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Monday, June 26, 2023

From June 26 through July 31, 2023, AirUCI will host student researchers from the ALMA Academy operated by our non-profit partner, the Madison Park Neighborhood Association.  The students will be able to observe our research and contribute to the work as well through data collection and analysis.

Friday, June 23, 2023

In a June 23rd article in Healthline, AirUCI research specialist Shahir Masri is quoted on the health effects of air pollution including an estimated 7 million premature deaths annually.  Ailments such as COPD, cancers, heart and respiratory disease, neurological and cognitive disorders, and pregnancy outcomes are linked to air pollution.  “Many people may not think about the fact that air that looks clean (has good visibility) still contains pollutants that are harmful to health,” said Shahir.   The article also describes how air pollution is measured and how to protect against its effects.  Read the article       Read the July 12 article in Fortune

Thursday, June 22, 2023

AirUCI faculty Ulrike Luderer has been informed that her January 2022 paper entitled "Exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) depletes the ovarian follicle reserve and causes sex-dependent cardiovascular changes in apolipoprotein E null mice" was selected as Paper of the Year by the Editorial staff at Particle and Fibre Toxicology.  Among her co-authors are additional AirUCI researchers Veronique Perraud, Lisa Wingen, Rebecca Arechavala, Bishop Bliss, David Herman, and Michael Kleinman.  Congratulations to all on this great honor!

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

At the EKC Lee event held annually by UCI's Chemistry Department, several AirUCI team members were recognized for their exceptional efforts and contributions.  From the NIzkorodov group, a number of grad students received awards: Lucia Liu for Contributions to Education by a First Year Teaching Assistant, Avery Dalton for Contributions to Education by a Teaching Assistant, Lena Gerritz received a graduate student fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and Cynthia Wong was awarded the prestigious Smitrovich Prize. From the Carlton group, Alyssa Burns also received a grad student award for Contributions to Education by a Teaching Assistant and Madison Flesch for Outstanding Contributions to the Department.  The Gebel Award for graduate students was given to Jeremy Wakeen (Smith group), Jessica Granger-Jones, Nehal Idris, and Elisa Olivas.  Recipients of the Undergraduate Gebel Award were Patricia Morris (Finlayson-Pitts group), Maggie Chou (Nizkorodov group), Max Lee (Smith group), and Natalie Ramirez (Jenny Yang group in UCI Chemistry) .  Congratulations, one and all!

Monday, June 12, 2023

AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is the subject of the June 12, 2023 episode of the PBS series Sustaining US.  With increasing interest in electric vehicles, as well as increasingly overwhelming information about them, Program host David Nazar visited Jack on campus and asked him to give an "EV car buyers tutorial" to help consumers sort through the hype and noise and clarify the available options.  Watch the program

Thursday, June 8, 2023

AirUCI faculty Jim Randerson, along with three other UCI professors, is a major contributor to a groundbreaking report entitled “Microbes in Models: Integrating Microbes into Earth System Models for Understanding Climate Change,” published by the American Academy of Microbiology.  The study describes the effects of a previously overlooked aspect of climate change: microorganisms. Through their consumption and production of greenhouse gases, they drive essential biogeochemical cycles and therefore play a significant role in influencing climate change.  Read the article

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

In a June 7th article in Wired, AirUCI Research Scientist Shahir Masri (Wu group) is quoted on the health effects of the smoke generated by massive wildfires in Canada, which in the first week of June has blanketed much of Eastern Canada and the U.S.  Wildfire smoke can cause immediate health effects, like heart attacks, stroke, and bronchitis, particularly in vulnerable populations, and can be threatening to pregnant women. “These single-exposure events can be really devastating to people with preexisting conditions,” says Shahir.  Read the article

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

AirUCI faculty Jane Baldwin has led a study that focuses on the effects of humidity combined with high temperatures, and their combined effects on human health.  The paper is published in the May 31, 2023 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, Heat extremes obviously increase the risk of illness and death, and humidity increases heat stress by making it harder for bodies to cool.  However, medical and public health experts disagree about the extent of humidity's health and mortality impacts.  Read the article

Monday, June 5, 2023

On June 5, 2023, AirUCI founder and Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts was awarded an honorary doctorate from McGill University in Toronto, Canada. The degree is Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D.Sc.) and is described as follows: "Honorary doctorates are McGill University’s highest honours, and are awarded to people who have shown exceptional dedication to improving the lives of others, whether through research, art, public service, or philanthropy." Congratulations, Barb!

Monday, May 22, 2023

In a May 22nd article in the New York Times on the health effects of heat waves and the effectiveness of mitigation efforts, AirUCI faculty Jane Baldwin is quoted .  Major U.S. cities are vulnerable to heat waves and blackouts, with Phoenix projected to be hardest hit.  According to Jane, these findings should underscore the importance of investing in a stronger electrical grid. That would “help prevent this terrifying compound risk in the present and will continue to pay dividends in the future as heat waves continue to worsen,” she said.  Read the article