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

 

2019

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...

2018

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.
Thu, 12/06/2018
AirUCI graduate students have taken the lead in forming an American Association for Aerosol Research Student Chapter at UCI.   This organization was formed in December, 2019 and is intended to provide a platform to connect students and faculty of similar aerosol interests at UCI, and to support graduate students in their academic endeavors.  We aim to be a resource for primarily graduate students to develop skills outside of doing research and better prepare grad students for successful careers. In order to achieve this goal, the organization will facilitate informal meetings for...
Mon, 11/26/2018
In an article in the Colorado Sun on moving the electrical grid to renewable energy, AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted as a member of the research team that examined the challenges of moving Colorado to 100% renewable energy.  The issues of stability and baseload generation could potentially be filled by other green technologies to supplement wind and solar power, such as hydropower or biogas, but "If you go over about 80% [renewable energy] you need to overbuild your generation or build massive storage," Steve said.  Read the article
Thu, 11/15/2018
An article in The Washington Post quotes AirUCI faculty Ralph Delfino on the effect the autumn, 2018 fires in California have had on regional air quality.  People older than 65 and children younger than 4 are particularly vulnerable to smoke, he said.  “When you grow older, just like your ability to fight off infection goes down, the ability to mount an antioxidant defense decreases, too.”    Read the article