Beyond the Tailpipe Events

Lake Arrowhead workshop 2021

The group’s planning meeting was held at the Lake Arrowhead Lodge from October 29-31 2021 with 12 faculty in attendance and two others joining the sessions via Zoom.  Additional attendees included Project Scientists, students, and community organizers.  Specific research tasks and timelines were determined, along with those working on each.  Procedures and policies were discussed for budget parameters, supply requisitions, etc.  View the agenda

Tour of Santa Ana sites

On Monday, November 15th, the Tailpipers group boarded a bus and toured several sites in Santa Ana identified by MPNA as areas of concern regarding air pollution as well as potential sites for air quality sampling. 

  • Madison Park; 1101 E Edinger Ave, 92707
  • Cecilia Bautista’s House / BrassTech; 1234 E. Borchard Ave, 92701
  • Kiddie Academy of Santa Ana; 1345 N Grand Ave, 92701
  • Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center;   1000E E Santa Ana Blvd, 92701
  • Ingardia Brothers Produce Inc.; 700 S Hathaway St, 92705
  • Ministerio Cristo Es La Restauración; 1224 E Pomona St, 92707
  • Behr; 1995 S Standard Ave, 92707
  • Kingspan Light + Air; 302 Goetz Ave, 92707

Lab tours

Chemistry and ESS:  On Monday, November 29th, the group toured the labs of the Chemistry and Earth System Science faculty.  The speakers in each lab were Alex Guenther, Barbara Barletta, Jim Smith, Veronique Perraud with Lisa Wingen, and Manabu Shiraiwa. 

  • 12:15 pm           All meet between Croul Hall and Rowland Hall
  • 12:30 – 12:40     Guenther lab – collection and analysis of trace gases (Croul Hall B212)
  • 12:45 – 12:55     Blake lab – generation, collection, analysis of trace gases (Rowland Hall B35)
  • 1:00 – 1:10         Smith lab – generation, collection, analysis of particles (Rowland Hall B68)
  • 1:15 – 1:25         Finlayson-Pitts lab – analysis of gases and particles (Rowland Hall 393)
  • 1:30 – 1:40         Shiraiwa lab – toxicology of particles (Rowland Hall 539)

Toxicology On Monday, December 6th, the group toured the labs of two of our Health Sciences faculty, Michael Kleinman and Ulrike Luderer, who are working on the toxicology studies in the DOJ project.

Engineering:  On January 24, 2022 the group toured the labs of the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity2 (HIMaC2), of which the director is AirUCI faculty Voyaslav Stamenkovic. 

Blake lab (Chemistry): On February 14, 2022, as shown in this photo, the Blake lab hosted workers from Kingston, a company in Santa Ana where the indoor air quality has been in question.  The workers were shown how researchers collect, measure, and analyze the composition of air — from gases to microscopic particles.

Monthly lunch meetings

Beginning in February 2022, the group meets once per month to discuss progress, obstacles, collaborations, procedures, and to hear specific research results from each group.  Meetings are held at lunchtime in Rowland Hall room 390.

  • February Meeting: February 14, 12:30 - 2:00
  • April Meetings: April 4 and 25, 12:30 - 2:00
  • May Meeting: May 24, 12:30 - 2:00
  • June Meeting: June 21, 12:30 - 2:00
  • July Meeting: July 26, 12:30 - 2:00
  • August Meeting:  August 23, 12:30 - 2:00

Student Lab Tours

June 22, 2002:  The Madison Park Neighborhood Association sponsors the ALMA Science Academy for young students who are interested in STEM topics.  AirUCI hosted a tour of our labs and presentation of our research on Wednesday, June 22nd for a group of about 45 4th - 6th graders and their teachers. Our material aligned well with the Academy's summer curriculum which included units on air pollution and climate change, and the students were thrilled to see science laboratories and learn more about these topics.  They asked many questions and clearly enjoyed interacting with our scientists.

MPNA meetings

The Madison Park Neighborhood Association recruits and coordinates community volunteers to assist with air sampling and other data collection and will work in collaboration with the scientists in this project to plan and implement each stage of the effort.  The grant terms include provisions to hold neighborhood stakeholder meetings to share research results with the residents, city staff, and county staff. 

  • 2022 Meeting
  • 2023 Meeting

Lake Arrowhead workshop 2023

To be held January 14-16, 2023.  This meeting will review progress made so far by each team and the research group as a whole.  Specific tasks and timelines will be updated, the budget will be reviewed, and community meetings will be planned.