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



Thu, 06/21/2018
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa has been selected as one of the laureates for the “Make Our Planet Great Again” Short-Stay Program in France, recently announced by French President Macron.  Manabu will stay at the University of Paris-Est for one month later this summer to collaborate with French scientists working on aerosol effects on air quality and climate.  
Mon, 06/18/2018
In the stiff competition for graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation this spring, AirUCI's Alicia Hoffman of the Blake research group received one of these coveted awards.  Hayley Glicker, grad student in the James Smith group, received an honorable mention. The competitive NSF fellowship acknowledges graduate and senior undergraduate students who have demonstrated potential for significant research achievements and broad societal impacts. Congratulations, Alicia!
Mon, 06/04/2018
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...
Wed, 05/23/2018
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 23, 2018, AirUCI was once again very well represented. Dr. Lisa Wingen, Project Scientist in the Finlayson-Pitts group, received one of the two Departmental Safety Awards. Annie Rohrbacher in the Finlayson-Pitts group was named the Best First Year Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Kara Kapnas in the Murray group was named the Best Continuing Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Alicia Hoffman in the Blake group was named the Best Upper Division Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Alan Robledo in the...
Mon, 05/21/2018
AirUCI is excited to announce that Prof. Hind Al-Abadleh from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada has been selected as AirUCI's second Fulbright Fellow, beginning January 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019.  She will be conducting collaborative research projects with AirUCI team members and will also teach a special topic class for our students.
Fri, 05/04/2018
Lauren Fleming and Julia Montoya-Aguilera, graduate students in the Nizkorodov research group, were selected as two of the three finalists in the 2018 Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences, an annual award based on a competition based on published papers.  Congratulations, Julia and Lauren!
Wed, 04/25/2018
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather is quoted in an article in the Mercury News about ATom's (Atmospheric Tomography) mission to gather important information about changes in the composition of gases in the atmosphere, tracking the impact humans have had on the remotest parts of the atmosphere.  This team of scientists is zig-zagging across the globe in a flying laboratory, a DC-8 research plane retrofitted with an impressive suite of instruments and testing equipment.  The final leg of the four-part expedition took off from Palmdale, California on April 26, 2018.  From the...
Mon, 04/16/2018
The Wyland Foundation has informed AirUCI faculty Celia Faiola that she has been named as their 2018 Earth Month Hero, which is awarded to people who are making a difference to the planet.  She was selected because of her efforts to step out of the laboratory and engage with the Southern California community.  She has done this in various ways, including speaking at rallies, providing expert feedback to policymakers in Sacramento, and participating in local public education community events, always advocating for evidence-based policies.  On April 30th the award presentation...
Mon, 04/16/2018
In an article in, AirUCI faculty Michael Prather is interviewed about the remote ocean pollution being measured by NASA's Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) project.  This mission, begun in 2016, has flown over much of the remote oceans from Alaska to New Zealand, from South America to Greenland, and over the Arctic Ocean.  Their instruments have detected shocking levels of pollutants—even poisons—over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans.   Michael, who is ATom’s deputy project scientist, said, “This implies that the remote Pacific...
Tue, 03/27/2018
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in an NPR article on their Science page that deals with unpredictability in energy supplies.  Fracking changed the game by increasing supplies and the 2008 recession hit world economies hard.  Since then it's been more difficult to accurately predict the supply and demand of oil and gas supplies, and renewable energy sources are not as predictable as we would like.   When predictions of energy availability are unreliable, it leads businesses to be more conservative.  "You're less inclined to take on big, irreversible...