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May 15, 2016 UCI astrophysicist Asantha Cooray to head NASA group designing future space telescope
NASA has selected UCI astrophysicist Asantha Cooray as community chair of a study group to design and set requirements for a possible successor to the James Webb Space Telescope. The group, which includes scientists and engineers from about 30 leading international research institutions and space...
May 14, 2016 Professor Michael Prather wins state’s top air quality award
ESS Professor Michael Prather has won California’s elite Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for “Keeping Atmospheric Chemistry in the IPCC Climate Assessments.” The state Air Resources Board found that Prather has made fundamental contributions to the scientific understanding of the role and impacts of...
May 10, 2016 Aaron Esser-Kahn Named 2016 Junior Investigator by ICTS
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to name Dr. Aaron Esser-Kahn the 2016 Junior Investigator of the Year. This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine investigator whose work is focused on the biomedical sciences and who has contributed substantial new insights and...
May 10, 2016 Why I Changed My Life: Acting, Astronomy, and a One-of-a-Kind Career
When I was 12, I saw the movie SpaceCamp, about a bunch of kids who accidentally get launched into space. That afternoon I plotted my entire career trajectory: a Ph.D. in astronomy from MIT, followed by a job at NASA. I was like, “I’m in.” I really did go to MIT and afterward started a Ph.D. in...
May 09, 2016 UCI sleuths search the seas for soot
Irvine, Calif., May 9, 2016 – Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine have taken water samples from the north Pacific, north and south Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in search of repositories of black carbon, soot from burning biomass and diesel engines, among other sources....
May 06, 2016 What would it take to become a real-life superhero?
(CNN)- If watching "Captain America: Civil War" this weekend revives your childhood dreams of becoming a superhero, technology may be on your side to make it happen -- but science is a little more discouraging. Technologically speaking, becoming Iron Man could be feasible by enhancing your strength...
May 05, 2016 ALMA 'Weighs' Monster Black Hole to Highest Precision
Though we know black holes are kinda big, how do astronomers measure their mass? It’s not as if we can go out there and simply “weigh” them. Fortunately, astronomers have many tricky ways to work out the mass of objects in the universe and black holes are no exception. Using the biggest and most...
May 05, 2016 UCI astronomers determine precise mass of a giant black hole
Irvine, Calif., May 5, 2016 – Astronomers from the University of California, Irvine and other universities have derived a highly precise measurement of the mass of a black hole at the center of a nearby giant elliptical galaxy. Working with high-resolution data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/...
May 03, 2016 Unboiling an Egg in Science Channel
May 03, 2016 A “Clean” Start for First KORUS-AQ Flights
After years of preparation, on Monday, May 2, the three KORUS-AQ aircraft (NASA B-200, NASA DC-8, and the Hanseo King-Air) took off for their first coordinated science flights over South Korea. More than 50 scientists, pilots and crew from NASA and the Republic of Korea were aboard the three...

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