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Aug 15, 2019 Mourning the loss Ph.D. Student José Flores Velázquez
Dear Physical Sciences community, I write with a heavy heart to share that Physics & Astronomy Ph.D. student José Flores Velázquez was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting last night near his family home in Los Angeles. This is a tremendous loss for his family, friends, community and all of...
Aug 12, 2019 UCI is No. 1 among Money magazine’s ‘Best Colleges’
According to Money, which recently went all digital and is now known as Money.com, UCI scored well across the board but especially in the measures of low-income and Pell Grant enrollment and favorable graduate outcomes. “This latest recognition of our national leadership in combining outstanding...
Aug 12, 2019 In first-of-its-kind study, UCI researchers highlight hookah health hazards
Using a custom-built testing apparatus, the UCI chemists analyzed emissions during a typical communal waterpipe session and found that one draw from a pipe can contain as many noxious substances as smoke from an entire cigarette. “Hookah mainstream smoke – that which is directly inhaled by the user...
Aug 08, 2019 Measuring a Monster: The Two Billion Solar Mass Black Hole in NGC 3258
In the years since we've learned a lot about them. We think they form along with the galaxies, growing as their host galaxies do, with each influencing each other over time. Material dumped into the black hole piles up in a disk around it, and this disk can get so hot it glows with incredible...
Aug 07, 2019 ALMA Dives into Black Hole’s ‘Sphere of Influence’
What happens inside a black hole stays inside a black hole, but what happens inside a black hole’s “sphere of influence” – the innermost region of a galaxy where a black hole’s gravity is the dominant force – is of intense interest to astronomers and can help determine the mass of a black hole as...
Aug 07, 2019 Parts of Alaska Have No Sea Ice For the First Time Ever As Temperatures in the Region Hit Record Highs
Compared to all other recorded years of research, this August has the lowest levels of arctic sea ice ever, according to Mark Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). “Basically, if you look at Point Barrow — the northernmost point of Alaska — there’s probably no sea...
Aug 07, 2019 ALMA Dives into Black Hole’s Sphere of Influence
What happens inside a black hole stays inside a black hole, but what happens inside a black hole’s “sphere of influence” – the innermost region of a galaxy where a black hole’s gravity is the dominant force – is of intense interest to astronomers and can help determine the mass of a black hole as...
Jul 29, 2019 UCI, JPL glaciologists unveil most precise map ever of Antarctic ice velocity
Published today in a paper in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters, the map is 10 times more accurate than previous renditions, covering more than 80 percent of the continent. “By utilizing the full potential of interferometric phase signals from satellite synthetic-...
Jul 26, 2019 Physical Sciences professors sweep 2019-20 Academic Senate awards for research
Professors Eric Rignot, Tim Tait and Jenny Yang have been named recipients of the 2019 Academic Senate awards for research making the UCI School of Physical Sciences the only school on campus to win awards in the research category. These awards are conferred by the Senate on a faculty member who...
Jul 26, 2019 Europe’s heat wave is about to bake the Arctic
It’s what this system, characterized by a strong area of high pressure aloft — often referred to as a heat dome — will do to the Arctic that has some scientists increasingly concerned. Temperatures in parts of Scandinavia will reach into the 90s or higher, on the heels of an intense heat wave in...

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