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2017

Mon, 08/14/2017
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is among the awardees of UCI's 2016-17 Research Seed Funding Program Investing to Develop Center-Scale Multidisciplinary Convergence Research Programs.  He and his UCI collaborators received seed money to study sustainable water and ecosystem management in the Southwestern U.S. by increasing the accuracy and reliability of sub-seasonal to seasonal precipitation forecasts.  It is anticipated this award will prepare the PIs and their teams for successful submission and funding of large center-scale research projects at UCI.   View the Awards page...
Thu, 08/10/2017
 The American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) has presented AirUCI faculty Jim Smith with the 2017 Benjamin Y. H. Liu Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to aerosol instrumentation and experimental techniques that have significantly advanced the science and technology of aerosols.  Way to go, Jim!
Thu, 08/03/2017
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has received the 2018 Polanyi Medal from the British Royal Society of Chemistry.  She will also give the associated Michael Polanyi Lecture at the 25th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena to be held in Lille, France from July 22 – 26, 2018. 
Mon, 07/17/2017
AirUCI faculty Craig Murray welcomes high school teachers Larry Sepulveda (Rosemead High School) and Linda Kazibwe-James (Whittier Christian School) to his research group for four weeks this summer. Larry and Linda are participating in the NSF-funded ‘Teacher in Residence’ outreach program and will be working with his research team in the lab. The program aims to provide high school teachers with hands-on experience of life in a research laboratory.
Mon, 07/10/2017
AirUCI Project Scientists Lisa Wingen and Veronique Perraud, along with Finlayson-Pitts group grad student Allison Vander Wall, are participating in this year's AAUW-California Tech Trek week, being held on the UCI campus.   Since their founding in 1881, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been among the nation’s leading voices in promoting equity and education for women and girls.  Since 1998, AAUW Tech Trek camps have been designed to help girls continue their interests in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) exploration and learning....
Wed, 06/28/2017
AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton has received the 2017 Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award from the American Geophysical Union. The AS Ascent Award is given to one exceptional mid-career scientist per year in the fields of the atmospheric and climate sciences for excellence in research and leadership in his or her field.  Congratulations, Annmarie!   Photo of award presentation on 12/12/2017 at the AGU meeting in New Orleans
Tue, 06/20/2017
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in a National Geographic article on the threat to millions of people from extreme heat events, potentially impacting the majority of humans by the year 2100. Steve says that poorer, more tropical countries are in greater peril, driving people to leave their homes and migrate which causes additional political and humanitarian stresses. He also cites data showing that summers in 92 percent of U.S. cities have become hotter since 1970 but notes that richer nations have many more options for coping with extreme heat. Read the article
Thu, 06/08/2017
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in a Reuters article about the increase in deaths in India due to extreme heat waves, which are becoming more common there and throughout Asia.  A modest 0.5 degree Celsius rise in average temperatures in India over the last 50 years has led to a nearly 150 percent hike in heat waves that kill at least 100 people, and scientists project a 2-3 degree rise in global temperatures, even under more conservative climate models. Read the article
Wed, 05/31/2017
AirUCI faculty Alex Guenther and his postdoctoral scholar Dasa Gu, along with AirUCI collaborators at PNNL, are part of a team that published its findings on emission of isoprene of trees in the Amazon rainforest.  The study included data from towers set in the forest canopy, from instrumented land sites, and from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility's Gulfstream-159 (G-1) research aircraft. Read the article
Thu, 05/25/2017
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 24, 2017, AirUCI was again well represented.  Mallory Hinks in the Nizkorodov group won the Smitrovich Prize and Elizabeth Foreman in the Murray group received the E.K.C. Lee Award.  In addition, AirUCI's Kurtis Malecha of the Nizkorodov group and Nicholas Vizenor of the Blake group along with Vanessa Arredondo (Van Vranken group) received the Michael E. Gebel Award given to graduate students who show great promise after taking time off before graduate school to work in the "real world." ...