UCI News

Discovery News, May 5, 2016
ALMA ‘weighs’ monster black hole to highest precision
“To calculate the mass of a black hole in a galaxy’s center, we need to measure the speed of something orbiting around it,” said Aaron Barth, of the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “For a precise measurement, we need to zoom in to the very center of a galaxy where the black hole’s gravitational pull is the dominant force. “ALMA is a fantastic new tool for carrying out these observations.”

The Washington Post, May 4, 2016
Why is Hillary Clinton doing worse among whites now than in 2008? Racial attitudes.
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: Racial attitudes and race have had a very different impact on Clinton’s two presidential bids. Without Obama on the ballot in 2016, Clinton’s support has increased significantly among blacks and racially liberal whites.

Orange County Business Journal, May 4, 2016
UCI lab gets federal designation
University of California, Irvine’s high-containment, biosafety level 3, training laboratory has been selected as the third facility in the country designated by the National Institutes of Health’s National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program to provide continuing education to professionals in a simulated setting.

The Washington Post, May 5, 2016
Scientists double life expectancy for embryos in petri dishes, raising ethical concerns
University of California, [Irvine’s] Peter Donovan, a professor of biological chemistry and developmental and cell biology who wasn’t involved in the research, pointed out that the developmental period opened up by extending the 14 day limit has up until now “largely remained a black box.”

Orange County Register, May 4, 2016
O.C. cities need to speed up preparations for the encroachment of ocean waters
Brett Sanders, a UCI professor [is] leading the team that’s creating the hyper-local flood maps for Newport Beach. … The UCI team’s models will be able to show exactly where water would be a few inches or a few feet deep under different scenarios, he said. “People are eager to know what that difference is,” Sanders said.

CNN, May 5, 2016
What would it take to become a real-life superhero?
What if you were bitten by a radioactive spider? This is technically the safest way to become a superhero, according to Michael Dennin, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. In his classes, Dennin often uses superheroes to explain the language and processes of science. … Dennin believes the impact would be greater if you were bitten by a normal spider carrying a retrovirus.

Previously “In the News”