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Yanan Dai successfully defended his PhD 'Imaging Light with Photoelectrons on the Nano-Femto Scale' on Monday, April 29, 2019. Congratulations Yanan!

The CaSTL Center hosted the Girls in STEAM Conference on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. The day was packed with varied hands-on workshops led by women and men in science, technology, engineering. Over 100 middle and high school girls (grade 6-12th) throughout orange county participated, and was given the opporunity to learn about STEAM careers led by CaSTL's Director of Outreach, Education and Diversity - Dr. Danielle Watt. Participants engaged in mulitiple activities, enjoyed a hosted lunch and took lab tours that focused on experiements and observations in reserach such as:

CaSTL SP Member, H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, a UCI Distinguished Professor and Nicolaos G. & Sue Curtis Alexopoulos Presidential Chair in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, has been elected a fellow by the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge...Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and an independent scientific academy of the United Kingdom. The fellowship of the Royal Society comprises more than 1,460 of the most distinguished scientists from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland, as well as over 170 foreign members.

February 23, 2019

CaSTL 2018 UCI-ASU Pathways Fellow, Howard Weatherspoon, presented at the Emerging Researchers Network Conference in STEM on February 21-23, 2019 in Washington, DC and recevied the first place award for undergraduate poster in Mathematics & Statistics. 

February 7, 2019

CaSTL Center postdoc, Ben Taber, presents on "Seeing is Believing: Visualizing Chemistry" at Albany State University as part of the CaSTL-Albany State University Pathways Program facutly exchange.


January 26, 2019 

CaSTL staff particpated in the 32nd Annual Irvine Valley College (IVC) Astounding Inventions competition held on Saturday, January 26th, 2019.  They conducted hands on activities with young inventors from the Irvine and Tustin School Districts in kindergarden to eighth grade.

January 2019 

CaSTL 2018 UCI-ASU Pathways Program Fellow, Howard Weatherspoon, presents his research at Albany State University Math competition for high school students to show importance of math in scientific research and career opportunities.

Congrats George! for 7th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences. Your contributions to the Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit are transformative! Your collaborations with CaSTL scientists helped to unravel some long outstanding problems in mixing electrons, light and force!

Looking forward to more!

The Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences is awarded to an individual scientist who has made significant and creative contributions, to any of the disciplines of molecular sciences.

Congratulations to Benjamen Taber, postdoctoral researcher in the Apkarian Lab, who was the 2018 runner-up winner of the American Vacuum Society, Nanoscale Science and Technology Division Postdoc Award.


CaSTL 2018 UCI-ASU Pathways Program Fellow, Carterion Whitlock, receives travel award to present his summer research project from Professor Kumar Wickramasinghe's lab at the Region 3 NSBE conference in Montgomery, AL on November 16-18, 2018.