Physical Sciences

Using water to predict fire

UCI researchers can forecast wildfires using sea surface temperatures.

Highlights of 2011 at UCI

UC Irvine students, staff and faculty stepped up in the face of another year of budget challenges and fee increases with continued drive, talent and innovation. The results? More research breakthroughs, national honors and global outreach — even a second dodgeball world record. Here are snapshots of UCI 2011. As always, it was quite a […]

No day at the beach

Global warming could cut into mental health benefits of beaches.

Sheryl Tsai

A fruitful career

Sheryl Tsai serves both present and future as a groundbreaking scientist and as an award-winning professor.

Deconstructing F. Sherwood Rowland

Scientific and personal papers and artifacts show the evolution of F. Sherwood Rowland’s life as a scientist, communicator and Nobel laureate.

Students prepare Evans for contamination simulation

Handle with care

Safety staff do hands-on training with chemistry majors.

Larry Overman

Molecular mix master

Chemist Larry Overman, who helped develop the acclaimed department, loves teaching as much as reassembling molecules.

Ken Janda

Good chemistry

New physical sciences dean Ken Janda brings pride, optimism and 20 years’ of experience to the post.

Ralph Cicerone

They had the whole world in their hands

On the occasion of the Earth system science department’s 20th anniversary, Chancellor Emeritus Ralph Cicerone says UCI was the first to study human impact on the environment in an interdisciplinary way.

Steven White

Quantum leaper

Acclaimed for a breakthrough algorithm, physicist Steven White is now first to model a new state of matter.