UCI News

Mashable, Feb. 17, 2016
El Niño was supposed to bail out parched California, so what happened?
“I think that we’re in rough shape,” said Jay Famiglietti, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine and senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Of snow cover in the Sierra Nevada mountains …. “It’s not an insane amount, it’s just a little bit above normal and the implications for refilling our reservoirs are just sort of modest. If things don’t improve then we’re going to have a very rough year ahead,” he said.

Science Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
Could genetically engineered insects squash mosquito-borne disease?
Another study, by Anthony James and his colleagues at the University of California, used the same technique, called CRISPR-Cas9, to inject an anti-malarial gene into mosquitoes, which allowed them to fight off the parasite. … Guests … Anthony James is a Distinguished Professor in the departments of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine.

Southern California Public Radio, Feb. 18, 2016
California prison reform didn’t cause crime increase, study finds
UC Irvine Professor Charis Kubrin, … along with UCI colleague Carroll Seron, said the work presents the most comprehensive investigation into the impacts of 2011’s prison realignment to date – and answers the biggest question the reform raised. “Is California more dangerous as a result of realignment? The answer is ‘:no,’” she said.

PRI, Feb. 18, 2016
Is water the next resource crisis?
Jay Famiglietti, a UC Irvine Earth systems scientist and senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says a big part of the West’s water crisis is due to a lack of oversight: a burden he believes falls on the food industry.

Orange County Register, Feb. 18, 2016
First baseman’s hard work is UCI’s gain
Coming off of one of the best seasons as a junior at UC Irvine in 2015, [Mitchell] Holland will be relied upon as a leader for the Anteaters as they begin their 2016 season tonight at San Jose State. Playing for UCI is a dream come true for the Rancho Santa Margarita-raised first baseman, who attended baseball games at UCI while growing up. “It was special to me because it’s a great atmosphere and a great school,” Holland said. “It was special being a local guy and coming through.”

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