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Science on the Edge


Dramatic innovations in computing, renewable energy and climate change research, biological sciences for human health, and understanding the universe — from the infinitesimal to the infinite — have placed Berkeley scientists on the precipice of incredible breakthroughs. Get an insiders’ perspective — from the leaders of two crown jewels in research — on little-known discoveries that could soon change life as we know it.


Paul Alivisatos

Alivisatos Ph.D. ’86 serves as vice chancellor for research with overall responsibility for UC Berkeley’s research endeavor and primary leadership in research policy, planning and administration including relations between the university and industry, research compliance, research communications and research support for the Berkeley campus. He is Berkeley’s Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnolog, directs the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute (ENSI), and holds professorships in Berkeley’s departments of materials science and chemistry.

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Graham Fleming

Fleming is a professor of chemistry and The Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemical Biodynamics at Berkeley. As a scientist he has reshaped the intersection of physical and biological sciences, while maintaining his own groundbreaking investigations into ultrafast chemical and biological processes, in particular photosynthesis. He has authored or co-authored more than 444 publications, and is widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on ultrafast processes.

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