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Apr 13, 2020 Physical Sciences in the time of coronavirus
Marquise Crosby is fighting coronavirus  These days there are more sounds than people at the School of Physical Sciences. The Infinity Fountain splish-splashes outside Rowland Hall, and dry leafs crackle as they bounce across the pavement in the wind. There’s the endless exhale of ventilation...
Apr 09, 2020 The Student Affairs Office is where questions can find answers — even during a pandemic
The Physical Sciences Student Affairs Office in Rowland Hall 134 is where people with questions can go to find answers. The doors open at 9a.m., and students walk in wondering about how to enroll in a class, and faculty walk in wondering how to construct a class that students will want to take. Don...
Apr 08, 2020 An antivenin for every snake
When a snake bites, it can inject a toxic cocktail of venom that can kill soft tissues in the body. The venom can be fatal — between 81,000 and 138,000 people die every year from snake bites, according to the World Health Organization — which is one of the reasons why Ken Shea in the Department of...
Apr 07, 2020 School #UCIReignite Campaign
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it with tremendous impact to our work, our homes, families and everything in between. With so many changes, staying motivated and connected to research interests is hard! Through the Physical Sciences #UCIReignite campaign we hope to spur our...
Apr 07, 2020 Campus labs making sample-preserving fluid for COVID-19 test kits
Widespread testing, even of those not showing symptoms, is one of the most effective ways to track the prevalence of coronavirus infections in communities. The broad-based assays currently being ramped up by many hospitals and health systems around the country require a steady stream of single-use...
Apr 03, 2020 Jesse Kreger is unraveling how HIV evolves
Coronavirus is not the only virus plaguing humanity. Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, began befalling us in 1981, and with about 32 million people dead to date due to complications caused by the virus, it has yet to loosen its chokehold.   In 2017, doctoral student and mathematical biologist...
Apr 03, 2020 From home, Francisco Mercado is studying distant galaxies
Coronavirus is affecting everyone, and our School is no exception. This piece is one of a series of snapshots about the people of the School and how they’re doing during the pandemic. For work, Francisco Mercado spends his days thinking about stars and metals. He usually does his thinking at UCI...
Apr 02, 2020 PACE yourself
When Katy Rodriguez Wimberly came to UCI in the fall of 2016 to start her PhD in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, she came straight from a summer program offered by the university called “Competitive Edge.” The program gave her six weeks to get to know UCI, and to meet faculty and fellow...
Mar 31, 2020 Chemistry faculty launch antiviral research project
Professor Rachel Martin’s March 13 chemical biology class was the last one she held in person during the 2020 winter quarter. The subject that day was the coronavirus, the very thing that forced her and other UCI faculty to move courses online and start shutting down “nonessential” research...
Mar 31, 2020 Antarctica's Denman Glacier is sinking into the world's deepest canyon
The glaciers of Antarctica are melting at unprecedented rates, and a giant canyon in the continent's rocky underbelly could make matters much worse. In a study published March 23 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers used more than 20 years of satellite data to monitor the ice in...

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