Association Chair Rebecca Zuckerman
I am honored to be serving as the Chair for the Alumni Association’s Steering
Team. My predecessor, Steve Sciamanna, did
a great job as chair for the previous seven years... (seven years!?).
I appreciate the assistance I’ve received from Clayton
Heathcock, Jane Scheiber, and Camille Olufson.
They are great to work with, and they each have done so much for the college.
G. N. Lewis Era
The alumni of the G. N. Lewis Era held their annual gathering the Thursday
before Big Game, as is their tradition. Although the numbers are sadly
declining, there was still an enthusiastic turnout of some 45 alumni,
who heard a talk on cell recognition by Professor John
Kuriyan and a medley of Big Game songs rendered by the Cal
Cupola Era event
The annual Cupola Era luncheon took place on Saturday, February 28. Professor
spoke about his research on modeling complex systems to a group of over
45 alumni from 1945-1962. Everyone had fun catching up with old friends
and learning about the latest happenings in the college.
Real World Engineering
A new event for the College this year, held on February 12 and co-sponsored
with the College of
Kubinec (Ph.D. ’94, Chem) holds chemistry demonstrations for Cal
Alumni Association, was “Real World Engineering.” Geared toward current
undergraduates in the various engineering subdisiplines, the program featured
alumni panelists in the various disciplines talking about their careers
and answering students’ questions about their fields. We are grateful
to our alumni speakers—Larry Perry (B.S.
’56), Clint Holzwarth (B.S. ’79) and
Steven Chan (B.S. ’01)—who drew an audience of some 45 undergraduates,
mostly chemical engineers.
Day, the campus’s annual open house, was held on April 17. Two of our
outstanding staff scientists, Mark Kubinec
(Ph.D. ’94) and Lonnie Martin, wowed a crowd
in Pimentel Hall with their prowess at chemistry demonstrations. Associate
Dean Herbert Strauss discussed the college’s three undergraduate programs
to an overflowing group of more than 200 prospective and newly admitted
students and their parents.
Prior to the lectures, students from AXE and AIChE led tours through several
chemistry and chemical engineering labs so that the newly admitted students
could see where, if they choose Berkeley, they would be working. The AIChE
students also hosted a much-appreciated complimentary barbecue. And we
had a couple of the undergraduate advisors available for questions, which
seemed to be very much appreciated by the crowd. It was a successful event,
and the college is hopeful of continuing to attract the best and the brightest
Wu (PhD. ChE, ’88) attended Cal Day with his daughter (a potential future
Bear) and his wife.
with Young Alums
To further connections to the college with our current students and young
alumni, we recently hosted a “Sushi and Champagne” reception on April
21 for all alumni from the graduating years of 2000 and beyond, as well
as all undergraduates and graduate students of the class of 2004. It was
a really fun evening, with more than 80 alumni, graduating students and
faculty in attendance. Big thank you’s go to Marissa
Drouillard (B.S.Chem, ’00) and Steven Chan
(B.S.ChE, ’01,) for all of the work they did. We look forward to having
the alumni association continue this celebratory event next year. It’s
a great networking opportunity!
Nano on Campus
Speaking of networking opportunities, the college co-hosted the “berkeley
nsanotechnology forum 2004: the future of nano, your future in nano” on
May 1.The caliber of the distinguished speakers from the nanotechnology
field was fantastic. The speakers included chemistry professor and Director
of the Molecular Foundry at LBNL
Paul Alivisatos, (Ph.D. ’86). We hope that this will be the
first of many “nano events” on the Berkeley campus. Meanwhile, we continue
to co-sponsor the MIT-Stanford-UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forums 2003-04,
held mainly in the Stanford area. Check the college’s website for the
As we go to press, the recently established CHEMillennium Alumni Era group
(1980-1999) is preparing for their second annual event on Wednesday, May
26. This event will include a network reception and a time to socialize
with old friends, colleagues and faculty, followed by a panel discussion
by two inspirational professors: Kevan
Shokat (Ph.D. ’91, Chem) and Rachel Segalman.
Shokat, a Professor of Chemistry with a joint appointment at UCSF, is
doing very interesting work in the elucidation of proteins involved in
signal transduction and cell cycle pathways, and Segalman, new to the
chemical engineering department, studies the relationship between morphology
and properties in plastic electronics.
We’re beginning to plan for our fall events. On Saturday, October 16,
Homecoming & Parents’ Weekend, the college will feature Assistant
Trauner discussing “Chemical Synthesis and Synthetic Biology.” Please
join us in the Tan Hall lobby from 8:30-9:00 a.m., prior to Professor
Trauner’s lecture, for complimentary pastries and coffee drinks from ‘Travelin’
Joe’s’ espresso cart! (Did you hear that there is now a place to get coffee
drinks and pastries in the college complex? The “Coffee Lab”—in part of
Professor Y.T. Lee’s old lab—opened last year and I’m told is a welcome
sight to students, faculty and staff. I’m not sure how this affects Café
look forward to a great 2004-05 academic year. I encourage you to join
both the college’s alumni association and @cal (Berkeley’s online community)
via the college’s home page
Also, please do let us know what types of programs and events would be
most appealing and beneficial for you!
Rebecca Zuckerman, Ph.D. ’00, Chem