UCI News

Smithsonian, Feb. 26, 2016
The size of the California methane leak isn’t the scariest part of the story
Scientists led by Donald Blake of the University of California, Irvine, collected samples of the gas down on the ground and analyzed it back in the lab. … [While at UC Irvine,] Francesca Hopkins, …. led a study that mapped out methane emissions across the LA Basin …. As they report in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, her team found methane leaking from compressed natural gas fueling stations, gas-fired power plants, landfills − even ones that had been closed for 50 years − and, of course, cows.

Orange County Register, Feb. 26, 2016
As the costs of textbooks rise, professors help students find alternatives
Disturbed by the $300 price tag for a textbook required in a large introductory economics course, UC Irvine professor Ami Glazer decided to shop around and put a little pressure on the academic publisher. … “I had nothing to lose,” said Glazer, who has taught at UCI for nearly four decades. “I know they (the publisher) wanted our business and they’d talk to us, so why not?”

The Atlantic, Feb. 27, 2016
The consequences of poor science education in kindergarten
When children start kindergarten, sizable gaps in science knowledge already exist between whites and minorities – as well as between youngsters from upper-income and low-income families. … These are some of the findings in a new report by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Irvine.

Orange County Register, Feb. 28, 2016
Got a strange bump or persistent cough? Doctors have apps for that
“It’s changing this culture of medicine from the physician side,” said Dr. Warren Wiechmann, who teaches emergency medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “It’s no longer you’re expected to know everything. Here are tools to expand, or brush up on your knowledge base. I think that’s a big shift for physicians.”

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2016
Apple fight veers into First Amendment territory
In 1990, mathematician Daniel J. Bernstein developed an encryption method that he dubbed “Snuffle” and created computer programs to execute it. … Since the Bernstein decision, courts have had difficulty parsing the functional and expressive aspects of computer code, said Dan Burk, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

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