Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.
AirUCI Graduate Student researcher Kurtis Malecha will act as a judge in the Irvine Unified School District's 34th annual Science Fair. The event will be held on February 24, 2014 at Irvine High School.
AirUCI Graduate Student researcher Kurtis Malecha will participate in Rancho San Joaquin Middle School's "Ask a Scientist Night" on October 15, 2014. He will answer questions about science in general and our research in particular.
On October 10, 2014, high school students from the Lennox Academy will tour AirUCI's labs and learn about our research projects. They will be led by their teacher, Wilkin Lee, who attended our 2014 Summer Teacher Workshop and was inspired to introduce his students to the work of AirUCI.
On August 15, 2014, AirUCI hosted a group of about 30 school teachers from UCI's Equitable Science Curriculum Integrating Arts in Public Education (ESCAPE) program in tours of our labs. They heard overviews of our research projects, saw demonstrations of our equipment, and participated in interactive projects. ESCAPE is a partnership between UCI,the Orange County Department of Education, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to provide innovative training to grades 3-5 teachers for teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
AirUCI researchers Dr. Carla Kidd, Dr. Mychel Varner, and Dr. Lisa Wingen volunteered to promote science education at the annual conference for the National Council of La Raza. In a booth sponsored by the American Chemical Society, they gave some fun demonstrations for families with children of all ages and spoke about the importance of science education. Carla Kidd and Mychel Varner helping kids discover the fun of science
James N. Pitts, Jr., who has been our dear friend and invaluable resource since AirUCI's inception, has died at age 93. He passed away peacefully at home this morning, surrounded by his family. Our hearts are with his wife, AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, and their family at this difficult time. Jim's contributions to atmospheric science are legendary, and the air quality standards we enjoy today are largely due to his tireless work. He is greatly missed. AirUCI received word that the California State Senate closed their session on July 3rd in...
AirUCI PI Don Blake was quoted in the June 15, 2014 Los Angeles Times article about President Barack Obama's commencement address to our graduating class of 2014 at Anaheim Stadium on Saturday, June 14. President Obama urged the graduates to "push back" on climate change deniers and those who dismiss scientific studies in general. Don was pleased that the President cited UC Irvine's Nobel Laureate F. Sherwood Rowland in his remarks. Read the article
In June, 2014, UCI's Henry Samueli School of Engineering presented AirUCI PI Donald Dabdub with the 2014 Senior Innovation in Teaching Award — congratulations, Donald!
AirUCI PI Ralph Delfino was quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times on May 29, 2014 as a main reviewer of a new study showing the extent of pollution generated at Los Angeles International Airport. The research, believed to be the most comprehensive of its type, found that takeoffs and landings at LAX are a major source of ultrafine particles that are being emitted over a larger area than previously thought. Read the article
Three AirUCI researchers were honored with awards at the annual Lee Dinner on May 29, 2014, hosted by the Department of Chemistry. Matt Dawson of the Finlayson-Pitts research group received the Lee Award, while Kristine Arquero in the F-P group and Sandra Blair of the Nizkorodov group were presented with two of the three Gebel Awards along with Lindsay Reinstatler (of the Heyduk group in the Chemistry department). AirUCI Project Coordinator Melissa Sweet received the Chemistry staff award along with John Greaves and Tenley Dunn (of the Chemistry department). Congratulations to all!