Innovative Profs

Gregory Weiss and Alon Gorodetsky honored by Applied Innovation

Gregory Weiss was named UCI's 2018 Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year and Alon Gorodetsky was named UCI's 2018 Emerging Innovation/Early Career Innovator of the Year. These awards were based upon technologies licensed, patented, formed into companies, and other technology transfer activities.

UCI Applied Innovation brings campus-based inventions and entrepreneurship together with Orange County's vibrant business community to support job creation and economic growth.

Grad wows RSC

Grad Zach Thammavongsy interviewed by RSC about Chemistry computer game

Zach Thammavongsy was featured in an interview by the British Royal Society of Chemisty  about his  game company d-Orbital Games.

Read the interview here.

Blum is outstanding

Suzanne Blum's contributions to undergraduate education recognized by dean

Suzanne Blum was selected as the recipient of the Physical Science Outstanding Contributions to the Undergraduate Education award for the Department of Chemistry.  For previous winners, click here.

Alum does good

Dave MacMillan (UCI chem PhD '96) elected to National Academy of Sciences.

Dave received his PhD in 1996 with the Overman group, on the development of a new stereocontrolled synthesis of tetrahydrofurans. His graduate studies culminated in the total synthesis of 7-(−)-deacetoxyalcyonin acetate, a eunicellin deterpenoid isolated from soft coral Eunicella stricta.

See the NAS announcement here.

Dong and Evans lauded

Vy Dong and Bill Evans receive Lauds and Laurels.

Vy Dong and Bill Evans received the Lauds and Laurels Award in recognition of their contributions and their merit. Vy has has been honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Bill has been honored with the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award.

Chems win NSF Fellowships

Many chemistry students win NSF graduate fellowships

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:


(1) Alicia Hoffman, Chemistry Graduate Student, Blake Research Group

(2) Sierra Williams, Chemistry Graduate Student, Prescher Research Group

(3) Jessica Kelz, Chemistry Graduate Student, Martin Research Group

(4) Kristin Gabriel, MB&B Graduate Student, Weiss Research Group

(5) Elena Thomas, Chemistry Undergraduate Student, Jarvo Research Group


Opportunity for HS Teachers

Summer Research Opportunity for High School Teachers 2018

Two positions are available for high school chemistry teachers to participate in an NSF-funded summer research program in Dr. Craig Murray's laboratory.  The program will provide an opportunity for teachers to spend four weeks participating hands-on in an active research laboratory and subsequently bring their students to UCI for tours and talks.  For more information see here.

Grads win at UC symposium

Grads Thammavongsy, Ellis, and Nguyen honored at UC symposium

Grads Zachary Thammavongsy (Yang group) received the Social Media Award, Bryan Ellis (Vanderwal group) awarded best talk in organic session, and Sean Nguyen (Prescher group) won best talk in Chemical Biology at the UC Chemistry Symposium.