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Thu, 10/08/2020
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was among a group of international researchers who recently completed the most thorough review yet of nitrous oxide from emission to destruction in the planet’s atmosphere.  Their work, published in Nature, documents the details of human-sourced N2O emissions and how they have intensified by 30 percent over the past four decades, the dominant share coming from synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and animal manure used in agriculture.   “Nitrous oxide emissions are increasing faster than any scenarios considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on...
Mon, 10/05/2020
AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton is a plenary speaker at AAAR’s annual 2020 meeting in Raleigh, NC.  In addition, several AirUCI students and postdocs will be giving talks and poster presentations at the meeting.  Due to the pandemic, this will now be a virtual meeting to be held October 5-9.  Annmarie's talk title is "The Clear Sky Bias in Atmospheric Chemistry".  Details
Mon, 10/05/2020
AirUCI faculty Mike Kleinman is extensively quoted in an Orange County Register article about the efficacy of air filters in areas affected by wildfire smoke.  He explains that forest fires adversely affect air quality for two reasons: The first is due to the generally short-term exposure to microscopic particles that result from the fire, which irritate soft tissue like eyes, throats, and lungs.  The second is the gas phase from the fire which contains carbon monoxide and chemicals that are known to be carcinogens.    Mike says air filters can help if buyers select HEPA...
Thu, 10/01/2020
AirUCI faculty Mike Kleinman is part of a research team studying the effects of e-cigarettes and other vaping on health. They are warning that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs. “Within an hour of beginning an experiment, we observed evidence of severe respiratory distress, including labored breathing, wheezing, and panting," said Mike. "After analysing lung tissue from subjects in the study, we found them to be severely compromised and observed other serious changes such as lung lesions, red blood cell congestion,...
Wed, 09/30/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is co-author on a new report in Environmental Research Letters that describes how China's reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions may actually help increase global warming.  That’s because the same sulfur dioxide particles that come from coal burning and cause respiratory problems in humans also reflect sunlight, which cools the planet.  “It’s one of these tradeoffs that people have known about before, but we put some numbers on it,” says Steve.  Read the story
Mon, 09/28/2020
AirUCI's Allison Vander Wall (FInlayson-Pitts group) has tied for third place in the Wagner Award for Women in Atmospheric Chemistry presented by the Desert Research Institute.  Masters or Ph.D candidates apply for consideration, then papers they have published in scientific journals are evaluated for originality of ideas, how well the topic relates to real-world atmospheric issues, and how well the research is defined in the article.  Allison recently received her Ph.D so this is a wonderful affirmation of her exceptional abilities both in the lab and in publications. ...
Fri, 09/18/2020
AirUCI faculty Don Blake is quoted in a September 18, 2020 article in Pro Publica exposing the dangers of unmaintained oil wells in California's Central Valley and elsewhere.  Thousands of aging wells crowd the Kern County landscape three hours from the coast, where oil companies inject steam at high pressure to loosen up heavy crude.  This process regularly causes oil to suddenly shoot out of the bare ground in Kern County and other places far away, polluting the soil, water, and air, adversely affecting agriculture, and risking the health of workers and nearby residents as...
Fri, 09/11/2020
AirUCI faculty Michael Kleinman is interviewed extensively in a Newsweek article on air quality issues caused by the 2020 wildfire season.  Mike calls the impact of the current fires unprecedented and warns of potential hazards to public health.  Particles and compounds generated by the fires can irritate and even damage lung and heart tissues.  "Keep in mind all of the adverse effects that we know are caused by cigarette smoking.  Tobacco is just another biomass material.  Many of the same toxic compounds that are found in tobacco smoke are found in wildfire...
Wed, 09/09/2020
On September 9th, 2020, in lieu of our traditional Lee Dinner, the Department of Chemistry presented awards to students and staff in a virtual award ceremony.  Several AirUCI students received awards, as is the case in most years.  Julia Montoya-Aguilera (Nizkorodov group) received the Jacqueline Smitrovich Prize; Amy Christensen (Carlton group) was named Most Promising Future Faculty; Hayley Glicker (Smith group) received the Graduate Award for Departmental Service; Yiran Suki Gu (Nizkorodov group) received the Don L. Bunker Award; Natalie Smith (Nizkorodov group) was awarded the...
Wed, 08/26/2020
On August 26, 2020, AirUCI faculty Don Blake was interviewed by Kevin Bossenmeyer, manager of KUCI radio.  Don was asked about his background, his time at UCI and experience working with Nobel Laureate Sherry Rowland, his many awards, and his wide variety of research interests.  A second interview has been scheduled for Friday, September 4th as they ran out of time before hearing all of Don's fascinating experiences.  Listen to interview #1