UCI News

CNN, Feb. 27, 2018
Los Angeles’ notorious traffic problem explained in graphics
“Los Angeles and Southern California, in general, have relatively poor (public) transit services,” says Michael G McNally, a professor at the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of California, Irvine. “There really aren’t options (other than) cars for most travel in most areas. But even within transit-served areas, overall travel times are much greater by transit than by car.”

The New York Times, Feb. 28, 2018
California Online
In what they are calling “one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in the world” — people 90 and older — researchers from the University of California, Irvine, found that “consuming about two glasses of beer or wine daily was associated with 18 percent reduced risk of premature death.” Dr. Claudia Kawas presented the somewhat stunning findings …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Motherboard, Feb. 27, 2018
The US Could Supply 80 Percent of Its Energy with Wind and Solar
The researchers looked at 36 years’ worth of hourly sun and wind data in the continental US in order to get a better understanding of the unique geophysical barriers faced by renewable systems in the US. “The sun sets and the wind doesn’t always blow,” Steven Davis, an associate professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine, said in a statement. “If we want a reliable power system based on these resources, how do we deal with their daily and seasonal changes?”

The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2018
Democrats and Republicans are increasingly divided on the value of teaching black history
Michael Tesler, associate professor of political science at the University of California at Irvine, writes: “As long as U.S. partisan politics is so polarized over issues of race and multiculturalism, Democrats and Republicans will inevitably differ over how the nation should value the historical contributions of white and nonwhite Americans.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Nature, Feb. 27, 2018
Turning Paris into reality at the University of California
[UCI Associate Chancellor for Sustainability] Wendell Brase, Jack Bouwer, … Steven J. Davis [and others write]: “The UC effort is now one of the most developed examples of the type of governance that the Paris Agreement was designed to spawn — decentralized, recursive, and aimed at finding and promoting best practices. … A pilot project at UC Irvine is mixing small amounts of solar-produced hydrogen with the natural gas burned in its CHP facility10.”

Previously “In the News”