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Thursday, June 9, 2022

AirUCI undergraduate student Cathy Wong (Finlayson-PItts group) has received an award for—and has been invited to participate in—the Chemistry Department's 2022 Undergraduate Poster Session and Awards Ceremony.  She will be presenting a research poster at the event to be held Thursday, June 9th at 3:00 pm in Natural Sciences II room 1201.  Registration is required to attend, and you can RSVP here:  Congratulations, Cathy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

On May 25th, AirUCI Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts will be one of the panelists in NOAA's Early Career Panel, part of their Virtual Global Monitoring Annual Conference.  This virtual event will be held the week of May 23 - 27, 2022 with the Early Career Panel taking place on Wednesday from 10 - 11 am Mountain Time.

Friday, May 20, 2022

AirUCI undergrad Cathy Wong (Finlayson-Pitts group) will be presenting a poster at UCI's 29th annual Undergraduate Symposium to be held the weekend of May 20th.  This event is hosted each year by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and has become an important event for promoting student engagement with faculty, industry leaders, and other students.  Details

Friday, May 6, 2022

AirUCI faculty Steve Davis has published a study showing that land-use change – including clearing of carbon-absorbing forests to create farms and pastures – contributed about 3/4 of the amount of greenhouse gases driven by the global trade of agricultural goods between 2004 and 2017.  “Roughly a quarter of all human greenhouse gas emissions are from land use,” said Steve. “Our work shows that large shares of these emissions in lower-income countries are related to consumption in more developed countries.”  Read the article

Monday, May 2, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is quoted in a May 2nd Bloomberg article on hydrogen as a replacement for natural gas as a cleaner energy source.  Utility companies are moving rapidly to explore hydrogen as a "decarbonizer" or even a replacement for natural gas, especially to large customers, but there are issues.  For example, it can degrade metal pipelines and there are limits to the amount of fuel that can be carried in plastic pipelines, more commonly used in local gas distribution systems.  Read the article

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu is quoted in an article on pregnancy and air pollution published April 20th in The 19th.  While the main topic is wildfire smoke and its health effects, Jun describes risks to pregnancy due to multiple sources of air pollution.  “What we found is that for women living in areas with higher air pollution, the risk of developing gestational diabetes is higher,” she said. "Their babies are also at higher risk of being born preterm."  Read the article

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer was interviewed for the PBS NewsHour on April 20th.  The discussion was about hydrogen as an alternative energy source, and PBS correspondent Miles O'Brien visited Jack at UCI to report on hydrogen cars and the issues and history of hydrogen as fuel.  View the broadcast and read the transcript

Monday, April 18, 2022

AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov has been recognized as the Dr. De Gallow Professor of the Year, one of the 2022 Campus-wide Teaching Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching presented by the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning.  Recipients are selected by members of the Academic Senate Council on Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience and by members of the groups providing the monetary awards.  Selections are based on campus-wide nominations from peers, colleagues, and students.  Congratulations, Sergey!

To congratulate Sergey and the other winners, the 29th Celebration of Teaching reception will be held on Thursday, April 21, from 4:30-6:00 pm in Doheny A/B. Please RSVP for the event.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A study by AirUCI faculty Jim Randerson and AirUCI postdoc Yue Li is adding to the capacity for measuring the impacts of deforestation on surrounding areas.  A key aspect of modeling that has until now remained unmeasured is the degree to which deforestation in tropical rainforests like the Amazon and the Congo contributes to additional forest losses because of its effect on regional climate.  “We used Earth system models to quantify what the climate impact from tropical deforestation is today,” said Yue, “then we used this information with satellite observations of forest biomass to figure out how nearby forests are responding to these changes.”  Jim added: “This paper shows that avoiding deforestation yields carbon benefits in nearby regions as a consequence of climate feedbacks."  Read the article

Sunday, April 10, 2022

AirUCI faculty Steve Davis has written, along with three other environmental experts, an opinion piece for this week's Sunday edition of the New York Times.  The article stresses the importance of acting on steps we can take right now using today's technologies to begin reversing the rate of carbon, methane, and other emissions that cause climate change.   We don't need to waste precious time debating details, such as just how much carbon reduction is needed to offset particular events.  We know conclusively that we need to reduce these greenhouse gases, no matter what the final measurements may be.  "The next steps are clearer and more affordable than they have ever been.  Rather than getting distracted by distant and likely irreducible uncertainties, let’s focus on what matters: deploying clean technologies we know we need, implementing a coherent climate policy, laying the groundwork for future progress, and creating a just transition that shares the benefits of a sustainable energy system.” 
Read the article