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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Chemists discover ozone-boosting reaction
AirUCI is an Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute funded by the National Science Foundation. Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and colleagues found new chemistry that increases ozone formation, missing from existing models of choking smog.
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Going for gold
Gold nanowires can activate a credit card or launch a missile. Ervin Meneses, a 17-year old summer intern, grows gold-coated filaments 1,000th the width of a human hair. 
http://ps.uci.edu/news/135
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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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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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