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Nov 22, 2019 UCI chemist to lead Sloan Foundation-funded project to remove CO2 from emissions and air
Jenny Yang, UCI associate professor of chemistry, will use a $1.5 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop methods for the capture and removal of carbon dioxide from flue gases emitted by fossil fuel plants and from air. The funding will support an interdisciplinary team –...
Oct 30, 2019 Stitching It All Together
Some materials should not break because the results would be catastrophic. What if instead of breaking, these materials could toughen up at a weak spot? What if that hole in your astronaut suit could heal itself? Biological systems handle this problem all the time. Sometimes fingers get calluses so...
Oct 29, 2019 The UCI Podcast: A conversation with Dean James Bullock, School of Physical Sciences
Arriving at UCI in 2004, Bullock established a reputation as a leading researcher in astronomy and cosmology. He served as chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy prior to being named dean of physical sciences earlier this year; he started the job full-time over the summer. In this...
Oct 28, 2019 UCI astronomers help implement new sky surveying tool to shed light on dark energy
Mounted on a telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, DESI was designed to explore the mystery of dark energy, which is responsible for the accelerating expansion of the universe. Implementation of the tool was long anticipated by five UCI astronomers, members of a 500-...
Oct 24, 2019 Passing of founding professor and former dean Hal Moore
Hal received his B.S. in chemistry from Colorado State University in 1959 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1963. He did two years of postdoctoral work at Stanford Research Institute before joining the founding faculty at UCI in the fall of 1965. During his...
Oct 23, 2019 UC Irvine Mathematics Professor Makes History with Award
“To say I am honored and humbled to receive this prize–to now be on the same list with so many of my absolute heroes–is a huge understatement,” Jitomirskaya said in this Oct. 22 UCI news release. “The prize is relatively rarely given to pure mathematicians like me; I see it as an indication of the...
Oct 22, 2019 UCI Distinguished Professor wins Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics
The citation says Jitomirskaya was recognized “for work on the spectral theory of almost-periodic Schrödinger operators and related questions in dynamical systems. In particular, for her role in the solution of the Ten Martini problem, concerning the Cantor set nature of the spectrum of all almost...
Oct 21, 2019 Plant physiology will be major contributor to future river flooding, UCI study finds
In a study published today in Nature Climate Change, the UCI researchers describe the emerging role of ecophysiology in riparian flooding. As an adaptation to an overabundance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, trees, plants and grasses constrict their stomatal pores to regulate the amount of the...
Oct 21, 2019 The Antarctic ozone hole is the smallest since it was discovered
Unusual weather patterns in the upper atmosphere limited depletion of ozone, the layer in our atmosphere that acts like sunscreen and protects us from ultraviolet radiation. On September 8, the ozone hole reached a peak of 6.3 million square miles and then shrank to less than 3.9 million square...
Oct 14, 2019 UCI scientists reveal mechanism of electron charge exchange in molecules
With this technique, the UCI scientists were able to observe electron distribution between atoms and molecules and uncover clues to the origins of ferroelectricity, the capacity of certain crystals to possess spontaneous electric polarization that can be switched by the application of an electric...

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