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Mar 13, 2020 Paata Ivanisvili’s NSF CAREER grant will help him peer into the future of computers
Paata Ivanisvili, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, wants to know how to answer seemingly unanswerable questions. That’s why he applied for — and was just awarded — an NSF CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, awarded to early-career faculty to help them...
Mar 10, 2020 Svetlana Jitomirskaya wins fellowship to fund yearlong sabbatical
The Simons Foundation awards fellowships to mathematicians and theoretical physicists with remarkable bodies of work. In December, mathematics Professor Svetlana Jitomirskaya discovered she would get a 2020 Simons fellowship. Jitomirskaya’s fellowship award totals $660,000, and the windfall will...
Mar 10, 2020 Virginia Trimble is a Legacy Fellow
In February, Virginia Trimble, an astronomer in the UCI Department of Physics and Astronomy, became a Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). This is the first time in its 121-year history that the AAS has given fellowships of any kind to its members, and, through its Legacy...
Mar 08, 2020 Celebrating women in UCI Physical Sciences
In physical sciences, we celebrate #InternationalWomensDay and #WomensHistoryMonth. Here are a few inspirational women with pioneering research in our school:
Mar 06, 2020 Three Academic Senate Awards for Physical Sciences Professors
On February 19, Professors Eric Rignot, Timothy Tait and Jenny Yang all received 2019-2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards from the UCI Academic Senate during an evening ceremony at the Newkirk Alumni Center. The professors swept the Senates’ research awards categories; Professor Rignot received the...
Mar 01, 2020 Virginia Trimble is a Legacy Fellow
In February, Virginia Trimble, an astronomer in the UCI Department of Physics and Astronomy, became a Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). This is the first time in its 121-year history that the AAS has given fellowships of any kind to its members, and, through its Legacy...
Feb 20, 2020 UCI astronomer and colleagues confirm existence of exoplanet orbiting nearby star
The team’s findings were published recently in The Astronomical Journal. Called G 9-40b, the body is about twice the size of the Earth, slightly smaller than Neptune, and orbits a low-mass M dwarf star only 100 light years away. Kepler detected the planet by observing its transit across the star’s...
Feb 05, 2020 Dead monster galaxy found lurking in the distant universe
The galaxy, XMM-2599, existed 12 billion years ago. It rapidly formed a bunch of stars and died, according to data and measurements astronomers took using the W. M. Keck Observatory's Multi-Object Spectrograph for Infrared Exploration. The observatory is near the summit of the dormant Mauna Kea...
Feb 03, 2020 Do Spider-Man, Superman break the laws of physics?
Superman would have known that momentum equals mass times velocity and that Newton’s third law of physics states every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Superman, Spider-Man, Flash, Captain America and the rest of the Marvel and DC superheroes could have learned what the hundreds of...
Jan 29, 2020 The Speed King
Weiss, who sits on the scientific advisory board of ULB, from which he plans to launch future companies, is heading to his office, clear on the other side of campus, in the Natural Sciences I building. This is no leisurely stroll. The 49-year-old, who’s also a professor of molecular biology &...

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