Exoplanet hunting instrument created in part by UCI astronomer makes first observations

UCI astronomer Paul Robertson recently celebrated “first light” for NEID, a new exoplanet hunting instrument he helped develop. Installed at the 3.5-meter WIYN telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, NEID is an extremely precise radial velocity spectrometer. Its initial observations were of 51 Pegasi, a sunlike star that, in 1995, was […]

UCI-led team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography

New findings will help scientists predict climate change impact on frozen continent

UCI engineering team creates biocatalyst for microbial production of useful commodities

Scientists have demonstrated that – in labs – microbes can be used as tiny biological factories to produce fuels, pharmaceutical drugs and other commodities from renewable resources. But achieving output on a commercially viable scale has proven elusive. A key barrier has been so-called cofactors – biocatalysts that spur enzymatic activity in cells – as […]

UCI-led team to study socioeconomic effects of coastal flooding in California

NSF-funded project involving 3 other UC campuses will use advanced simulations

Jodi Quas gets NSF grant to improve protocols for interviewing young sex trafficking victims

Jodi Quas, UCI professor of psychological science, has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve protocols for law enforcement officers when questioning adolescent sex trafficking victims. She and Thomas D. Lyon, the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and Psychology at USC, will examine several hundred interview […]

California dreamin’

With fellowship support, Stacy Ann Suarez Cham is pursuing her goal of a Ph.D. in ecology & evolutionary biology

UCI engineers receive NSF grant to develop biosensors for measuring neurotransmitters

UCI engineers have received $1 million from the National Science Foundation to design integrative approaches for measuring real-time brain activity during social interactions in sleep-disrupted animal models. Early-life sleep disruption has been shown to affect the development of complex social behaviors in prairie voles, the studied model, impairing social bonding in a manner similar to […]

Diverse linguistic environment boosts brain sensitivity to new learning, UCI study finds

Exposure alone may confer some benefits of bilinguality on single-language speakers

UCI-led team creates first high-resolution global map of surface ocean phosphate

Researchers also find plankton more resilient to nutrient stress than previously thought

UCI team pioneers cancer treatment that targets bone metastases while sparing bone

New, safer approach using engineered stem cells could reduce need for chemotherapy