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.

Follow the Prather group adventures in Northern California

Members of the Prather and DeMott groups are up in northern California sampling aerosols and precipitation in an effort to better understand the marine influence on clouds and precipitation.

To follow their adventures, read the blog they are writing:

Prof. Prather interview on NPR about cloud seeding and precipitation in California

Prather group web page updated

 The Prather group web site had been updated.  Enjoy reading the new description of the full suite of research being done by our group.  

Education/outreach coordinator, and research positions available

CAICE is now looking for a Education and Outreach coordinator, and postdoctoral fellows.  We are also interested in new graduate students for entrance into the Chemistry or SIO graduate programs (information).  The Prather group is looking for a project scientist to help run the day-to-day operations of the Prather lab. If interested in any of these opportunities, please send a cover letter and CV to Prof. Prather at by April 1 (cc Paula Schachter

AGU 2013 update

December 6, 2013: Prof. Prather attended AGU in December 2013 and gave an invited lecture in a special session entitled "Marine Trace Gases and Aerosols" organized by Profs. Rainer Volkamer (U. of Colorado) and Nicholas Meskhidze (NC State).

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