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Sep 28, 2011 Zot! UC Irvine Team Proves Stellar At Mapping Dark Matter
When David Kirkby and Daniel Margala entered a contest to find out who could most accurately map dark matter in the universe, the first algorithm they submitted failed to crack the top 10 among a field of more than 100 engineers and data scientists taking part in the nearly three-month competition...
Sep 27, 2011 UCI Researcher Wins Presidential Award
President Obama this week awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers to UC Irvine assistant professor Rommie Amaro. "I was pretty surprised — very honored and surprised," said Amaro, 34, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and computer science and...
Sep 16, 2011 Q. and A.: The Quest of the Earth Scientist
Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, was back in his old haunt this week, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Earth System Science, which he founded. He later served as the university’s chancellor. Dr. Cicerone spoke...
Sep 14, 2011 Milky Way’s Spiral Arms are the Product of an Intergalactic Collision Course
UC Irvine astronomers have shown how the Milky Way galaxy’s iconic spiral arms form, according to research published today in the journal Nature. A dwarf galaxy named Sagittarius loaded with dark matter has careened twice through our much larger home galaxy in the past two billion years, according...
Sep 14, 2011 Renegade Dwarf Smashed Up Our Galaxy
Our world orbits a sun located on one of the arms of the Milky Way, a galaxy of some 200 billion stars with spiral limbs that whirl around a thin disk. But how did the galaxy develop those famous arms? A new theory, aired Wednesday, says they formed after the Milky Way was whacked by a dwarf galaxy...
Sep 12, 2011 They Had the Whole World in Their Hands
UC Irvine’s top-ranked Earth system science department celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. Founding chair Ralph Cicerone, who now heads the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, recounted in a recent interview how the first academic unit anywhere devoted to studying...
Sep 10, 2011 Last Call at the Oasis
A Participant Media presentation. (International sales: Submarine, New York.) Produced by Elise Pearlstein, Jessica Yu. Executive producers, Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Carol Baum, David Helpern. Directed by Jessica Yu. With: Erin Brockovich, Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti, Robert Glennon, Tyrone...
Sep 06, 2011 Reaching for the Stars
Walk through the halls of UC Irvine's astronomy wing after dinner on a weeknight and you will find roomfuls of young graduate students, crammed into small desks, solving equations, writing computer code and developing innovative ways to analyze data. They do not have to be here. These are people...
Aug 30, 2011 Michael Dennin of UC Irvine Receives Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence
Michael Dennin, a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, has been honored as a recipient of the Education-Portal.com’s OCW People’s Choice Awards. Dennin’s course titled, “Science from Superheroes to Global Warming,” was voted the winner in the best user experience category....
Aug 29, 2011 Wastewater Recycling Actually Increases Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Wastewater recycling processes may generate more greenhouse gases than traditional water-treatment processes, a new study has found.  Despite this finding, the report suggests there are good reasons to continue keep wastewater recycling among the water-resource tools for urban areas.  Author Amy...

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