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AirUCI faculty Steven Davis has been widely quoted in a number of published articles that debunk the "chemtrails" conspiracy theory, which claims that governments, military agencies, airlines, and corporations worldwide are colluding to release chemicals into the atmosphere. To believers, the chemicals being sprayed could be used to control the food supply, promote population control, or manipulate weather patterns. Some even think it is a scheme to either fight, or possibly create, climate change. This conspiracy is debunked in a new study published in Environmental...
AirUCI faculty Michael Kleinman will be interviewed this morning on Take Two, a public affairs program broadcast on PBS station KPPC, about an article in the Orange County Register dealing with the human costs of air pollution in Southern California. On average, over 2,000 people per year die in our region due to poor air. “We have more traffic; we have more cars. It’s inevitable to have more emissions and more output. When you have more fires and they’re more intense, there’s more exposure to people throughout the South Coast Air Basin, and Orange...
AirUCI's Mallory Hinks, grad student in the Nizkorodov group, is participating in the ACS ChemChamps Competition for younger chemists to explain their research or chemistry in general to non-scientists. She has created a three-minute video describing her research and will advance in the contest based on the number of people view her video. Lend her a hand, and click here to watch her video. The ACS ChemChamps takes place over four rounds. Round 1: Shoot a 3 minutes video about your chemistry research or a chemistry concept (12 advance based on judging and views) Round...
The Regents of the University of California and the UCI administration have established a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair within the AirUCI Institute that will be focused on research pertaining to climate change, air quality, and atmospheric chemistry. This position will be open to any scholar who holds a tenured faculty or equivalent research position in Canada and who meets the eligibility requirements of the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Chair will be in residence with AirUCI for a minimum of five months overlapping with an academic quarter, but may hold the post for as...
AirUCI's Lisa Wingen, Veronique Perraud, and Allison Vander Wall will participate in the Tech Trek summer camp for middle school girls at UCI, organized by the American Association of University Women. The objective of Tech Trek is to encourage girls to pursue a career in the STEM areas.
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was interviewed on the local NBC station on July 7, 2016 about his participation in a seminal NASA study to measure greenhouse gases worldwide using their flying laboratory. The Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission route includes a flight over the North Pole, then New Zealand, the tip of South America and on to the Arctic. Science instruments aboard the NASA DC-8, based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, will collect information about greenhouse gases and other particles in the atmosphere. Watch the video
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on June 1, 2016, AirUCI was represented by Sandra Blair in the Nizkorodov group who won the Joan Rowland Award and Dian Romonosky, also in the Nizkorodov group, who received the Smitrovich Prize. In addition Zachary Thammavongsy, Kim Tu, and Jennifer Glancy-Logan received 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!
AirUCI's Mallory Hinks, graduate student in the Nizkorodov group, has won second place in the 2016 Carbon Slam competition, sponsored by the office of the President of the University of California. She not only represented our institute, but the entire UCI campus. This all-day event included talks by kickoff and keynote speakers, faculty climate champions, and top students from all 10 UC campuses working on understanding and communicating the impacts of climate change and finding solutions to mitigate those impacts. Mallory had to present a three-minute, listener-...
AirUCI faculty Jim Smith and his Ultrafine Aerosol Research Group, collaborating with an international research team at the CERN CLOUD chamber, describe two new mechanisms for the growth of newly formed atmospheric aerosol particles in recent articles that appear in the journals Nature Communications and Nature: growth due to collisions of sulfuric acid clusters with newly formed particles (read it here) growth by the condensation of highly oxidized, low volatility organic compounds (read it here) In the latter study, a global model that incorporate these new results (see chart below...
AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov was cited in an "All Things Considered" piece which aired on National Public Radio on May 12, 2016. The issue was air pollution in India, and the topic was negative ion necklaces and their efficiency. Read the transcript and listen to the piece