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



Fri, 07/10/2020
On July 10, 2020, AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton was interviewed on the popular program, Air Talk with Larry Mantle on KPPC, a local National Public Radio station. More than 200 scientists, including Annmarie, signed an open letter to the World Health Organization concerning the airborne spread of COVID-19 and this was the main topic of discussion. Hear the interview
Thu, 07/09/2020
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa is the recipient of the 2020 Kenneth T. Whitby Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR).  This award recognizes outstanding technical contributions to aerosol science and technology by a young scientist. The purpose of the award "is to encourage continued work in the field and ongoing support of such endeavors."  Manabu joins an impressive list of prominent atmospheric scientists that have won this prestigious award.  Congratulations, Manabu!   
Thu, 07/02/2020
AirUCI undergraduate researcher Jo-Yee "Joey" Cheng (Finlayson-Pitts group) has received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program fellowship.  She referenced her work in mass spectrometry methods probing submicron particles and was selected by the campus UROP administration.  Congratulations, Joey!
Thu, 06/25/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is the subject of an article in Orange Coast Magazine that is part of a series examining what local residents are doing to combat climate change.  Steve is asked about his work and how it inspires others to take action, and he talks about UCI's position as a leader in climate action.  Read the article
Tue, 06/23/2020
AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov has completed his term as Vice-Chair for Academic Programs and Curriculum in UCI's Department of Chemistry.  This is a position he has held since 2016 and he has worked diligently to improve undergraduate education at UCI.  Prof. Jim Smith, also AirUCI faculty, is taking over this position and will continue to improve the educational experience for undergrads, especially in light of the recent challenges with the COVID pandemic.  Thank you, Sergey, and congratulations, Jim!
Fri, 06/12/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis co-authored a study published today in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, Chinese, European, American, and British researchers have demonstrated that the number of countries implementing COVID-19 lockdown measures – and the duration of those efforts – have a greater influence on the gross domestic products of nations than the severity of the restrictions. They also found that easing containment edicts gradually leads to smaller economic losses than lifting them swiftly and then having to reintroduce closures.  View the article   ...
Wed, 06/10/2020
AirUCI graduate student Brenna Biggs of the Blake research group has been awarded a 2020 Dynamic Womxn of UCI award.  This event celebrates and honors the incredible womxn who are leaders and role models actively making a difference in our community. This one-of-a-kind celebration focuses on the womxn who inspire us to take action and to fight for causes we believe in.  Congratulations, Brenna!    Read more
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....