Rowland Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund
An endowed chair and fellowship fund will facilitate the opportunity to recruit and retain the world's premier chemists and students to build on UCI's tradition of world-changing research. Learn more about the campaign for an Endowed Chair & Fellowship Fund In Honor of Professor F. Sherwood Rowland at http://ps.uci.edu/rowland.  
http://ps.uci.edu/rowland
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Photograph of unique particle flow tube in Finlayson-Pitts laboratory
This custom-designed and built apparatus allows the study of the formation and growth of particles from the reactions of precursor gases under controlled conditions relevant to the atmosphere.  This flow tube has been highlighted on the Scientific American website as one of ten important atmospheric science experiments.  It requires a group effort to clean.
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Imaging the inner workings of single molecules
Professor Ara Apkarian and colleagues are attempting to take time-lapse images of single molecules. His team was awarded $20 million from the National Science Foundation.  UC Irvine scientists hope to make the first ever real-time videos of single molecules in action - a feat that has so far proved elusive, because the size and time scales are so small.
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In Memoriam: Jim Pitts Jr.
"The School will miss his big smile, humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship." To learn more about Jim Pitts' fascinating life, post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts.
http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts
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Message from Chair Reginald Penner

May 27, 2015

I want to share with you two pieces of exciting news:  First, Professor Shaul Mukamel has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Shaul is a pioneer in nonlinear optical spectroscopy who has led the development of a theoretical foundation for these experiments.  As Chancellor Howard Gilman put it, "This extraordinary recognition only confirms what we have long known: Shaul Mukamel is a true pioneer whose insightful and profound research has transformed his field and created important new areas of exploration.”

Second, we have learned that Dr. James Smith will join us as a new faculty member in Fall 2015.  Jim is presently a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. CO.  Jim's program builds on our existing strength of Atmospheric Chemistry.  He brings to the Department expertise in instrumentation development and nanoparticle analysis that is absolutely unique - and certain to be hugely beneficial to our students.

So, we congratulate Shaul on his election to the NAS, and we look forward to welcoming Jim as our newest colleague!

Seminars and Events

Research

Guan highlight
In a recent JACS Communication, the Guan lab shows that a simple neighboring group can drastically change bulk materials properties.   
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In this month's Nature Communications, Prof Doug Tobias and others explain how water mobility helps to activate functional protein dynamics.