UCI News

NBC4, July 7, 2016
NASA to deploy flying laboratory in around-the-world greenhouse gas study
“This mission will be able to look at the atmosphere in a way we’ve never seen”, [said] UC Irvine Earth systems Professor Michael Prather, atmospheric scientist for the Atmospheric Tomography mission, ATom for short. … “We need to find out where the chemistry is driving methane, ozone and black carbon in the distant regions where they are very important for greenhouse effect but we know very little about the chemistry that drives them out there.”

Daily Pilot, July 7, 2016
On theater: UCI brushing up its Shakespeare
UCI’s tribute to the Bard of Avon is spotlighting “Hamlet,” directed by Beth Lopes, associate artistic director of the festival, who is returning for her fourth season. … “Hamlet” will be running in repertory with the comedy “As You Like It,” updated and staged by Eli Simon, director of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, which runs through August. … The New Swan theater features a 16-ton movable space with flexible staging options and five unique circular seating areas.

Artforum, July 8, 2016
Stephen Barker appointed dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts
The University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts has announced that drama professor Stephen Barker has been named dean. Barker has served as the interim dean of the school since September 2014.

Daily Pilot, July 7, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court may be at turning point, UCI law school dean tells Newport audience
More than 100 Newport Beach residents and dignitaries rose early Thursday to hear from UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky about how the U.S. Supreme Court may be headed to a new era following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Grist, July 8, 2016
Forget recycling. Let’s turn old plastic into fuel.
Chemists at UC Irvine recently devised a new method to break down polyethylene − the most common form of plastic − into its constituent elements, including diesel. … “The catalyst has to be 10,000 or even one million times more efficient than it is now, before it’s practical enough for real-world application,” says Zheng Huang, one of the study’s authors. His team is now working on improving these − honestly, not terrific − odds.

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