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Orange County Register, Dec. 20, 2019
Joan Irvine Smith, member of pioneer family who was instrumental in creation of UC Irvine campus, dies at 86
She played a leading role in convincing the Irvine Co. to donate land for a new University of California campus, said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman in a statement Friday, Dec. 20. In 1957, the Irvine Co. sold 1,000 acres to the University of California for $1, and UCI was born. “It is no exaggeration to say that without Joan Irvine Smith there likely would not be a University of California, Irvine,” he said. “What we are today, and all that we contribute to the world, is due in large part to her far-sightedness, her tenacity and her generosity.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New Yorker, Dec. 22, 2019
Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?
Steven Davis [Earth system science professor], of the University of California, Irvine, is currently doing some work that shows that, if Japan built enough wind and solar capacity to generate a hundred and fifty per cent of its annual electricity demand, along with energy storage for twelve hours of its average electricity use, and a new electrical grid for the entire country, it could meet ninety-eight per cent of its electricity demand with solar and wind alone, and get the remaining two per cent from neighboring countries, carbon capture and storage (C.C.S.), and geothermal energy. “So it’s doable,” Davis said, “but the price tag is the question.”

The Washington Post, Dec. 20, 2019
Top scientists warn of an Amazon ‘tipping point’
Paulo Brando, a tropical ecologist and [assistant] professor at the University of California at Irvine who has long studied the Amazon, said it is tricky to try to determine the tipping point. … But this much is clear, he added: “We’re not moving away from that tipping point. We’re probably driving very fast toward that direction.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Dec. 23, 2019
Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2019
[UCI Professor] Daniele Piomelli. Two years ago, a cannabis research center at UC Irvine was on Piomelli’s wishlist. This year, under his leadership, it’s a thriving entity, regularly hosting forums that draw top researchers from around the world and landing large grants to fund groundbreaking marijuana studies. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Dec. 22, 2019 (Contributor) (Video)
Here Are The Top 10 Most Googled Health Questions Of 2019
What causes kidney stones? … Here is a video from the University of California-Irvine Healthentitled “Leave No Stone Unturned,” which, of course, is a punny name ….

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