Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.
AirUCI PI Filipp Furche has been awarded the 2013 Dirac Medal of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists. This prize is given each year to one outstanding theoretical and computational chemist under the age of 40, and Filipp received it for his developments in time-dependent density functional theory and its application to photochemistry, as well as his contributions to the random-phase approximation for small bandgap systems. Well done, Filipp!
On Friday, September 13, the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) will host a visit of Professor Petros Sofronis to UCI, after which he will tour AirUCI's labs. Dr. Sofronis is Professor at the University of Illinois (Champagne Urbana) of Mechanical Science and Engineering in solid mechanics, micromechanics, and fracture mechanics. He also is Director of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER).
AirUCI will host Dr. Aiko Matsunaga of the California Air Resources Board in a tour of our labs on Thursday, August 15th.
During the week of August 5-9, 2013, AirUCI will participate in UCI's Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) summer program by providing tours of several of our labs. The ChaMP program is designed to prepare M.S. and Ph.D. students for careers in Physical Sciences, where cross-disciplinary education with an emphasis on applications is increasingly required.
On Tuesday, July 30 and on Wednesday, August 21, AirUCI will host tours for teachers participating in the ScienceOC Project Based Learning Institute summer program. These are local schoolteachers who are getting a first-hand look at resources available in their community for enhancing their curricula and inspiring new approaches to classroom presentations.
AirUCI co-Director Doug Tobias has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He joins AirUCI co-Director John Hemminger and Chemistry Professor Scott Rychnovsky in becoming the third faculty member from UCI's Chemistry department to be so recognized. Way to go, Doug!
Sotiris Xantheas, an AirUCI collaborator at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has just received the PNNL Director's Award for 2013 — congratulations, Sotiris!
The UCI Chemistry Department hosted the annual Edward K.C. Lee dinner on May 30, 2013 on campus. AirUCI researcher Jefferson Bates of the Furche research group was co-recipient of two prestigious awards that evening: the Smitrovich Award and the Edward K.C. Lee Award -- way to go, Jefferson! The Gebel Award, bestowed in memory of Mike Gebel who was a researcher in the Finlayson-Pitts group, was presented this year to Jan Moritz Limpinsel of the Law research group, and to Aaron George Johnson of the Jarvo research group. Congratulations, all!
AirUCI PI Sergey Nizkorodov has won the 2013 American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award which, per their description, "aims to reward exceptional mid-career (academic, government, and private sector) scientists in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences ... demonstrating excellence in research and leadership in his or her field." Way to go, Sergey!
On May 23, 2013, AirUCI will sponsor the high school awards dinner for the Orange County section of the American Chemical Society on campus, with introductory remarks by AirUCI's Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and keynote address by AirUCI researcher Matt Dawson. Scores of students are honored at this annual event, and we wish them the best as they continue their studies.