Prof. Roya Bahreini and her two Environmental Toxicology graduate students, Kennedy Vu and Justin Dingle, sent the summer working on the FRAPPE air pollution study in Colorado. As described by Kennedy, their group "recently completed an intensive air quality study over the Colorado Front Range in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), NASA, and NSF. The campaign acronym “FRAPPE” (Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment) has an overall goal of studying the sources and sinks that may be contributing to the ozone problem in the greater Colorado area. We were representing UC Riverside and the Environmental Toxicology Program among two dozen teams with various instrumentation. This flight campaign utilized the spacious cabin of the C130 to house several instruments in which we deployed our Aerosol Mass Spectrometer and our Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift Spectrometer to measure aerosol composition and extinction. Over 80 flight hours later, we have successfully completed our missions with promising results. We will be spending the next few months critically analyzing our data which will drive policy and control measures for the future air quality of Colorado!" Kennedy provided the following photos. For more information, please see the FRAPPE web page with its associated links. It sounds like it was a great experience for our UCR participants. My thanks to Kennedy for the information and the photos.
Today, one of Roy Fukuto's last graduate students, Prof. Azhari Omer Abdelbagi, stopped by to visit. He has had a very successful career at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. In addition to his university work, he is currently serving as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Republic of Sudan. Below is a picture of Undersecretary Abdelbagi (middle) with Prof. Mike Adams (on left) and David Eastmond (on right). It was good to hear of Dr. Abdelbagi's success. He will be meeting with administrative officials later today, which will hopefully lead to closer collaborations between UC Riverside and those in the Sudan.
The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Services of the Food and Drug Administration is searching for toxicologists to fill positions at its Silver Springs, Maryland location. If interested, more information can be found here.
Carl Cranor, Professor of Philosophy and ETOX faculty member, has been awarded the prestigious Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professorship
in Philosophy for 2014-15. As described in the UCR press release (that can be found here), Dr. Cranor is well known for his research on
the regulation of toxic substances, the ethics of risk, and the
philosophy of law and science. Our congratulations to Carl for this nice and well deserved recognition.