications are due August 20, 2013. The program will begin September 17, 2013.

A simple but effective modeling strategy for structural properties of non-heme Fe(II) sites in proteins: Test of force field models and application to proteins in the AlkB family.
Pang, XQ; Han, KL; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY, 34 (19):1620-1635; 10.1002/jcc.23305 JUL 15 2013.
MALDI mass spectrometry-assisted molecular imaging of metabolites during nitrogen fixation in the Medicago truncatula-Sinorhizobium meliloti symbiosis.
Ye, H; Gemperline, E; Venkateshwaran, M; Chen, RB; Delaux, PM; Howes-Podoll, M; Ane, JM; Li, LJ*.
PLANT JOURNAL, 75 (1):130-145; 10.1111/tpj.12191 JUL 2013.
Earth-Abundant Cobalt Pyrite (CoS2) Thin Film on Glass as a Robust, High-Performance Counter Electrode for Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cells.
Faber, MS; Park, K; Caban-Acevedo, M; Santra, PK; Jin, S*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 4 (11):1843-1849; 10.1021/jz400642e JUN 6 2013.
Stereocontrolled Synthesis of 1,3-Diamino-2-ols by Aminohydroxylation of Bicyclic Methylene-Aziridines.
Weatherly, CD; Guzei, IA*; Schomaker, JM*.
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, (18):3667-3670; 10.1002/ejoc.201300416 JUN 2013.
Neutron Encoded Labeling for Peptide Identification.
Rose, CM; Merrill, AE; Bailey, DJ; Hebert, AS; Westphall, MS; Coon, JJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 85 (10):5129-5137; 10.1021/ac400476w MAY 21 2013.
Advanced Proteomic Analyses Yield a Deep Catalog of Ubiquitylation Targets in Arabidopsis.
Kim, DY; Scalf, M; Smith, LM*; Vierstra, RD.
PLANT CELL, 25 (5):1523-1540; 10.1105/tpc.112.108613 MAY 2013.
The Joy Of Chemistry.
Hoffmann, R; Shakhashiri, BZ*.
CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS, 91 (27):3-3; JUL 8 2013.
A vision for better health: Mass spectrometry imaging for clinical diagnostics.
Ye, H; Gemperline, E; Li, LJ*.
CLINICA CHIMICA ACTA, 420 11-22; SI 10.1016/j.cca.2012.10.018 MAY 2013.
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Inorganic Chemistry Faculty Position, Wellesley College. The Wellesley College Chemistry Department invites qualified applicants to apply for a tenure-track position in inorganic chemistry, preferably at the starting Assistant Professor level, to begin in the Fall of 2014. To be considered, applicants must have a PhD in inorganic chemistry or related area; post-doctoral experience is preferred but not required. The successful applicant will teach the advanced inorganic chemistry course, and in the introductory chemistry sequence. Opportunities to teach special topics and other courses in Chemistry and to teach in interdepartmental programs such as the Environmental Studies Program, the Writing Program, or the First-Year Seminar Program also exist. Research specialization is open and broadly defined, but with some preference for inorganic synthesis, physical characterizations of inorganic systems, materials related to inorganic chemistry, or environmental/green chemistry.  The Chemistry Department is strongly committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship, and to providing our students with the best possible research experiences. Interested individuals should submit the following materials electronically to: https://career.wellesley.edu/ by September 15, 2013.
     •    A cover letter detailing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for applying for the position;
     •    A current curriculum vita;
     •    A description of teaching experience and interests;
     •    A description of research plans for the future;
     •    At least three letters of reference from individual familiar with the applicant's scientific background
          and character (The online application will request;
     •    names/email address so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.)
If circumstances make it impossible to submit materials online, please email working@wellesley.edu. Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply. General questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Adele Wolfson: (awolfson@wellesley.edu).

NIH-IRACDA Post-doctoral Training Program: Collaborative Opportunities for Research Educators, (CORE) at the University of Texas at Austin. Application for Summer/Fall 2013. Application Deadline: open.
NIH-Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards(IRACDA) Program. The purpose of the IRACDA program is to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical and behavioral scientists to address the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. The program promotes consortia between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission and a demonstrated commitment to providing training, encouragement and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. Other goals are to provide a resource to motivate the next generation of scientists at partner institutions and to promote linkages between RIIs and partner institutions that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching. The program must have a strong research base and the mentored research experience must fall within the scope of the NIGMS mission.
The total project period may not exceed 5 years and projects are renewable. Institutions that receive awards may recruit and select candidates directly into their programs rather than submitting a separate application on behalf of each prospective candidate. Applicants may request salary and fringe benefits to support the full-time effort of the candidates for up to 3 years, as well as funds for tuition, fees and books related to career development; supplies and other research expenses; and travel to one training or scientific meeting per year. Funds may also be requested to support mentored teaching activities at the partner institution and program administration. Collaborative Opportunities for Research Educators (CORE) at UT-Austin. This recently funded NIH-IRACDA program "Collaborative Opportunities for Research Educators" (CORE) builds on emerging research strengths of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and academic excellence at UT-Austin and two minority-serving undergraduate partner institutions, including St Edward's University and Southwestern University. This program will train the next generation of future scientific leaders to pursue academic careers in biomedical science and also foster changes in science education by implementing a new paradigm for research-centric learning at the undergraduate level. The educational component is modeled on an innovative program established at UT-Austin termed the Freshman Research Initiative that couples intensive training and research-focused mentoring of freshmen with integrated transition into thematic research streams. The four major cornerstones of our program include: i) post-doctoral participation in NIH-supported research projects at UT-Austin, ii) development of collaborative research opportunities between UT-Austin and two local undergraduate institutions, iii) training of the post-doctoral fellows as research-educators, and iv) translation of research-oriented training at the freshmen level to the partner undergraduate institutions. A lasting impact of our program is the dynamic merging of post-doctoral and undergraduate research with the hypothesis that cultivating research-intensive education at the undergraduate level will enhance recruitment and retention of under-represented students in science. Three to five postdoctoral fellows will be recruited each year, with each postdoctoral term spanning two to three years. The CORE program will provide other professional development activities that include a CORE boot camp, a Journey to Academia workshop, a grantsmanship workshop, training in the responsible conduct of research, development of labspecific safety practices, a spring symposium to facilitate networking opportunities, an internal grant competition for the postdoctoral fellows to gain support for their own undergraduate research projects, a lecture videotaping session, and a series on lab management. A target of 50% minority participation, as well as 50% female participation, has been established for the proposed CORE program and qualified applicants are those who have completed a doctorate in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a closely related field and express a strong interest in academic careers.
Required elements of the application:
     •    CV including a list of published, accepted, and submitted peer-reviewed manuscripts. Please do not
          include "manuscript in preparation" . Please include your undergraduate and graduate GPAs.
     •    A personal statement (1-2 double spaced pages) describing your research and teaching experience,
          research and teaching interests, participation in outreach activities as an undergraduate or graduate
          student, specific faculty mentors of interest at UT Austin, and future career goal(s).
     •    Two letters of recommendation which may be submitted by email to:
E-mail: jbrodbelt@cm.utexas.edu or: Jenny Brodbelt, PhD, Department of Chemistry, 1 University Station
A5300, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712.

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