In Memoriam: Jim Pitts Jr.
"The School will miss his big smile, humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship." To learn more about Jim Pitts' fascinating life, post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts.
http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts
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Open Chemistry is UCI's chemistry curriculum offered free to the world!
Developed as part of UCI’s commitment to fostering learning globally through a collaborative effort of the UCI School of Physical Sciences and UCI OpenCourseWare, UCI OpenChem provides free and open access to chemistry video lectures.  
http://ps.uci.edu/content/openchemistry-lectures
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Photograph of unique particle flow tube in Finlayson-Pitts laboratory
This custom-designed and built apparatus allows the study of the formation and growth of particles from the reactions of precursor gases under controlled conditions relevant to the atmosphere.  This flow tube has been highlighted on the Scientific American website as one of ten important atmospheric science experiments.  It requires a group effort to clean.
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Rowland Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund
An endowed chair and fellowship fund will facilitate the opportunity to recruit and retain the world's premier chemists and students to build on UCI's tradition of world-changing research. Learn more about the campaign for an Endowed Chair & Fellowship Fund In Honor of Professor F. Sherwood Rowland at http://ps.uci.edu/rowland.  
http://ps.uci.edu/rowland
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Message from Chair Reginald Penner

June 19, 2014

We just received the sad news of the passing of Jim Pitts. Our Department was incredibly fortunate to have Jim amongst us for more then twenty years since the early 1990s.  He was a mentor and friend to many of us, myself included.  One could hardly have a discussion with Jim without having him express excitement for your work and remarkably, he was always up to speed on the details! This always meant a lot to me coming from Jim because he was a world-class atmospheric scientist and photochemist.  Jim was also the most ardent fan of our Department, our fantastic young faculty, and our prospects for becoming even better.  His advice, encouragement, enthusiasm, and unqualified support propelled us onward and upward, to great effect.

We will miss his big smile, the fantastic and humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship. To post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts

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