UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 19, 2022
$25M in UCI Grants for Clean Energy Work
Teams led by University of California, Irvine chemists have received a combined $25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy …. Sarah Finkeldei, a UCI [assistant] professor of chemistry received a $4.3 million grant …for a project to improve the safety and durability of the nation’s nuclear power facilities. … Jenny Yang, a UCI [Chancellor’s] Professor of chemistry, is the director of 4C, the Center for Closing the Carbon Cycle, which seeks to advance the fundamental science behind carbon dioxide capture and conversion …[with a DOE grant of more than $10 million] .… Shane Ardo, a UCI [associate] professor of chemistry, directs the Ensembles of Photosynthetic Nanoreactors Center, which is being launched with a $10 million grant …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Insider, Sept. 19, 2022
Climate Action 30
Insider’s inaugural Climate Action 30 highlights 30 global leaders working toward climate solutions. … Huolin Xin, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine … posed a question: What if we could eliminate cobalt from batteries altogether, solve a humanitarian and environmental problem, and make better energy storage and conversion materials that last longer? In just a few years, he and his team of researchers did just that, using research on cathode chemistry to produce cobalt-free batteries. Large automotive companies are interested in Xin’s research, and he believes cobalt-free batteries could be in production in a few years.

MSNBC – American Voices, Sept. 17, 2022 (Video)
Justice Kagan warns legitimacy of Supreme Court is on the line
Following the Dobbs decision ending the right to abortion access, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is warning the legitimacy of the Court is at stake. Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the fallout of the end of Roe.

Truthout, Sept. 14, 2022
Afropessimism Forces Us to Rethink Our Most Basic Assumptions About Society
To think through these incredibly important issues, I spoke with prominent theorist Frank B. Wilderson III, who argues that Blackness (being Black) constitutes a fundamental antagonism vis-à-vis civil society. It is this fundamental antagonism that the critical framework of Afropessimism interprets as a necessary feature of Black life. Wilderson, an award-winning author and a leading voice within Afropessimism, is Chancellor’s Professor of African American Studies at University of California, Irvine. He was one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress and was a cadre in the underground. Wilderson’s most recent book, Afropessimism, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 18, 2022
COVID is still killing hundreds a day, even as society begins to move on
As COVID has persisted as a health threat, “it gets harder and harder for COVID to pick off the most vulnerable, because a lot of the most vulnerable have already perished,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention at UC Irvine. But as the virus endures, a new cohort of people are developing hypertension, asthma and other conditions, and “it can get its talons into a new generation.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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