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Thu, 01/30/2020
AirUCI Grad Student Annie Rohrbacher (Finlayson-Pitts group) received an Outstanding Student Presentation award from the American Geophysical Union for her talk that was given at the annual AGU conference in San Francisco December 9-13, 2019.  Annie's talk, entitled "Atmospheric Fate of Neonicotinoid Pesticides as Pure Compounds and in Formulations," was presented on December 12th and was her first presentation at a national meeting.  These awards are given to the top 5% of student participants. Congratulations, Annie!
Fri, 01/24/2020
Fragments of fungal cells just 30 nanometers across have been found in the atmosphere at concentrations much higher than expected, according to experiments by AirUCI researchers in the James Smith research group. AirUCI researcher Michael Lawler is extensively quoted in a January 24th article in Physics World on the issues surrounding these biological nanoparticles and how they may play a role in cloud formation and could also trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.  Read the article
Thu, 01/23/2020
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is quoted in a January 23rd Harvard Business Review article about cyberattacks and other threats to utilities. Preparation is key to preventing widespread and long term effects from outages of power, water, and emergency care systems.  To illustrate the risks we face by not planning, Jack cites the intentional California blackouts associated with wildfires in 2019; 248 hospitals were in regions that lost power. “I can’t overemphasize the calamity that these events cause at the neighborhood level. Hundreds of healthcare facilities don’t have...
Thu, 01/23/2020
AirUCI researchers Lisa Wingen, Veronique Perraud, and Allison Vander Wall (Finlayson-Pitts group) submitted an article for publication to the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts and Allison's cover art was accepted for the first issue of 2020 — congratulations! 
Thu, 01/09/2020
In a January 9th Associated Press article on the effects of wildfire smoke, AirUCI faculty Mike Kleinman is quoted on his concerns about long-term health consequences of repeated exposure.  Studies of wildland firefighters also give insights into the risks of smoke inhalation from plants as well as toxins released in the burning of construction and household materials.  They’ve shown significantly higher rates of lung cancer and death from heart disease, according to Mike's research.  “It’s safe to say there will probably more effects at the long-term...


Sun, 12/22/2019
An article in the December 22nd edition of the New Yorker magazine quotes AirUCI faculty Steve Davis about the possibilities of "new" nuclear energy.  Steve is a proponent of renewable energy, and the article was referencing his current research into renewable capacities.  His work shows that if Japan could maximize wind and solar generation, construct energy storage facilities, and rebuild its electrical grid, they could provide at least 98% of their energy needs without nuclear or carbon-based power.  "It's doable," Steve says, but the price tag is the...
Tue, 12/17/2019
A December 17, 2019 article in the Los Angeles Times cites F. Sherwood Rowland as an inspiration to the scientists of today as they step out of the lab to advocate for scientific data and decisions which should be based in evidence and fact.  Many researchers are uncomfortable discussing the ramifications of their studies, but Sherry (an honorary AirUCI member from our founding to his death) demonstrated the necessity to speak out in response to moral imperative, and that it doesn't need to undermine the ability to carry out impartial and unbiased research.  Read the article
Thu, 12/05/2019
Several current and former AirUCI researchers are among the authors and contributors to a book entitled Multiphase Environmental Chemistry in the Atmosphere, published in 2018 by the American Chemical Society as part of their ACS Symposium Series 1299.  The three editors are Dr. Sherri Hunt of the U.S. EPA (former AirUCI grad student and researcher), Dr. Alex Laskin of Purdue University (longtime AirUCI collaborator), and Dr. Sergey Nizkorodov (AirUCI co-Director).  This book is based on a selection of presentations that were given at the 2017 ACS fall meeting.   The purpose of...
Mon, 11/25/2019
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer has written an opinion piece in the Sunday, November 24th edition of USA Today.  His topic is repurposing oil and natural gas pipelines after we have moved beyond fossil fuels to store hydrogen which can be created using electolysis, a technology that converts electricity into hydrogen in gaseous form.  This carbon-free hydrogen gas can then be used to fuel the same type of low-emission power plants that are already in use today — zero-emission fuel cell plants.  AirUCI's partner institute, APEP, has tested this technology for over 10 years...
Mon, 11/25/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis has been named among the most highly-cited researchers for 2019.  This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in 'Web of Science'.  Steve, who is also frequently interviewed and quoted in radio programs and publications like Newsweek Magazine, Science, and Nature, was also selected in this 'Web of Science' list for 2018.  Congratulations, Steve!