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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu has been selected by Orange Coast Magazine as one of Orange County's 2022 'Kickass Women."  This is the second year that the magazine has profiled women of Orange County in this way.  Jun was included among this impressive group for her role as Co-Director of UCI's Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research as well as her dedication to working closely with local communities to address Environmental Justice issues.  Read the article

Monday, March 7, 2022

AirUCI faculty Don Blake will be this year’s recipient of the Tolman Medal, awarded each year by the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to chemistry.  These contributions may include achievements in fundamental studies; achievements in chemical technology; significant contributions to chemical education; or outstanding leadership in science on a national level.  Way to go, Don!

Thursday, March 3, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu has published a study which found that a smaller number of low-cost air pollution sensors were distributed across the state in communities with lower socioeconomic status, and with higher proportions of racial/ethnic minority populations. The study also discovered a lack of functioning air sensors in areas with greater levels of ambient fine particulate matter – where they are most needed.  Additional authors are AirUCI's Dr. Shahir Masri and Dr. Amirhosein Mousavi,  formerly a postdoctoral research scientist with AirUCI.  Read the article

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

UCI News has profiled a new study by AirUCI faculty Ulrike Luderer in which she links air pollution with adverse ovarian health.  Working with Ulrike on the project were AirUCI Project Scientists Veronique Perraud and Lisa Wingen.  The research findings indicate that particulates in air can cause premature ovarian failure, or early menopause, which has implications for other health issues such as osteoporosis, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's.  Read the article

Sunday, January 30, 2022

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu wrote an opinion piece for the January 30th Voice of OC online newspaper in which she made the case for the City of Santa Ana to include more robust Environmental Justice policies in its general plan per California SB 100.  The city is preparing to approve the current plan, which has inadequate measuring of air quality and lacks actionable goals.  Read the article

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

AirUCI faculty Alex Guenther is among the seven UCI researchers who have been named 2022 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As a professor in UCI's Department of Earth System Science, Alex was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds to the atmosphere and their effects on atmospheric chemistry.  Congratulations, Alex!

Friday, January 21, 2022

The University of California is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 UC Laboratory Fees Research Program competition.  AirUCI grad student Cindy Yanez (Faiola group) is one of the seven UC students who were selected from among a highly competitive pool of applicants as recipients of UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowships. These Fellows will have the unique opportunity to conduct research and receive training at a national laboratory, and Cindy with be collaborating with Los Alamos National Lab on her project, entitled “Plant Radiocarbon as an Indicator for Urban Decarbonization.”  Way to go, Cindy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Prof. Andrea De Vizcaya-Ruiz, AirUCI's 31st faculty member,  has joined UCI's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health as an Associate Professor and joined the AirUCI team as well.  She has had a distinguished career as a Research Professor in Toxicology at the Department of Toxicology at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) in Mexico City, with acknowledged expertise in inhalation toxicology.  We are thrilled to welcome her!  


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The newly launched UCI Center for Environmental Health Disparities Research will address the impact of climate change on vulnerable Orange County communities. Directed by AirUCI faculty Jun Wu and fellow public health faculty member Alana LeBrón, the center will work to solve complex challenges through a cross-campus approach involving experts from engineering, social ecology, medicine, pharmacy & pharmaceutical sciences, nursing and social sciences. Read the article


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

AirUCI grad student Alyssa Burns (Carlton group) is quoted in an article in EOS that discusses ammonia emissions generated by animal agriculture.  The study included data from the USDA, EPA, and NASA and found that the increase in the number of feedlots is an important factor in these gases.  “We know that ammonia does come from animal husbandry, but actually statistically relating ammonia concentrations to those point sources is not something that we’ve really been able to achieve before,” said Alyssa.    Read the article