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Sep 30, 2010 UCI science programs get top ranking
UC Irvine gained top rankings this week for several of its doctoral programs, including Earth System Science, home of the university’s climate researchers. The rankings, from the National Research Council, place UCI’s School of Physical Sciences among the nation’s best. That included all four of...
Sep 30, 2010 Uhlmann Earns Clay Institute, UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Scholarships
UC Irvine Mathematics Professor Gunther Uhlmann has received two prestigious awards - the MSRI/UC Berkeley Chancellor's Award and he has been named one of six senior scholars for 2010-11 by the Clay Institute.   Chancellor's Scholarships are awarded to top researchers who are also known for their...
Sep 29, 2010 Working together, we can change history
In 1973 two chemists working at the University of California, Irvine, began studying the effects of chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs. These chemicals had been used for decades as agents in the production of Styrofoam and acted as the main refrigerants in air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers....
Sep 17, 2010 Laguna Niguel math whiz hones in on cancer
LAGUNA NIGUEL – Johnny Li likes to solve problems, especially when they relate to math, biology and computer science. The 17-year-old Laguna Niguel resident combined those topics in a research about how cancer cells move, and he's now working to get his results published. The work, "Effects of...
Sep 15, 2010 That Deathly Ozone Hole Gets Damn Huge Again
This video—taken by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument onboard NASA's Aura satellite—shows the ozone hole as it reaches its yearly maximum, 23 years after the ban of chlorofluorocarbons, once the heart of all fridges and hair spray cans worldwide. Today is the International Day for the Preservation of...
Sep 03, 2010 Poll: No God needed to create universe?
The laws of nature allow the universe to burst into existence from nothing without the need for a creator, famous physicist and mathematician Stephen Hawking will argue in a new book. Excerpts from the book, “The Grand Design,” ignited controversy when they were published in the British newspaper...
Aug 31, 2010 Going for gold
Gold nanowires can activate a credit card or launch a missile. Gossamer-fine, they can even carry a 17-year-old from poverty to possibility. All summer, Ervin Meneses has driven an old minivan between his gang-plagued Santa Ana neighborhood and the manicured UC Irvine campus. His parents worried...
Aug 24, 2010 UCI Professor at the Forefront of Laser Innovation
After 30 years of work, the bow tie-wearing expert is now investigating plasma lasers, which produce “matter so hot it's ionized.” McWilliams is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California in Irvine (UCI), where he conducted most of his life's work. “Since much of the known...
Aug 23, 2010 Time traveler
In May, when the UCI Alumni Association presented McWilliams with its Lauds & Laurels faculty achievement award, he showed up in his trademark bow tie and a seersucker suit. "Bow ties are just one of the things I like, and I don't mind if they fit in or not," he says. At the Anthill Pub &...
Aug 19, 2010 Richard Palais awarded the Lester R. Ford Award
Richard Palais, an adjunct professor in the department of mathematics at UC Irvine, has been awarded the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America for an article, jointly written with Bob Palais and Steve Rodi, titled "A Disorienting Look at Euler's Theorem on the Axis of a...

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