May 1, 2015
Prof. Chris Foote

Photos from the 2015 Christopher S. Foote Symposium events are now available for viewing.

The March 12th symposium was organized by former colleagues and members of Prof. Chris Foote’s research group to mark the 50th anniversary of the Foote/Wexler discovery. This anniversary and celebration marks the groundbreaking discovery of the role of singlet oxygen as a discrete, if not omnipresent, species in dye-sensitized photooxidations and chemical reactions of peroxides in the dark.  
 
The photo gallery of the symposium events can be viewed here.
 
The afternoon symposium at UCLA included invited lectures on topics of singlet oxygen chemistry presented by Prof. Michael Orfanopoulos (Department of Chemistry, University of Crete), Prof. Cynthia J. Burrows (Department of Chemistry, University of Utah), Prof. Albert W. Girotti (Department of Biochemistry, Medical College of Wisconsin), and Prof. Alexander Greer (Department of Chemistry, The City University of New York, Brooklyn College).  Prof. Ken Houk, Prof. Matthias Selke (Cal State LA), and Prof. Alec Greer (CUNY Brooklyn College) also spoke about Prof. Foote and singlet oxygen research history.
 
 
The symposium was followed by a reception with a poster session at which the Foote Fellows in Organic Chemistry (a graduate student fellowship endowed by the Foote family) were in attendance.
 
Prof. Foote’s family joined faculty, students and former members of his lab for a dinner celebration at the UCLA Faculty Center.  
 
For more information about the event please visit the symposium website here. Prof. Foote's biography can be viewed here.
 
Photo captions – left to right
 
1. 2015 Foote Symposium audience.
 
2. Prof. Ken Houk (UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry).
 
3. Prof. Albert W. Girotti (Department of Biochemistry, Medical College of Wisconsin), Prof. Matthias Selke (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Los Angeles), Prof. Alexander Greer (Department of Chemistry, The City University of New York, Brooklyn College), Prof. Ken Houk (UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry), Prof. Cynthia J. Burrows (Department of Chemistry, University of Utah), and Prof. Michael Orfanopoulos (Department of Chemistry, University of Crete).
 
4. Spencer Foote (Prof. Foote’s grandson) and Prof. John D. Roberts (Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Techonology).
 
5. Former Ph.D. students from Prof. Foote’s lab group during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Front row: Dr. Phil Bernard, Dr. Martin Brenner, and Mrs. Brenda Brenner. Back row: Mrs. Pat Bernard, Dr. Herald Kane, Dr. Elaine Peterson, Mr. Dan Isenberg, Dr. Satya Majeti, and Dr. Vimala Majeti.
 
6. Tejas Shah (Foote Graduate Fellow in Organic Chemistry, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Martin Brenner.
 
7. Prof. Edyta M. Greer (Department of Natural Sciences, CUNY Baruch College) and daughter Julia Greer.
 
8. Prof. Foote's family. Front row: Mary Rounsavall (sister), Spencer Foote (grandson), Judi Smith (spouse). Middle row: Flo Foote (daughter in law). Back row: Bob Rounsavall (brother in law), Tom Foote (son), Jon Foote (son).
 
9. Foote Graduate Fellows in Organic Chemistry. Front row: Juno Van Valkenburgh, Dr. Liz Noey, Liana Hie, and Jesus Moreno. Back row: Dr. Xin Hong, Pesach Perlin, Nick Weires, Jack Bracken, Tejas Shah, Lucas Morrill, and Byron Boon.
 
Photography by Penny Jennings (UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)