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College of Chemistry News & Highlights

Jay Keasling

On Capitol Hill, Keasling calls for ‘national initiative’ to boost bioengineering
(UC Berkeley News)
UC Berkeley professor and synthetic-biology pioneer Jay Keasling was on Capitol Hill Thursday, stressing the need for a federal strategy to ensure continued U.S. leadership in a field he said can yield significant medical benefits for people throughout the world, “and even save lives.” 

Judith Klinman

Klinman wins Mildred Cohn Award
(College of Chemistry News)
Emerita chemistry professor Judith Klinman has won the 2015 Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry.

How does Tylenol work? The truth is, we don't know...
(ACS Reactions)
Reactions examines the theories about how this popular pill works.

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.

John Hartwig

Hartwig wins Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis
(College of Chemistry News)
Chemistry Professor John Hartwig has been awarded the 2014 Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis. The prize will be delivered after the lecture Hartwig will give at a symposium on Thursday, July 17, at the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium (BOSS).

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

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Postcards from the photosynthetic edge
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab Researchers take femtosecond snapshots of photosynthetic water oxidation.

Doug Clark

Clark wins James E. Bailey Award
(College of Chemistry News)
College of Chemistry dean and CBE professor Douglas Clark has won the 2014 James E. Bailey Award from the Society for Biological Engineering.


Department of Energy’s FLEXLAB opens testbeds to drive dramatic increase in building efficiency
(LBNL News)
Flexible design building will test low-energy systems and components.

Roy Washington

Chemistry Achievement Prize winner named
(College of Chemistry News)
Roy Washington of Shipping & Receiving wins CAP Award.

Jeffrey Reimer

Reimer receives Humboldt Research Award
(College of Chemistry News)
CBE chair Jeffrey Reimer has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award.

Gabor Somorjai

Somorjai wins the 2015 Nichols Award
(College of Chemistry News)
Chemistry professor Gabor Somorjai has won the 2015 William H. Nichols Award of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.

Jay Groves

New discovery in living cell signaling
(LBNL News)
A breakthrough discovery into how living cells process and respond to chemical information could help advance the development of treatments for a large number of cancers and other cellular disorders that have been resistant to therapy.

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A CRISPR way to fix faulty genes
Jennifer Doudna discusses on NPR's All Things Considered how CRISPR works and the many beneficial ways in which it could be used.

Graphical representation of the chemistry in the early stages of soot formation.

Up in flames: Evidence confirms combustion theory
(LBNL News)
Berkeley Lab and University of Hawaii research outlines the story of soot, with implications for cleaner-burning fuels.

Jennifer Doudna

Jennifer Doudna shares Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
(PR Newswire)
Johnson & Johnson has named Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuaelle Charpentier co-recipients of the of the 2014 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research.The collaboration led to the discovery of a new method for precisely manipulating genetic information in ways that should produce new insights in health and disease.

GT clones of rice

The JBEI GT Collection
(LBNL News)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has developed a new resource for advanced biofuels research.

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Dean's Honor List Spring 2014
(College of Chemistry)
Congratulations to undergraduate students in the college that attained a term-GPA of at least 3.900 during Spring-2014.

Nicholas Lewis, Graham Fleming and Tom Oliver

Dynamic spectroscopy duo
(LBNL News)
2D electronic-vibrational spectroscopy technique provides unprecedented look into photochemical reactions.

Vikram Bajaj and Alex Pines

Producing hyperpolarized xenon gas on a microfluidic chip
(LBNL News)
The Alex Pines’ Berkeley Lab NMR group are exploring the use of hyperpolarized xenon gas as a contrasting agent for NMR.

Jay Keasling

Keasling Wins 2014 Eni Award’s Renewable Energy Prize.
(Joint BioEnergy Institute)
Jay Keasling has won the 2014 Renewable Energy Prize portion of the prestigious Eni Awards for his achievements in “the microbial production of hydrocarbon fuels.”

Alex Katz

Katz mimics nature to improve synthetic catalysts
(College of Chemistry News)
Inspired by how enzymes work in nature’s biological processes, CBE professor Alex Katz and colleagues have demonstrated a way to improve control of synthetic catalysts.

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.