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Friday, August 7, 2015

The Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry: Multiphase Processes: Observations and Fundamentals was held August 3-7, 2015 in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.  The final session of the conference was dedicated to the memory of AirUCI's Jim Pitts, a titan in the field of atmospheric chemistry, who passed away in June, 2014.  Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, our director as well as research partner and wife of Jim, was attending the conference as a keynote speaker and was present for this rememberance of our dear colleague and friend.

Friday, August 7, 2015

AirUCI Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts was the keynote speaker at the Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry: Multiphase Processes: Observations and Fundamentals which was held August 3-7, 2015 in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.  Her talk was entitled, "Particles, Pesticides and Politics".  In addition, AirUCI PI Sergey Nizkorodov was an invited speaker at the conference, with a talk entitled, "The State of Knowledge of Condensed-Phase Photochemistry in Atmospheric Organic Aerosols".  Former AirUCI collaborator Markus Ammann was also an invited speaker and former AirUCI postdoc Jennie Thomas was a discussion leader for the Halogens in the Troposphere session.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

On Thursday, August 6th, AirUCI will host a group of Beckman Foundation scholars in a presentation of our research and a tour of our labs.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AirUCI PI Mike Dennin is often interviewed on TV for his expertise in Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences. He's a regular on the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, and other networks, and his course "Science from Superheroes to Global Warming" has become famous and is now offered on the online learning site, Coursera. Congratulations, Mike!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AirUCI welcomes two new facullty to our institute — Dr. Alex Guenther and Dr. James N. Smith.  Dr. Guenther comes to us from PNNL in Richland, Washington and is the newest professor in UCI's Department of Earth System Sciences.  Dr. Smith is joining us from NCAR at Boulder, Colorado and is taking a new position in UCI's Department of Chemistry.  Welcome, Jim and Alex!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AirUCI PI Don Blake has received the prestigious Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for 2015.   He will be giving a lecture at the Clean Air Leadership talks in Sacramento on June 24th, 2015 entitled "Cooking, Health, and Climate: The Surprisingly Large Impacts of Humanity's Oldest Daily Task."  Congratulations, Don!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Two AirUCI faculty have been awarded NASA Earth Venture funds for their projects.  Professor Michael Prather is deputy principal investigator of the Atmospheric Tomography Mission, which will study how air pollution affects fast-acting greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere — assisting on this project will be AirUCI'sI Don Blake.  AirUCI P Eric Saltzman will be chief scientist on a ship studying marine ecosystems and aerosols. 
In all, NASA chose to fund five Earth Venture missions, each investigating a different influence on climate change, and UCI's Earth System Science department won nearly $4 million in these coveted NASA Earth Venture awards for three separate projects.  In addition to our AirUCI faculty, ESS Prof. Eric Rignot is deputy principal investigator of a melting glaciers mission.  Congratulations, all!
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Monday, June 1, 2015

AirUCI's Scott Samuelsen, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, is quoted extensively in a business article on the CNBC web site.  Opportunities for investors to look at fuel cell technologies are discussed, and Scott explains why fuel cell production costs have decreased in recent years.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 21, 2015, AirUCI was represented by Amanda MacMillan in the Nizkorodov group who won the Joan Rowland Award.  In addition David Row, James Neal, and Claudia Ramirez received the Michael E. Gebel Award given to graduate students who show great promise after taking time off before graduate school to work in the "real world."  The Gebel Award for undergraduate students was presented to Jacqueline Angsono and Nicole Carrejo.  Congratulations, all!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Earth and Space Science News (EOS), published by the American Geophysical Union, has printed a tribute to our own Jim Pitts in the current online issue.  We anticipate that it will also be included in the June 15, 2015 print edition as well.  Jim's contributions to air quality issues and to atmospheric studies are legendary, and we're thrilled to have this recognition of his life and work nearly a year after his passing.
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