Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.
AirUCI PI Don Blake has received the prestigious Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for 2015. He will be giving a lecture at the Clean Air Leadership talks in Sacramento on June 24th, 2015 entitled "Cooking, Health, and Climate: The Surprisingly Large Impacts of Humanity's Oldest Daily Task." Congratulations, Don!
Two AirUCI faculty have been awarded NASA Earth Venture funds for their projects. Professor Michael Prather is deputy principal investigator of the Atmospheric Tomography Mission, which will study how air pollution affects fast-acting greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere — assisting on this project will be AirUCI'sI Don Blake. AirUCI P Eric Saltzman will be chief scientist on a ship studying marine ecosystems and aerosols. In all, NASA chose to fund five Earth Venture missions, each investigating a different influence on climate change, and...
AirUCI's Scott Samuelsen, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, is quoted extensively in a business article on the CNBC web site. Opportunities for investors to look at fuel cell technologies are discussed, and Scott explains why fuel cell production costs have decreased in recent years. Read the article
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 21, 2015, AirUCI was represented by Amanda MacMillan in the Nizkorodov group who won the Joan Rowland Award. In addition David Row, James Neal, and Claudia Ramirez were presented with the Michael E. Gebel Award given to graduate students who show great promise after taking time off before graduate school to work in the "real world." Congratulations, all!
Earth and Space Science News (EOS), published by the American Geophysical Union, has printed a tribute to our own Jim Pitts in the current online issue. We anticipate that it will also be included in the June 15, 2015 print edition as well. Jim's contributions to air quality issues and to atmospheric studies are legendary, and we're thrilled to have this recognition of his life and work nearly a year after his passing. Read the article
AirUCI will host a group of AP Chemistry students from Troy High School in Fullerton on April 22, 2015. Their teacher, Shannon Regli, attended the 2014 AirUCI Summer Teacher Workshop and wants her students to have the experience of touring our labs and hearing presentations on our research.
Postdoctoral Scholar position available in Computational/Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Professor R. B. Gerber (firstname.lastname@example.org). The position is for studies of the growth mechanisms and of the chemical and physical properties of nano-size particles in the atmosphere. The work will combine aspects of quantum chemistry and dynamics, and will deal with multicomponent and multiphase particles. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with experiments in the group of Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts at UCI. A...
AirUCI's partner research group, UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center led by Scott Samuelsen, is collaborating with Southern California Edison to develop a new process for using solar energy produced when power demand is low to split hydrogen from water and store the gas in pipelines. The National Fuel Cell Research Center will test the hydrogen for vehicle use and determine how much of the gas can be injected into the pipeline system. Read the article
The inaugural recipient of the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Memorial Award is Charlene Konkankit, a Chemistry major set to graduate in June, 2015. Charlene stood out among the nominees for this new award, given in honor of the late James N. Pitts, legend in Atmospheric Chemistry and longtime AirUCI team member. Congratulations, Charlene!
A large number of the AirUCI research team will attend and present at the annual Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemistry Conference to be held at CSU Northridge, CA on April 3, 2015. Talks and posters from our group will be presented by researchers of all levels — from graduate students to faculty.