National Geographic, April 3, 2018
Iran’s Tarnished Gem
University of California, Irvine, engineering professor Amir AghaKouchak, who was born and educated in Iran before immigrating to California, said both regions have suffered extensive droughts in the past. The difference comes when human demands exceed available, renewable water. “If the same drought occurs in the future,” he said, “it will have even more severe impacts.”
U.S News & World Report, April 2, 2018
These Chemicals May Be Keeping You Fat
Fat-promoting chemicals: The news was validating, but not surprising, to Bruce Blumberg, a professor in the departments of developmental and cell biology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine, who coined the term “obesogen” in 2006 to describe invisible substances that encourage your body to gain or hold onto fat. [Slide #2]
Wired, April 4, 2018
The Woman Who Knows Everything About the Universe
For 16 years, [UCI Professor] Virginia Trimble read every astronomy paper in 23 journals. Now, her review papers are part of the canon. … “I just asked questions,” she says, “and sometimes found a way to answer them.” That’s business as usual for Trimble, who has spent much of her career branching off from the already thin bough of bushwhacking female astronomers. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to email@example.com.]
The Conversation, April 2, 2018
Statesman, strongman, philosopher, autocrat: China’s Xi is a man who contains multitudes
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of History, writes: “What kind of leader is Xi Jinping, who became general secretary of China’s Communist Party in November 2012 and China’s president in March 2013?
KPCC, April 3, 2018
Governor wants millions of working-class Californians to go to college online. Not everyone is sold.
“Online learning, it provides access but access is only half the battle,” said U.C. Irvine education researcher Di Xu. “They also need to provide sufficient support in order to engage them and help them get through the course.” In a 2016 study she co-authored, Xu found online students passed their classes at a rate three percentage points lower than their peers taking in-person classes.
Previously “In the News”