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2020

Wed, 09/30/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is co-author on a new report in Environmental Research Letters that describes how China's reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions may actually help increase global warming.  That’s because the same sulfur dioxide particles that come from coal burning and cause respiratory problems in humans also reflect sunlight, which cools the planet.  “It’s one of these tradeoffs that people have known about before, but we put some numbers on it,” says Steve.  Read the story
Mon, 09/28/2020
AirUCI's Allison Vander Wall (Finlayson-Pitts group) has tied for third place in the Wagner Award for Women in Atmospheric Chemistry presented by the Desert Research Institute.  Masters or Ph.D candidates apply for consideration, then papers they have published in scientific journals are evaluated for originality of ideas, how well the topic relates to real-world atmospheric issues, and how well the research is defined in the article.  Allison recently received her Ph.D so this is a wonderful affirmation of her exceptional abilities both in the lab and in publications. ...
Fri, 09/18/2020
AirUCI faculty Don Blake is quoted in a September 18, 2020 article in Pro Publica exposing the dangers of unmaintained oil wells in California's Central Valley and elsewhere.  Thousands of aging wells crowd the Kern County landscape three hours from the coast, where oil companies inject steam at high pressure to loosen up heavy crude.  This process regularly causes oil to suddenly shoot out of the bare ground in Kern County and other places far away, polluting the soil, water, and air, adversely affecting agriculture, and risking the health of workers and nearby residents as...
Fri, 09/11/2020
AirUCI faculty Michael Kleinman is interviewed extensively in a Newsweek article on air quality issues caused by the 2020 wildfire season.  Mike calls the impact of the current fires unprecedented and warns of potential hazards to public health.  Particles and compounds generated by the fires can irritate and even damage lung and heart tissues.  "Keep in mind all of the adverse effects that we know are caused by cigarette smoking.  Tobacco is just another biomass material.  Many of the same toxic compounds that are found in tobacco smoke are found in wildfire...
Wed, 09/09/2020
On September 9th, 2020, in lieu of our traditional Lee Dinner, the Department of Chemistry presented awards to students and staff in a virtual award ceremony.  Several AirUCI students received awards, as is the case in most years.  Julia Montoya-Aguilera (Nizkorodov group) received the Jacqueline Smitrovich Prize; Amy Christensen (Carlton group) was named Most Promising Future Faculty; Hayley Glicker (Smith group) received the Graduate Award for Departmental Service; Yiran Suki Gu (Nizkorodov group) received the Don L. Bunker Award; Natalie Smith (Nizkorodov group) was awarded the...
Wed, 08/26/2020
On August 26, 2020, AirUCI faculty Don Blake was interviewed by Kevin Bossenmeyer, manager of KUCI radio.  Don was asked about his background, his time at UCI and experience working with Nobel Laureate Sherry Rowland, his many awards, and his wide variety of research interests.  A second interview has been scheduled for Friday, September 4th as they ran out of time before hearing all of Don's fascinating experiences.  Listen to interview #1
Wed, 08/12/2020
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa is principal investigator on the Modelling Consortium for Chemistry of Indoor Environments initiative (MOCCIE) that began in 2017 and recently was granted renewed funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Today, he and the MOCCIE team, which includes Dr. Pascal Lakey of his research group as well as AirUCI faculty Doug Tobias (also chair of the UCI Chemistry Department), are the subject of a UC Irvine news article that discusses the importance of indoor air quality, especially during this pandemic era.  “Average life expectancy in the United...
Mon, 08/10/2020
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather is co-author of an article published August 10th on Gizmodo regarding the move to integrate hydrogen as a leading energy source.  There are concerns about the impact of hydrogen that is leaked into the atmosphere on hydroxyl radicals, which act as cleansing agents in the atmosphere by neutralizing other airborne chemicals, such as methane, that cause global warming.  Mike is urging further study of the impacts of additional hydrogen use, which is expanding as an energy source world wide.  Read the article
Thu, 07/23/2020
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who held a postdoctoral position with AirUCI faculty members Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and John Hemminger, was interviewed recently on KUCI radio.  Kevin Bossenmeyer asked her about her background, time at UCI, and experiences as an astronaut.  Tracy is an honorary member of the AirUCI team and has presented two public lectures hosted by our institute. Hear the interview
Wed, 07/22/2020
AirUCI's Tracy Caldwell-Dyson, who held a postdoc position with us jointly in the Finlayson-Pitts and Hemminger groups, is the subject of aJuly 22nd article in the Irvine Standard that discusses her experiences in space, her current NASA assignments, and a possible upcoming moon mission.  Tracy continues as an honorary member of our AirUCI team!  Read the article