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Undergrad and grad students compare samples in the Francis Lab. Photo by Elena Zhukova.

College of Chemistry News & Highlights

Jennifer Doudna (center) with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier (left), newly named recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. (Photo courtesy of Breakthrough Prize)

Jennifer Doudna, Saul Perlmutter named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners
(UC Berkeley News)
Two UC Berkeley scientists — structural biologist Jennifer Doudna and physicist Saul Perlmutter — were named 2015 Breakthrough Prize winners in life sciences and physics, respectively, at a star-studded gala in Silicon Valley yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 9).

Accidental discoveries that changed the world
(ACS Reactions/YouTube)
Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Here are some of those happy accidents.

General Purpose Laboratory

DOE Secretary helps usher in new era of energy research at Berkeley Lab
(LBNL News)
A new building will be the home to lab’s energy storage efforts.

Aindrila Mukhopadhyay (left) and Heather Jensen were part of a JBEI team that identified microbial genes which can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of E. coli. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

Boosting Biogasoline Production in Microbes
(LBNL News)
Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers combine systems biology with genetic engineering to improve production of isopentenol in E.Coli.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.