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Thu, 09/19/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa will serve as a panelist at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) symposium on the chemistry of indoor environments.  This all-day event will be held in Washington DC on September 19, 2019.  Manabu's panel topic is "Indoor Chemistry Problems and Solutions" and his talk is entitled "Bringing the Data Together: The Modelling Consortium for Chemistry of Indoor Environments (MOCCIE)." View the event program   
Mon, 09/02/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis was interviewed on National Public Radio's All Things Considered program on September 2nd.  Ailsa Chang asked Steve why global carbon emissions continue to rise, despite efforts and pledges to cut them, and she mentioned his recent study on sources of carbon emissions we're already commited to. "I think the point of all of this work is that there's a lot of inertia in the problem itself. Climate change is something that is going to take decades to repair. So even if we figured out a miracle energy technology tomorrow, we've got a lot of...
Tue, 08/13/2019
AirUCI Project Scientist Veronique Perraud (Finlayson-Pitts research group) is quoted about a study her group performed on the dangers of hookah smoke in comparison to other forms of smoking.  The study is the first to look at the risks of ultrafine particles in hookah smoke, which enter deep into the lungs.  "One of the big myths about hookah usage is that the water in the bowl filters out toxic chemicals, providing a shield for the smoker, Vero notes.  "In the study, we show... that, possibly due to its cooling effect, water actually promotes ultrafine particle...
Tue, 08/13/2019
On August 13, 2019, The Orange County Business Journal named AirUCI faculty Michael Dennin as their Innovator of the Year.  Here is the announcement:   INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS University of California, Irvine, Irvine Michael Dennin, The Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning/ Dean of Undergraduate Education Michael Dennin has contributed significantly to many milestones at UCI, but most recognizable is his ability to popularize science and bring active learning environments to higher education. Last year he launched UCI’s Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and...
Fri, 08/09/2019
AirUCI researcher Anton Ni (Finlayson-Pitts group) and his medal-winning teammates are featured on the American Chemical Society's U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad web page.  The Alpha Mu Team represented the U.S. at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 30, 2019 in Paris, France where they won three gold medals and a silver medal.  Anton will begin classes at MIT in the next few weeks -- we'll miss him!     View the article
Wed, 08/07/2019
AirUCI graduate student Brenna Biggs (Blake research group) was selected as a science mentor this summer for NASA's Student Airborne Research Program (SARP).  She mentored seven undergraduate students that came to UC Irvine from around the U.S. for two months.  They spent 2 weeks in Palmdale, where she showed them how to collect samples aboard the NASA DC-8 airplane.  Upon their return to Irvine, Brenna helped them select, execute, and present their projects to NASA administrators.  The seven visiting students proclaimed this a great summer!
Sat, 08/03/2019
AirUCI grad student Brian Hwang (Shiraiwa group) is volunteering as a poster judge at the Southern California Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, August 3rd.  This Symposium is put on by the UCI Chemistry Department (with NSF support) and is hosted by Professors Liz Jarvo and Alan Heyduk every summer.  Undergraduate researchers from the SoCal area are invited to UCI to present posters on their own research, to hear science presentations by UCI faculty and graduate students, and to get information on applying to graduate school and fellowships.  
Tue, 07/30/2019
AirUCI is proud to announce that Anton Ni, who graduated in June from University High School in Irvine, has placed among the top 28 competitors in Paris at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad held July 21-30, 2019 — and therefore has received a gold medal!  Anton has been assisting in the Finlayson-Pitts labs over the past two summers, conducting research, compiling data, and contributing to published papers.  He will be starting university this fall at MIT.  Way to go, Anton — we're thrilled and proud!  
Fri, 07/19/2019
As of Friday, July 19th, the front page of the UCI Chemistry web site is featuring AirUCI's Anton Ni and his fellow team member Edward Jin, both of University High School, showing support for their trip to the 51st International ACS Chemistry Olympiad being held July 21-30, 2019 in Paris, France.  Read the previous News item            
Mon, 07/01/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is extensively quoted in an article in National Geographic that discusses his study, which was published in Nature, on the number of fossil fuel power plants currently built (as well as cars, factories, and buildings).  If these operate normally for their expected life spans, the CO2 generated will almost certainly exceed the 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) goal of the Paris Climate Accords.    “Our study is dead simple,” said Steve.  To limit warming to 1.5°C., not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built, ever...