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The college's senior lecturer Michelle Douskey applauds as audience members perform a chemistry demonstration during the annual Cal Day celebration. Photo by Michael Barnes.

College of Chemistry News & Highlights

Fighting a killer frog fungus
(CEN Online)
Scientists are racing to stop a relentless, elusive killer... of frogs. The trouble is that the killer fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis or Bd, fights back.

Schematic of the electrochemical cell

Berkeley Lab study reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes
(LBNL News)
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have observed the molecular structure of liquid water at a gold surface under different charging conditions.

Richard Saykally

New insights on carbonic acid in water
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab study holds implications for geological and biological processes.

Ann E. Pitzer

Ann Pitzer, friend of the college (1936-2014)
(College of Chemistry)
Ann E. Pitzer (M.S. ’60, HomeEc), a trustee of the Pitzer Family Foundation, died of cancer on October 15 at the age of 77. She lived in La Jolla and Kelseyville, CA.

Joseph Cerny

Cerny honored with Faculty Service Award
(Berkeley Academic Senate)
The Berkeley Academic Senate has awarded chemistry emeritus professor Joseph Cerny and professor Margaretta Lovell the Berkeley Faculty Service Award for 2014.

Que Family Advising Center ribbon cutting ceremony

College inaugurates Que Family Undergraduate Advising Center
(College of Chemistry)
On Thursday, Oct. 9, College of Chemistry Dean Douglas Clark inaugurated the Que Family Undergraduate Advising Center. The center consists of four advising offices and a well lit modern commons area where students can read, relax and hold study sessions.

Nobel Medal

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
(ACS/Imgur)
The winners, why they won, and why it's important.

Karen Wong

Chemistry Achievement Prize winner named
(College of Chemistry)
Karen Wong of Yaghi Research Group wins CAP Award.

Judith Klinman

Judith Klinman one of three UC Berkeley faculty members awarded National Medal of Science
(UC Berkeley News)
Three University of California, Berkeley, faculty members were selected by President Barack Obama to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for a scientist.

projection neurons of mouse genetically modified to express a green fluorescent protein

NIH awards UC Berkeley $7.2 million to advance brain initiative
(UC Berkeley News)
The National Institutes of Health today announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.2 million over three years.

Judith Klinman

Thriving, not just surviving, in science
(QB3)
A September lecture on peer support by Judith Klinman ushered in the new “Thriving in Science” program, a campus-wide professional development initiative.

Peidong Yang

On the road to artificial photosynthesis
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab study reveals key catalytic factors in carbon dioxide reduction.

Carolyn Bertozzi

New ACS journal names Bertozzi its founding editor
(College of Chemistry)
Chemistry professor Carolyn Bertozzi will take the helm as editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society’s first fully open-access journal, ACS Central Science. The new journal is set to launch in early 2015.

Marty Mulvihill

BCGC wins two major grants
(College of Chemistry)
The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC) has won major grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Liquid mercury

How Toxic is Mercury?
(Berkeley Science Review)
David Litt, graduate student in the Alivisatos Research Group, reports on mercury toxicity.

Robert E. Connick

Robert E. Connick (1917-2014)
(College of Chemistry)
Professor Robert E. Connick, esteemed professor emeritus of chemistry and alumnus of the College, has died at the age of 97. He passed away peacefully at his home in Kensington, CA, on Thursday, August 21.

cartoon of scientist by Leif Parsons

U.S. science suffering from booms and busts in funding
(NPR)
Academic research is a major reason the United States remains a leader in medicine and biotechnology; but the future of NIH funding is uncertain.

Keith Alexander and PDP students

PDP enrolls largest class to date
(College of Chemistry)
This fall, 30 students will start CBE’s Product Development Program, the largest class in the eight-year history of the program.

Berkeley Lab physicist Eric Norman

No Fukushima radiation found in coastal areas
(LBNL News)
Recent tests on a variety of Pacific plants, animals, seawater, and salts have come up clean.

Extremophiles thriving in thermal springs

Going to extremes for enzymes
(phys.org)
In the age-old nature versus nurture debate, College of Chemistry Dean Douglas Clark is not taking sides. In the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, he has prospected for extremophilic microbes and engineered his own cellulases.

Shannon Ciston

CBE lecturer Ciston nominated to attend NAE symposium
(College of Chemistry)
CBE lecturer Shannon Ciston has been selected to attend the NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

Ron Cohen

Berkeley air-monitoring project wins White House nod
(UC Berkeley News)
The White House has given a public nod to a ground-breaking UC Berkeley air-monitoring project and its new collaboration with a Colorado public media platform, which aims to build a citizen-science story-corps to help monitor carbon emissions in the Bay Area.

Jay Keasling with children in a village outside Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Gabrielle Tenenbaum)

Semisynthetic artemisinin anti-malarials reach African children
(College of Chemistry)
1.7 million treatments of semisynthetic artemisinin have shipped to Africa, where they will treat malaria sufferers.

Heino Nitsche

Heino Nitsche 1949-2014
(College of Chemistry News)
Chemistry professor Heino Nitsche died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at his home in Oakland early in the morning of Tuesday, July 15. He was 64 years old.

Catalyst Magazine available online
(Catalyst Magazine)
Read the latest issue of Catalyst Magazine online, or check out our new flipbook version below.

eCHEM 1A, Mark Kubinec

Innovative Chemistry 1A video repository is online!
(UC Berkeley College of Chemistry)
Chemistry 1A course content is now available free of charge in an easy-to-navigate, open-access video repository. The content was developed by professor Alex Pines and instructor Mark Kubinec, with the support of the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.