BCGC Nov/Dec 2015 Newsletter

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BCGC Newsletter November/December 2015

The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Helping to transform society's production and use of chemicals and materials

The University of California Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is an academic program that advances green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. BCGC pursues innovations in education, research and public engagement. We are faculty, researchers, and students in the Colleges of Chemistry, Natural Resources and Engineering, and the Schools of Public Health and Business.


BCGC November/December 2015 Newsletter

This is the first of four videos featuring BCGC leaders discussing the role of green chemistry in the circular economy. See the other three on theDIF 2015 site or at the BCGC YouTube channel.
BCGC Hosts a Big Top Tent at the 2015 Disruptive Innovation Festival

BCGC hosted a Big Top Tent at the 2015 Ellen MacArthur Foundation Disruptive Innovation Festival. Video interviews with BCGC leaders and affiliates including Marty Mulvihill, Meg Schwarzman, Claudia Polsky, and Heather Buckley are all available on the UC Berkeley Top Tent site. BCGC partner, the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Applied Sustainability, was also featured in the festival. The festival is over but the videos are still up for viewing here. You can also check them out on the BCGC YouTube channel!
Greener Solutions 2015: Students working with AutoDesk to create sustainable materials for 3D printing
AutoDesk's 3D printer.
Students in Greener Solutions, BCGC's interdisciplinary, project-based class, have partnered with Autodesk this semester to create biomimetic, safe and sustainable materials for 3D printing. Their work was featured on the AutoDesk website, and they will present their completed project at the beginning of December. The other Greener Solutions student group, who is working with Method to develop greener product ingredients, will present as well. More details forthcoming! You can learn more about the Greener Solutions course by watching this video we put together last year.

BCGC in the News

BCGC featured on the Blog of the Institute for Business and Social Impact
UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business wrote about BCGC on the school's Blog of the Institute for Business and Social Impact. The post is on the business of green chemistry.

Tom McKeag, on a safer national chemicals policy on

Tom McKeag, BCGC's program director, posted a story on He shared some take-aways from Ken Geiser's recent visit to BCGC, and discussed the role of biomimicry in a safer chemical regulatory scheme.

BCGC and Marty Mulvihill in the Berkeley Science Review

Marty Mulvihill, BCGC's executive director, is featured in an article in the current issues of the Berkeley Science Review about the health and environmental concerns surrounding perfluoro-alkyl substances (PFAs). 



Green Chemistry Community

"Ask the Innovators": BCGC session re-cap on the Green Chemistry Innovation Portal

Tom McKeag, BCGC's program director, Meg Schwarzman, BCGC's associate director, Billy Hart-Cooper, a Greener Solutions alum, and Kaj Johnson, senior director of product development of Method, a Greener Solutions partner, participated in an online "Ask the Innovators" Q&A on the ACS Green Chemistry Innovation Portal. The Q&A session took place at the beginning of this month and was a great success. The questions and answers are available for viewing online here

Green Chemistry Opportunities

Product Development Masters Program U.C. Berkeley Chemical Engineering 2016-17: Application now open

The Product Development Program is a 9 month full-time graduate program that offers a challenging, interdisciplinary, product-focused learning experience for chemical engineers, chemists, and related disciplines. Deadline to apply is January 8, 2016. Contact Keith Alexander at 510-642-4526 or visit the program website for more information.

OneStart Bio-Entrepreneurship Program for Students/Postdocs in the U.S.: Win $150k to realize your healthcare business idea. Applications DUE DEC.1

OneStart offers young entrepreneurs the chance to win $150kfree lab space and on-going advice from our extensive mentor network drawn from McKinsey & Co., Johnson & Johnson Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SR One, Takeda Ventures and moreApplications are open until 1st DEC 2015! This is a call to all individuals with an innovative idea that could tackle humanity's most pressing healthcare needs. Learn more at today and start building your winning team. The application is a simple two-page form and there is no cost to apply.

Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship: Application opens on November 30

The Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship is an international programme on the circular economy for postgraduate design, engineering, and business students and their academic tutors. Learn more and apply here. The application will open November 30 and remain open until February 15, 2016.

Green Chemistry Jobs: Senior Scientists at Nike

Nike has two openings, both in Portland, OR for a senior scientist on their Advanced Innovation team, and for a senior chemist in material science innovation. Click through the links or visit to browse opportunites

Green Chemistry Jobs: Research Scientists at Silent Spring Institute

  • Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile data scientist,machine learning expert, or statistician to tackle big data problems in environmental health and breast cancer prevention.
  • Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile, creative chemist,chemical engineer, or biochemist to develop and apply innovative methods for analysis of exposure to environmental exposures, including human biomonitoring.
  • Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile, creative individual with expertise in molecular biology and endocrinology to study the effects of environmental chemicals on mammary development and the etiology of breast cancer.
More details available on their website. The positions can be structured as post-doctoral fellowships or permanent positions.

Green Chemistry Jobs: STEM funding and research opportunities on

Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements: 
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads 
For Financial Support in Graduate School: 
Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines: 
For tips on applying and associated resources: 
For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences: 
For opportunities specifically in Engineering: 
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 Link to originial BCGC Nov/Dec 2015 Newsletter