Ronald Cohen

Ronald C. Cohen attended Wesleyan University where he received his BA with high honors in 1985. He attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Richard Saykally in 1991. From 1991-1996 he was Postdoctoral Fellow and then a Research Associate at Harvard University with James G. Anderson. In 1995 he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Science. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002. He is a Faculty Scientist, in the Energy and Environment Technologies Division, LBNL (1996-present). In 2006-2007 he was a Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Division of Biogeochemistry, Mainz, Germany. Cohen has shared the NASA Group Achievement Award, in 2005 and in 1998. He has received awards from the Hellman Family Faculty Fund, (1999); and a Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship, (1998). He is an Editor of the open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Virginia (Jill) Teige

Virginia (Jill) Teige is a sixth-year graduate student in the Cohen lab. She completed her bachelor's degree in chemistry in her hometown of Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she was twice awarded the Klinge scholarship for excellence in science and dedication to outreach and education. She has taught chemistry to students from 1st grade up to junior level in college, and remains dedicated to community outreach through the BEACON Project. She designed and built the first generation of BEACON nodes, and is now working to analyze the information gathered thus far. To date, she has been active in every node deployment, and has earned the moniker "Node Woman" from the BEACON participants.

Alexis Shusterman

Alexis Shusterman is a fourth-year graduate student in the Cohen lab. She graduated from Brown University in May 2013 with a degree in chemistry and a passion for science communication, for which she was recently awarded second place in the American Chemical Society's 2014 Chemistry Champions competition. At Berkeley, Alexis has remained active in community outreach via BEACON school visits, Bay Area Scientists in Schools, Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, and after-school tutoring at Berkeley High School. Supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, Alexis works on the deployment of the second generation of BEACON nodes and continues to analyze the data collected so far.

Katja Weichsel

Katja Seitz Weichsel worked on the BEACON project from spring 2012 through fall 2013. She studied physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and started working in atmospheric chemistry during her diploma thesis at the Institute of Environmental Physic in Heidelberg. First she studied atmospheric trace gases of the free troposphere at Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. During her PhD thesis at the same institute she changed subject to study the halogen emission of seaweed at the Irish West Coast. After completing her PhD she did a postdoc in Heidelberg, but spend time at UEA, Norwich to study the results of her thesis using a 2D model. After working on gases so close to the detection limit for years, she was quite happy to work with high concentrations on the BEACON project.

Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman has been collaborating with and advising the BEACON team since spring of 2014. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010 and currently works as a Bay Area-based freelance industrial product designer and developer. More information can be found at: