Jun 2, 2017
Professor Paul Weiss accepting Tolman Award
Professor Paul S Weiss was awarded the American Chemical Society Southern California Section's highest honor, the Tolman Medal, on May 24, 2017.
 
Select photos from the event can be viewed below and the complete set can be viewed on the photo gallery.
 
Over 130 faculty, students, alumni and staff attended the Richard C. Tolman Award dinner at the UCLA Faculty Center. In his Tolman address, “Exploring the Ultimate Limits of Miniaturization”, Prof. Weiss discussed opportunities for the next decade of nanoscience and nanotechnology
 
(Left) In his remarks, Prof. Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Dean of Physical Sciences, spoke of Prof. Weiss’ many contributions to UCLA.  (Right) Prof. Weiss during his Tolman address at the UCLA Faculty Center.
 
In his opening remarks, Prof. Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Dean of Physical Sciences, spoke of Prof. Weiss’ many contributions to UCLA. “Paul is highly collaborative and creative across science, engineering, and medicine, as you will see from his talk and from the audience present, he serves as an extremely active mentor for faculty and others at UCLA and around the world of science,” Garcia-Garibay said.
 
Michael Morgan, Chair of the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society, presented the Tolman Award to Prof. Weiss.  In her closing remarks, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair Prof. Catherine Clarke echoed the praise for Prof. Weiss’ research and contributions to UCLA.
 
(Left) Prof. Weiss’ spouse, UCLA neuroscientist Prof. Anne Andrews, reacts during the award presentation. (Right) Prof. and Chair Catherine Clarke gave the closing remarks.
 
 
Michael Morgan, Chair of the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society, presented the Tolman Award to Prof. Paul Weiss (left).
 
Since 1960, the award has been given annually to Southern California researchers for outstanding contributions to chemistry. The honor is named for distinguished California Institute of Technology scientist Tolman (1881–1948), who in 1917 famously showed that the electron was the charge-carrying particle in metals. A byproduct of this experiment was the measured value of the mass of the electron. Tolman Medal recipients include seven Nobel Prize winners.
 
Four Tolman Medalists attended the event – (from left) UCLA Profs. Michael Jung, Richard Kaner, Nobel Laureate Prof. Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California), and UCLA Prof. Ken Houk.
 
Prof. Weiss is the 16th UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty member to be awarded the medal. Previous winners are William G. Young (1960), Francis E. Blacet (1968), Robert L. Pecsok (1970), Howard Reiss (1973), Herbert Kaesz (1980), Nobel Laureate Paul D. Boyer (1981), Nobel Laureate Donald C. Cram (1984), M. Frederick Hawthorne (1986), Mostafa El-Sayed (1989),  Christopher S. Foote (1995), Kendall N. Houk (1998), Fred Wudl (2005), Joan S. Valentine (2008), Richard B. Kaner (2009), and Michael Jung (2016).
 
Prof. Weiss with some of the current and former members of his research group who attended.
 
To learn more about Prof. Weiss’ research visit his group’s website.
 
All the photos from the event can be viewed on the photo gallery.
 
Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.