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

 

2021

Thu, 07/22/2021
AirUCI grad student Shane Coffield (Randerson group) is quoted in the Daily Pilot as lead author on a study that shows how the decrease in California's vegetation due to massive fires could cause up to a 16% decrease in the state’s natural carbon storage capacity.  Since part of the state’s goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 involves putting more carbon into the land, with the help of vegetation that absorbs CO2 and stores it, the substantial increase in drought conditions and wildfires that have killed so many trees are leading to carbon being emitted to the...
Fri, 07/09/2021
On July 9th, U. S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh came to learn about the workforce implications of developing more sustainable transportation infrastructure, including a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations, a key component of proposed legislation currently being negotiated in Congress.  Two local Congressional representatives, Katie Porter (CA-45) and Mike Levin (CA-49) attended the meeting, as did City of Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan, Chancellor Howard Gillman, and other University of California dignitaries.   AirUCI faculty Scott Samuelsen and Jack Brouwer, both...
Fri, 07/02/2021
A new study by AirUCI faculty Jun Wu and cited in an article in National Geographic measures the impact of fireworks on air quality and population health. Fireworks produce colorful, crackling light displays but they also create smoke. It’s less widely known that the smoke can be dangerous due to their particulate matter, which can be an asthma trigger and a leading contributor to respiratory disease as well as a cocktail of toxic metals like strontium, barium, and lead. While the pollution from a single fireworks display tends to dissipate quickly, many fireworks being set off over the...
Thu, 06/03/2021
AirUCI is thrilled to announce the addition of three new faculty to our institute: James Randerson (Earth System Science), Ulrike Luderer (Environmental and Occupational Health), and Vojislav Stamenkovic (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering).  Additional details about each of our new colleagues are available on our People page, but here is a brief biography for each of them.
Wed, 05/26/2021
AirUCI faculty Jun Wu is quoted in a May 25th article in National Geopgraphic that discusses the combined effects of air pollution and extreme heat on health, particularly respiratory health.  Bad heat and bad air work in tandem to increase the stress on people’s bodies and increase their risk of hospitalization.  “Some of the associations [of extreme heat and ozone pollution] are hidden unless you look at the very local scale,” says Jun, pointing to historical influences like decisions to route freeways through communities of color which contribute to the extra...
Thu, 05/06/2021
The Edward K.C. Lee Dinner is the annual ceremony for UCI’s Department of Chemistry where numerous awards are presented.  Most years, AirUCI team members are among the recipients of these prestigious awards, and it was true again for the May 2021 virtual awards ceremony.    AirUCI undergraduate Kimberly Zhang (Nizkorodov and Furche groups) received the 2021 Don L. Bunker Award which is given to one undergraduate student in the UCI Chemistry Department who has shown outstanding research and plans to pursue graduate work in chemistry.   Graduate student awardees of the...
Mon, 05/03/2021
Jorg Meyer, longtime glass blower for UCI's School of Physical Sciences, has passed away.  He was indispensable to generations of UCI scientists and researchers who relied on him to design and construct unique and techically complex containers and apparatuses.  More than this, Jorg was instrumental in revising laboratory and fabrication procedures, making enormous contributions to the safety of chemical laboratories at UCI and around the world.  As a global leader in his field, tributes are pouring in expressing condolences from near and far.  Jorg was a dear friend of...
Wed, 04/28/2021
AirUCI undergraduate Kimberly Zhang, a 2020-21 Beckman Scholar working in the Nizkorodov and Furche groups, is one of the 53 recipients of the 2021 Chancellor’s Award of Distinction at UCI.  Out of numerous nominees, Kimberly was selected from an exceptional group of graduating students who exhibit a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership, or service to UCI.  Congratulations, Kimberly!
Wed, 04/28/2021
AirUCI grad student Annie Rohrbacher (Finlayson-Pitts group) has received  the Judges' Highest Score Award for her presentation at the UCI Associated Graduate Student Virtual Symposium held April 24, 2021.  There were more than 40 presenters with over 100 people registered to attend the event and, in their words, Annie's project and presentation blew the judges away.  This symposium showcases the research and accomplishments of students in the graduate division who are invited to participate.  Way to go, Annie!.
Wed, 04/14/2021
AirUCI grad student Jinlai Wei (Shiraiwa group) has received the 2021 C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award. This competitive award from the American Chemical Society is presented to graduate students at U.S. and international universities who submit the highest quality research papers. Way to go, Jinlai!