UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 8/19/2013

XXXVII - No. 24 August 19th, 2013

Nitasha Bennett, a graduate student in the Kiessling group, was also selected to participate in the 2013 Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the Division of Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, held at the University of Delaware 25-28 July. Speakers at this Symposium are selected based on a national competition. Congratulations Nitasha!!
We're very pleased to announce that Heather Turner has joined the staff in the Undergraduate Chemistry Office! Heather joins Joe Wright in the office and both are full-time Undergraduate Services Specialists. Together they will support the numerous activities of the Undergrad Office.
Heather recently moved to Madison from Texas, where she earned a BA degree from Baylor University with a concentration in classics. After graduating, she spent some time working in the Department of Foreign Languages at Baylor, where her duties were not all that different from what she will be doing here with us.
We are very excited to have Heather here! Please stop by sometime to welcome her to the department.
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


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"
Anchored at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, with additional locations all around the state, the festival welcomes people of all ages to look, listen, feel, touch, taste and discover the wonders of all aspects of the sciences. The festival is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m., Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri will introduce Science Friday's Ira Flatow, who will give the festival's keynote address in the WID Forum before broadcasting his radio program live on Friday (details on the live show will be available about a week before broadcast).
On Saturday, September 28 at 10 a.m., Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Dr. Rodney Schreiner will be joined by special guest Roald Hoffmann for a Science is Fun presentation in 1351 Chemistry.
For details on these and all the festival offerings, visit: www.wisconsinsciencefest.org.
We are writing to invite you and your students to join us for the 40th Annual Conference of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, which will be held October 1-4 in Indianapolis.

For your students the conference offers:

  • A one-day Career Fair featuring more than 60 Fortune 500 companies and government agencies looking for immediate STEM hires, as well as a range of universities offering Graduate and Post-Graduate opportunities. Students can submit their resumes in advance and many employers will be conducing onsite interviews.
  • The opportunity to meet and spend significant time with mentors from a wide range of STEM-related fields.
  • A chance to meet and interact with other students.
  • An array of student development sessions including:  Interactive Resume Writing; Interviewing and Negotiating Your Job Offer; and a Graduate School Recruiters Panel.
  • Tour of a Major Pharmaceutical company.

For you the conference offers:

  • The chance to help your students achieve their full potential.
  • The opportunity to attend technical sessions, plenaries and workshops on the latest topics in the STEM fields.
  • A chance to network with senior level personnel from industry and government.

Any school that registers 5 paid students will receive one faculty admission at the student rate.  Schools registering 10 paid students or more will receive two faculty registrations at the student rate. A member of our planning team will be following up with you shortly to answer any questions.  In the meantime feel free to visit www.nobcche.org for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your students at the conference!
Register at: https://www.nobcche.org/conference-registration-options.
The Adhesion Society, 37th Annual Meeting. February 23-26, 2014. Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego, CA.
Share Your Knowledge and Ideas!
The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held February 23-26, 2014 at the Bahia Resort Hotel. This four day event also offers a two-day short course, poster session, exhibition, student award symposium and concurrent technical sessions. Presentations for the meeting are solicited for all areas of adhesion science and technology with emphasis on:
Continuing Themes of the Adhesion Society:
     •    Structural Adhesives
     •    Soft Adhesives (Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, Elastomers)
     •    Contact Mechanics and Fracture
     •    Particle Adhesion
Special Topics and Emerging Areas:
     •    Adhesion in Electronics
     •    Adhesion for Biomedical Technology
     •    Water Based Adhesives and Bonding in Aqueous Environments
     •    Multifunctional Adhesives
     •    Bioinspired and Bioderived Adhesives and Phenomena
     •    Composite Bonding
     •    Novel Chemistry for Adhesion
     •    3D Printing for Next Generation Adhesive Design and Performance
     •    New Directions in Adhesive Bonding Characterization
If you wish to participate, we encourage you to submit an abstract. Abstracts must be submitted online at: www.adhesionsociety.org on or before Friday, September 13, 2013.

Sub-millisecond Chain Collapse of the Escherichia coli Globin ApoHmpH.
Zhu, L; Kurt, N; Choi, J; Lapidus, LJ; Cavagnero, S*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (26):7868-7877; 10.1021/jp400174e JUL 4 2013.
Palladium-Catalyzed Intermolecular Aminoacetoxylation of Alkenes and the Influence of Phl(OAc)(2) on Aminopalladation Stereoselectivity.
Martinez, C; Wu, YC; Weinstein, AB; Stahl, SS*; Liu, GS; Muniz, K.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 78 (12):6309-6315; 10.1021/jo400671q JUN 21 2013.
Dynamics of two-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional polymers.
Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138 (23):10.1063/1.4810755 JUN 21 2013.
The influence of translational and vibrational energy on the reaction of Cl with CH3D.
Berke, AE; Volpa, EH; Annesley, CJ; Crim, FF*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138 (22):10.1063/1.4808378 JUN 14 2013.
Bulk and Thin Film Morphological Behavior of Broad Dispersity Poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) Diblock Copolymers.
Widin, JM; Kim, M; Schmitt, AK; Han, E; Gopalan, P*; Mahanthappa, MK*.
MACROMOLECULES, 46 (11):4472-4480; 10.1021/ma4004538 JUN 11 2013.
A General Method To Measure the Hall Effect in Nanowires: Examples of FeS2 and MnSi.
DeGrave, JP; Liang, D; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS, 13 (6):2704-2709; 10.1021/nl400875z JUN 2013.
A convenient, high-yielding, chromatography-free method for the insertion of transition metal acetates into porphyrins.
Yao, SA; Hansen, CB; Berry, JF*.
POLYHEDRON, 58 2-6; SI 10.1016/j.poly.2012.05.038 JUL 13 2013.
Fully Coherent Triple Sum Frequency Spectroscopy of a Benzene Fermi Resonance.
Boyle, ES; Pakoulev, AV; Wright, JC*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 117 (27):5578-5588; 10.1021/jp404713x JUL 11 2013.
Synthesis of Highly Fluorescent Diquinaldinatoalumino Silole Derivatives.
Pusztai, E; Jang, S; Toulokhonova, IS; Guzei, IA*; West, R*; Hu, RR; Tang, BZ.
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 19 (27):8742-8745; 10.1002/chem.201300728 JUL 2013.
UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase in Nematodes.
Wesener, DA; May, JF; Huffman, EM; Kiessling, LL*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 52 (25):4391-4398; 10.1021/bi400264d JUN 25 2013.
Electrostatic Effect of the Ribosomal Surface on Nascent Polypeptide Dynamics.
Knight, AM; Culviner, PH; Kurt-Yilmaz, N; Zou, TS; Ozkan, SB; Cavagnero, S*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 8 (6):1195-1204; 10.1021/cb400030n JUN 2013.
Fusion of poly(vinyl acetate-b-vinyl alcohol) spherical micelles in water induced by poly(ethylene oxide).
Repollet-Pedrosa, MH; Mahanthappa, MK*.
SOFT MATTER, 9 (32):7684-7687; 10.1039/c3sm51371h 2013.
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The Department of Chemistry at Southeast Missouri State University is seeking to fill two tenure track assistant professor positions in (1) Organic Chemistry and (2) Physical Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry. Both positions will begin August 1, 2014. Primary responsibilities include: Teaching courses in area of specialization, general chemistry, and other courses as needed; establishing a productive research program to support our undergraduate and graduate degree programs; and supporting the committee structure of both the department and university. Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in (1) Organic Chemistry and (2) either Physical Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry, or related fields. Review of applications for both positions will begin September 23, 2013. The full position announcement with information on how to apply may be viewed in an upcoming August edition of Chemical and Engineering News or at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/semoedu/default.cfm?promotionaljobs=1. Contact: Philip W. Crawford, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701, phone: (573)-651-2166.
Chemistry/Science Education, Western Washington University. Applications are invited for one tenure track position at the assistant or associate professor levels in chemistry with a specialization in science education. This will be a joint appointment between the chemistry department and the Science, Math and Technology Education (SMATE) program at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, WA, beginning September 2014. The chemistry department and SMATE program are committed to WWU's goal of recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, and welcome applications from diverse candidates. The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in education and research by teaching chemistry and teacher preparation courses as well as leading an active research program in science education. A Ph.D. by hire date is required. Please see the full position announcement for all required and preferred qualifications: https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=4318).
To apply, submit a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans to: WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment https://jobs.wwu.edu/LoginPage.aspx?JPID=4318. Candidates wishing to be considered for an associate professor appointment should indicate such in their cover letter. In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be mailed to: chemSMATEsearch@wwu.edu or Western Washington University, 516 High St MS 9150, Bellingham, WA 98225.  Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Emily Borda at (360) 650-3135 or bordae@wwu.edu. WWU is an AA/EO employer. For disability accommodation call (360) 650-3774. Review of applications begins September 30, 2013; position open until filled.
The Department of Chemistry at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Organic Chemistry starting September 2014. All areas of Organic Chemistry will be considered. Experience in synthesis, computational methods, and/or in material science will be viewed favorably. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the Introductory and Organic Chemistry sequences. The successful applicant will join a research active undergraduate program. A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or equivalent training is required. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable. The Shared Passages Seminar Program is a relatively new curricular offering within the K-Plan and candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this college-wide educational program. Candidates who have experience with programs and pedagogical approaches that are especially effective in attracting and retaining women and students of color in the discipline are especially encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will begin October 7 and will continue until the position is filled.  A cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, summary of scholarly interests and research plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and three letters of recommendation are required. All application materials should be addressed to: Prof. Greg Slough, Chair of Organic Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295 and submitted in PDF form at: https://www.kzoo.edu/chemistry/search/. Three letters of recommendation should be sent in PDF form to: chemistrySearch@kzoo.edu.
For more information, see our home page at http://kzoo.edu/ and departmental web site at: https://reason.kzoo.edu/chem/. Kalamazoo College desires applicants who are committed to promoting access and success for all students, and strongly encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to identify themselves if they wish.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral Research Associate. UW School of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Division/Drug Discovery Core. Begin Dates: Immediate. Contact Name: Jiaoyang Jiang, PhD, Assistant Professor. Contact Phone: 608-265-6732, Contact Email: jjiang@pharmacy.wisc.edu.
Requirements: We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral position in Dr. Jiang's laboratory at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, School of Pharmacy. Our research focuses on the discovery of new chemical probes for elucidating the roles of protein glycosylation in transcriptional regulation. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated team of researchers with access to multidisciplinary collaborations. Further information can be found at the page: http://apps.pharmacy.wisc.edu/sopdir/713.
Job Duties: An ideal candidate will undertake a project that applies multidisciplinary approaches (e.g., enzymology, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, high-throughput screening, cell biology) to study the roles of protein glycosylation in epigenetic regulation. Highly motivated candidates with PhD degrees in structural biology, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cellular biology or related field are encouraged to apply. Please send CV and the contact information of three references to: Dr. Jiang at: jjiang@pharmacy.wisc.edu. Deadline: Open until filled
Post doc at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX with Nancy Mills. My research involves the preparation and characterization of antiaromatic hydrocarbon dications and dianions (cf. JOC, 2013, 78, 4629-4641, Pure Appl Chem., 2012, 1101-1112;  JOC, 2011, 76, 5539-5546; JOC, 2011, 76, 2286-2290; JOC, 2011, 76, 645-653; JOC, 2011, 76, 181-187; Org. Lett. , 2008, 10, 5605-5608; JACS 2008, 130, 14883-14890; JACS 2008, 130, 10179-10186.).  For this research, I received the ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution in 2013.
Experience in synthesis as well as a willingness to direct undergraduate researchers is required. The position will involve ~85% research/15% teaching (depending on departmental needs). The department is particularly well-equipped for an undergraduate institution, including in its instrument holdings, Varian 500 MHz (2010) and Varian Mercury 300 MHz NMR spectrometers, an LC/mass spectrometer, two gc/mass spectrometers, three FT-IR spectrometers, four Hitachi uv/vis spectrometers, and a number of computer workstations. In January 2012 we moved into a new $127M science building.
Applications should include undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of why this position is of value to the applicant. The position will remain open until filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply soon. Contact: Nancy Mills, Ph. D., Murchison Professor, Department of Chemistry, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX  78212-7200, phone: 210-999-7317, fax: 210-999-756.
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