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December 22, 2014

Herb StraussEmeritus Professor of Chemistry Herbert “Herb” Leopold Strauss died at home in Berkeley on December 2, after a long illness. He was 78.

ACS logoA team of College of Chemistry educators has been selected as one of the 2015 recipients of the Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education, sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (ACS-CEI).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

January 17, 2014

Twitter logoCollege of Chemistry editor Michael Barnes is now tweeting chemistry and other science news. Barnes gets several press releases and other news items via email every day, and he has been looking for a way to share them with alums who want to keep up the the latest science news.

October 2, 2013

David SavageDavid Savage, assistant professor of chemistry, has won an NIH Director's New Innovator Award.

June 19, 2013

MOFResearchers in the group of chemistry professor Jeff Long have developed a metal-organic-framework (MOF) material that can efficiently sort the components of gasoline. The result, a cleaner-burning mix of hydrocarbon isomers, will achieve higher octane ratings without the addition of toxic additives.

June 17, 2013

Hailiang Wang, Gabor Somorjai and Qiao "Joe" Zhang.Hailiang Wang and Qiao “Joe” Zhang, both postdocs in the research group of chemistry professor Gabor Somorjai, are among the five winners of the 2013 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.

June 3, 2013

UCB SealCollege of Chemistry graduate students Sarika Goel, David Limmer, Karthish Manthiram and David Spiciarich will travel to Lindau, Germany, a small island city on Lake Constance in the southern state of Bavaria, for the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

May 21, 2013

Andrew N. Liveris, leader of DOW Chemical, offers his perspective at the college commencement.Andrew N. Liveris, chairman, president and CEO of The DOW Chemical Company, was the guest of honor for the College of Chemistry on Saturday, May 18 2013.

May 16, 2013

Michelle ChangMichelle Chang, soon-to-be chemistry's newest associate professor, has won two different awards aimed at supporting the careers of young faculty.

May 9, 2013

Douglas ClarkDouglas S. Clark, 56, the current Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) and the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering, has been designated the new Dean of the College of Chemistry.

May 3, 2013

Robert BergmanChemistry professor Robert Bergman has received a UC Berkeley Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty.