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December 10, 2014

The Kavli Foundation

Paul AlivisatosKavli Nanoscience Institute Directors Paul Alivisatos, Paul McEuen, and Nai-Chang Yeh – discuss what makes the nanoscale so important, the field’s grand challenges, safety challenges, and their thoughts on funding, training and the future.

November 22, 2014

Three CBE students have received awards at the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the 2013 AIChE Annual Student Conference, held in conjunction with the institute's national conference, Nov. 3-8, in San Francisco.

October 21, 2014

Ann E. PitzerAnn 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.

October 14, 2014

CBE professor David Graves has won the American Physical Society's 2014 Will Allis Prize for the Study of Ionized Gases.

Que Family Undergraduate Advising Center Ribbon CuttingThursday, Oct. 9, College of Chemistry Dean Douglas Clark inaugurated the Que Family Undergraduate Advising Center. Located next to the Chemistry Plaza on the ground floor of Gilman Hall, the center consists of four offices for quiet discussions between students and their advisers, an area where students can consult with peer advisers, and a well lit modern commons area where they can read, relax and hold study sessions.

September 24, 2014

Chemistry professor Carolyn BertozziChemistry 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.

September 19, 2014

Marty MulvihillThe Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC) has won two major grants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $335,000 to BCGC and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control for projects to help businesses and manufacturers reduce hazardous chemicals in consumer products.

September 9, 2014


Ten years ago, Robert Waterland got an associate professorship at Baylor College of Medicine and set off to study one of the nation's most pressing health problems: obesity. In particular, he's been trying to figure out the biology behind why children born to obese women are more likely to develop the condition themselves.

September 3, 2014

Keith Alexander“The number of applications to the program has grown each year since its inception in 2006,” says Keith Alexander, Assistant Dean of Professional Education and the Executive Director of the Product Development Program. “Growth has been largely due to our website and strong word-of-mouth from former students and industry supporters. Our new class had drawn students from the United States, Asia and Europe. Of the 30 students, 13 are women.”

August 28, 2014

Robert E. Connick

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.

Shannon Ciston

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering lecturer Shannon Ciston has been selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. The sixth FOEE Symposium will be held October 27-30 in Irvine, CA, at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science.

August 15, 2014

Jay Keasling with children in a village outside Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Gabrielle Tenenbaumn)1.7 million treatments of semisynthetic artemisinin have shipped to Africa, where they will treat malaria sufferers in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Niger and Nigeria over the next few months. This shipment is the culmination of a 13-year project in the lab of CBE professor Jay Keasling. Enough semisynthetic artemisinin has been produced for 70 million treatments, and the capacity exists to produce 100-150 million treatments annually.

August 13, 2014

David E. WemmerChemistry professor and former executive associate dean David E. Wemmer is the new chair of the Department of Chemistry. On July 1, Wemmer took over from Dan Neumark, who had chaired the department for four years.

July 22, 2014

Judith Klinman

Emerita chemistry professor Judith Klinman has won the 2015 Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry. The award will be presented by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) at the society’s next annual meeting, March 28 – April 1, 2015, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA.

July 17, 2014

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.

July 14, 2014

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).

July 11, 2014

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

July 9, 2014

CBE chair Jeffrey Reimer has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award. Fellowships and awards from the foundation are among the most prestigious and generous German honors.

July 8, 2014

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

June 2, 2014

Chemistry professor Jeff Long has been honored with an inaugural 2014 France-Berkeley Fund Award. He received a prize of $2,500 in Berkeley on May 5 at the celebration of the fund’s 20th anniversary. A second award was presented to Professor Frederick Douzet of the Université Paris.