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Wed, 05/23/2018
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 23, 2018, AirUCI was once again very well represented. Dr. Lisa Wingen, Project Scientist in the Finlayson-Pitts group, received one of the two Departmental Safety Awards. Annie Rohrbacher in the Finlayson-Pitts group was named the Best First Year Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Kara Kapnas in the Murray group was named the Best Continuing Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Alicia Hoffman in the Blake group was named the Best Upper Division Graduate Student Teaching Assistant. Alan Robledo in the...
Mon, 05/21/2018
AirUCI is excited to announce that Prof. Hind Al-Abadleh from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada has been selected as AirUCI's second Fulbright Fellow, beginning January 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019.  She will be conducting collaborative research projects with AirUCI team members and will also teach a special topic class for our students.
Fri, 05/04/2018
Lauren Fleming and Julia Montoya-Aguilera, graduate students in the Nizkorodov research group, were selected as two of the three finalists in the 2018 Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences, an annual award based on a competition based on published papers.  Congratulations, Julia and Lauren!
Wed, 04/25/2018
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather is quoted in an article in the Mercury News about ATom's (Atmospheric Tomography) mission to gather important information about changes in the composition of gases in the atmosphere, tracking the impact humans have had on the remotest parts of the atmosphere.  This team of scientists is zig-zagging across the globe in a flying laboratory, a DC-8 research plane retrofitted with an impressive suite of instruments and testing equipment.  The final leg of the four-part expedition took off from Palmdale, California on April 26, 2018.  From the...
Mon, 04/16/2018
The Wyland Foundation has informed AirUCI faculty Celia Faiola that she has been named as their 2018 Earth Month Hero, which is awarded to people who are making a difference to the planet.  She was selected because of her efforts to step out of the laboratory and engage with the Southern California community.  She has done this in various ways, including speaking at rallies, providing expert feedback to policymakers in Sacramento, and participating in local public education community events, always advocating for evidence-based policies.  On April 30th the award presentation...
Mon, 04/16/2018
In an article in, AirUCI faculty Michael Prather is interviewed about the remote ocean pollution being measured by NASA's Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) project.  This mission, begun in 2016, has flown over much of the remote oceans from Alaska to New Zealand, from South America to Greenland, and over the Arctic Ocean.  Their instruments have detected shocking levels of pollutants—even poisons—over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans.   Michael, who is ATom’s deputy project scientist, said, “This implies that the remote Pacific...
Tue, 03/27/2018
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in an NPR article on their Science page that deals with unpredictability in energy supplies.  Fracking changed the game by increasing supplies and the 2008 recession hit world economies hard.  Since then it's been more difficult to accurately predict the supply and demand of oil and gas supplies, and renewable energy sources are not as predictable as we would like.   When predictions of energy availability are unreliable, it leads businesses to be more conservative.  "You're less inclined to take on big, irreversible...
Wed, 03/14/2018
In an article in MIT Technology Review, AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted on challenges in overhauling the global energy system, including aviation, long-distance hauling, and the cement and steel industries.  "To clean up these huge sectors of the economy, we’re going to need better carbon capture and storage tools, as well as cheaper biofuels or energy storage," he says.   Read the article
Tue, 03/06/2018
In an online article for PBS NewsHour's Science files, AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer provided several suggestions for increasing energy efficiency in anyone's home.  He has easy and practical ideas for most every room in the house, ranging from the best time to run a dishwasher to using smart monitors for power usage. Read the article
Fri, 03/02/2018
In an article in Pacific Standard, AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is extensively quoted regarding a new study from the Carnegie Institution for Science on renewable energy and current obstacles to implementation.  Recent federal policy shifts and tariffs imposed on solar panels, among other things, are setbacks to renewable industries and have slowed investments to build the energy infrastructure for renewable sources.  Read the article