Metabolomic Studies on Single Cells with ATOFMS

 As with many types of particle chemistry studies, the population average may not necessarily represent changes in the diversity of the population.

Two Publications in 'ACS Central Science'...and the Cover

CAICE scientists are continuing to show the critical importance of chemistry within the impact of aerosol particles on our climate.  Two important articles have been published by our team in the American Chemical Society’s new flagship journal, ACS Central Science that strike at two key issues.

"The Dust Detectives" Investigate the Role of Far Off Deserts on Water in California

As CalWater-2 continues, Prof. Prather and the other mission scientists hunt different types of clouds in the atmosphere to see how they formed.  Every cloud droplet or ice crystal began as a speck of something other than water -- sea spray, car or ship exhaust, mineral dust from deserts, to name a few.  After developing an ATOFMS that can fly in aircraft, our group has been able to show the prevalence of biological and dust particles in ice crystals in the atmosphere.

CalWater-2 Efforts Highlighted in 'Nature' and 'LA Times'

The CalWater-2 field project, in which the Prather Group is currently participating, has been highlighted by the journal Nature and was covered in the Los Angeles Times this week.  CalWater-2 aims to study atmospheric rivers (bands of water vapor that are responsible for a large fraction of California's annual water supply) and the impact of aerosols on storm clouds over our state.

In the Field: Aerosols and Precipitation

Several members of the Prather Group, including Prof. Prather, are working on a highly collaborative field project this winter, called CalWater-2.

Congratulations to Dr. Cahill and Dr. Collins

 The Prather Group saw the graduation of two of its members in as many days!

On August 26, Jack Cahill successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Novel Techniques and Applications in Single Particle Mass Spectrometry".  Jack will move on in his mass spectrometry studies as a postdoc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with Dr. Gary Van Berkel.

Prof. Prather Honored with 2014 Faculty Research Lecturer Award

Congratulations to Prof. Prather for being honored with the UC San Diego Faculty Research Lecturer Award for 2014.  

"The Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer Award recognizes colleagues whose research has made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge.  Each year the Senate selects two members of the faculty to receive this prestigious award, one from the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences, and one from the Sciences."

A Symposium in Honor of Prof. Mario Molina

On Monday, May 12, a distinguished list of chemists and climate scientists came to Scripps Institution of Oceanography to honor the accomplishments and influence of UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Mario Molina.  Prof. Prather worked with the UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla to put on the event, which drew Molina's colleagues and former students from around the world.

Wildfires and Air Quality in San Diego

Windy, hot weather with relative humidities plunging into the single digits has been brought on by the so-called "Santa Ana Wind" conditions.  This meteorological scenario,normally a common feature of the autumn in southern California, layed the groundwork for a rash of damaging wildfires, mostly concentrated in San Diego's 'North County' region, from Del Mar up into the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

Aerosols, Clouds, and Precipitation on NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Prof. Prather, on a visit to our recent field study at Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, CA, spoke with NPR about how aerosol particles influence clouds and precipitation over California.  Our state relies on just a few big storms each year for it's drinking water supply, and currently the region is experiencing a severe multi-year drought. Understanding and predicting how much water will be dropped in California is critically important to water supply management and hydroelectric power.

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