Distinguished Lecture Series

The UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series is a department-wide colloquium in a special week once per quarter when there are no other seminars in our department. Since beginning the series in 2013, we have invited some of the world’s most accomplished and engaging scientists to speak - Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold (Caltech), David Baker (University of Washington), Zhenan Bao (Stanford), Jacqueline Barton (Caltech), Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech (University of Colorado, Boulder), Francois Diederich (ETH Zurich), Harry Gray (Caltech), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Barry Honig (Columbia), Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg (Stanford), Yi Lu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Victoria Orphan (Caltech), Kimberly Prather (UCSD, Scripps), Douglas Rees (Caltech), JoAnne Stubbe (MIT), George Whitesides (Harvard). Their lectures have consistently encouraged thought-provoking conversations and ideas.
On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Professor Jennifer Doudna, professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, will give the Donald J. Cram Distinguished Lecture in lieu of a Fall 2019 Distinguished Lecture. Her lecture will take place at 4:00 pm in the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) auditorium, followed by a reception in the CNSI lobby at 5:15 p.m.   
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Professor Emily A. Carter, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, and soon to be UCLA’s new executive vice chancellor and provost, will give the Winter 2020 Distinguished Lecture. Her lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) auditorium, followed by a reception in the CNSI lobby at 5:15 p.m.
All of the lectures are open to the public. While the research covered in the lectures is meant to appeal to a broad range of chemists and biochemists, the lectures also include a general introduction to the research for those who are further separated in research expertise.
Questions about the Distinguished Lecture Series can be directed to Penny Jennings, penny@chem.ucla.edu, 310-825-9809.
Photos: (Top row) Ken Houk and Francois Diederich, Doug Rees, Paul Weiss and Kim Prather, Thomas Cech, Sabeeha Merchant and JoAnne Stubbe, Harry Gray and Joan Valentine. (Bottom row) Yi Lu, audience during Q&A, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, David Baker, Jacqueline Barton, audience during Q&A.