Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine


Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.



Mon, 01/19/2015
Dr. Lisa Wingen, AirUCI Project Scientist, is participating in an outreach effort this school year as a "science coach" for a 5th grade teacher at Castille Elementary School in Mission Viejo.  She will act as a resource and assistant for Mrs. Smiggs in implementing science enrichment activities for the class.    The American Chemical Society (ACS) sent Dr. Wingen a set of free supplies for 4th-6th grade chemistry students in the form of a two-part pH experiment that fit nicely into the classroom's science project on water quality of local lakes and streams. ...
Mon, 01/19/2015
As a former student and postdoc for AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Co-Director John Hemminger, Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson is a great friend to AirUCI.  She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station in 2007 and spent nearly six months aboard the ISS in 2010, where she performed three successful space walks totaling nearly 24 hours of EVA time.   She has kindly presented three public lectures sponsored by AirUCI — in 2007, 2011, and 2014 — all at the Beckman Auditorium and all to overflow crowds.  She is now engaged in...


Thu, 12/18/2014
AirUCI Co-Director and UCI Vice Chancellor of Research John Hemminger has been honored with a Festschrift in a special issue of the Journal of Phyical Chemistry C published by American Chemical Society Publications.  The cover of the journal is made up of images from articles published by John (and several other AirUCI and UCI Chemistry colleagues).  This special issue is a splendid tribute to John's brilliant career in Chemistry, and we couldn't be prouder!
Mon, 11/17/2014
The Department of Chemistry at UCI is making two new faculty positions available which are likely to be associated with AirUCI as well as the Chemistry Department in general.  Following is the text of the advertisement for these positions: FACULTY POSITIONS IN ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY at the University of California, Irvine The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, California) has two openings for outstanding scientists in atmospheric chemistry at the Full Professor level. These positions are part of an integrated, across-campus initiative in air quality...
Wed, 10/15/2014
AirUCI Graduate Student researcher Kurtis Malecha will participate in Rancho San Joaquin Middle School's "Ask a Scientist Night" on October 15, 2014.  He will answer questions about science in general and our research in particular.
Fri, 10/10/2014
On October 10, 2014, high school students from the Lennox Academy will tour AirUCI's labs and learn about our research projects.  They will be led by their teacher, Wilkin Lee, who attended our 2014 Summer Teacher Workshop and was inspired to introduce his students to the work of AirUCI.
Fri, 08/15/2014
On August 15, 2014, AirUCI hosted a group of about 30 school teachers from UCI's Equitable Science Curriculum Integrating Arts in Public Education (ESCAPE) program in tours of our labs.  They heard overviews of our research projects, saw demonstrations of our equipment, and participated in interactive projects.  ESCAPE is a partnership between UCI,the Orange County Department of Education, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to provide innovative training to grades 3-5 teachers for teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Mon, 07/21/2014
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
Thu, 06/19/2014
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...
Wed, 06/18/2014
Prof. Donald Dabdub, AirUCI PI, has been given the Senior Innovation in Teaching Award presented by the Dean of Engineering at UCI.  We're so proud, Donald!