Natural gas usage will have little effect on CO2 emissions, UCI-led study finds

Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found that inexpensive gas boosts electricity consumption and hinders expansion of cleaner energy sources, such as wind and solar.

Oladele Ogunseitan joins UCGHI board of directors

Oladele Ogunseitan, professor and chair of public health, has joined the UC Global Health Institute’s board of directors as UC Irvine representative. He replaces Dr. Sheldon Greenfield, who has served on the board since UCGHI’s founding. Joining Ogunseitan on the board is Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of UC Riverside. Ogunseitan studies disease associated with pollution and […]

Poli sci grad student receives State Department scholarship

Brian Denny, a UC Irvine doctoral student in political science, has received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study in China this summer. Only about 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students are awarded the funding annually. Denny studies Chinese domestic politics and is interested in political participation and the relationship between the […]

UCI-led NSF center will leverage industry partnerships to improve development of microfluidic devices

Thirteen industry partners gathered recently at UC Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering for the inaugural meeting of participants in a new National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. The Center for Advanced Design & Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics will create design tools and manufacturing technologies for integrated microfluidics, also known as labs-on-a-chip. The tiny devices can be used for cost-effective, quick and easy diagnosis of problems in the environment, agriculture and human health.

President Obama to speak at UC Irvine commencement celebration

A student-produced video invitation including a challenge to “play ball” with UC Irvine’s seven-feet-six-inch center Mamadou Ndiaye, and 10,000 postcards signed by Anteaters of all stripes involved the entire campus in the effort to woo the president.

Titanium clubs can cause golf course fires, UCI study finds

Irvine, Calif., March 19, 2014-Titanium alloy golf clubs can cause dangerous wildfires, according to UC Irvine scientists. When a club coated with the lightweight metal is swung and strikes a rock, it creates sparks that can heat to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to ignite dry foliage, according to findings published recently in the […]

Blood test identifies those at risk for Alzheimer’s

Researchers – including those at UC Irvine – have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease within three years.

UC Irvine named host university of clean energy expo at Orange County Great Park

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 12, 2013 – UC Irvine has been named the official host university of the inaugural XPO clean energy exposition, which will take place in October alongside the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Orange County Great Park. The XPO will include the first-ever California Challenge energy-efficient race car time trials. Student-engineered […]

UCI graduate student housing project earns 5 LEED Platinum certifications

Irvine, Calif., July 18, 2013 – UC Irvine’s Verano Place graduate student housing complex won kudos from the U.S. Green Building Council this month, bringing the campus five new Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum awards. In a detailed review of everything from transportation services and irrigation methods to use of local materials and mitigation […]

Herbal extract boosts fruit fly lifespan by nearly 25 percent, UCI study finds

The herbal extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant long used for stress relief was found to increase the lifespan of fruit fly populations by an average of 24 percent, according to UC Irvine researchers.