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



Sun, 03/01/2020
Alison Bain, graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, will be joining the Nizkorodov group as a visiting Junior Specialist from March 1 through June 30, 2020.  She will conduct studies of optical properties of atmospheric aerosol particles and other topics in atmospheric chemistry as part of her guided graduate research.
Tue, 02/04/2020
AirUCI faculty Kim Fortun is cited in an article on about the crisis of methamphetamine use in rural and disaffected America.  Her concept of "late industrialism" describes the current era as "a time when many workers are overextended and living in precarity," when every social class and region is affected by such events as factories closing, jobs migrating overseas, and few remaining options for the populations left behind.  Read the article
Tue, 02/04/2020
Jon Abbatt, AirUCI collaborator and former Fulbright Fellow with our institute, has been awarded the highest honor of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the 2020 CIC Award!  This prestigious prize is presented for having made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada. A professor at the University of Toronto, Jon collaborates with several AirUCI faculty, continuing the work he began as our Fulbright Fellow.  Way to go, Jon! Read the article
Sat, 02/01/2020
Juan Miguel Gonzalez Sanchez, graduate student at the Université Aix-Marseille in France, is joining the Nizkorodov group as a visiting Junior Specialist from February 1 through May 31, 2020.  He will be investigating organic nitrates and other topics in atmospheric chemistry as part of his guided graduate research.
Sat, 02/01/2020
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, AirUCI faculty Mike Dennin participated in the annual Physics Day sponsored by the UCI School of Physical Sciences.  This event is geared toward K-12 students and features demonstrations of physics concepts involving Sir Isaac Newton’s laws, momentum and conservation of momentum, rocketry, chemistry as well as mass and velocity.  Mike talked about the powers of superheroes and told the students, “The cool thing about superheroes when it comes to physics is some of what they do is consistent with the law of physics and some of what they do...
Sat, 02/01/2020
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is quoted in the February 1, 2020 issue of Scientific American in an article about reducing carbon based energy sources. Renewable hydrogen is replacing natural gas in European towns and has great potential to be a major source of power for segments of the worldwide economy that cannot simply plug into a big electrical outlet, such as heavy transport. “Far too many people have been misled into believing that electrification is the entire [carbon] solution,” says Jack, who has been engineering solutions to our region’s dirty air for more than two...
Fri, 01/31/2020
AirUCI graduate student Allison Vander Wall (Finlayson-Pitts group) recently submitted a major paper to the journal Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts and it was not only accepted for publication, but is featured on the cover of the first 2020 issue!  Today she received the following message from the journal's editors:   "Your article “Evidence for a Kinetically Controlled Burying Mechanism for Growth of High Viscosity Secondary Organic Aerosol” has been selected by the handling Editor as one of the top 10% of papers published in Environmental...
Thu, 01/30/2020
AirUCI Grad Student Annie Rohrbacher (Finlayson-Pitts group) received an Outstanding Student Presentation award from the American Geophysical Union for her talk that was given at the annual AGU conference in San Francisco December 9-13, 2019.  Annie's talk, entitled "Atmospheric Fate of Neonicotinoid Pesticides as Pure Compounds and in Formulations," was presented on December 12th and was her first presentation at a national meeting.  These awards are given to the top 5% of student participants. Congratulations, Annie!
Fri, 01/24/2020
Fragments of fungal cells just 30 nanometers across have been found in the atmosphere at concentrations much higher than expected, according to experiments by AirUCI researchers in the James Smith research group. AirUCI researcher Michael Lawler is extensively quoted in a January 24th article in Physics World on the issues surrounding these biological nanoparticles and how they may play a role in cloud formation and could also trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.  Read the article
Thu, 01/23/2020
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is quoted in a January 23rd Harvard Business Review article about cyberattacks and other threats to utilities. Preparation is key to preventing widespread and long term effects from outages of power, water, and emergency care systems.  To illustrate the risks we face by not planning, Jack cites the intentional California blackouts associated with wildfires in 2019; 248 hospitals were in regions that lost power. “I can’t overemphasize the calamity that these events cause at the neighborhood level. Hundreds of healthcare facilities don’t have...