Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.
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!
Three members of AirUCI's research team were contributors to the influential 2014 report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. AirUCI PIs Michael Prather and Donald Blake, along with Prather group postdoc Christopher Holmes, are listed among the IPCC report's contributors. Government leaders and policymakers around the world refer to this report as they determine how best to cope with the effects of climate change and reduce the amount of carbon that is added to the atmosphere.
AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts will address the "Dinner with a Scientist" event hosted by the ARCS Foundation, Orange County Chapter, on April 23, 2014. The title of her talk is "Enjoying Air We Can't Chew."
Twenty Girl Scouts from a local Mission Viejo troop will tour the AirUCI labs and see demonstrations of scientific principals on March 26, 2014. Project Scientists Lisa Wingen and Theresa McIntire will host the tour and discuss studies and career options in science for women and girls with the troop.
AirUCI will host a visit from students at Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School in Huntington Park on March 25, 2014. They will hear a presentation on our research and will tour our labs.