UCI News

The Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2015
The troubling science that’s pushing the world toward a much tougher climate goal
Even with about 1 degree C of warming so far, West Antarctica and Greenland are looking worrisome. Recent research by the University of California, Irvine’s Eric Rignot and his colleagues has, in the past two years, highlighted apparent “marine instabilities” in both the ice sheet of West Antarctica and parts of Greenland.

The Desert Sun, Dec.10, 2015
Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline
“Groundwater depletion is this incredible global phenomenon,” said Jay Famiglietti, a professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and the senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We never really understood it the way we understand it now. It’s pervasive and it’s happening at a rapid clip.”

NBC News, Dec. 10, 2015
As SCOTUS hears affirmative action arguments, Asian American advocates weigh in
In a book published this past July, The Asian American Achievement Paradox, [Jennifer] Lee, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Min Zhou, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest Asian Americans shouldn’t blame affirmative action for perceived injuries, but instead embrace the policy.

The Atlantic, Dec. 10, 2015
Meet the necrobiome: The waves of microbes that will eat your corpse
“Dead animals are big, concentrated blobs of protein and fat, and these microbes are lurking in the soil ready to start eating our bodies when we die,” says Steven Allison from University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study.

Orange County Register, Dec. 10, 2015
Is Santa Claus more powerful than Superman? A UC Irvine professor has it figured out
“Santa is a planner,” said UC Irvine physics professor Michael Dennin. “He could use kryptonite to defeat Superman. Santa, on the other hand, has no known weakness.” … Santa Claus, after scientific consideration, is a superhero, in the geekiest, comic book sense of the word, according to Dennin, who teaches the Science Fact/Science Fiction course at UCI.

Bustle, Dec. 10, 2015
Santa is a superhero, says UC Irvine Professor Michael Dennin, and these are his super powers
We all have that moment when we realize that Santa Claus just isn’t plausible. But what if instead of being a myth, Santa was actually a superhero? Michael Dennin, a professor of physics and astronomy at UC Irvine argues that in fact this might be the case. Tell Captain America and Iron Man to move over − Santa Claus is coming to town!

Previously “In the News”