UC CEIN In The News

Below are current news and other features for UC CEIN affiliated faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students & staff.

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November 27,  2018
CEIN Faculty Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Marc Hersam, Huan Meng, Andre Nel, Joshua Schimel, Sangwon Suh, Tian Xia, and Jeffrey Zink named among world's most highly cited researchers 2018 by Clarivate Analytics.

November 19,  2018
CEIN PhD student Ying Yang won first place for her research poster at SETAC North America.

September 17,  2018
Former CEIN graduate student Nubia Zuverza-Mena's work in nanotechnology featured in White House Budget Supplement.

June 6,  2018
A CEIN publication assessing the toxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles in liver cells has been named a NIEHS Extramural Paper of the Month.

May 15,  2018
CEIN Faculty members Trish Holden and Arturo Keller have been named Outstanding Reviewers for Environmental Science: Nano in 2017.

May 2,  2018
CEIN Faculty Hilary Godwin has been named dean of the University of Washington's School of Public Health.

April 19,  2018
CEIN Faculty C. Jeffrey Brinker has been elected as a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

March 23,  2018
CEIN Faculty Jeff Zink was selected to receive the 2017 Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society (SCALACS) Tolman medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to chemistry.

March 20,  2018
CEIN Faculty Sharon Walker is appointed dean of the College of Engineering at Drexel University. 

March 14,  2018
CEIN Faculty Andre Nel receives an honorary degree from his alma mater for his multiple high-level and consistently excellent contributions to the fields of nanomedicine, allergy and immunology. 

February 1,  2018
CEIN Faculty Arturo Keller discusses the elevated levels of metal content found in ash from the Thomas Fire in the Santa Barbara area.

October 28,  2017
CEIN Faculty Jorge Gardea-Torresdey is mentioned in an El Paso Times article on why the world needs scientists.

October 24,  2017
CEIN Faculty Roger Nisbet, Arturo Keller, and CEIN postdoc Louise Stevensen test the capability of a novel nanoparticle to remove cadmium toxicity from a freshwater system.

August 18,  2017
CEIN Faculty Jorge Gardea-Torresdey receives a prestigious Hispanic education award from the Great Minds in STEM.

June 21,  2017
CEIN Postdoc Olivia Osborne gives a TEDx talk on The Visualization of Science.

June 1,  2017
CEIN Faculty Mark Hersam has been named a finalist in the physical sciences and engineering category for the 2017 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

April  2017
CEIN Faculty Lutz Maedler received the Gottfried Wilhelm Liebniz Prize, Germany's most prestigious research funding prize in recognition of his pioneering work in the targeted reactive formation of nanoparticles in the gas phase and their effect on living matter.

April 10, 2017
CEIN Faculty Barbara Herr Harthorn discusses a recent study on key issues around fracking which include the risk of water contamination and preferences for renewable energy sources over fossil fuels.

March 8, 2017
CEIN Postdoc Olivia Osborne was honored on international women's day by her alma mater. She is recognized for her passion for art and science.

November 21, 2016
CEIN Faculty Members Tian Xia and Jeffrey Zink have been named to Thomson Reuters' 2016 list of Highly Cited Researchers.

September 15, 2016
CEIN Postdoctoral Researcher Olivia Osborne participated in an outreach event engaging the public with interactive activities on the preciousness of water.

August 12, 2016
Research on microchip technology and nanomaterial safety screening by CEIN Faculty Members Huan Meng and Chi On Chui featured in a UCLA Newsroom article.

June 20, 2016
CEIN Faculty Member Andre Nel weighs in on a recently published paper that suggests delivery efficiencies for cancer nanomedicines are low and not improving.

March 22, 2016
CEIN Faculty Member Yoram Cohen participates in White House Water Summit which aims to raise awareness of water challenges in the United States.

March 14, 2016
CEIN Faculty Member Jorge Gardea-Torresdey receives the University of Texas at El Paso's first Graduate Mentor Award.

February 26, 2016
CEIN Faculty Member Mark Hersam will begin service as a U.S. Science Envoy focusing on emerging technologies in Eastern Europe.

February 23, 2016
CEIN Faculty Members Joshua Schimel and Jeffrey Zink have been named to Thomson Reuters' 2015 list of Highly Cited Researchers.

December 18, 2015
CEIN Faculty Members Galen Stucky and C. Jeffrey Brinker have been named 2015 Fellows of National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

November 30, 2015
CEIN Faculty C. Jeffrey Brinker to receive the University of New Mexico's 2015 Presidential Award of Distinction.

October 26, 2015
CEIN Faculty Robert Rallo was interviewed by Research*EU Magazine on a new approach to nanotoxicity assessment- trading in vivo for in silico.

October 23, 2015
CEIN Faculty Ponisseril Somasundaran was featured in a news article by Desilife and Times about being honored with a faculty award at Columbia University.

October 20, 2015
A recent CEIN publication by Garner et al. was featured in a news article by Science for Environment Policy, a news service by the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General.

October 8, 2015
CEIN Faculty Sangwon Suh was featured in The Current about his study which shows that life cycle assessment updates are essential to quantify the environmental impacts of agriculture. 

October 7, 2015
CEIN Postdoctoral Researchers Olivia Osborne and Sijie Lin were interviewed by the UCLA Newsroom on their research on the effects of silver nanoparticles in zebrafish which was recently published by ACS Nano.

September 28, 2015
CEIN faculty Jeffrey Zink was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters for 2015
Highly Cited Researchers 2015 represents some of world’s most influential scientific minds. They earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

September 21, 2015
CEIN Faculty Mark Hersam featured in  McCormkick news item about carbon nanotube integrated circuits and the role they will play in future microprocessors thanks to a protective encapsulated layer developed by Hersam's lab.

September 14, 2015
CEIN Faculty Yoram Cohen Mentioned in a Daily Bruin news item about the SIMS mobile water treatment plant and its progress and its progress and performance after a year of practical application in tackling symptoms of the drought in a the San Joaquin valley.

August 16, 2015
CEIN Faculty Jorge Gardea-Torresdey featured as a guest columist in news item, discusses Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center and the role engineered nanomaterials can play in water filtration and providing clean drinking water.

July 6, 2015
CEIN faculty Jeffrey I. Zink featured in news item with CNSI faculty Tamanoi and grad students at City of Hope regarding use nanoparticles to inhibit cancer growth at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

June 15, 2015
CEIN student Dr. Adeyemi Adeyele featured in news article about his path to a Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara.

June 9, 2015
Agilent Technologies presents Thought Leader Award to CEIN Faculty Arturo Keller or UC Santa Barbara. 

May 12, 2015
CEIN Faculty Gary Cherr featured in news item regarding work published on nanomaterials and their role as chemosensitizers.

April 16, 2015
CEIN Faculty Jeff Brinker (UNM/Sandia Labs) chosen as 2015 Innovation Fellow by STC.UNM.

April 6, 2015
CEIN's Mark Hersam featured on news item regarding his work advancing memory resistors that can "remember" how much current has flowed through them.

March 2, 2015
CEIN's Sharon Walker and Alicia Taylor featured in news article regarding use of lab-scale human colon and septic tank to study impact of copper nanoparticles on the environment.

January 22, 2015
CEIN Faculty Member Ponisseril Somasundaran awarded the 2015 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technical Innovation by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Association Committee for his Columbia University's Center for Particulate and Surfactant Systems (CPaSS) research.

January 9, 2015
UC CEIN's Nanoinformatics Group contributed a Lab Talk to nanotechweb.org on predicting nanoparticle agglomeration.

December 10, 2014
CEIN faculty member J.R DeShazo from UCLA featured in news article regarding panel on Rebuilding, Reinventing and Reimagining California's Infrastructure.

November 14, 2014
CEIN faculty member Mark Hersam from Northwestern University featured in multiple news articles discussing his work with MsO2- a "leading successor to graphene".

November 6, 2014
CEIN faculty member Ponisseril Somasundaran from Columbia University featured in news item regarding proposal of low-cost Ebola decontamination technique.

November 4, 2014
CEIN faculty Jeffrey Zink named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher for ranking among the top 1% of cited researchers in the field of Chemistry. In addition, Dr. Zink also acknowledged as one of the "world's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014" in the field of Chemistry. 

October 21, 2014
CEIN faculty Mark Hersam from Northwestern University featured in news item for method he developed to create "materials for the next generation of electronics and photovoltaics". 

September 29, 2014
CEIN faculty Galen Stucky of UC Santa Barbara named a 2014 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate.

September 17, 2014
CEIN faculty Mark Hersam named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to "exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future."

September 4, 2014
CEIN faculty Mark Hersam featured in press release regarding work with carbon nanotube solar cells.

July 15, 2014
CEIN faculty Mark Hersam of Northwestern University gave congressional testimony about federal funding for nano research and development.

June 24, 2014
CEIN faculty Sharon Walker quoted in ONEEARTH News article about some of the work CEIN has done to study the issues posed by nanotechnology.  

June 20, 2014
CEIN faculty Yoram Cohen's article on how desalination could solve California's drought and America's water needs featured on PublicCEO.

June 12, 2014
CEIN member Rong Liu co-organizing a workshop on nanoinformatics on November 2-5, 2014 in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine.

June 3, 2014
CEIN faculty Galen Stucky has been named a recipient of the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. 

May 29, 2014
CEIN faculty Mark Hersam testified before U.S. Congress to push for "coordinated, predictable, and sustained federal funding" for nanotechnology research and development.

May 28, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has appointed CEIN faculty Ponisseril Somasundaran to the Board of Scientific Counselors and to chair the combine BOSC Subcommittees for Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Human Health Risk Assessment Research Program.

May 12, 2014
CEIN's Barbara Harthorn interviewed about the opportunities and challenges of nanotechnology.

May 9, 2014
CEIN's Dr. Hilary Godwin awarded the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award- one of the highest honors given by the UCLA Academic Senate. 

May 8, 2014
UC-CEIN's Yoram Cohen launches Smart Integrated Membrane System - Brackish Water (SIMS-BW) to treat polluted water.

April 28, 2014
CEIN's Jacob Lanphere and Sharon Walker's paper "Stability and Transport of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles in Groundwater and Surface Water" featured on NSF news from the field.

April 1, 2014
ES&T has listed UC-CEIN’s Christian Beaudrie, Milind Kandlikar, and Terre Satterfield’s paper on nano regulation across the life cycle as one of “ES&T’s Best Papers of 2013,” selected from over 1700 other publications.

January 25, 2014
UC-CEIN Director Andre Nel and UC-CEIN faculty Tian Xia's paper on surface interactions with compartmentalized cellular phosphates has been selected for ACS Editor's Choice, and it was featured on Chemical & Engineering News on February 6, 2014.

November 6, 2013
UCLA CEIN Researcher Ruibin Li was awarded the Best Poster prize at the 2013 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) Conference for his poster entitled "Surface Charge and Cellular Processing Determines the Pulmonary Toxicity of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes".

October 16, 2013
The work of CEIN Faculty P. Somasundaran is currently highlighted by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

September 26, 2013
ACS Nano features an op-ed by Paul S. Weiss, director of UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute, and Andre Nel, director of University of California's Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, highlighting a meeting of nanotechnology leaders in Beijing. Weiss is quoted in a Chemical and Engineering News article about the meeting. 

September 5, 2013
UC CEIN renewal and recent publication featured in UCLA Newsroom, "UC center receives $24 million to transform how nanomaterials are tested for safety"

August 21, 2013
New tests for determining health and environmental effects of nanomaterials
ACS Nano Press Pac

May 23, 2013
UC CEIN's Christian Beaudrie and Andre Nel were quoted discussing a recent Environ Sci & Tech publication, From Cradle-to-Grave at the Nanoscale: Gaps in U.S. Regulatory Oversight along the Nanomaterial Life Cycle. Read the full news article (with links to the publication).

April 30, 2013
UC Santa Barbara Professor and UC CEIN member Galen Stucky was elected to National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. To read more...

March 17, 2013
Inspiring Science: Women in Nanotechnology

March 4, 2013
The Daily Nexus: Press on UCSB's Nano Days! March 16-17, 2013
UCSB Hopes To Scientifically Inspire Others with Nanoscience Festival

February 2013
Dr. Andre Nel was featured in the first Sustainable Nano Organization newsletter.  Click here to read more, and to also find other recent features on UC CEIN research and faculty, awards and other Center-related news highlights.

February 20, 2013
Press Release
UCLA Convenes Leaders in Nanotechnology to Advance a 21st Century Framework for Industrial Chemicals

February 6, 2013
ACS News Service Weekly PressPac
A review of Dr. Gardea Torresdey and team’s studies on Soybean plants uptake of CeO2/ZnO, “Widely used nanoparticles enter soybean plants from farm soil” highlighting the groundbreaking nature of their work.

January 22, 2013
The University of California's Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology Receives California's Highest Environmental Honor.  The UC CEIN was awarded the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in the field of Green Chemistry.  The award was given at a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento. For more information and photos from the event, go here.

January 2, 2013
WOSU Columbus Ohio Radio Interview on "All Sides with Ann Fisher"
"Nanomaterial Health Risks: Fact or Fiction"
Dr. Arturo Keller, UC CEIN Co-Director was featured as the nanotechnology expert.
Listen to archived streaming or download the podcast here.

December 20, 2012
Nanowerk Spotlight
"Sustainability of nanotechnology growth requires high-throughput screening techniques"
This article highlights two recent publications related to the zebrafish work within the CEIN and includes an interview with CEIN Researcher Sijie Lin.  Read the full article here.

November 8, 2012
"Pushing the Boundaries to Understand the Impact of Manufactured Nanomaterials on our Food Supply"
The PerkinElmer company website's lead story in their Environmental Customer Stories section features the work of UC CEIN Associate Professor, Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, and his group at the University of Texas at El Paso as they seek to understand how manufactured nanomaterials may enter our food supply, with a particular focus on how nanomaterials may affect soybean production, the fifth largest agriculture crop in the world.  For the complete article, go here.

September 18, 2012
On behalf of ACS Publications, ACS Nano Editor Advisory Board members André Nel from the Division of Nanomedicine at UCLA and Wolfgang Parak from Philipps-Universitä Marburg in Germany presented the 2012 Future Scientists: Student Innovation awards at the International Conference on Nanotoxicology in Beijing, China. This event was sponsored by ACS Publications, Nano Letters, and ACS Nano and organized by the NanoSafety division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and took place during the 6th International Conference on Nanotoxicology in Beijing, China.

August 22, 2012
Congratulations to Adeyemi Adeleye, UC CEIN doctoral student at UC Santa Barbara, who received the ACS Environmental Chemistry Division's Certificate of Merit in recognition of his presentation titled, "Persistence of commercial nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) and its by-products" at the 224th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia on August 22, 2012.  This was a leveraged project, working with a major environmental consulting firm, AECOM, who is interested in knowing the environmental implications of this nanomaterial used in groundwater remediation.

August 21, 2012
A UC CEIN research team led by UCSB Professor Patricia Holden released a new study exploring the effects of engineered nanomaterials on soybean crops.  
Review news article here
Read the collected news stories here

August 14, 2012
Congratulations to UC CEIN undergraduate researcher Wilson Mai who has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious UCLA Senior Undergraduate Research Scholarship.  These scholarships are awarded to selected undergraduate seniors who demonstrate strong academic abilities and engage in significant research endeavors.  Wilson has become a key member of the UC CEIN research lab at UCLA and we congratulate him for this award.

July 2012
Join us in congratulating UC CEIN faculty member Ponisseril Somasundaran of Columbia University on the prestigious honor of his election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) on the basis of his contributions to the fields of Applied Sciences and Engineering. This distinguished fellowship is not widely awarded outside of Canada. Dr. Somasundaran is the first ever recipient from Columbia University. The Royal Society of Canada: the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC) was established under an Act of Parliament in 1882 as the senior Canadian collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. For more about the RSC visit their website.

July 9, 2012
Nanowerk Spotlight
"Towards high-throughput, mechanisms-based toxicity testing of nanomaterials"
This article is a discussion of methods of nanomaterial toxicity testing focusing on the fundamentally different approach being developed under the guidance of Dr. André Nel and the researchers of UC CEIN at UCLA. Under certain circumstances this new approach using in vitro testing has tremendous advantages over previous methods including faster results. Read the full article here.

June 20, 2012
Nanowerk Spotlight
"Surface defects on silver nanoparticles hold dangers for aquatic life"
The Spotlight section of the nanotechnology and nanoscience website nanowerk.com features an article discussing recent UC CEIN research on how the crystal structure of silver nanoparticles in aquatic environments is a determinate of toxicity to aquatic life.  Read the full article here.

June 15, 2012
Congratulations to the UC CEIN partner, University of Breman for its recognition as one of Germany's eleven finest universities and grand prize winner for research funding from the German Federal Government's Excellence Initiative.  These honors include an extra 100 million euros for research funding.  For the complete press release from University of Bremen go here and for more about the German Excellence Initiative go here.

June 7, 2012
The 2012 recipient of the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research is environmental engineer is awarded to Pedro J. J. Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, the George R. Brown Professor of Engineering and Chair of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Alvarez, a UC CEIN affiliated researcher, was selected as the 2012 recipient because of because of global leadership and contributions to enhancing water resource sustainability through water pollution control. With a focus on examining new technologies, his work has provided fundamental insight on a broad range of water industry challenges, but he is best known for his pioneering research in two fields: bioremediation and environmental nanotechnology.

May 1, 2012
Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey of University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) and the UC CEIN has received the most prestigious award for teaching excellence and higher education in the State of Texas, the Piper Award of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.  He is the first Hispanic in over 100 years to receive this award, making his a great role model.  He is being recognized for his major contributions to Science & Technology Education (STEM), which are having an impact not only at UTEP, the UC CEIN and the State of Texas.

February 17, 2012
EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, honored the CEIN with a visit of the Center.  Click here for more detail and pictures from the visit.

February 7, 2012
"UV from sunlight excites nanoparticles to kill phytoplankton in lab settings"
EarthSky News Blog
Features work conducted by Robert Miller of the UC Santa Barbara Bren School on TiO2' effect on phytoplankton in the presence of UV sunlight.