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AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was quoted in an article in the Fiji Sun about the landing at Nadi International Airport of NASA's DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory. The aircraft is used by NASA in partnership with research insitutions to collect data in support of projects serving the world's scientific community. It is currently on a mission to study the impact of human-produced pollution on greenhouse gases and chemically reactive gases in the atmosphere. Prof. Prather commented on how the data they are collecting will be used by the ATom science team. Read...
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was interviewed on KCRW on January 17, 2017 in a segment entitled, "What Would You Tell Trump" and he exhorted the incoming president to acknowledge and work to alleviate climate change, saying he could still play a significant role in the effort. Read the article
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer has been working on development of the hydrogen battery for several years and is closing in on an operational model. His work has attracted attention around the world and is noted in an article in the Orange County Register. Read the article
AirUCI's partner institute, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, is cited in an article about hydrogen fuel cells in the 11/25/2016 edition of the Orange County Register. Read the article
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in the OC Register about his recent article in the journal Nature Geoscience on the effects that cement has on climate change. The material’s carbon footprint might not be as bad as once thought and, over time, cement even soaks up some of the harmful gases emitted into the atmosphere. Read the article
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in a New York Times article on the challenges of meeting carbon dioxide reduction goals as agreed in last year's Paris emissions pact. Read the article
It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Ralph Cicerone, brilliant scientist and close friend of many within the AirUCI family. He died November 5th at the age of 73 after a short illness. His innovative research projects in atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and energy helped shape science and environmental policy at the highest levels, in the U.S. and around the world. Ralph came to UCI in 1989 as a renowned scientist and expert in atmospheric chemistry who went on to found UCI’s Department of Earth System Science and serve as dean of the School...
Danielle Draper, graduate student in AirUCI's Smith Research Group, was awarded a best poster award at the annual meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research for her poster entitled “Observations of Particle-phase NOy and SOx Species during Nanoparticle Growth Events at CLOUD10.” Way to go, Danielle!
AirUCI faculty Don Blake is featured in an article in the Orange County Register which acknowledges his expertise in air quality research and describes his worldwide efforts to collect and analyze air samples. Also quoted in the article are AirUCI alumni who have studied with Don, such as Lambert Doezema, Andreas Beyersdorf, Nick Vizenor, and Aaron Katzenstein. Read the article
AirUCI faculty Michael Dennin has written a new book entitled "Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith" which recently won first place in the faith and science category of the 2016 Catholic Press Association Book Awards. In the book Mike explores how the Big Bang theory, evolution, and other scientific principles can actually deepen a person’s religious faith. Rather than view such concepts as antithetical to spirituality, believers should “embrace the sciences as another glimpse into the infinite,” he says. Read the article