ChemComm “Lightning Talk” prize winner at the first UCSCS symposium

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Liban Saleh

Postdoctoral scholar Liban Saleh (Spokoyny group) won the award for his short (~ five minutes) research presentation at the symposium.        

The University of California Symposium for Chemical Sciences (UCSCS) symposium took place at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead during the 2016 Spring Break (March 21-23).

Dr. Saleh’s research focuses on inorganic and organomimetic cluster chemistry towards functional materials. The “lightening talk” award was sponsored by the scientific journal ChemComm (Chemical Communications) which is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The RSC and the University of California System joined together to help graduate students and postdocs to organize the symposium which was supported by eight UC departments (UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara) representing all areas of chemistry including biological, organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry. The symposium provided graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to not only present their work in a multidisciplinary environment, but also take part in different workshops to further their career and establish connections with professionals from industry, government and alternative science jobs. 

Members of the UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry department contributed to the success of the symposium. Postdoctoral scholar Dr. Jean-Luc Anoklase Ayitou (Garcia-Garibay group) was one of the conference organizers. Prof. Neil Garg gave the opening keynote speech titled “Launching Chemical Education Initiatives in a Research Intensive Environment” and an ending keynote speech titled “Complex Molecule Synthesis as a Fuel for Discovery”. Prof. Hosea Nelson served as a poster session judge.

For more information about the Spokoyny group research visit the group’s website