Chemistry update on COVID-19 response 3/7/20

We are closely monitoring the worldwide developments and responses to COVID-19. At present we have not altered operations but we are preparing for the event that we need to on short notice. We encourage those in our community to take extra precautions in order to remain healthy and to remain at home if experiencing symptoms of illness. If instructors need to miss class due to illness, please contact the department office ( and we will assist with covering the course. Students should contact their instructors to make arrangements.

UCI chemists find fungal shrapnel in the air

In a potentially worrisome development for those of us who breathe, chemists from the University of California, Irvine report that they’ve found fragments of fungal cells in the atmosphere. The pieces are extremely small, measuring about 30 namometers in diameter, and much more abundant that previously thought, the researchers said in a study published this week in Science Advances.

Professor Bess named Scialog Fellow by Research Corporation (RCSA)

Congratulations to Professor Bess for being named a Scialog Fellow by Research Corporation (RCSA) or the Microbiome, Neurobiology, and Disease initiative . Scialog supports early to mid-career scientists working on multidisciplinary projects. The program is supported by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation.