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Friday, July 22, 2022

AirUCI faculty James Randerson, Jack Brouwer, and Jun Wu are among the subjects of an article describing our campus' focus on solving critical environmental issues.  The legacies of Sherry Rowland and Ralph Cicerone, both honorary AirUCI members, are also referenced as inspirations for this work.  Highlighted are Jim's research using satellite remote sensing to compile wildfire data; Jacks focus on hydrogen electrolyzers and fuel cells; and Jun's studies into environmental exposures of people to various agents, such as air pollution, noise, heat, or wildfires, and the health impact of those exposures.   Read the article

Friday, July 15, 2022

AirUCI faculty James Randerson has released a study of California tree loss, research marking the first time scientists have been able to measure tree population declines in California as well as attribute the changes to such pressures as wildfires, drought stress, and logging. His research team, including AirUCI postdoc Jonathan Wang, utilized satellite data from the USGS and NASA’s Landsat mission to study vegetation changes between 1985 and 2021. One of the starkest declines in tree cover they documented was in Southern California, where 14% of the tree population in local mountain ranges has vanished.  Read the article    Read the article

Saturday, July 9, 2022

On July 9, 2022, AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer was a guest on the PBS series Sustaining Us to discuss hydrogen as a viable alternative to power large vehicles such as ships, trucks, and trains.  He answered questions about making hydrogen more available for these purposes and utilizing existing infrastructure to facilitate a transition to this green energy option.  Watch the video

Friday, July 8, 2022

AirUCI Research Specialist Shahir Masri is quoted in a Healthline article on the fallout from the recent Supreme Court decision to strip enforcement powers from the Environmental Protection Agency.  “If there’s anything positive to have come from the Supreme Court decision,” said Shahir, “it’s that the court affirmed that greenhouse emissions are a threat to the public.” He said it’s now up to the public to pay attention and make climate change an issue in the upcoming midterm elections.  Read the article

Thursday, June 30, 2022

AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa is quoted in an article in Voice of OC about Covid outreach and the importance of indoor air quality.  He commented on the air exchange rate inside buildings as a key factor in reducing risk of viral transmission.  "People can do a very simple thing; for example if you invite people to your house, just open the window – that’s going to increase the air exchange rate,” Manabu said.  "Increasing air ventilation and indoor air quality, doesn't just reduce transmission of viruses, but also other pollutants that can trigger asthma and allergies.”  Read the article

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Donald Dabdub, one of the founding faculty of AirUCI, is retiring on July 1, 2022.  Donald has not only contributed to AirUCI research in critical and innovative ways, his career as a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as his service to UCI's students as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education has touched so many lives and influenced so many students.  We hope he will be available to AirUCI for questions and consultations while enjoying his well-deserved retirement.  Many thanks, Donald, and we'll miss you!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu and Shahir Masri, former AirUCI research specialist, have published the results of their studies on the sources of lead contamination of soil in Santa Ana.  Based on archival documents such as maps and newspapers, two potential sources of lead from past years seem likely — lead-based paint and leaded gasoline with the gasoline far more prevalent.  Both of these sources have been illegal in California for decades.  Currently public health agencies are primarily focused on lead-paint and consumer products, but this study shows they may be overlooking legacy contamination by leaded gasoline as a major source of environmental lead.  Read the article

Sunday, June 26, 2022

UCI's Academic Senate has announced  the 2023 Academic Senate awardees, and AirUCI faculty Celia Faiola is the recipient of the Distinguished Early-Career Faculty Award for Teaching.  These awards are the highest honors conferred to faculty at UCI, and we congratulate Celia on this well-deserved recognition!

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!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

AirUCI faculty Don Blake has received the 2022 Tolman Award, which was presented Tuesday evening, June 7th at the Beckman Center.  The Tolman Medal is awarded each year by the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to chemistry.  He joins AirUCI Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and honorary AirUCI members Jim Pitts and Sherry Rowland as Tolman recipients.  Well deserved, Don!  View the article