CAICE Announces $20M Phase II Award from NSF

New funding enables studies of complex chemical systems in aerosol particles.

Today, the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) is proud to announce the award of Phase II funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers for Chemical Innovation program.  The announcement was made today at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps by CAICE Director and Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry Kimberly Prather, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Nobel Laureate Mario Molina.  Chancellor Khosla stressed the visionary leadership put forth by Distinguished Professor and UC San Diego Dean of Physical Sciences Mark Thiemens and Interim Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography Catherine Constable.  The formation of CAICE signifies in a concrete way the many ‘Pillars of Excellence’ within UC San Diego, which has recently been ranked as one of the top 20 research universities in the world.

Immediately following the Phase II announcement at Birch Aquarium, a press conference and panel discussion was held at the 246th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A panel of CAICE Investigators, including CAICE Co-Director Vicki Grassian, will join former ACS President Joseph Francisco and NSF Division of Chemistry Director Jaquelyn Gervay-Hague for a discussion on NSF’s major support of efforts in studying chemistry and climate.  Profs. Prather and Molina joined the discussion remotely from the UC San Diego campus.  A recording of the discussion and press conference at the ACS National Meeting can be viewed at:

Associate Director of CAICE Timothy Bertram participates in an interview with Fox 5 News during today’s press conference.

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