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2017

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." ...
Wed, 05/24/2017
AirUCI Faculty Mike Kleinman was interviewed on the Channel Two local evening news on Wednesday, May 24th regarding the toxic gases emitted from the Aliso Viejo SoCalGas storage facility.  He was asked as an expert on toxins in the atmosphere to comment on the potential health effects of the leakage from the site. View the news item
Wed, 05/17/2017
AirUCI faculty Filipp Furche has won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research for Physical Sciences.  He was formally recognized for this honor at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 20th.  Well done, Filipp!
Thu, 05/11/2017
AirUCI founder and co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has been awarded the 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research by the UCI Academic Senate.  Congratulations, Barbara!
Wed, 05/10/2017
AirUCI faculty Rufus Edwards is quoted in Time Magazine in an article on air purifiers and their efficacy and safety.  He recommends choosing a device or filter certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board. Read the article
Tue, 05/09/2017
AirUCI faculty Doug Tobias has been recognized by British Royal Society of Chemistry, winning their Soft Matter / Biophysical Award.  Way to go, Doug!
Mon, 05/01/2017
AirUCI grad student Mallory Hinks of the Nizkorodov group has been offered the American Institute for Physics Congressional Science Fellowship, and she will start her career in science policy in Washington, D.C. in the fall... congratulations, Mallory!