2014 Chemistry Nobel Laureates visit UCLA

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The three recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry – Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and William Moerner – were each invited to UCLA by Professor Shimon Weiss.  

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to the scientists “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”. Select photos from the first two lectures are below.

Professor Stefan Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), will be honored at the 2015 Seaborg Symposium on October 19, 2015, where he will give a lecture titled “Optical Microscopy: the Resolution Revolution”. To learn more, visit www.seaborg.ucla.edu.

On April 6, 2015, Professor William Moerner, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, presented a lecture titled “The Story of Single Molecules, from Early Spectroscopy in Solids, to Super-Resolution Nanoscopy in Cells” at the CNSI Auditorium. The complete photo gallery can be viewed here.

On June 1, 2015, Dr. Eric Betzig, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, gave a lecture titled “Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution” at the UCLA Faculty Center. The complete photo gallery can be viewed here.

The Moerner and Betzig lectures were made possible by the generous support of Dean Joseph Rudnick, Division of Physical Sciences.

Professor William Moerner Lecture – April 6, 2015

Top: Prof. Shimon Weiss (left) introduces Prof. William Moerner (right)

Middle: Prof. Weiss and Prof. Moerner at the reception following the lecture.

Bottom: (left to right) Dr. Laurent Bentolila and his son Nathan, Prof. Shimon Weiss, Prof. William Moerner,
Dr. Xavier Michalet, and visiting Prof. Paul Wiseman (McGill U, Montreal). 

Dr. Eric Betzig Lecture – June 1, 2015

Betzig Montage Final
Top: In his introduction of Dr. Eric Betzig, Prof. Weiss displays a copy of Dr. Betzig’s PhD thesis which he received when he visited Dr. Betzig at AT&T in 1990 to learn about the near field microscope.

Bottom left:  Dr. Betzig visits with Prof. Weiss and students at the reception following the lecture

Bottom right: Prof. William Gelbart, Dr. Betzig, Prof. Weiss, Prof. Jianwei (John) Miao

Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry