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Jan 19, 2012 Proteins in Tears Use 'Jaws' to Chew Through Bacteria, Report Says
Human tears are thought to be unique in the animal kingdom, in that they're often tied to our emotional state -- but that's not the only special property they possess. Proteins in tears can protect against harmful bacteria, and now a team of UC Irvine researchers [Gregory Weiss, Philip Collins] has...
Jan 19, 2012 UCI's OpenCourseWare Initiative Wins Wide-Ranging Recognition
UCI recently received the 2011 Award for Institutions from the Open Educational Quality Initiative, acknowledging its outstanding open education resources. Just five years after launching its OpenCourseWare initiative - which makes high-quality, university-level courses available for free online -...
Jan 19, 2012 UC Irvine Research: Pac-Man Proteins in Teardrops
A protein found in teardrops bears a striking resemblance to Pac-Man, UC Irvine scientists reveal in a new study, and the way they found out is just as surprising: They stuck the microscopic protein to an equally tiny transistor and eavesdropped as it attacked invading bacteria. The discovery could...
Jan 18, 2012 Dwarf Galaxies: Breakthrough in Bid to Find 'Fossils' of Early Universe
Scientists have been searching the skies for dwarf galaxies – faint, ancient clumps of stars that merged early in the universe's history to form large galaxies such as the Milky Way. Theory says lots of these dwarfs should still be around, like collections of spare parts, orbiting larger galaxies....
Jan 14, 2012 Conference on Geometric Analysis In Honor of Mathematics Professor Peter Li
The Conference in Geometric Analysis in honor of Peter Li's research will be held at the UCI Student Center from January 14 through January 17, 2012. Professor Peter Li’s work on eigenvalues, heat flow, and harmonic functions on Riemannian manifolds have greatly influenced the field of Geometric...
Jan 13, 2012 Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn Receives AFOSR Award
Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn earned an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) award for his research in the fields of chemistry, biology and materials science. Dr. Esser-Kahn is an assistant professor of Chemistry at UCI and obtained his PH.D. at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign...
Jan 11, 2012 MIT Professor Part of Department of Mathematics 2011 - 2012 Distinguished Lecture Series
Professor Gilbert Strang will present his Teaching on the Internet lecture on Tuesday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. in Rowland Hall 306. His specialized lecture The Factorization of Infinite Band Matrices will follow on Thursday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the same location. A reception will follow both...
Jan 05, 2012 Math Professor Svetlana Jitomirskaya Elected VP of IAMP
Professor Svetlana Jitomirskaya has been elected the Vice-President of the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP) for the three year period beginning January 1, 2012, through a multi-step election that included a vote by all members. IAMP is the international body that unites...
Dec 30, 2011 Our Galaxy's "Big Ears:" Milky Way's Large Companion Galaxies Stand Out
Our Milky Way is just one of many billions of galaxies that dot the cosmos—an ordinary spiral in a universe filled with them. The unspecialness of our corner of space, an idea known as the Copernican principle, is a cornerstone of modern cosmology. But it doesn't mean that the Milky Way has to be...
Dec 14, 2011 Exploring the Dark Universe
A college classmate of mine went to work for a prestigious management-consulting firm right after we graduated. Every month or so he would head out to advise a different Fortune 500 company. When I ran into him a year after he took the job, I asked him how he could possibly provide insights to top...

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