Hivers win chemistry department awards

One of our former managing editors, Lauren Fleming (left photo), was awarded the E.K.C. Lee fellowship award from the Chemistry department at the Edward K. C. Lee Lecture and Award Dinner on May 22, 2019. The award is given “to support an outstanding student in chemistry” for their research accomplishments. She

Victoria speaks at high school awards dinner

Victoria Lim was selected to give the keynote presentation at the 56th annual Orange County American Chemical Society high school awards dinner on May 21, 2019. This awards dinner honored high school students in Orange County who excelled in their first year chemistry exams, Chemistry Olympiad competitions, and Science Olympiad

“Explained by Nerds”

What exactly is slime? Is activated charcoal the solution to all your health problems? Check out the answers on the YouTube channel, Explained by Nerds! This short video series is produced by one of our hivers, Krista Fruehauf, and award-winning science communicator Megan Newcomb. Their goal is to explain the

Hivers slam dunk at Grad Slam

Four of our very own ascend the ranks at UC Irvine Grad Slam! Contestants are challenged to explain the blood, sweat, and tears of their graduate research in just THREE minutes. The winner goes on to compete in the system-wide competition among all the Universities of California. This year, Karen

Ted’s paper and interview!

Ted recently published a paper in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B entitled “Molecular Dynamics Investigations of Dibutyl-phosphoric Acid– Parameterization and Dimerization.” It explores the interactions of molecules involved in re-claiming or recycling uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. These discoveries are important for reducing hazardous waste produced from

Quang’s paper and art award

Quang published a paper entitled “Boiling Heat Transfer Performance of Three-dimensionally Ordered Microporous Copper with Modulate Pore Diameters.” The paper won a best paper award at an international conference. The paper looks at a material’s structure, like pore size and thickness, and determines how that affects how the surface boils

Lauren’s paper on Indian cookstoves

Lauren published a scientific paper in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics on emissions of pollutants from Indian cookstoves. An estimated 3 billion people worldwide burn solid fuels (charcoal, wood, agricultural residues) to cook. These inefficient cookstoves give off a lot of smoke. Over time, inhaling smoke leads to adverse health effects

chem.with.kellen featured in AAAS piece

Kellen with one of her reactions going on in a hood

Check out this piece Kellen wrote for AAAS Public Engagement Reflections! The piece features her Instagram chem.with.kellen — and how she uses it to document her personal everyday interactions with chemistry. She says it’s a really fun way to interact with science, in photos of everyday things that are accompanied by

Samantha’s discovery and more!

Sam with a fish in the field

Samantha Leigh recently published her paper “Seagrass digestion by a notorious ‘carnivore‘” in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This research provides groundbreaking evidence of the first known omnivorous shark species! It has been reported on by multiple media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, and more! Check out her