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Solvent columns in the lab of chemistry professor Jeff Long. Photo by Miguel Gonzalez.

Today’s Events

Tales of Living Polymers and Quantum Confinement in Graphene Nanostructures 11 a.m.-12 p.m.,  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

Studies of Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis 4-5 p.m.,  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

College of Chemistry News & Highlights

Judith Klinman

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

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Why beers get skunked (and how to stop it)
(ACS Reactions/YouTube)
There’s nothing worse than reaching for a cold beer, taking that first sip and realizing your beer’s been skunked. Skunking is a chemical reaction that causes an awful, bitter taste. This week, Reactions explains why beers get skunky, and what you can do to keep your brews from going bad.

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.

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All About Antibiotics
C&EN's Speaking of Chemistry video series looks at the current shortage of new antibiotics, discusses the prospects for new drugs, and looks into why should you finish your pills if you feel better.

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
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
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.

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Berkeley Chemistry ranked #1 in the world by ARWU
The Center for World-Class Universities in Shanghai has released its 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities — placing Berkeley in the top spot for Chemistry.

Sally Pusede

Air quality in San Joaquin Valley improving
(LBNL News)
Study shows controls to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions are working.

Earth's magnetic fields

NMR using earth’s magnetic field
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab Researchers demonstrate ultra low-field nuclear magnetic resonance with an optical magnetometer.

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.

Bionic liquids

Bionic liquids from lignin
(LBNL News)
New results from the Joint BioEnergy Institute pave the way for closed loop biofuel refineries.

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.