UCI News

Daily Pilot, Feb. 7, 2019
UCI’s Kei Akagi is inspired by both classic jazz musicians and emerging songwriters
Closing in on two decades as a full-time professor of jazz at UC Irvine, Kei Akagi never tires of the campus. “First, the faculty here has always been a fantastically fertile ground for the creation of new ideas to experiment with,” said Akagi. “And secondly, there are my students, who are constantly bringing fresh ideas for me to experience. So no, it never gets old for me here.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu]

Fox News, Feb. 7, 2019
Hole almost the size of Manhattan discovered under Antarctic glacier
“We have suspected for years that Thwaites was not tightly attached to the bedrock beneath it,” Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a NASA post. Rignot is a co-author of the new study, which was published in Science Advances. “Thanks to a new generation of satellites, we can finally see the detail,” he said.

Sierra Sun Times, Feb. 7, 2019
UC Merced and UC Irvine Receive $4.6 Million in State Funding to Develop New Tools and Methods for Better Managing the State’s Forests and Wildlands
“We will use a ‘big data’ approach that analyzes observations collected by satellites since the 1980s to measure the effectiveness of thousands of past and ongoing forest treatments,” said center director Michael Goulden, UCI professor of Earth system science. “The goal is to systematically evaluate how well or poorly these efforts worked and then communicate our findings to the organizations responsible for managing our state’s natural resources.”

Standard Digital, Feb. 8, 2019
Renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong’o defends mother tongue use in schools
Ngugi [wa Thiong’o], a professor in Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine, believes Kenya has the capacity to compete with the best in the world, but only if her people begin to believe in themselves.

Boston Herald, Feb.6, 2019
A wildflower super bloom could be sprouting — if it keeps raining
On the eastern end of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, November rains gave the blooms a head start, said Jim Dice, a reserve manager for UC Irvine’s Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Desert lilies, desert five-spots, sunflowers and other species are already blooming.

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