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Associate Dean Recognized for Incorporating Sustainability in Chemistry Education

Associate Dean Recognized for Incorporating Sustainability in Chemistry Education

Vicki Grassian, associate dean in the Division of Physical Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education which is sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement.

Distinguished Chemist Wins 2017 Russell M. Pitzer Award

Distinguished Chemist Wins 2017 Russell M. Pitzer Award

Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry J. Andrew McCammon was named the winner of the 2017 Russell M. Pitzer Award by Ohio State University. McCammon will deliver the Russ Pitzer Lecture Nov. 13 at OSU. His talk will address “Thermodynamics of Molecular Recognition.”

Chemistry and Biology Researchers Create a More Environmentally Friendly Flip Flop

Chemistry and Biology Researchers Create a More Environmentally Friendly Flip Flop

Three billion petroleum-based flip flops are produced each year, eventually ending up as non-biodegradable trash in the world's landfills, rivers and oceans. UC San Diego chemistry and biology researchers worked together to create a potential solution.

The Last Woman to Win a Physics Nobel

The Last Woman to Win a Physics Nobel

The Department of Physics is where UC San Diego began back in 1960. The first students to enroll that same year were graduate students in physics. The last woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics was a UC San Diego professor named Maria Goeppert Mayer, who won in 1963. Scientific American pays tribute to her life and legacy.

New Lab at UC San Diego Strengthens Cross-Disciplinary Science

Department of Physics Celebrates Sheldon “Shelly” Schultz

The Department of Physics is celebrating the scientific achievements of long-time UC San Diego researcher and professor Sheldon "Shelly" Schultz, Monday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several UC San Diego physicists and alumni will present during the Shelly Schultz Symposium: A Life in Science, taking place in the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club. Faculty, staff, students, and the public are welcome, but must register in advance.


New Lab at UC San Diego Strengthens Cross-Disciplinary Science

New Lab at UC San Diego Strengthens Cross-Disciplinary Science

Division of Physical Sciences Dean Steven Boggs signs his name to a steel beam commemorating the dedication of the Tata Hall for the Sciences at UC San Diego. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Steven Boggs greet Ratan Tata during the dedication. The new building, named in honor of Tata Trusts, will feature labs where researchers from the physical sciences and biological sciences will work beginning in 2018.

Associate Dean of Physical Sciences to give talk, Oct 14

Associate Dean of Physical Sciences to give Tedx talk, Oct 14

Vicki Grassian is an Associate Dean in the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego and a Distinguished Professor with appointments in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Nanoengineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research includes environmental and atmospheric chemistry, especially as it relates to atmospheric aerosols, environmental interfaces, and environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science

Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science

WIRED recently published an op-ed by UC San Diego physicist Alison Coil. Coil's opinion piece addresses the documented devaluation and underrepresentation of women in STEM fields.

American Chemical Society Honors Retired Chemist Marjorie Caserio

American Chemical Society Honors Retired Chemist Marjorie Caserio

Emeritus professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Marjorie Caserio received a fellowship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in recognition of her distinguished career during a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C.

UC San Diego Physicists Travel Path of Totality

UC San Diego Physicists Travel Path of Totality

Eight professors from the Department of Physics and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences traveled from South Carolina to Oregon to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. The image of the corona at left was taken by the division’s Dusan Keres, who watched from Madras, Oregon. This was the first total eclipse in the U.S. in nearly four decades.

Jason Schweinsberg Named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Jason Schweinsberg Named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Jason Schweinsberg, a professor of mathematics, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, one of only 20 mathematicians selected this year for the honor.

Newly Discovered Exoplanet System Found to be Older Than Our Solar System

Newly Discovered Exoplanet System Found to be Older Than Our Solar System

If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it's important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that can zap their planets' surfaces. If the planets are newly formed, their orbits may also be unstable.

Physicist Elizabeth Simmons Named Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Physicist Elizabeth Simmons Named Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Elizabeth H. Simmons has been appointed executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California San Diego effective September 18, 2017. Her selection follows an extensive international search.

Primordial Black Holes May Have Helped to Forge Heavy Elements

Primordial Black Holes May Have Helped to Forge Heavy Elements

Astronomers like to say we are the byproducts of stars, stellar furnaces that long ago fused hydrogen and helium into the elements needed for life through the process of stellar nucleosynthesis.

Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus

Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus

More than 300 researchers from around the world will travel to UC San Diego next month for an international meeting designed to showcase new biological and chemical approaches to utilizing solar energy for direct fuel production. Officially billed as the second biannual International Solar Fuels conference, the scientific meeting is being held on U.S. soil for the first time.

Brian Druker ’77, MD ‘81 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree

Brian Druker ’77, MD ‘81 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree

Chemistry alum is now a physician-scientist at Oregon Health & Science University and Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

DJ Patil ’96 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree

DJ Patil ’96 Named 2017 Alumni Honoree

President Obama appointed math alum our nation’s first-ever chief data scientist.

Researchers have discovered that aerosols from sea spray are altered by biological activity. istock image by johnnorth

UC San Diego Chemists Create the Ultimate Natural Sunscreen

Chemists, materials scientists and nanoengineers at UC San Diego have created what may be the ultimate natural sunscreen.

Jennie Chen

Jennie Chen in Chemistry & Biochemistry Wins 2017 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award

Jennie Chen, a financial analyst in the business office of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the recipient of a 2017 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award.

Talking Science

Talking Science

New research communications program to train scientists to explain to the public the value of their work

Academics across the nation, many of whom were previously reluctant to become public advocates for research, voiced their collective support for science at the March for Science on Earth Day and the People’s Climate March last weekend.

Starling

Chemists Receive $7.5 Million to Develop Innovative Uses for Melanin

A team of scientists from UC San Diego and two other universities has received a five year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to unravel the fundamental properties of melanins, a family of natural pigments found in skin, hair, eyes and even the plumage of brightly colored birds.

Oleg Shpyrko

Oleg Shpyrko Wins 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Award

Oleg Shpyrko, an associate professor of physics, has won the 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Award for Academic Senate Members.

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