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2020

Sat, 05/30/2020
AirUCI faculty Don Blake is a founding member of SARP, the NASA Student Airborne Research Program.  In fact, SARP is based in the Rowland/Blake research group.  Every summer since 2009, SARP has brought about 30 undergraduate STEM students from across the United States to UCI as interns with NASA's Earth Science research.  This year, with COVID-19 restrictions, SARP will introduce a new at-home data collection project for the interns as well as the analysis of previously collected aircraft, ground, and satellite data.   To provide the 28 SARP interns of 2020 with...
Thu, 05/21/2020
AirUCI undergraduate Kinberly Zhang has been selected as a 2020-2021 Beckman scholar.  Kimberly is a chemistry and mathematics double major under faculty mentorship of AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov jointly with AirUCI faculty Filipp Furche.  She is researching chemistry of air pollutants using a combination of experimental and theoretical methods.  Each year, 1-2 outstanding students are selected as UCI Beckman Scholars based on their academic record, quality of previous research experience, and potential to become prominent research leaders in the chemical and life...
Wed, 05/20/2020
In a May 20th Scientific American article, AirUCI faculty Steve Davis was asked to comment on a Stanford University study that shows the difficulty the world faces in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Sudden drops in CO2 emissions due to the COVID crisis were massive and unprecedented, yet were barely a blip in the big picture, revealing instead how much work must be done to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.   Despite the massive reduction in emissions, while much of the world was under lockdown, this represented only a small percentage of improvement and is temporary....
Fri, 05/01/2020
AirUCI faculty Michael Dennin has been appointed to a second five-year term as Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education. This reappointment follows an administrative review, which included materials and letters of evaluation from senior administrators, deans, associate deans, faculty, external reviewers, and staff members.   As the first Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at UCI, Mike established a mission and vision dedicated to enhancing undergraduate student success.  Under his leadership, the Division of Undergraduate...
Thu, 04/30/2020
AirUCI faculty Donald Dabdub has been named Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor of the Year! This honor, based on a student vote, recognizes his excellent reputation among students and celebrates his documented track record of student mentorship, guidance and care. As an experienced teacher respected by students and faculty alike, Professor Dabdub offers some of his top tips for adjusting to the remote teaching environment. Congratulations, Donald!
Thu, 04/30/2020
AirUCI faculty Don Blake is the recipient of a UCI Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UCI Alumni Association. The award "recognizes an alumnus who has achieved great professional prominence in their field and is engaged in the community, furthering the goals of UCI and/or the UCI Alumni Association." Don will be recognized at a future Lauds and Laurels Ceremony, but in the meantime we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!    
Wed, 04/22/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis and Jack Brouwer are serving on the executive board of UCI Solutions That Scale, a new interdisciplinary initiative among the schools of Physical Sciences, Engineering, ICS, and Social Ecology that aims to discover, translate, and enable scalable, data-driven solutions to the global problems of climate change and environmental degradation. The initiative brings together scientists and academics, policy makers, business leaders, and global citizens to identify and accelerate scalable solutions in the areas of energy, environmental management, and societal adaptation...
Wed, 04/22/2020
On Earth Day 2020, the United Nations launched a new environmental education program for the world’s 1.5 billion youth who are confined to their homes due to COVID-19.  Earth School — sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme and TED-Ed and supported by global organizations such as UNESCO, the National Geographic Society, and the World Wildlife Fund — include teaching modules developed and delivered by faculty from three UCI schools, including AirUCI faculty Steve Davis.      Along with Steve, UCI faculty involved in crafting...
Mon, 04/20/2020
UC Irvine's Department of Earth System Science was the first in the country established to study climate change and is still among the best in the world.  As of today, in the department's division of Atmospheric Chemistry, four of the five featured research groups are led by AirUCI faculty.  Professors Alex Guenther, Eric Saltzman, Saewung Kim, and Michael Prather are working in the ESS department to further understanding of the atmosphere's role in planetary systems as diverse as the oceans, the rainforests, and climate — in fact, on the atmosphere itself and the...
Wed, 04/15/2020
AirUCI faculty Jim Smith is an aerosol expert who studies how things like dust and water droplets behave in the air, and now he has taken on medical masks and their construction in this time of the coronavirus. With masks in such short supply that people are sewing their own, and with do-it-yourself mask-making videos emerging online, Jim has assembled a team of UCI researchers studying the best way to make these masks. They’ve already discovered that “things like bandanas – a common item people might use as a mask – are only effective at stopping the kinds of large...