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. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/3/eaax9051.

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.


Dr. Shaul Mukamel awarded 2020 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

Dr. Shaul Mukamel was awarded the 2020 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science by the On behalf of the American Physical Society

"For expanding the boundaries and understanding of nonlinear optical spectroscopy and its application to chemical, biological and material systems."

The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.


Graduate student Marc Sprague-Piercy receives Gilliam Fellowship

Congratulations Marc Sprague-Piercy of the Martin Lab on being awarded a Gilliam Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study support exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders, especially those students who will go on to become faculty members at colleges and universities. 

Brenna Biggs has been selected as a Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year

Congratulations to Brenna Biggs on being named a Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year! The UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated projects that support the UC system’s goal to produce zero-net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. All 10 UC campuses plus the UC Office of the President, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are participating in the program.