Upcoming 2018-19 Distinguished Lecture Series

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Four dynamic speakers are scheduled for our 2018-19 Distinguished Lecture Series: George Whitesides, David Schuster, Joanna Aizenberg, & Zhenan Bao.

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. The lectures are open to the public. 

Schuster DavidWhitesides 800x800In the Fall 2018George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Harvard University, and David Schuster, Professor Emeritus, New York University, will present the 2018 John D Roberts Lecture on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the CNSI auditorium. A reception will follow at the Faculty Center at which accomplished pianist Schuster will perform a short piano concert and tribute to Roberts. Whitesides’s work has had major impacts in chemistry, materials science, biochemistry and biophysics. Schuster’s current work is specialized in the synthesis of nanoscale electron donor-acceptor systems with potential applications in solar energy storage devices. Schuster and Whitesides were both graduate students of Professor John D. Roberts.

Aizenberg 200x300 0The Winter 2019 Distinguished Lecture by Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the CNSI auditorium followed by a reception in the lobby at 5:00 p.m.  Aizenberg is a prominent figure in the field of biologically inspired materials science.
BaoThe Spring 2019 Distinguished Lecture by Zhenan Bao, K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, and Director of Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR), will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the CNSI auditorium followed by a reception in the lobby at 5:00 p.m. Bao is known for her work developing technologies with organic field-effect transistors and organic semiconductors.

Since beginning the series in 2013, we have invited some of the world’s most accomplished and engaging scientists to speak – Frances Arnold (Caltech), Barry Honig (Columbia), Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg (Stanford), Harry Gray (Caltech), Francois Diederich (ETH Zurich), Yi Lu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), JoAnne Stubbe (MIT), Douglas Rees (Caltech), Kimberly Prather (UCSD, Scripps), Jacqueline Barton (Caltech), Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech (University of Colorado, Boulder), David Baker (University of Washington), and Victoria Orphan (Caltech). Their lectures have consistently encouraged thought-provoking conversations and ideas.

For more information about the Distinguished Lecture Series visit the series website or contact Penny Jennings, Communications Manager, penny@chem.ucla.edu, 310-825-9809.