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

 

2017

Tue, 03/07/2017
The research group of AirUCI faculty Michael Prather has found that the combination of prolonged hot spells with poor air quality greatly compounds the negative effects of each and can pose a major risk to human health.  Prather’s group made the findings after examining 15 years of surface observations (1999-2013) for the eastern United States and Canada. Read the article
Sun, 03/05/2017
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month, UCI's web site listed a number of UC Irvine women faculty who excel in their fields and AirUCI co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts was featured among them.  Well deserved, and congratulations, Barbara!      View article
Tue, 02/28/2017
Nitrogen trifluoride, or NF3, is a key chemical agent used to manufacture certain types of photovoltaic cells for solar panels, as well as semiconductors and LCD flat screens.  NF3 is thought to be 17,200 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  An article on Seeker.com quotes AirUCI faculty Michael Prather on the importance of tracking and ameliorating the effects of NF3. Read the article
Mon, 02/27/2017
AirUCI faculty John Hemminger has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Appreciation Award.  The text of the presentation read in part: "in recognition of your visionary leadership over 15 years of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee.  Through your skilled guidance as chairman, the committee has produced compelling strategies for cutting-edge fundamental science and world-leading scientific user facilities that are central to the United States competitiveness and the Department’s mission.  This exacting work, punctuated by several...
Mon, 02/06/2017
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was quoted in an article in the Fiji Sun about the landing at Nadi International Airport of NASA's DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory.  The aircraft is used by NASA in partnership with research insitutions to collect data in support of projects serving the world's scientific community.  It is currently on a mission to study the impact of human-produced pollution on greenhouse gases and chemically reactive gases in the atmosphere.  Prof. Prather commented on how the data they are collecting will be used by the ATom science team.  Read...
Tue, 01/17/2017
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was interviewed on KCRW on January 17, 2017 in a segment entitled, "What Would You Tell Trump" and he exhorted the incoming president to acknowledge and work to alleviate climate change, saying he could still play a significant role in the effort.  Read the article

2016

Thu, 12/01/2016
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer has been working on development of the hydrogen battery for several years and is closing in on an operational model.  His work has attracted attention around the world and is noted in an article in the Orange County Register.  Read the article
Fri, 11/25/2016
AirUCI's partner institute, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, is cited in an article about hydrogen fuel cells in the 11/25/2016 edition of the Orange County Register.  Read the article
Mon, 11/21/2016
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in the OC Register about his recent article in the journal Nature Geoscience on the effects that cement has on climate change.  The material’s carbon footprint might not be as bad as once thought and, over time, cement even soaks up some of the harmful gases emitted into the atmosphere.  Read the article
Fri, 11/18/2016
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in a New York Times article on the challenges of meeting carbon dioxide reduction goals as agreed in last year's Paris emissions pact.    Read the article