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January 20, 2022
  • Faculty Recruitment Research Seminar
    January 20, 2022  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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January 24, 2022
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    January 24, 2022  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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January 27, 2022
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Our seminars

Bunnett Symposium
The Bunnett lecture series is hosted annually by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in honor of Professor Emeritus Joseph Bunnett. Established in 2001, the symposium which is held on the first Friday in May, features a formal lecture that has been presented by some of the most eminent scholars in the field of chemistry.
Fink Symposium
This biennial event was established in 2010 to honor and celebrate Professor Tony Fink’s exceptionally distinguished career in Biomedical Chemistry.
Fall Conference
The Department Fall Conference held annually is attended by faculty, researchers, postdocs, and grad students. This is a day long event which includes a key note speaker, scientific talks from each lab group, and a poster session.
Phil Crews Symposium: Powered by Chemistry, Strengthened by Diversity
The Crews symposium is a symposium that celebrates diverse voices in chemical research, and recognizes their excellence in scientific discovery. In addition, a Crews fellowship will be presented to an outstanding undergraduate student to help them further their career in chemical research.
Kenny Ikei Memorial Seminar
The Ikei seminar focuses on graduate student health and happiness. Prior to the seminar, the students celebrate with a Halloween costume contest and then participate in a diverse array of seminar topics to help with mental health and career goals.
CH291 Seminar Series
Weekly research seminars held during the academic year. Invited speakers are widely recognized experts in their respective fields whose research programs have broad appeal to scientists working within and across chemical and biological subdisciplines.

Latest News

An illustration of a peptide formation

Mirror-image peptides form ‘rippled sheet’ structure predicted in 1953

A UCSC team obtained an x-ray ‘snapshot’ of a novel protein structure with potential applications in biomedicine and materials science

Text Reads: Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2021

List of most highly cited researchers features 20 UCSC scientists and engineers

Chemistry and biochemistry professors Shaowei Chen and Yat Li, former chemistry graduate student Yichuan Ling, and astronomy and astrophysics scientists Jonathan Fortney, Garth Illingworth, and Rychard Bouwens were among the most cited researchers of 2021.

A photograph of Professor Scott Lokey

UC Santa Cruz joins the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium

UC Santa Cruz has joined the University of California Drug Discovery Consortium (UC DDC), a cross-campus initiative aimed at building a drug discovery community that actively promotes research translation through industry partnerships.

Scientists assemble a biological clock in a test tube to study how it works

A team of scientists has reconstituted the circadian clock of cyanobacteria in a test tube, enabling them to study rhythmic interactions of the clock proteins in real time and understand how these interactions enable the clock to exert control over gene expression.

Laura Sanchez

Breaking barriers, helping others up

UC Santa Cruz chemistry associate professor Laura Sanchez reflects on what helped her succeed and how she has tried to help others do the same

Diversity among chemistry TAs benefits undergrads

Diversity among graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) may be among the most essential factors in retaining underrepresented minority undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, according to statistical evidence from a new study set to publish in the August issue of the Economics of Education Review.

Original story from UCSC Newscenter.

Graphs of relaxation time predictions for two systems with inversion symmetry.

New method predicts spin dynamics of materials for quantum computing

Universal first-principles approach will accelerate the identification and design of materials for quantum information science and other spintronics applications.

Original story from UCSC Newscenter

UC Santa Cruz lab increases COVID-19 testing for Santa Cruz County

In Santa Cruz County, they should be testing just over 400 people a day. Right now, on average, the county says it’s doing about 167 tests per day. But one newly created lab at UC Santa Cruz is hoping to help the county reach that goal.

Original story from KAZU.

UC Santa Cruz scientists create diagnostic lab

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz have been working hard to set up a lab to test for coronavirus in the community and it has finally paid off.

Original story from KSBW.