Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

AirUCI Fulbright Canada Fellowship

Date: 
Mon, 06/04/2018

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone the arrival of our third and fourth Fulbirght scholars until September 2021 and January 2022.

Third Fulbright Fellow

Dr. Thomas Colin Preston of McGill University in Montreal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, is our third Fulbright scholar from September 2021 through December 2021.  His laboratory uses single particle spectroscopy and modelling to understand fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic processes in atmospheric aerosols, with particular interest in hygroscopicity and water transport, efflorescence and deliquescence, oxidative aging, and liquid-liquid phase separation. He will be teaching an upper division course in Atmospheric Chemistry as well as conducting collaborative research with AirUCI teams.

Second Fulbright Fellow

Prof. Hind al-Abadleh of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada was AirUCI's second Fulbright Fellow from December 15, 2018 through April, 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.  She taught an upper division course in Atmospheric Chemistry as well as conducting collaborative research with AirUCI teams. We are thrilled that her time with us was so productive!

First Fulbright Fellow

The inaugural AirUCI/Fulbright Canada fellow served his term with us from January 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018. Professor Jonathan Abbatt of the University of Toronto was at UCI working collaboratively with AirUCI faculty on research projects and taught the Chem 245-C course in the Department of Chemistry.  He also gave multiple lectures that were well attended by department students and faculty.

Fulbright Position Established

On August 1, 2016, The Regents of the University of California and the UCI administration established a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair within the AirUCI Institute that will be focused on research pertaining to climate change, air quality, and atmospheric chemistry.  This position, officially called the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Climate Change, Air Quality, and Atmospheric Chemistry, will be open to any scholar who holds a tenured faculty or equivalent research position in Canada and who meets the eligibility requirements of the Fulbright Program.  The Fulbright Chair will be in residence with AirUCI for a minimum of five months overlapping with an academic quarter, but may hold the post for as much as a full academic year.

Along with carrying out the program of research, teaching, and service, each Fulbright Chair will teach a graduate-level course during one quarter of his or her residence and participate in AirUCI projects along with our faculty and other team members.  Applications are now being accepted by Fulbright Canada and we are hopeful of hosting our first Fulbright scholar in the next few months. 

AirUCI's Fulbright Visiting Research Chair position will be in effect for five years and can be extended at that point in five-year increments indefinitely.  Fulbright Canada's Michael Hawes and UCI Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Pramod Khargonekar, signed the Fulbright agreement on July 18, 2016.