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UC Irvine Receives Accolade For Its Open Chemistry Project

UC Irvine Selected For a Finalist Award For the National University Technology Network

IRVINE, Calif. – September 17, 2013 – The University of California, Irvine has been awarded a Distance Education Innovation Award by The National University Technology Network (NUTN) for its development of OpenCourseWare content, specifically for its Open Chemistry (OpenChem) project. A distinguished panel of reviewers cited the strength of UCI’s OpenCourseWare initiative in its broader applications in reaching significant numbers of students and institutions and for making the entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum available to the public without charge. The awards were presented at NUTN’s annual event, NUTN Network 2013 on Sept. 17, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“It is an honor to have UC Irvine recognized for its OpenChem project,” said Larry Cooperman, director of UCI’s OpenCourseWare Initiative and president of the board of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. “By releasing the full path of study as OpenCourseWare, UCI contributes its world-class resources in chemistry to advance the study of on-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects.”

UCI OpenChem provides free and open access to 15 quarter-length undergraduate and select graduate chemistry video lectures. The project was the brainchild of lauded UCI Chemistry Professor James Nowick, whose three classes of Organic Chemistry lectures have been viewed thousands of times and have earned praise from students around the world.

The National University Technology Network, NUTN, is a professional development network for innovative leaders advancing teaching and learning in the distance education field. NUTN provides assistance and opportunities for professional development, and is designed to address the challenges of the developing digital world, as well as the continued use of educational technologies in higher education. To learn more about the award, visit:

For more information about UCI’s OpenChem project, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit