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Wed, 04/01/2020
AirUCI faculty Doug Tobias, chair of UCI's Chemistry Department, is lending his expertise in molecular modeling to a new research endeavor to blunt effects of the COVID-19 virus.  Prof. Rachel Martin is leading the team, comprised of several Chemistry faculty, who are applying their knowledge of cysteine proteases (proteins and enzymes) to come up with inhibitor strategies to block those enzymes in this new coronavirus.   Rachel explains that viruses don’t have many genes, so they need to be very efficient with their resources; that’s why they highjack mammalian...
Wed, 03/25/2020
AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton has released a public service announcement relating to COVID-19.  The nine-minute video does an excellent job of explaining the physics and mechanics of the virus' transmission and what blocks it.  Highly recommended for professionals and the public alike!  View the presentation
Tue, 03/24/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in a March 24th article in Newsweek Magazine on the effects of the response to the COVID virus on CO2 emissions worldwide.  "In recent years, we've emitted close to 500 tons of CO2 for every million dollars of global GDP, " says Steve. "If this ratio holds, a decline in world GDP can be expected to cause a proportional decrease in global CO2 emissions."   Read the article
Thu, 03/19/2020
In a March 19th article in Mother Jones, AirUCI faculty Annmarie Carlton is cited among those striving to fight the COVID virus or ease its effects. In working to create online instruction for her classes, she built a simplified model using Google Trends and air quality data that she thinks is able to predict the spread of the disease in places where there are no tests at all. She describes being torn between refining this model and continuing to create online content for her classes so her students can make their own models one day.  Read the article    
Mon, 03/16/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis has published a paper in the journal Nature Food which is generating quite a lot of interest.  He and his team have modeled the value of reductions in ozone pollution on Californian agriculture, both historically and projected into the future.  Ground ozone levels have a negative effect on yields, but past ozone reductions have improved yields of certain crops by as much as 20% although estimates of current damages are still $1 billion per year.  Using the results of this study, it is now possible to estimate potential region- and crop-specific...
Wed, 03/11/2020
A Reuters article dated March 11, 2020 discussed potential setbacks to global climate agreements due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the collapse in oil prices.  Historically, difficult financial times, such as the current shutdown of economies worldwide, have pushed environmental concerns aside in favor of economic growth.  AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted about his recent publication in the science journal Nature Communications.   The great recession's impact in the United States was particularly marked, with CO2 emissions falling 10% between 2007-2009, due to...
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.