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August 28, 2012

Green Chemistry Wins $3.4 Million Training Grant

Grad students encouraged to apply for funding

By Michael Barnes, School of Chemistry

The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry was awarded $3.4 million to train Ph.D. students in the principles of green chemistry and the design of clean-energy technologies, UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry announced today (August 29). The grant supports the Systems Approach to Green Energy (SAGE), a program whose goal is to develop a generation of scientists, engineers, toxicologists, policy-makers and business leaders who are well versed in the principles of green chemistry and clean energy. By using a systems approach, the program will foster technology innovations in solar energy, biofuel, and energy storage systems.

CampusBriefs_vulpephoto165.jpgChris Vulpe (pictured right), associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology, is the principal investigator (PI) for the project. “We will bring together disciplines that don't speak the same language, and not only get them to talk, but also work together toward creative solutions to our pressing need for sustainable energy solutions,” Vulpe said.

Co-PIs are John Arnold, a professor in the Department of Chemistry; Alastair Iles (pictured below), an assistant professor of Environmental Science, Policy and Management; and Thomas McKone, an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and a senior staff scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division.

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August 3, 2012

SoCal's Ground-Zero for Argentine Ant Wars

ESPM professor Neil Tsutsui is a guest expert on the public radio show Radiolab, in an episode uncovering the warlike, marauding Argentine ants.

"Argentine ants are not good neighbors. When they meet ants from another colony, any other colony, they fight to the death, and tear the other ants to pieces."

Listen now.


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