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Jun 20, 2011 Quantum Leaper
When a firefighter visited Steven White’s kindergarten class, the 5-year-old didn’t want to try on his big helmet. He wanted to know what velocity of water his hose could spray. When a musician visited, the boy wanted to know the frequencies of the sound waves from her instrument. The teacher...
Jun 20, 2011 Mission Viejo Women Honored for Service, Academics
  MISSION VIEJO – Two Mission Viejo residents received notice recently for their work at UC Irvine. Karen Zhou, a 19-year-old UCI senior, was a semifinalist for the Carpe Diem Award for her work in the community. Zhou is a volunteer at All Year Figure Skating Club, helping out with...
May 30, 2011 Groundwater Depletion Is Detected From Space
Irvine, Calif. — Scientists have been using small variations in the Earth’s gravity to identify trouble spots around the globe where people are making unsustainable demands on groundwater, one of the planet’s main sources of fresh water. They found problems in places as disparate as North...
May 16, 2011 ‘Zapping’ viruses can speed identification, physicist finds
When Zuzanna Siwy was growing up in Poland, she suffered often from the flu. “I was one of the wimpy children,” jokes the UC Irvine associate professor of physics & astronomy. That childhood misery motivated her to become a scientist on the hunt for influenza and other viruses. She has...
May 01, 2011 Unlikely Pairs
Fire and ice don’t mix. Neither do oil and water – or so the sayings go. But if you’re an ace UC Irvine undergraduate like Joel Rivera working with Kenneth C. Janda, dean of the School of Physical Sciences, barriers are broken in more ways than one. Janda, a lifelong chemist with a laboratory two...
Apr 21, 2011 Professor Gunther Uhlmann Awarded Ralph E. Kleinman Prize
Professor Gunther Uhlmann, the Excellence in Teaching Endowed Chair in Mathematics at UCI, has won the 2011 Ralph E. Kleinman Prize by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The Kleinman Prize is awarded biennially to an individual for outstanding research, or other...
Mar 17, 2011 Trace radiation could reach West Coast
Some simulations now show traces of radiation from Japan potentially reaching across the Pacific to the U.S. West Coast by Friday, but even if it did, the radiation amounts would be so tiny that they would represent no health threat, experts say. "Our six-day forward plume simulation shows most...
Mar 04, 2011 Astronaut’s UCI talk ‘like coming home’
  Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson makes an extraordinary return to UC Irvine Monday, when she’ll tell an audience at the Beckman Center what it was like to live for nearly six months in space. Caldwell Dyson, who conducted three complex and potentially hazardous spacewalks while on...
Feb 23, 2011 Dark Matter: New Evidence on How Galaxies Are Born
If you think it's hard to swallow the concept of dark matter, you're not alone. Decades ago, a few astronomers began to suspect that the universe was swarming with some mysterious, invisible substance that was yanking galaxies around with its own powerful gravity. And for those same decades, most...
Feb 18, 2011 Herschel Measures Dark Matter For Star-Forming Galaxies
The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed how much dark matter it takes to form a new galaxy bursting with stars. Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission supported with important NASA contributions. The findings are a key step in understanding how dark matter, an invisible...

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