UW-Madison Department of ChemistryNewsletter for 3/5/2012

XXXVI - No. 8 March 5th, 2012

Song Jin & Thomas Brunold Win Vilas Awards
Associate Professor Song Jin and Professor Tom Brunold have won Vilas Associate's Awards. They won an intense competition on the UW-Madison campus for a very small number of these awards. Congratulations, Song and Thomas!
Keutsch & Mahanthappa Recommended for Promotion with Tenure
We are delighted to announce that the Physical Sciences Divisional Committee has recommended promotion with tenure for Frank Keutsch and for Mahesh Mahanthappa. We are really lucky to have such outstanding colleagues in our department. Congratulations to both!
2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 13th, 2012 April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012

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

March 6th, 2012 March 20th, 2012 April 17th, 2012
May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)  

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 - Organic - Chemical Biology Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Saghatelian, Harvard University. "The Regulation and Discovery of Bioactive Peptides"
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Weitao Yang, Duke University. "The Wonder of Electron Density: From Fractional Charges, Fractional Spins to Non-covalent Interactions of Macromolecules"
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Leni Bascones, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). "Magnetic Interactions and Anisotropies in Iron Superconductors"
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Jackson, University of Kansas. "Is Manganese a Poor Man's Iron? Peroxo- and Oxomanganese Complexes and Their Biological Relevance"
Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zoe Samer, McMahon Group.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Michael Galperin, University of California, San Diego. "Raman Scattering in Molecular Junctions"
Thursday, March 8th, 2012 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering Building. Henry A. Sodano, PhD, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida. "Functionally Graded Interfaces in Composites Via Nanowire Coated Fibers"
Friday, March 9th, 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Patricia Cleary, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, University of Wisconsin Parkside. "Evaluation of the Ozone Distribution Over Lake Michigan From Routine Ferry Observations"
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Yirong Mo, Western Michigan University. "Block-Localized Wavefunction (BLW) Method and its Applications"
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies.
National Research Council Fellowships
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website: http://www.nationalacademies.org/rap. Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or rap@nas.edu.
There are four annual review cycles.
Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1.
Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1.
Review Cycle: November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1.
Review Cycle: February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1.
Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.
Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program
Postdoctoral Training in Molecular Imaging of Cancer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. Program Director: Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD. The Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) Program is a diverse training program bringing together more than thirteen Departments, predominantly from the Stanford Schools of Medicine and Engineering, in order to train the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders in molecular imaging. Oncologic molecular imaging is a rapidly growing area within molecular imaging which combines the disciplines of chemistry, cell/molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, physics, bioengineering, imaging sciences, and clinical medicine to advance cancer research, diagnosis, and management. SMIS fellows will conduct innovative research in cancer imaging under the supervision of two faculty mentors from complementary fields, in a comprehensive, integrated, flexible program (up to 3 years). Funding is available for stipend, supplies, and travel. Application Deadline: May 7, 2012 for a start date in September 2012 Applicants must have a PhD or MD and must be US citizens or permanent residents. Inquiries to: Sofia Gonzales, (650) 724-9139; sofias@stanford.edu. More information: http://mips.stanford.edu/grants/smis/.
Ferric, not ferrous, heme activates RNA-binding protein DGCR8 for primary microRNA processing.
Barr, I; Smith, AT; Chen, YQ; Senturia, R; Burstyn, JN*; Guo, F.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (6):1919-1924; 10.1073/pnas.1114514109 FEB 7 2012.
Assessing Metal-Metal Multiple Bonds in Cr-Cr, Mo-Mo, and W-W Compounds and a Hypothetical U-U Compound: A Quantum Chemical Study Comparing DFT and Multireference Methods.
Manni, GL; Dzubak, AL; Mulla, A; Brogden, DW; Berry, JF*; Gagliardi, L.
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 18 (6):1737-1749; 10.1002/chem.201103096 FEB 2012.
Jahn-Teller distortion, ferromagnetic coupling, and electron delocalization in a high-spin Fe-Fe bonded dimer.
Timmer, GH; Berry, JF*.
COMPTES RENDUS CHIMIE, 15 (2-3):192-201; SI 10.1016/j.crci.2011.09.001 FEB-MAR 2012.
Pressure-Induced Structural Transformations of ZnO Nanowires Probed by X-ray Diffraction.
Dong, ZH; Zhuravlev, KK; Morin, SA; Li, LS; Jin, S*; Song, Y.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 116 (3):2102-2107; SI 10.1021/jp205467h JAN 26 2012.
Many-body effects are essential in a physically motivated CO2 force field.
Yu, K; Schmidt, JR*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 136 (3):10.1063/1.3672810 JAN 21 2012.
Ab Initio, Physically Motivated Force Fields for CO2 Adsorption in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks.
McDaniel, JG; Yu, K; Schmidt, JR*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 116 (2):1892-1903; 10.1021/jp209335y JAN 19 2012.
The role of three-center/four-electron bonds in superelectrophilic dirhodium carbene and nitrene catalytic intermediates.
Berry, JF*.
DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 41 (3):700-713; 10.1039/c1dt11434d 2012.
Comparing surface and bulk flow of a molecular glass former.
Daley, CR; Fakhraai, Z; Ediger, MD*; Forrest, JA.
SOFT MATTER, 8 (7):2206-2212; 10.1039/c2sm06826e 2012.
Polydispersity-driven shift in the lamellar mesophase composition window of PEO-PB-PEO triblock copolymers.
Schmitt, AL; Mahanthappa, MK*.
SOFT MATTER, 8 (7):2294-2303; 10.1039/c2sm07041c 2012.
A Processive Carbohydrate Polymerase That Mediates Bifunctional Catalysis Using a Single Active Site.
May, JF; Levengood, MR; Splain, RA; Brown, CD; Kiessling, LL*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 51 (6):1148-1159; 10.1021/bi201820p FEB 14 2012.
Characterization of Degradable Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Fabricated Using DNA and a Fluorescently-Labeled Poly(beta-amino ester): Shedding Light on the Role of the Cationic Polymer in Promoting Surface-Mediated Gene Delivery.
Bechler, SL; Lynn, DM*.
BIOMACROMOLECULES, 13 (2):542-552; 10.1021/bm2016338 FEB 2012.
C-Terminal Functionalization of Nylon-3 Polymers: Effects of C-Terminal Groups on Antibacterial and Hemolytic Activities.
Zhang, JH; Markiewicz, MJ; Mowery, BP; Weisblurn, B; Stahl, SS*; Gellman, SH*.
BIOMACROMOLECULES, 13 (2):323-331; 10.1021/bm2013058 FEB 2012.
Chemically Directed Assembly of Photoactive Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Heterojunctions via the Copper-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition "Click" Reaction.
Cardiel, AC; Benson, MC; Bishop, LM; Louis, KM; Yeager, JC; Tan, YZ; Hamers, RJ*.
ACS NANO, 6 (1):310-318; 10.1021/nn203585r JAN 2012.
Direct aerobic alpha,beta-dehydrogenation of aldehydes and ketones with a Pd (TFA)(2)/4,5-diazafluorenone catalyst.
Diao, TN; Wadzinski, TJ; Stahl, SS*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 3 (3):887-891; 10.1039/c1sc00724f 2012.
Residue-Specific Contact Order and Contact Breadth in Single-Domain Proteins: Implication for Folding as a Function of Chain Elongation (vol 24, pg 570, 2011).
Kurt, N; Mounce, BC; Ellison, PA; Cavagnero, S*.
BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRESS, 28 (1):297-297; 10.1002/btpr.1511 JAN-FEB 2012.
Quinoxalinone inhibitors of the lectin DC-SIGN.
Mangold, SL; Prost, LR; Kiessling, LL*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 3 (3):772-777; 10.1039/c2sc00767c 2012.
alpha,beta-Unsaturated imines via Ru-catalyzed coupling of allylic alcohols and amines.
Rigoli, JW; Moyer, SA; Pearce, SD; Schomaker, JM*.
ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY, 10 (9):1746-1749; 10.1039/c2ob06921k 2012.
Amino acid vinyl esters: a new monomer palette for degradable polycationic materials.
Thomas, GB; Lipscomb, CE; Mahanthappa, MK*.
POLYMER CHEMISTRY, 3 (3):741-750; 10.1039/c2py00531j 2012.
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Chemistry: Visiting Faculty, two positions. Augustana invites applications for two visiting teaching positions in General Chemistry, to begin with the 2012   2013 academic year. Teaching duties would include General Chemistry lecture and lab. The candidate must have earned a Ph.D. (or be ABD) in Chemistry or a related field. Questions may be directed to the chair of the department, Mary Ellen Biggin at: MaryEllenBiggin@augustana.edu. Faculty application procedures You must provide the following information:
     •    letter of application
     •    curriculum vitae
     •    statement of teaching philosophy
     •    evidence of teaching effectiveness
     •    graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies are fine)
     •    three letters of recommendation
All application materials should be submitted to: Search #116-12 Chem/Visiting C/O Dr. Margaret Farrar, Associate Dean of the College Augustana College 639 - 38th Street Rock Island, IL 61201. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2012.
Western State College of Colorado invites applications for a temporary position in Chemistry. We would appreciate you sharing the enclosed advertisement with upcoming and recent graduates or  post-docs who might be interested.  The successful candidate will have special interest in biochemistry and will be capable of teaching the following courses: introductory chemistry, general chemistry, and biochemistry. The position includes assessment, lab preparations and duties as assigned.  The full job description and application details are available at: http://www.western.edu/jobs/. Our program in chemistry has approximately 25 majors, a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum, and three full-time faculty members. Please visit our website:  http://www.western.edu/chemistry . This position provides a great opportunity to obtain experience teaching at a small liberal arts college in a supportive environment.  The chemistry faculty are willing and excited to work with this new colleague.  We have experience using WebCT, CPR, and ConcepTests. Western is a residential, four-year public undergraduate college with an enrollment of 2,400 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized undergraduate education with the liberal arts as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. The college is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides significant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Contact: Anne W. Ryter, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Natural and Environmental Science, Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81231, phone: 970.943.7098.
Tufts University, Postdoctoral training for academic careers in Biomedical research. Fellowships are available in the Training in Edcation and Critical Research Skills Program (TEACRS) at Tufts University. This NIH-funded program is designed to prepare talented postdoctoral trainees with the career skills needed to succeed in an academic biomedical research.  Trainees will spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities that will help them manage the multiple demands of a faculty position. Opportunities are available in a wide range of biomedical research disciplines.  Teaching skills will be developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training will be supplemented by workshops and seminars on teaching methods, career opportunities in academia, and essential skills such as grant writing, mentoring, lab management and scientific presentations. The training components are sequenced to allow trainees to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences.   TEACRS fellows receive up to three years of salary support and a yearly travel allowance. They will complete our program ready to manage a successful research program, teach, and balance the multi-faceted demands inherent in a career as an academic scientist. The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2012 is April 2. However, later applications will be considered if positions are available.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with less than three years of
postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. Commitment to the goals of the program, strong academic and research credentials and an interest in teaching and mentoring will be important criteria used in the selection process. For additional information on the TEACRS program and application procedures, please contact the Program Director, Claire Moore (Claire.moore@tufts.edu) or visit our website at: http://www.tufts.edu/sackler/teacrs.
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