UW Madison Chemistry Department Newsletter 3/08/2010

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XXXIV - No. 8 March 8st, 2010

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WISL $500 Graduate Student Awards to Promote Communicating Chemistry
The dual mission of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) is to promote literacy in science, mathematics and technology among the general public and to attract future generations to careers in research, teaching and public service. At the March 5, 2010 Chemistry Department Colloquium, WISL director Bassam Z. Shakhashiri encouraged all Ph.D. chemistry candidates to include a chapter in their Ph.D. thesis communicating their research to non-specialists. He announced that beginning immediately, cash awards of $500 will be given to the first 10 individuals whose Ph.D. thesis includes such a chapter. The goal is to explain the candidate's scholarly research and its significance to a wider audience that includes family members, friends, civic groups, newspaper reporters, state legislators, and members of the U.S. Congress. When the thesis is deposited with the Graduate School, a copy should be given also to Professor Shakhashiri, and WISL will assist in the public dissemination of its contributions. As the number of contributions increases, WISL will be seeking to increase the number of these awards.
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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 30th, 2010 April 20th, 2010
May 11th, 2010

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

March 9th, 2010 April 6th, 2010
April 13th, 2010 May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana. "The Prospect of Molecular Prosthetics: Small Molecules with Protein-Like Functions"
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine. "Super-Resolution Fluorescence Imaging of Intracellular Structure and Dynamics"
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - R.G. Herb Condensed Matter Seminars, 11:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Naomi Ginsberg, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "Ultrafast Physics in Photosynthesis: Mapping Sub-Nanometer Energy Flow"
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shawn Burdette, University of Connecticut.
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Friday, March 12th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Edward Kravitz, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School. "Genetic Manipulations in the Fruit Fly Flight Club: Sex and War in a Single Gene and Other Stories"
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy H. Warren, Georgetown University.
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Weber - Mahanthappa Group.
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 1116 Rennebohm Hall. Tamara Minko, Ph.D., Rutgers University. "Nanotechnology Strategies to Overcome Limitations in Drug Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges"
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Friday, March 19th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research. "Accelerating "Discovery to Delivery" at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery"
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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Kelly, Pfizer Corp.
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Wednesday, April 7th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Sadow, Iowa State.
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. "Interplay Between Cluster Nature and Exohedral Chemistry in Trimetallic Nitride Endohedral Fullerenes"
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University. "Physics-based framework for determining transferable potentials from a databank of structures for different proteins"
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado. "Controlling Excited-State Energy Conversion in Metal Complexes and Solar-Cell
Materials through Phase-Shaping and Molecular Structure"
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Milstein, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University. "Quantum Origin of Anomalous Isotope Effect in Ozone Formation"
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Vanderwal, University of California-Irvine.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susannah Scott, UC Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland. "Quantum Entanglement and Born-Oppenheimer Breakdown in Chemical Reactions"
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Brunold, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.
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Wednesday, May 12th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, May 13th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - Lilly Young Investigator Lecture in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobias Ritter, Harvard University.
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Chemistry Services Available
The Medicinal Chemistry Core Facility offers chemistry services to University of Wisconsin researchers and off-campus clients. The facility maintains flexibility to adapt to project needs and to provide a wide range of synthesis, analysis and consulting services. Our capabilities include: Custom synthesis of compounds and compound libraries; Scale-up synthesis of target compounds or intermediates (non-GMP); Isolation/purification of natural products; Analytical characterization; Compound sourcing and acquisition; Structure-Activity Relationship (SAR) library design; Consulting; Docking of virtual libraries to drug targets; Modeling of protein and nucleic acid drug targets. Please contact us with any questions regarding our services. We would love to help! Also, if you receive requests for collaborative synthetic projects in which your laboratory has no interest, please pass along our contact information to the inquiring researchers. Contact: Frank Kotch or Yun Luo: Email: medchem@pharmacy.wisc.edu  Phone: 608-263-2644, Website: http://hts.wisc.edu/
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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None for this Newsletter
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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None for this Newsletter
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Dan Neumark &  Stephen R. Leone of the University of California are seeking several postdoctoral associates for attosecond investigations of nanomaterials. Through the good fortune of a Keck Foundation grant and a Senior Faculty Defense Fellowship (NSSEFF - Leone), we are building additional laboratories to produce isolated attosecond pulses by high harmonic generation and to use these pulses to study transient absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy of semiconductor and metal nanoparticles. Problems range from plasmon oscillations and dephasing to exciton formation and decay. Successful candidates will ideally be adept with or willing to learn: carrier envelope phase stabilized lasers, high harmonic generation, and x-ray optical hardware, the building and maintaining of substantial vacuum equipment for the investigations, and solid state scientific expertise. There are almost certainly opportunities in our operational gas phase attosecond laboratories as well. Interested candidates should write to either or both of us, send a CV and an email with a summary of graduate grades, and have three letters of reference sent to us by email at: Steve Leone: srl@berkeley.edu or Dan Neumark: neumark@berkeley.edu  Contact: Stephen R. Leone, 209 Gilman Hall, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Director, Chemical Dynamics Beamline, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Ph. 510-643-5467, Fax  510-643-1376, LBNL ph. 510-486-4754, Leone Group Web Page: http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/leonegrp/  Chemical Dynamics Beamline: http://www.chemicaldynamics.lbl.gov/.
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