UCI News

Gizmodo, Oct. 18, 2015
Rainwater tanks and green roofs could be the best way to avoid more of last week’s LA mudslides
“The massive volumes and pollutants associated with stormwater runoff are a deadly one-two punch for streams and lead to a condition known as ‘urban stream syndrome,’” said UC Irvine graduate student in civil and environmental engineering Asal Askarizadeh, the paper’s lead author.

Time, Oct. 19, 2015
Here’s why Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’ differs radically from the American dream
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. … “When China’s leader, Xi Jinping, visited the U.S. in late September, he gave a speech to a VIP business crowd in Seattle in which he repeated his favorite trope, the ‘Chinese Dream,’ and claimed that it paralleled the American Dream. … But the truth is that the Chinese Dream, in Xi’s conceptualization, differs from many others, including the American one.”

AAAS, Oct. 16, 2015
First AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards go to four outstanding women in the chemical sciences
Katherine (Kate) Mackey is an assistant professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, who studies how marine phytoplankton respond to changing nutrient and light conditions. She is particularly interested in how climate change is affecting these microscopic organisms, as the oceans become more acidic and the vertical mixing of water layers becomes more sluggish.

Orange County Register, Oct. 17, 2015
N.J. team takes top spot in the Solar Decathlon
The inaugural Team Orange County, with members from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, came in ninth place. However, the team also found out Saturday that it had come in second of the 14 teams in the engineering category. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Alex McDonald, project manager. “My parents are here, they’re both engineers, so it was a very touching moment.”

Orange County Register, Oct. 18, 2015
UCI aims to connect academics with business at the Cove
A young entrepreneur has an idea. But could it become a viable business? Providing space to discover whether such proposals have potential is the aim of UC Irvine’s Cove, a new 31,000-square-foot shared workspace in University Research Park. The center, which opened about three months ago, provides early-stage businesses with free or low-cost space, resources and mentoring.