UCI News

BBC, Nov. 14, 2018
Greenland ice sheet hides huge ‘impact crater’
Dr Mathieu Morlighem, a team-member from the University of California, Irvine, US, commented: “When you think about it, the bed below the ice sheets has to have impact craters that have not been explored yet, and there may even be some in Antarctica as well, but more radar measurements are necessary to locate them, and dating them is extremely challenging.”

The Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2018
California’s deadliest wildfire is also a massive air-quality problem
People older than 65 and children younger than 4 are particularly vulnerable to smoke, according to Ralph Delfino, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of California at Irvine. “When you grow older, just like your ability to fight off infection goes down, the ability to mount an antioxidant defense decreases, too,” he said. … “It’s very important to point out that this is one of the adverse health impacts of climate change. Unquestionably,” Delfino said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

T.H.E. Journal, Nov. 15, 2018
$14.7 Million Grant Will Help Literacy Outreach Program Expand
A literacy outreach program for grades 7-11 that has found success in Southern California has just been funded to expand to six additional states, with the intent of eventually taking it nationwide. The “Pathway to Academic Success Project,” run out of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), received a five-year, $14.7 million from the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement. The program was initially launched more than two decades ago in the Santa Ana Unified School District by principal investigator Carol Booth Olson, a professor of education at UCI.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 15, 2018
USC has a new varsity team: The Trojans of esports
USC also looked to nearby schools for models. UC Irvine has the best-developed esports program in the region, with a campus esports arena and about $80,000 in scholarships for students who make the cut for competitive League of Legends and Overwatch teams. [Peter] Zhang, the USC coach, has worked with UC Irvine in the past …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The San Diego Tribune, Nov. 15, 2018
LITVAKdance: telling human stories through movement
LITVAK dance founder [UCI alumna] Sadie Weinberg wants to introduce more dance “voices” to San Diego. … The guest choreographers who contributed to “Fall Concert” also teach, so the show will reflect a range of themes and influences … Teresa Jankovic, for instance, earned her master’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and served as rehearsal director to the late African-American choreographer Donald McKayle, whose work focused on social injustice and the human condition. Her dance, “Redemption,” reflects her Christian faith with themes of hopefulness and overcoming challenges.

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