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Monday, March 24, 2014

AirUCI graduate students Kristine Arquero (Finlayson-Pitts group) and Paige Aiona (Nizkorodov group) have been awarded 2014 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships.  Only 60 such fellowships are awarded in all areas of sciences each year, and this is the first time chemistry graduate students have received this highly prestigious fellowship.  The award is given to students who "have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students."  Way to go, Paige and Kristine!  Details

Sunday, March 16, 2014

At the 247th American Chemical Society national meeting in Dallas, Texas, AirUCI PI Benny Gerber was honored with a three-day symposium beginning March 16th entitled "A Little Insight Goes a Long Way: A Transformative Role of Theory in Spectroscopy and Chemical Dynamics."  The focus of the symposium was on the theories and computational approaches connecting experimental observations to the underlying interactions between atoms and molecules developed by Prof. Gerber and his colleagues, collaborators, students, and postdocs.

Several AirUCI researchers and collaborators spoke over the three days, including Doug Tobias, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Sergey Nizkorodov, Mychel Varner, and Benny himself (of AirUCI) along with our collaborators Pavel Jungwirth, Martina Roeselova, and Sotiris Xantheas.  View the program

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AirUCI researchers Amanda MacMillan and Julie Lee will serve as judges at the Irvine High School science fair on February 26, 2014.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AirUCI researchers Dian Romonosky and Julie Lee, both of the Nizkorodov research group, will give a presentation at Buena Park Junior High School's annual Science Night.  The event will be held on February 25th at 6 pm.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AirUCI Co-Director Doug Tobias is the winner of the American Chemical Society's 2014 Senior Award in Theoretical Physical Chemistry.  Way to go, Doug!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AirUCI PI Filipp Furche has been awarded the American Chemical Society's Early Career Award in Theoretical Physical Chemistry.  We're proud of you, Filipp!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

AirUCI researchers Krista Parry, Amanda MacMillan, Julie Lee, Kristine Arquero, and Carla Kidd will serve as judges for the Irvine Unified School District's 33rd annual Science Fair on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at Woodbridge High School in Irvine.  They'll be reviewing projects from students in grades 6 through 12. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts was interviewed by National Public Radio on the topic of weather and air pollution, and parts of her comments aired over the weekend of January 25-26, 2014. While air pollution overall has decreased by at least 20% over the last decade according to the California Air Resources Board, weather conditions — especially drought conditions — have added more dust particulates into the air while higher temperatures speed up chemical reactions in the atmosphere .  Listen

Sunday, January 19, 2014

AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson Pitts was interviewed for an article on air pollution for The Los Angeles Times.  She explained how winter air pollution forms in an article published January 19, 2014 which also described many causes of air pollution state wide.  Read the article


Thursday, January 2, 2014

AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has received the prestigious 2013 Haagen-Smit Award for Outstanding Contributions to Air Pollution Science from the California Air Resources Board.  She joins an elite group who have received this award, including her husband, James N. Pitts who is an AirUCI research resource and much valued as an important part of our team.  We're so proud, Barbara!