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Nov 10, 2011 Sea Change Can Forecast South American Wildfires, UCI-Led Study Finds
Tiny temperature changes on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans provide an excellent way to forecast wildfires in South American rainforests, according to UC Irvine and other researchers funded by NASA. “It enables us three to five months in advance to predict the severity of the fire season,” said UCI...
Nov 09, 2011 Deconstructing F. Sherwood Rowland
Deep in the dusty basement at UC Irvine’s Rowland Hall two years ago, more than 300 cartons of papers, photos, videos, transparencies, slides, cartoons, audiotapes and books lay in disarray, belying the meticulous nature of their owner: F. Sherwood Rowland. When the Nobel laureate in chemistry...
Nov 07, 2011 Handle With Care
Wrestling a huge green canister of highly pressurized - and potentially dangerous - helium onto a hand truck, UC Irvine chemistry major Sam Ogbunkpolo exclaims, “Oh, my gosh, this is harder than I thought!” Containing 2,600 pounds per square inch, the cylinder requires extreme care. He and fellow...
Nov 01, 2011 The 2011 UCI Medal Awards
More than 500 guests turned out Saturday, Oct. 29, for “A Celebration of Stars – the 2011 Medal Awards.” Net charitable proceeds from the $1.1M raised for the gala will benefit graduate fellowships, scholarships and other student-focused projects through the Shaping the Future campaign: www....
Oct 25, 2011 Molecular Mix Master
Larry Overman dreams of new molecular arrangements at night, and then by day he and his students bring them to life in his UC Irvine laboratory. The shelves of his Reines Hall office are topped with three-dimensional models of the delicate, multicolored atomic structures that are fundamental...
Oct 21, 2011 Trigger of Deadly Food Toxin Discovered
A toxin produced by mold on nuts and grains can cause liver cancer if consumed in large quantities. UC Irvine researchers for the first time have discovered what triggers the toxin to form, which could lead to methods of limiting its production. Because of lax or nonexistent regulation, 4.5 billion...
Oct 17, 2011 Not Such a Stretch to Reach for the Stars
It may seem a fantastical notion, but hardly more so than the idea of building a starship of any kind, especially with NASA’s future uncertain at best. Yet here in Orlando, not far from the launching site of the space program’s most triumphant achievements, the government’s Defense Advanced...
Oct 03, 2011 Droughtbusters
Record droughts have parched the earth's crust from Somalia to Texas this year. The effects on the world's drinking-water supply have been enormous. The level of China's Yangtze River, the third largest in the world, sank so low this spring that about 400,000 people along its shores were stuck...
Oct 03, 2011 Good Chemistry
As the new dean of UC Irvine’s School of Physical Sciences, Kenneth C. Janda has taken the reins of one of California’s leading research institutions amid deep state budget cuts, withering political criticism of scientists, and even belittling of public school teachers. But Janda is an energetic,...
Oct 01, 2011 Erik Tollerud Spotlight
It is not every day one meets an astrophysicist who has a cat named Kepler.  But UCI doctoral student Erik Tollerud is such an individual. The 2012 Fletcher Jones Fellowship recipient has a passion for rescuing homeless felines - big and small - and a love of all things cosmos. When asked how his...

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