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Wed, 03/20/2019
AirUCI is pleased to welcome Prof. Kim Fortun and Prof. Michael Fortun as new faculty in our institute.  Both are professors in UCI's School of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology (where Kim serves as Chair), with research interests in air pollution and its effects on human health.   We look forward with great anticipation to their contributions and collaborations in the work of AirUCI.
Thu, 03/14/2019
On March 2nd, 2019 AirUCI intern Anton Ni participated in Part 1 of the Orange County American Chemical Society's Chemistry Olympiad exam.  His was the highest score and his team from University High School placed 4th among 45 Orange County high schools.  160 students took the Part 1 exam and the average score was 33.2 — Anton's score was 58!  Only 13 of the 160 participants qualified to take the national test on April 27th.   Anton is also captain of the team from University High School that is going to the finals of the U.S. Department of Energy National...
Thu, 02/28/2019
AirUCI Collaborator Jean-Francois Soussin of the Laboratoire Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques sent us the photo below this morning.  It shows a banner hanging inside Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris with the image of longtime AirUCI collaborator Najat Saliba of the American University in Beirut!  Najat has just received the International Award for Women in Science, making her the first Lebanese-based researcher to win the award, presented annually by UNESCO and L'Oreal Cosmetics.  "For 20 years I've been working silently in my lab...
Wed, 02/27/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa was accepted into the 2018 "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative that was launched by French President Emmanuel Macron in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.  The program was intended to attract non-French scientists to go to France and "work together on concrete solutions for our planet".  Manabu applied, was accepted, and spent a very productive month in 2018 working on computer models to study formation of SOAs in air.  Now Manabu is one of four "MOPGA" scientists profiled in an...
Thu, 02/14/2019
AirUCI faculty Scott Samuelsen's APEP group conducted a research project on how ordinary households interact with electricity and smart devices, and this study is cited in an article at about energy usage, the power grid, privacy concerns, and options available to address these issues.  Scott has concerns that while the adoption of smart home devices is growing fast, regulation and consumer protections that should accompany them are not keeping pace.  “The market is out of control with respect to regulation (of devices),” Scott said. “We are in a...
Thu, 02/07/2019
The 2019 recipients of the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Memorial Award are Nehal Idris and Hillary Nguyen, both Chemistry majors set to graduate in June, 2019.  Nehal stood out among the nominees for her determination and persistence in pursuing her education despite many obstacles. A native of Sudan, growing up in Saudi Arabia, she overcame discrimination, language barriers, and the challenges of her socioeconomic status, and she will now be pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry.  Hillary also overcame obstacles in her study of chemistry.  She is a first-generation college student for whom...
Wed, 02/06/2019
On February 6th, AirUCI faculty Prof. Michael Kleinman and graduate student Brenna Biggs will serve as judges in the Irvine Unified School District's 38th annual science fair.  Judges review approximately 8-10 projects from students in grades 6 through 12, and AirUCI has a long history of sending judges to this event.
Tue, 01/29/2019
AirUCI intern Anton Ni is captain of the team from University High School that is going to the finals of the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington DC.  After intense competition at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on January 26, 2019, their team beat out more than 20 other high schools to advance to the finals, which will be held in April.   Anton, who is the son of Weihong Wang in the Finlayson-Pitts research group, has worked in our labs the past two summers and at his young age has contributed to published scientific journal articles....
Tue, 01/08/2019
AirUCI faculty Eric Saltzman was quoted in an article from Inside Higher Education that discusses the ramefications of the federal government shutdown and its effects on research.  Because of the federal agencies involved, the shutdown will impact researchers working in the earth sciences in particular, hampering momentum in areas like climate change.  Eric noted that scientists are always anticipating where the money for their next research project will come from, so there is uncertainty about applying for new grants at this time.  And the shutdown also delays peer reviews of...


Wed, 12/19/2018
A new paper by AirUCI faculty Steve Davis and his ESS co-authors estimates the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that could be prevented by the end of the century due to the impact of climate change itself.  In other words, if climate change slows economic growth, our emission of greenhouse gases should also slow.   Read the article