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College of Chemistry awards and honors featured in the news.
Ken Raymond, who, thanks to a new DOE grant and a successful startup, is finding his retirement busier than expected.
Chemistry professor emerita Judith Klinman has received the 2017 Willard Gibbs Medal Award of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society.
Paul Alivisatos awarded Dan David Prize for nanoscience research
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Chemist and nanotechnology pioneer Paul Alivisatos, bioengineer Amy Herr and chemical engineer Enrique Iglesia – were among 175 distinguished academic inventors named fellows in an announcement today by the academy.
Chemistry professor Omar Yaghi has won an inaugural Mustafa Scientific Prize, awarded by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. The award ceremony was held in Tehran, Iran, in December.
Science singles out CRISPR gene-editing as the Breakthrough of the Year.
One hundred sixty-five UC faculty were among the most influential scientists in their fields in 2015.
Paul Alivisatos and Chenming Hu have been selected to receive the nation's top honors in science and technology.
The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, has elected UC Berkeley chemist Michael Marletta as one of 28 new members.