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Tue, 08/13/2019
On August 13, 2019, The Orange County Business Journal named AirUCI faculty Michael Dennin as their Innovator of the Year.  Here is the announcement:   INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS University of California, Irvine, Irvine Michael Dennin, The Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning/ Dean of Undergraduate Education Michael Dennin has contributed significantly to many milestones at UCI, but most recognizable is his ability to popularize science and bring active learning environments to higher education. Last year he launched UCI’s Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and...
Fri, 08/09/2019
AirUCI researcher Anton Ni (Finlayson-Pitts group) and his medal-winning teammates are featured on the American Chemical Society's U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad web page.  The Alpha Mu Team represented the U.S. at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 30, 2019 in Paris, France where they won three gold medals and a silver medal.  Anton will begin classes at MIT in the next few weeks -- we'll miss him!     View the article
Wed, 08/07/2019
AirUCI graduate student Brenna Biggs (Blake research group) was selected as a science mentor this summer for NASA's Student Airborne Research Program (SARP).  She mentored seven undergraduate students that came to UC Irvine from around the U.S. for two months.  They spent 2 weeks in Palmdale, where she showed them how to collect samples aboard the NASA DC-8 airplane.  Upon their return to Irvine, Brenna helped them select, execute, and present their projects to NASA administrators.  The seven visiting students proclaimed this a great summer!
Sat, 08/03/2019
AirUCI grad student Brian Hwang (Shiraiwa group) is volunteering as a poster judge at the Southern California Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, August 3rd.  This Symposium is put on by the UCI Chemistry Department (with NSF support) and is hosted by Professors Liz Jarvo and Alan Heyduk every summer.  Undergraduate researchers from the SoCal area are invited to UCI to present posters on their own research, to hear science presentations by UCI faculty and graduate students, and to get information on applying to graduate school and fellowships.  
Tue, 07/30/2019
AirUCI is proud to announce that Anton Ni, who graduated in June from University High School in Irvine, has placed among the top 28 competitors in Paris at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad held July 21-30, 2019 — and therefore has received a gold medal!  Anton has been assisting in the Finlayson-Pitts labs over the past two summers, conducting research, compiling data, and contributing to published papers.  He will be starting university this fall at MIT.  Way to go, Anton — we're thrilled and proud!  
Fri, 07/19/2019
As of Friday, July 19th, the front page of the UCI Chemistry web site is featuring AirUCI's Anton Ni and his fellow team member Edward Jin, both of University High School, showing support for their trip to the 51st International ACS Chemistry Olympiad being held July 21-30, 2019 in Paris, France.  Read the previous News item            
Mon, 07/01/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is extensively quoted in an article in National Geographic that discusses his study, which was published in Nature, on the number of fossil fuel power plants currently built (as well as cars, factories, and buildings).  If these operate normally for their expected life spans, the CO2 generated will almost certainly exceed the 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) goal of the Paris Climate Accords.    “Our study is dead simple,” said Steve.  To limit warming to 1.5°C., not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built, ever...
Fri, 06/28/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa and Doug Tobias are key members of the MOCCIE working group which, along with members from several other universities here and abroad, studies indoor air pollution.  A recent paper published in Nature explains how skin oils react with ozone and other gases to produce a range of volatile and semi-volatile gases and substances, creating a "Pig Pen" effect, almost like a cloud of these substances.  AirUCI postdoc Pascale Lakey (Shiraiwa group) and our collaborator Donghyun Rim are also co-authors on this paper.   Read the article
Thu, 06/20/2019
AirUCI grad student Andrea Rohrbacher in the Finlayson-Pitts group has received a Ridge-2-Reef Fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  This program is offered at UCI to provide research training in urban ecosystems management, and Annie has been quite active over the past two years.  This fellowship will support her continued training following an environmental solutions practicum that facilitates cross-disciplinary interaction to address real-world management problems.  Congratulations, Annie!
Fri, 06/14/2019
AirUCI's Brenna Biggs, graduate student in the Blake research group, has been selected by UCI's Sustainability Resource Center to be a Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year.  These paid opportunities are sponsored by the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the fellowships require a yearlong commitment.  Recipients work on exciting projects across a range of topics which may include zero waste, energy justice, community resilience, food security, urban gardening, community-aligned carbon offsets, and campus sustainability...