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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...
Oct 09, 2019 UCI-led team to study socioeconomic effects of coastal flooding in California
Launched with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines & People initiative, the effort will employ advanced simulation systems to deepen understanding of increasing flood risks within the state’s two most imperiled areas: Greater Los Angeles and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River...
Oct 09, 2019 UCI researchers develop algorithm to help predict the final size of a wildfire
It’s kind of like predicting whether a social media post will go viral. Only in this case, the stakes could be much higher. A team of researchers at UC Irvine says it has developed a machine learning model based on a “decision tree” algorithm that — if given information on climate data, atmospheric...
Sep 26, 2019 AI can help us predict the size of the next forest wildfire
Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help forecast whether a wildfire will be small, medium, or large by the time it has run its course—knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources. Image: PNAS “A useful analogy is to consider what makes...
Sep 25, 2019 How A.I. Can Help Predict Wildfire Outcomes
We can agree that wildfire is natural in western forests, and at the same time not want fires to burn down our houses.  Some hard lessons have been learned about fire behavior in recent years.  It would certainly help if fires were more predictable, and they just might be.  Researchers at the ...

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