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BCGC and Steelcase in GC3 Webinar about collaboration, April 13, 0900 PDT

Steelcase, the world’s largest furniture maker, and a partner in BCGC’s Fall 2016, Greener Solutions course, will join BCGC in a webinar hosted by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) on April 13 at 0900 PDT. The webinar will highlight Steelcase’s challenge to UC Berkeley’s graduate student team: brainstorm the concept of “modular polymer chemistry” with a focus on safer colorants that could be used in the company’s Node chair line.

The webinar will be just in time for GC3’s Innovator’s Roundtable in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 25-27, and will feature Jon Smieja, Sustainable Design and Development Leader at Steelcase, and Mark Shapero, chemistry PhD candidate and Greener Solutions team member.

You can register for the webinar here:

You can view the webinar here:




BCGC Board Member to speak at Collaborating to Drive the Adoption of Green Chemistry symposium, Friday, March 24, 2017

BCGC Board Member and co-founder of Safer Made, Marty Mulvihill will be speaking  at the Levi Strauss and Co./ UC-Haas School of Business event. Safer Made is a startup science and technology investment company focused on bringing safer products to market. He will discuss his collaboration with Robert Strand of Haas’ Sustainable Products program and their case study “Levi-Strauss and Company: Driving Adoption of Green Chemistry”.

A New Book and Chapter from BCGC Associates

Professor Dale Johnson, UC Berkeley Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, has had a new book  published by the Royal Society of Chemistry – “Computational Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology”.

Here’s the link

Chapter 3, “Tools for Green Molecular Design to Reduce Toxicological Risk” is written by several people associated with the BCGC: Director John Arnold, former PI of our SAGE IGERT training program Chris Vulpe, and SAGE fellows Leah Rubin and David Faulkner.

Here is the citation:

David Faulkner, Leah K. Rubin Shen, Vanessa Y. De La Rosa, Dale E. Johnson, Rachel Hemingway, Richard V. Williams, Philip N. Judson, John Arnold and Chris D. Vulpe. (2017) Chapter 3. Tools for Green Molecular Design to Reduce Toxicological Risk. In: Computational Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology, Eds. Dale E. Johnson and Rudy J. Richardson. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK. pp. 36-59. DOI:10.1039/9781782623731-00036

BCGC Board Member receives 2017 Wolf Prize in Chemistry

BCGC Board Member and the Gerald E.K. Branch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley Robert G. Bergman has won Israel’s highest award for science and the arts.  The Wolf Prize in Chemistry has been awarded in recognition of his discovery of the activation of C-H bonds of hydrocarbons by soluble transition metal complexes. He and the other award recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in June.

Congratulations, Bob!

BCGC at the Safer Chemicals in Products Conference, March 27, 28

Executive Director Tom McKeag and board members Meg Schwarzman and Marty Mulvihill will be speaking at the ChemicalWatch Safer Chemicals in Products conference in San Francisco, on March 27 and 28. Tom will be speaking about our Greener Solutions course and how BCGC partners with industry, Meg will lead a panel discussion on alternatives assessment, and Marty will discuss the motivation of funders and how they might drive innovation.

The event will offer expert panels and case studies of best practices to achieve safer chemical choices in products. Throughout the two days attendees will examine the interplay between regulation and safer chemicals with the business benefits of progressive safe chemicals management through the supply chain.

Learn more about the event here:

Executive Director leads DOE discussion panel

Executive Director Tom McKeag moderated a panel “Harnessing Biology for Novel Manufacturing” at the ARPA-E Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2017. Participating in the panel were Dr. Angela Belcher, the James Mason Crafts Professor, Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , Mr. Gavin McIntyre, co-founder and CTO of Evocative, and Mr. Prasad Boradker, professor of design at Arizona State University, director of InnovationSpace and co-director of the Biomimicry Center at ASU. Dr. Joesph Rollin coordinated the event in anticipation of an open call for proposals in 2018.