Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.
The inaugural recipient of the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Memorial Award is Charlene Konkankit, a Chemistry major set to graduate in June, 2015. Charlene stood out among the nominees for this new award, given in honor of the late James N. Pitts, legend in Atmospheric Chemistry and longtime AirUCI team member. Congratulations, Charlene!
A large number of the AirUCI research team will attend and present at the annual Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemistry Conference to be held at CSU Northridge, CA on April 3, 2015. Talks and posters from our group will be presented by researchers of all levels — from graduate students to faculty.
AirUCI PI Donald Dabdub has received the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor of the Year Award given by UCI's Engineering Student Council. Way to go, Donald!
AirUCI Graduate Student researcher Kurtis Malecha will act as a judge in the Irvine Unified School District's 34th annual Science Fair. The event will be held on February 24, 2014 at Irvine High School.
AirUCI PI Sergey Nizkorodov will serve as a judge for the 34th Annual Irvine Unified School District Science Fair which will be held at Irvine High School on February 24, 2015.
Dr. Martina Roeselova, AirUCI collaborator from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, has passed away. She was diagnosed less than a month ago with an inoperable brain tumor and was undergoing agressive chemotherapy. She contracted bronchitis on February 11th and was having difficulty breathing, so was readmitted to the hospital. Due to her weakened immune system resulting from the chemotherapy, the bronchitis quickly developed into septic shock and, despite the heroic efforts of her doctors, her heart stopped beating at 2 am Prague time today and she could not be...
Dr. Lisa Wingen, AirUCI Project Scientist, is participating in an outreach effort this school year as a "science coach" for a 5th grade teacher at Castille Elementary School in Mission Viejo. She will act as a resource and assistant for Mrs. Smiggs in implementing science enrichment activities for the class. The American Chemical Society (ACS) sent Dr. Wingen a set of free supplies for 4th-6th grade chemistry students in the form of a two-part pH experiment that fit nicely into the classroom's science project on water quality of local lakes and streams. ...
As a former student and postdoc for AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Co-Director John Hemminger, Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson is a great friend to AirUCI. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station in 2007 and spent nearly six months aboard the ISS in 2010, where she performed three successful space walks totaling nearly 24 hours of EVA time. She has kindly presented three public lectures sponsored by AirUCI — in 2007, 2011, and 2014 — all at the Beckman Auditorium and all to overflow crowds. She is now engaged in...
AirUCI Co-Director and UCI Vice Chancellor of Research John Hemminger has been honored with a Festschrift in a special issue of the Journal of Phyical Chemistry C published by American Chemical Society Publications. The cover of the journal is made up of images from articles published by John (and several other AirUCI and UCI Chemistry colleagues). This special issue is a splendid tribute to John's brilliant career in Chemistry, and we couldn't be prouder!
The Department of Chemistry at UCI is making two new faculty positions available which are likely to be associated with AirUCI as well as the Chemistry Department in general. Following is the text of the advertisement for these positions: FACULTY POSITIONS IN ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY at the University of California, Irvine The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, California) has two openings for outstanding scientists in atmospheric chemistry at the Full Professor level. These positions are part of an integrated, across-campus initiative in air quality...