News http://www.chem.wisc.edu/news/feed en Construction Update 02/10/2020 http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/construction-update-02102020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>New Tower.</strong> The view from the top of our new tower is great and gets better every couple weeks as a new floor is added. Concrete will have been poured for the west side of the sixth floor of the tower by the time you read this. On Friday workers were finishing installation of “bubble deck” and concrete reinforcing bars in preparation for pouring concrete Monday morning—beginning at 2 am. A concrete pump truck will be in the loading-dock area from 2 am to approximately 2 pm.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3513" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-01.png" alt="construction workers at building site" width="945" height="462" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-01.png 945w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-01-300x147.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-01-768x375.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 945px) 100vw, 945px" /></p> <p>Lots more is happening in the basement and sub-basement of the tower. Metal studs are in place for some of the interior walls in the basement. Crushed stone has been spread in the large lecture room and more will be spread in the smaller (250-seat) lecture room this week. Ventilation ductwork continues to be installed. Steam and drain pipes are being cut, moved into place, and connected. Work has begun on the stairs from the sub-basement to ground level on the southwest corner of the tower. Completion of these stairs will eliminate the need for ladders to reach the lower levels, making life easier for workers as well as those chronicling construction.<img class="aligncenter wp-image-3514 " src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-02.png" alt="construction workers welding" width="1012" height="437" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-02.png 1151w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-02-300x130.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-02-1024x442.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-02-768x332.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1012px) 100vw, 1012px" /></p> <p><strong>Crawler Crane in Mills Street.</strong> The red crawler crane, with its luffer jib attached, was raised last Monday. The main jib of the crane had to be raised to less than 30° from vertical before the 8000-lb weight that hangs from the lifting cables could be raised from the ground. This large weight is needed to counter­balance the weight of the very long cables that stretch from the back of the base of the crane to the top of the luffer. The taller the crane is, the heavier the weight must be, and this crane is tall! The crane was raised slowly and carefully with checks at each stage, a process that took more than an hour.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3515" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-03.png" alt="tower crane" width="900" height="679" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-03.png 900w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-03-300x226.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-03-768x579.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px" /></p> <p><strong>Mock-up.</strong> Last week we reported on the lab mock-up, which is in our building. This week there is more to report about the exterior mock-up, which is at the east side of parking lot 45, across Mills Street from the Charter-Street power plant. Representative sections of the exterior of our new tower have been constructed and are ready for testing to make certain they are watertight. This entails connec­ting to a fire hydrant or water truck and spraying the mock-up with high-pressure water. Joints between glass, metal, and concrete will be tested. Testing is expected to be done sometime next week.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3516" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-04.png" alt="construction" width="747" height="504" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-04.png 747w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/02102020-construction-04-300x202.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 747px) 100vw, 747px" /></p> <p><strong>Fire Sprinkler Project</strong>. Workers were busy on the east side of the seventh floor of Daniels last week. Work on the west side of the seventh floor will begin after a walk-through at 8:30 am on Monday, February 10. To coordinate with ongoing construction on the fourth floor of Daniels and minimize times when research labs cannot be occupied, sprinkler work is planned to move to the <em>west</em> side of the <em>fourth</em> floor next week.</p> <p><strong>Loading Dock</strong>. The loading dock is scheduled to be closed from 2 am through approximately 2 pm on Monday, Feb. 10. There may be brief closures at unpredictable times.</p> <p><em>This information is up to date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.</em><br /><em>John Moore and Bob McMahon</em></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:34:53 +0000 elyles 74814 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Construction Update 02/17/2020 http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/construction-update-02172020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>CLC Renovation.</strong> Renovation of part of the fourth floor of the Medical Sciences Center (MSC) for the Chemistry Leaning Center (CLC) continues on schedule. Plans are underway to move the CLC in the middle of May this year. The main space with a reception area, offices for CLC staff, and some of the teaching rooms has been painted. More work needs to be done on the ceilings and windows but this area is taking shape nicely. Additional teaching rooms in a separate area of the MSC are not quite as far along, but during a visit last Thursday this area was full of workers accomplishing a variety of tasks. Soon the CLC will have an excellent, modern facility to enhance its work with undergraduate students.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-3519 size-full" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-01.png" alt="interior rooms" width="1142" height="448" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-01.png 1142w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-01-300x118.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-01-1024x402.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-01-768x301.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1142px) 100vw, 1142px" /></p> <p><strong>New Tower.</strong> Progress on the new tower continues. Concrete was poured for the west side of the sixth floor last Monday. The east side of the sixth floor is being prepared with rebar and bubble deck. On the west side columns now extend to the seventh-floor level. Progress was slowed by snow and extremely cold weather toward the end of last week. Nevertheless, it is exciting to see how much the tower has grown during the past three months.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-3520 size-full" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-02.png" alt="construction" width="1149" height="412" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-02.png 1149w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-02-300x108.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-02-1024x367.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-02-768x275.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1149px) 100vw, 1149px" /></p> <p>In the sub-basement of Daniels work continues on the electrical switchgear that will power the new tower. A metal staircase has been installed to connect the mechanical and electrical rooms in Daniels with the new tower. This week the wall that separates Daniels and the tower will be opened to install a door that will allow workers to move easily between Daniels and the tower and eventually will provide emergency egress to the north staircase in Daniels from the lecture rooms in the tower sub-basement.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3521" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-03.png" alt="stairway" width="441" height="667" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-03.png 441w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/02/021720-construction-03-198x300.png 198w" sizes="(max-width: 441px) 100vw, 441px" /></p> <p><strong>Fire Sprinkler Project</strong>. Work on the seventh floor was complete except for some minor electrical work. Sprinkler work will begin on the <em>west</em> side of the fourth floor with a walk-through to check readiness of labs at 8:30 am on Monday, February 17.</p> <p><strong>Loading Dock</strong>. There is no scheduled loading-dock closure this week. There may be brief closures at unpredictable times.</p> <p><em>This information is up to date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.</em><br /><em>John Moore and Bob McMahon</em></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 17 Feb 2020 17:34:53 +0000 elyles 74813 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Department of Chemistry wins Regents’ Diversity Award http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/department-chemistry-wins-regents%E2%80%99-diversity-award <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="row"> <div class="small-12 columns story-head"> <div class="meta"> <span class="date">February 3, 2020</span></div> <div class="meta"> <span class="writer">By <a href="mailto:elyles@wisc.edu">Tatum Lyles Flick</a></span></div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="small-12 columns story-body"> <p>The University of Wisconsin–Madison <a href="http://chem.wisc.edu/">Department of Chemistry</a> has received a 2020 Diversity Award from the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The award recognizes the department’s efforts to enhance underrepresented students’ access to and success in the chemistry graduate program.</p> <p>“This award celebrates a key point in our progress toward fostering greater diversity in our discipline and is just the beginning of our efforts” says Judith Burstyn, department chair. “These achievements are the result of everyone in the department who works tirelessly to build diversity through the creation of key programs and mentorship of students.”</p> <p>The field of chemistry has long lacked diversity. According to the <a href="https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/acs/welcoming/diversity.html">American Chemical Society</a> (ACS), the number of females receiving bachelor’s degrees in the discipline is increasing, but the number of doctoral recipients, postdoctoral scientists, and professional chemists who stem from other traditionally underrepresented populations is still low.</p> <div class="wp-caption aligncenter" id="attachment_67296"> <p><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">“Everyone benefits from diverse perspectives,” says Burstyn. “We recognized that need in our department and have worked to find effective solutions.”</span></p> </div> <p>The Department of Chemistry has created several programs aimed at increasing diversity in the field and at supporting students who pursue a graduate degree. <a href="https://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/chops">Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs)</a>, which brings in students from minority-serving institutions, and <a href="https://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/research-experience-undergraduates-reu">Research Experiences for Undergraduates</a> both facilitate undergraduate exploration of the department’s doctoral program. For graduate students, the department offers <a href="https://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/catalyst">Catalyst</a>, a supportive mentoring program for underrepresented minority and first-generation students.</p> <p>The strength and effectiveness of the first three programs led the ACS to select the department as its first partner for a <a href="https://bridge.chem.wisc.edu/">Chemistry Bridge to the Doctorate</a> program, which aims to increase the number of doctoral degrees completed by underrepresented minorities. A select group of students bolster their experience and applications to top PhD programs by completing a research-based master’s degree, with the benefit of well-coordinated mentorship.</p> <p>“Consistent with UW–Madison’s commitment to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body, the Department of Chemistry embraced their role in supporting diversity by creating highly effective initiatives to increase representation within their large graduate program,” says Gloria Mari Beffa, associate dean in the Colleges of Letters &amp; Science, in her nomination letter.</p> <p>The Board of Regents awards the winners $7,500, which the chemistry department will use to support its programs. The Diversity Awards are administered by the UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs. The other recipients are Associate Professor Arijit Sen, from the UW–Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and UW–Stout’s Fostering Success program. The three winners will be recognized at the Feb. 7 meeting of the Board of Regents in Madison.</p> <p> </p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" src="/deptfiles/DivAward.PNG" style="width: 400px; height: 164px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">Members of the Department of Chemistry Climate and Diversity Committee include: Front row, from left: Desiree Bates, Robert Hamers, Judith Burstyn, Karen Stephens, Kristi Heming, AJ Boydston, and Heike Hofstetter. Back row, from left: Wesley B Swords, Zachary Jones, Silvia Cavagnero, Sam Wood, Matthew Sanders, and Cheri Barta. Not pictured: Andrew Greenberg. </span><span class="credit" style="font-size: 12.16px;">PHOTO BY TATUM LYLES FLICK</span></p> </div> </div> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:29:24 +0000 elyles 74795 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Construction Update 02/03/2020 http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/construction-update-02032020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Crawler Crane Luffer Jib.</strong> Since last Thursday Mills Street has been completely closed from Johnson Street to University Avenue so that a luffer jib can be added to the large red crawler crane that has been working in Mills Street for the past month or so. On Friday afternoon a defective electrical component delayed erection of the crane, so Mills Street will remain closed on Monday. The crane is expected to be back in action Monday afternoon.</p> <p>Adding the luffer jib to the already long boom on the red crane required the crane to move northward—nearly to University Avenue. Then the main boom together with the luffer stretched almost to Johnson Street. When erected, with the luffer extended vertically, the red crane will be taller than the tower crane. However, the luffer usually will be nearly horizontal, both to prevent interference with the tower crane and to make it easier to move concrete and other loads to various positions on the upper floors of the tower.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-4359 size-full aligncenter" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/02/Capture1.png" alt="construction photos" width="951" height="376" /></p> <p><img class="alignright wp-image-4361 size-full" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/02/Capture2.png" alt="construction photos" width="271" height="482" /><strong>New Tower.</strong> Fifth-floor concrete is now complete. Because the red crawler crane was temporarily out of commission for installation of the luffer a lot of lifting on the east side of the building had to be done by the tower crane. That meant that the tower crane was unavailable to raise concrete to the west stairwell above the fifth floor. With very little notice the concrete was supplied by a pump truck that occupied the loading-dock area on Friday afternoon. In addition to the stairwell, many columns, some shoring, and a little decking for the west side of the sixth floor are now in place. Soon we will have a sixth floor and both organic instructional floors will be in place. The new tower is tall enough that ladders are insufficient to reach the upper floors. A temporary stairway has been constructed on the University-Avenue side.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-4362 size-full aligncenter" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/02/Capture3.png" alt="construction photos" width="942" height="373" /></p> <p>Last Wednesday crushed stone was delivered into the sub-basement via a conveyor. By Friday Bobcats in the sub-basement were smoothing the stone to make a gently sloped floor for the 360-seat lecture room. Ductwork for heating and cooling the lecture rooms continues to be installed.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-4363 size-full aligncenter" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/02/Capture4.png" alt="construction photos" width="945" height="371" /></p> <p><strong>Lab Mock-up.</strong> Last week many chemistry colleagues, members of the design team (Alan Massey and Rob Voss from Ballinger in Philadelphia and Curtis Norton and Dan Hale from Strang in Madison), and representatives of FP&amp;M and state agencies carefully examined the lab mock-up to make certain that, once constructed, our new labs will support learning in the best way possible. A report has now been compiled listing items that differ from specifications and items that need further development if the new instructional labs are to achieve maximum effectiveness. All agreed, nevertheless, that our new labs will be a huge step forward toward meeting our goals for student learning.</p> <p><strong>Fire Sprinkler Project.</strong> New pipes and fire sprinklers have been tested and ceilings are back in place on the eighth floor so that everyone can move back into their offices and labs. (Installation of new alarm devices later in the project will complete the work.) Piping and sprinkler installation on the east side of the seventh floor is scheduled to begin after a walk-through at 8:30 am on Monday, February 3. Work on the west side of the seventh floor will begin a week later, on February 10. The sixth floor does not follow immediately after the seventh because ongoing construction on the fourth floor of Daniels has been coordinated with the sprinkler project to minimize times when labs cannot be occupied. The plan is for work to begin on the west side of the fourth floor on Monday, February 17.</p> <p><strong>Loading Dock.</strong> There is no scheduled closing of the loading dock this week. There may be brief closures at unpredictable times.</p> <p>This information is up to date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.</p> <p>John Moore and Bob McMahon</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:49:21 +0000 elyles 74793 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Construction Update 01/27/2020 http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/construction-update-01272020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong><img class=" wp-image-4176 alignright" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/01/Capture1-300x220.png" alt="lab mock-up looking east." width="391" height="287" />Lab Mock-up.</strong> A sampling of representative fume hoods, lab counters and casework, cabinets, sinks, and cabinets has been available since Wednesday of last week for examination by those who will be overseeing our new laboratory facilities. The lab mock-up shows that we will have great-looking facilities when the tower construction and Daniels renovation are completed. It also affords an opportunity to find glitches in the design or implementation of our new labs. This Wednesday we will be hosting members of the design team to work with them to make certain that our new labs support learning in the best way possible.</p> <p><img class="alignnone wp-image-4175 size-full" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/01/Capture2.png" alt="construction photos" width="1006" height="815" /></p> <p><strong>New Tower.</strong> Concrete has now been poured for roughly half of the fifth floor in the tower; the rest is scheduled for this week. The tower fifth floor is at the same level as the fifth floors in our existing buildings, which means that the new tower is rapidly overtaking Mathews in height. By the end of this semester the tower will reach its full vertical extension.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-4180 size-full" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/01/Capture3.png" alt="construction photos" width="874" height="347" /></p> <p>Much is happening underground as well. Shoring has been removed from the areas that will become 360-seat and 250-seat lecture rooms and it is now easier to imagine what they will look like when finished. This week crushed stone will be conveyed into the sub-basement through an opening that will become a skylight for the informal study area between the lecture rooms when the building is complete. The stone will form the base for the sloped seating area of the lecture rooms. Ductwork for heating and cooling the lecture rooms is also being installed.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-4181 size-full" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/01/Capture4.png" alt="construction photos" width="873" height="354" /></p> <p><strong>Fire Sprinkler Project.</strong> Installation of fire sprinklers and fire-safety equipment on the eighth floor has gone very well—well enough that the installers expect to be able to do one side of each floor in a week instead of two weeks! This means that when it is time to move out of a lab temporarily, the move will only be for one—not two—weeks. It also means that the overall project can be completed more quickly than we expected. Both are big pluses for our department.</p> <p>Work on the east side of the seventh floor is scheduled to begin on Monday February 3, as previously planned and work on the west side of the seventh floor will begin a week later, on February 10. By February 14 the seventh-floor work should be completed (except for testing and replacement of ceiling tiles). Sprinker work will move to the west side of the fourth floor on Monday, February 17.</p> <p><strong><img class="alignright wp-image-4182 size-full" src="https://chem.wiscweb.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1130/2020/01/Capture1-1.png" alt="construction photos" width="224" height="377" />Chemistry Learning Center.</strong> Work on the new home of the CLC is on schedule for occupancy early this summer. This past week walls were in place and “mudders”, some on stilts, were finishing the plasterboard joints and screw holes to make the walls look nice.</p> <p><strong>Street Closures/Reopening.</strong> Mills Street will be completely closed between University Avenue and Johnson Street from January 30 through February 3 for installation of a luffer jib on the large red crane. After installation, the part of Mills Street between Johnson Street and Conklin Court will reopen, but the northern section of Mills Street will remain closed because the crane will be located there for months.</p> <p>Dayton Street has now fully reopened. Don’t forget to watch for traffic when walking or biking across Dayton Street.</p> <p><strong>Loading Dock.</strong> There is no scheduled closing of the loading dock this week. There may be brief closures at unpredictable times.</p> <p>This information is up to date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.</p> <p>John Moore</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 22:01:54 +0000 elyles 74747 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Wright Lab Member Serves on Microscopy Society Student Council http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/wright-lab-member-serves-microscopy-society-student-council <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="field field-name-field-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even">By Kaine Korzekwa, Department of Biochemistry</div> <div></div> <div class="field-item even">Graduate students attend multiple conferences during their educational careers. But after his first successful trip to the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) conference, <a href="http://chem.wisc.edu/users/jykim35">Joseph Kim</a> decided to get more involved and was recently named Communications Chair for MSA’s Student Council.</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Kim, a physical chemistry graduate student in the lab of biochemistry professor <a href="https://biochem.wisc.edu/faculty/wright">Elizabeth Wright</a>, is focused on using <a href="https://cryoem.wisc.edu/">cryo-electron microscopy technology</a> to get detailed images of neurons. By perturbing them to a neurodegenerative state, he will be able to gain insights into what changes occur during disease states.</p> <p><a href="https://www.microscopy.org/">MSA</a> is an academic organization for scientists interested in the field of microscopy at a variety of resolution and scales. By focusing on a technique rather than a scientific discipline, the organization attracts a massive array of researchers working in everything from cellular and molecular biology to materials science and engineering — even food science.</p> <div> <p><img src="https://biochem.wisc.edu/sites/default/files/news/2020/sunday_welcome_2.jpg" alt="Joseph Kim (right) at the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) conference" /><br /><em>Joseph Kim (right) at the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) conference.<br /> Photo courtesy of MSA. </em></p> </div> <p>“I was totally unfamiliar with the microscopy community during my undergraduate years but during my first MSA meeting in my first year, I got to learn about it and engage with students and other researchers with my same interests,” he explains. “It was a really gratifying experience and seeing how student involvement in MSA impacted me, I wanted to give that same experience back to other students.”</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.microscopy.org/students/student_council.cfm">MSA Student Council</a> plans and leads efforts to recruit students to join MSA, as well as personal and professional development for student members. Largest among these efforts is the Pre-Meeting Congress (PMCx60) event at the Microscopy &amp; Microanalysis annual meeting. The PMCx60 is a premier day-long conference before the regular meeting, exclusively tailored to students, postdocs, and early-career professionals. The next annual meeting is set for August 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisc. Esther Bullitt, the president of MSA and a professor at Boston University, congratulates the student council on their continued success.</p> <p>“These enthusiastic scientists are increasing student participation in the Microscopy Society and providing new programming to educate and engage our members,” she says. “We welcome their initiative and celebrate their successes, which include an expanded role in the society by hosting webinars on ‘How to publish,’ ‘PhD career paths,’ and ‘How to prepare for, and attend, the Microscopy &amp; Microanalysis meeting.’ I look forward to working with their new leadership for another great year.”</p> <div> <p class="rtecenter"><img src="https://biochem.wisc.edu/sites/default/files/news/2020/kim_joseph.jpg" alt="Photo of Joseph Kim" /><br /><em>Joseph Kim. Photo by Robin Davies. </em></p> </div> <p>In his leadership position, Kim is responsible for building interest in this student-focused conference and promoting student members of MSA on various communication channels, such as social media.</p> <p>“I’m excited to get involved in our communication efforts like social media because it is a very effective way of reaching out to not only current members but prospective ones as well,” he says. “This is also a great opportunity to gain new skills as I learn more about marketing, communication, event planning, and more. They will definitely complement my scientific knowledge.”</p> <p>In the Wright Lab, Kim is currently working to successfully freeze neurons and observe them in their native state, to confirm that when using cryo-EM he will get reliable data. He is collaborating with the lab of biochemistry professor <a href="https://biochem.wisc.edu/faculty/wildonger">Jill Wildonger</a> and neuroscience professor Erik Dent. He says that meeting scientists from different research areas at the MSA conference has broadened his perspective on his research, and he encourages others to get involved as well.</p> <p>“I am a firm believer in that learning things that are outside your field will strengthen your own work,” he says. “It can give you an idea that you never have had or help you be more creative in how you apply your research question. I believe MSA and being part of student leadership are very good outlets for that.”</p> <p>This story first published <a href="https://biochem.wisc.edu/news/2020/news-wright-lab-member-serves-microscopy-student-council">here</a> and was used on this site with permission.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div></div></div> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:49:57 +0000 elyles 74726 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Construction Update 01/13/2020 http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/construction-update-01132020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Daniels Eighth Floor</strong>. Installation of sprinklers began last week and is proceeding according to plan. Last Monday morning about a dozen people from the construction team, FP&amp;M, and chemistry checked that the eighth floor was ready for workers to begin drilling through walls and installing pipes. Occupants of the eighth floor had prepared the area well and work began on Tuesday. There has been some noise on the eighth and ninth floors, but overall things are going smoothly. By Thursday large carts with 10-foot lengths of pipe were in the area and pipes were being installed on the Mills-Street side of the eighth floor. On January 20 workers will move to the other side of the floor and by January 28 they will begin work on the seventh floor.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-3480" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01-1024x381.png" alt="Construction workers assess parts of the building." width="640" height="238" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01-1024x381.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01-300x112.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01-768x286.png 768w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01-1536x572.png 1536w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01-1200x447.png 1200w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-01.png 2018w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-3481" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02-1024x540.png" alt="Sheets of plastic cover equipment in preparation for sprinkler installation." width="640" height="338" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02-1024x540.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02-300x158.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02-768x405.png 768w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02-1536x810.png 1536w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02-1200x633.png 1200w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-02.png 2025w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></p> <p><strong>Daniels Sub-Basement. </strong>Work in the sub-basement continues with wires being pulled through conduits for connection to the emergency generator. The thickness of the wires and the size of the switches needed to control circuits reflects the large quantities of power needed to serve a building as large and complex as ours.</p> <p><strong>New Tower.</strong> The tower continues to rise. Last Thursday concrete was poured on the fourth floor of the Mills Street side of the tower. A pump truck located in Mills Street extended its boom as far as it could reach across the fourth floor and much of the area was poured; however, even with the boom nearly horizontal, the pump truck could not reach the westernmost part of the area to be poured. Consequently, the pump truck had to be relocated to the loading-dock area and there was an unexpected closing of our loading dock on Thursday.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-3483" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-1024x548.png" alt="The boom arm of a concrete truck reaches toward a cement pour location." width="640" height="343" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-1024x548.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-300x161.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-768x411.png 768w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-1536x823.png 1536w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-2048x1097.png 2048w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-04-1200x643.png 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></p> <p>There will be more loading-dock closures in the near future because the shoring in the sub-basement intended to support a large pump truck along University Avenue has been deemed insufficient. Therefore, the pump truck must be located either in the loading-dock area or along Mills Street and the Mills-Street location does not provide sufficient reach.</p> <p>If you have walked along University Avenue or looked out from the loading dock or our existing buildings, you have seen that shoring and decking are in place for the west side of the fifth floor. The view across University Avenue is severely restricted. Soon concrete will be poured on the fifth floor, which is level with the fifth floors in Daniels, Mathews, and Shain. More than 100 workers are on the job every day in areas from the sub-basement to the fifth floor to make this rapid rise of our building happen. If you happen to see any of them, make sure to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-3484 size-large" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05-1024x449.png" alt="Sections of decking are added to the building." width="640" height="281" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05-1024x449.png 1024w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05-300x132.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05-768x337.png 768w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05-1536x674.png 1536w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05-1200x527.png 1200w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/01132020-construction-05.png 2030w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" /></p> <p><strong>Loading Dock</strong>. There will be a loading-dock closure within the next eight days; however, the exact date is not yet known. There may be brief closures at unpredictable times.</p> <p><em>This information is up to date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.</em><br /><em>John Moore and Bob McMahon</em></p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:40:51 +0000 elyles 74724 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Kenneth T. Gillen wins 2020 Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/kenneth-t-gillen-wins-2020-melvin-mooney-distinguished-technology-award <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Dr. Kenneth T. Gillen (Ph.D. 1970, Noggle) will be honored for his technical competency and contributions to rubber technology as winner of the 2020 Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award. He was featured in Rubber News <a href="https://www.rubbernews.com/news/rubber-division-names-top-award-winners-2020">here</a>. and as a Science &amp; Technology winner <a href="https://www.rubber.org/st-awards-current-recipients">here</a>.</p> <p>Gillen worked for the Sandia Na­tional Laboratories, as a polymer chemist, until his retirement in 2004, and now serves as a consultant.</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:51:11 +0000 elyles 74695 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu Construction Update 01/06/2020 http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/construction-update-01062020 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>New Tower.</strong> While many of us have been celebrating holidays the construction team has been working hard to raise our tower higher and higher. What they had achieved by the end of the year is shown here:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3471" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-01.png" alt="construction" width="952" height="351" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-01.png 952w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-01-300x111.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-01-768x283.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 952px) 100vw, 952px" /></p> <p>On Thursday, December 19, a concrete pump truck occupied the loading-dock area to pour the west side of the fourth floor of the tower. Almost immediately rebar and concrete forms were built above the fourth floor. By January 3 there was some decking in place for the northwest side of the fifth floor, which eventually will house an organic teaching laboratory. The pace at which our new tower is rising is spectacular!</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3472" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-02.png" alt="construction" width="956" height="387" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-02.png 956w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-02-300x121.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-02-768x311.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 956px) 100vw, 956px" /><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3473" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-03.png" alt="construction" width="947" height="378" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-03.png 947w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-03-300x120.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-03-768x307.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 947px) 100vw, 947px" /></p> <p>In preparation for pouring concrete on the east (Mills Street) side of the tower, the construction team has been building scaffolding. Scaffolding is constructed by building each section (about six feet high by ten feet square), then raising the section with a crane and building another section in place under it. When a vertical unit is tall enough, the crane lifts it from the fabrication area and lowers it into the tower, alongside other sections previously constructed. (In the first photo of this newsletter the red crane is lowering a section of scaffolding into the new building.) Right now, what will become the atrium and staircase in the tower is a maze of vertical supports, some of which extend from the sub-basement to the fourth-floor level. By the end of last week essentially all the decking for the east side of the fourth floor was in place, ready for “bubble deck” to be placed and concrete to be poured.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3474" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-04.png" alt="construction" width="947" height="378" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-04.png 947w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-04-300x120.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-04-768x307.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 947px) 100vw, 947px" /></p> <p>In the area of the Learning Studio, exterior walls are being constructed and some granite trim has been installed. In the tower sub-basement ductwork and piping are being installed in mechanical rooms on the west side. Drainpipes are being installed in the sub-basement floor, below what will be a corridor to the back of the 360-seat lecture room. And work will begin soon on the west stairwell going up from the sub-basement. Because subsequent concrete pours will have the pump truck located along University Avenue at the northwest corner of the site, extra shoring is being installed in the sub-basement in the back of the large lecture room to accommodate the weight of pump trucks that will park above. (The ceiling in this area is just below the sidewalk along University Avenue, right where one of the feet of the pump truck will be located.)</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3475" src="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-05.png" alt="construction" width="941" height="753" srcset="https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-05.png 941w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-05-300x240.png 300w, https://badgerchemistnews.chem.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/527/2020/01/010620-construction-photo-05-768x615.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 941px) 100vw, 941px" /></p> <p><strong>Sprinkler Installation</strong>. This week marks the start of the sprinkler project on the eighth floor of Daniels. By the time you read this labs and offices will have been vacated and construction crews will be putting holes in walls and installing pipes for the new sprinkler system. When the eighth floor is completed in a couple weeks the crews will move to the seventh floor. A meeting is scheduled Thursday at 1:30 pm in room 1315 to introduce those on the seventh floor of Daniels to important details that affect their labs and offices during sprinkler installation.</p> <p><strong>Loading Dock</strong>. There are no expected loading-dock closures this week. There may be brief closures at unpredictable times.</p> <p><em>This information is up to date as of Friday afternoon. Email bulletins will be provided as needed.<br /></em><em>John Moore and Bob McMahon</em></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:51:11 +0000 elyles 74694 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu UW-Madison Department of Chemistry alumna featured in book on career paths http://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/uw-madison-department-chemistry-alumna-featured-book-career-paths <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Kathy Gisser, who received her Ph.D. from the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry in 1992 with advisor Art Ellis, was recently featured in the book <a href="https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/find-your-path">Find Your Path: Unconventional Lessons from 36 Leading Scientists and Engineers</a> by Daniel Goodman.</p> <p>In the book, 36 scientists offer personal accounts of the challenges, struggles, successes, U-turns, and satisfactions encountered in their careers in industry, academia, and government.</p> <p>Gisser currently works as a Staff Scientist at the <a href="https://www.sherwin-williams.com/">Sherwin-Williams Co.</a> in Cleveland, Ohio.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:29:36 +0000 elyles 74676 at http://www.chem.wisc.edu