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Thu, 02/14/2019
AirUCI faculty Scott Samuelsen's APEP group conducted a research project on how ordinary households interact with electricity and smart devices, and this study is cited in an article at about energy usage, the power grid, privacy concerns, and options available to address these issues.  Scott has concerns that while the adoption of smart home devices is growing fast, regulation and consumer protections that should accompany them are not keeping pace.  “The market is out of control with respect to regulation (of devices),” Scott said. “We are in a...
Tue, 02/12/2019
AirUCI faculty Ralph Delfino has retired from UCI's School of Medicine and is leaving our institute.  We appreciate his years of participation with AirUCI and wish him well in his future endeavors.  Thanks so much, Ralph!
Thu, 02/07/2019
The 2019 recipients of the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Memorial Award are Nehal Idris and Hillary Nguyen, both Chemistry majors set to graduate in June, 2019.  Nehal stood out among the nominees for her determination and persistence in pursuing her education despite many obstacles. A native of Sudan, growing up in Saudi Arabia, she overcame discrimination, language barriers, and the challenges of her socioeconomic status, and she will now be pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry.  Hillary also overcame obstacles in her study of chemistry.  She is a first-generation college student for whom...
Wed, 02/06/2019
On February 6th, AirUCI faculty Prof. Michael Kleinman and graduate student Brenna Biggs will serve as judges in the Irvine Unified School District's 38th annual science fair.  Judges review approximately 8-10 projects from students in grades 6 through 12, and AirUCI has a long history of sending judges to this event.
Tue, 01/29/2019
AirUCI intern Anton Ni is captain of the team from University High School that is going to the finals of the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington DC.  After intense competition at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on January 26, 2019, their team beat out more than 20 other high schools to advance to the finals, which will be held in April.   Anton, who is the son of Weihong Wang in the Finlayson-Pitts research group, has worked in our labs the past two summers and at his young age has contributed to published scientific journal articles....
Tue, 01/08/2019
AirUCI faculty Eric Saltzman was quoted in an article from Inside Higher Education that discusses the ramefications of the federal government shutdown and its effects on research.  Because of the federal agencies involved, the shutdown will impact researchers working in the earth sciences in particular, hampering momentum in areas like climate change.  Eric noted that scientists are always anticipating where the money for their next research project will come from, so there is uncertainty about applying for new grants at this time.  And the shutdown also delays peer reviews of...


Wed, 12/19/2018
A new paper by AirUCI faculty Steve Davis and his ESS co-authors estimates the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that could be prevented by the end of the century due to the impact of climate change itself.  In other words, if climate change slows economic growth, our emission of greenhouse gases should also slow.   Read the article
Wed, 12/19/2018
A recent report from the American Talent Initiative (ATI) details the achievement of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as a leader in  socioeconomic diversity in academics. “We are honored to be recognized as the top contributor to the ATI nationwide enrollment goal for our work with transfer students,” said AirUCI faculty Michael Dennin, who also serves as vice provost for the Office of Teaching and Learning and dean of UCI’s Division of Undergraduate Education.  Read the article
Fri, 12/14/2018
Prof. Hind al-Abadleh of Wilfrid Laurier University has joined us from December 15, 2018 through April, 2019 as AirUCI's second Fulbright Fellow.  She will conduct collaborative research projects with AirUCI groups as well as teach an upper-level Chemistry course, and will deliver lectures during her time with us.  Welcome, Hind!
Thu, 12/13/2018
AirUCI graduate student Brenna Biggs is volunteering as a science resource at the 21st Century Career Conference to be held at the Beckman Center and hosted by Irvine Unified School District, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, and sponsored by Google Fiber.  Middle school students will be able to attend breakout sessions to explore career options, including sciences.