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Mon, 08/13/2018
In the 2018 elections held by the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), AirUCI co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov was elected as the organization's vice president.  His term will begin at the conclusion of the 10th International Aerosol Conference to be held in St. Louis, Missouri September 2-7, 2018.  Congratulations, Sergey!
Thu, 08/02/2018
AirUCI Faculty Manabu Shiraiwa has received the Paul J. Crutzen Award for Early Career Scientists of the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution. The award is given in recognition of an outstanding research contribution in atmospheric sciences by an early career scientist.  Congratulations, Manabu!
Thu, 07/26/2018
AirUCI Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has been awarded the prestigeous Polanyi Medal from the 25th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena which will take place July 22- 26 in Lille, France.  Barb will be giving the keynote address in addition to the medal ceremony.  Congratulations, Barb!   Dr. Christa Fittschen (Universite de Lille, France), our Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, and Andrew Rickard (University of York, UK)  
Thu, 07/12/2018
In an article on CNBC's web site, AirUCI faculty Rufus Edwards is quoted in an article about problems associated with cooking stoves used by 3 billion impoverished people worldwide.  The dangerous smoke — from wood, dung, or charcoal — shortens the lives of these populations, especially the women and children nearest the hearths.  In addition, the smoke is a significant source of air pollution, while cutting down trees diminishes forests, one of nature’s carbon-absorbing bulwarks against greenhouse gases.   Projects backed by governments, corporations...
Tue, 07/03/2018
AirUCI faculty Jun Wu is quoted in a July 3, 2018 article in the Los Angeles Times on air pollution issues created by fireworks on the 4th of July.  With so many fireworks going off at once, levels of fine-particle pollution — a stew of tiny, lung-damaging specks of toxic soot, smoke, and ash known as PM2.5 — surge several times higher than federal health standards across Southern California, air monitoring data show.  Read the article
Thu, 06/28/2018
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in an article in Inside Climate News which was prompted by his recent paper published in Science on June 27, 2018.  In addition to energy production and transportation as sources of CO2 emissions, other sources of climate pollution will prove particularly difficult.  The paper focused on three sectors—long-haul shipping and transportation, cement and steel production, and power generation facilities that are turned on only when needed—that won't be addressed by most current efforts to cut emissions.  "If we want to get...
Thu, 06/21/2018
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa has been selected as one of the laureates for the “Make Our Planet Great Again” Short-Stay Program in France, recently announced by French President Macron.  Manabu will stay at the University of Paris-Est for one month later this summer to collaborate with French scientists working on aerosol effects on air quality and climate.  
Mon, 06/18/2018
In the stiff competition for graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation this spring, AirUCI's Hayley Glicker, grad student in the James Smith group, received an honorable mention. The competitive NSF fellowship acknowledges graduate and senior undergraduate students who have demonstrated potential for significant research achievements and broad societal impacts. Congratulations, Hayley!
Mon, 06/04/2018
Prof. Hind al-Abadleh of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada will be installed as AirUCI's second Fulbright Fellow beginning January 1, 2019.  Her major research interests are in environmental physical chemistry applied to interfaces in atmospheric, geochemical, and industrial systems using an integrated approach that utilizes leading-edge spectroscopic techniques (linear, nonlinear, and synchrotron-based), quantum chemistry calculations and advanced mathematical modeling. We look forward to her time with us! First Fulbright Fellow The inaugural AirUCI/Fulbright Canada fellow has...
Wed, 05/23/2018
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 23, 2018, AirUCI was once again very well represented. Dr. Lisa Wingen, Project Scientist in the Finlayson-Pitts group, received one of the two Departmental Safety Awards. Annie Rohrbacher in the Finlayson-Pitts group was named the Best First Year Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Kara Kapnas in the Murray group was named the Best Continuing Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Alicia Hoffman in the Blake group was named the Best Upper Division Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Alan Robledo in the...