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Mon, 11/06/2017
AirUCI founder and Co-Director Barbara Finlayson Pitts has received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research from the UCI Academic Senate. The awards ceremony and reception were held November 6, 2017 at the Newkirk Alumni Center on campus.  Congratulations, Barb!
Fri, 11/03/2017
AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov, along with AirUCI collaborators Julia and Alex Laskin, have published a well-received review of mass spectrometry and its use in atmospheric chemistry in the journal Analytical Chemistry.  The review presents new developments in MS instrumentation and methods, summarizes selected applications of MS-based techniques, and discusses several promising directions in the field.   Read the article
Mon, 10/30/2017
AirUCI founder and Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research by the UCI Academic Senate, which is the senior award for research that the campus conveys.  Congratulations, Barb!
Tue, 10/24/2017
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis was asked to comment on an article in Science describing the challenges of balancing poverty eradication with climate change mitigation, although he was not involved with the work.  The study implies that climate and human development goals are not necessarily inconsistent, but “It really kind of depends on what level of poverty we’re OK with,” he said.  The bottom line, he adds is that, “If we’re really trying to consider getting people not just out of extreme poverty, but into the middle class, then maybe we do have more of...
Sat, 10/21/2017
On Saturday, October 21st, AirUCI grad student Allison Vander Wall will be participating with UCI’s Iota Sigma Pi chapter in a science outreach event at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County and teaching chemistry to children with disabilities. This science event opened in early October, but this week’s theme is climate change so Allison will be presenting atmospheric chemistry demonstrations to the children.  Allison is in the Finlayson-Pitts research group.
Thu, 10/19/2017
The American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) has awarded the Benjamin Y. H. Liu Award for 2017 to AirUCI faculty James N. Smith.  This award recognizes outstanding contributions to aerosol instrumentation and experimental techniques that have significantly advanced the science and technology of aerosols.  Congratulations, Jim!
Thu, 10/12/2017
An article on BuzzFeed quotes AirUCI faculty Ralph Delfino about the effects of smoke from the numerous wildfires burning in the Bay Area.  While the effects of short-term exposure to the smoke and ash from these fires is unclear, Ralph's work after previous fires has shown that the unhealthful air quality they produced caused measurable spikes in lung disease.  Read the article
Sat, 09/23/2017
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer was cited in an article published on September 23, 2017 in the Orange County Register.  The article discussed the possibilities for accelerating California's goals to decarbonize the state’s power grid, with the requirement that the state reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.  Under a bill focused on decarbonizing the electric grid, homes could move more toward electrifying appliances which could be a significant lifestyle shift for some Californians, Brouwer said.   Read the article
Tue, 09/19/2017
AirUCI Faculty Steve Davis is quoted in an article in Thompson Reuters describing the increasing risk of deaths due to a warming planet.    "The best way to mitigate (heat deaths) is to get electricity to run fans or air conditioning," Steve says as one of the authors of a 2017 report that predicted a growing risk of widespread deaths during Indian heatwaves.  Global efforts, including as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, to bring power to those without it could play a significant role in reducing heat deaths, experts say.  But if action to curb climate...
Thu, 09/07/2017
Mike Dennin, one of our AirUCI faculty as well as UCI Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of Undergraduate Education, is quoted on in an article entitled 10 Things You Believe That Are Holding You Back From Success (and What to Do Instead).  He recommends admitting mistakes and allowing others to see you correct them and move forward rather than deflecting blame.    "Leadership requires appropriate ownership of errors and then moving forward from them. When you take responsibility for your actions, others will turn to you as someone who won't...