Ara Apkarian, professor of chemistry at UC Irvine, has been awarded this year’s “Service Through Chemistry” award by the Orange County section of the American Chemical Society. The award was presented Wednesday, March 19, at a dinner meeting, where Apkarian gave a talk on “What is a Photon?” Apkarian is co-founder of the Chemical and Materials Physics graduate program at UCI, and he directs the National Science Foundation-supported Chemical Bonding Center. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.