UCI professors Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Anthony James elected to National Academy of Sciences

Irvine, Calif., April 25, 2006 -- UC Irvine professors Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Anthony James have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Finlayson-Pitts and James are two of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected into the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, professor of chemistry in the School of Physical Sciences, studies chemical reactions in the lower atmosphere to better understand air pollution in urban and remote areas. She directs AirUCI -- Atmospheric Integrated Research Using Chemistry at Interfaces -- a multi-investigator effort to better understand how air and water interact in the atmosphere and how those processes affect air quality and global climate change. With Finlayson-Pitts serving as principle investigator and director, in 2004 UCI was awarded a total of $7.5 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to establish AirUCI, an Environmental Molecular Science Institute -- one of only seven currently funded EMSIs dedicated to understanding at the molecular level how human activity and nature contribute to global environmental problems. Finlayson-Pitts has studied the effects of sea salt on urban smog formation and on remote atmospheres, as well as how chemical reactions on the surfaces of buildings and roads affect urban air quality and models of air pollution. Among her achievements, in 2004 she received the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology. Earlier this week, Finlayson-Pitts also was honored when she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Anthony James is an internationally known vector biologist and is responsible for a number of significant advances on genetic approaches to interrupt malaria parasite and dengue virus transmission by mosquitoes. Recently, it was announced that James was part of a team of res

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