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USA Today

Study: A third of world's major aquifers threatened

USA Today -
In two new studies, a team of researchers led by hydrologists from the University of California, Irvine assessed the depletion of groundwater on a global scale using readings from NASA satellites. ... "If we continue to use groundwater the way it's being used, then there's a high chance that it could be depleted to the point that we can no longer use it in my lifetime in certain areas," said Alexandra Richey, the lead author of the studies.
Orange County Register

UC Irvine looks to revitalize ocean research center in Newport Beach

Orange County Register -
UCI associate professor Kristen Davis said Kerckhoff’s close access to the ocean will help researchers get data quickly during events like last year’s unseasonably warm ocean waters .... Davis said the OCEANS Initiative could also tackle difficult coastal issues, like sea level rise, that will need a comprehensive look from several scientific disciplines before real answers emerge.
Orange County Register

Engineering a future

Orange County Register -
Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli ... told a crowd of UC Irvine graduates Friday…. “Don’t make career choices on short-term financial gain. Job satisfaction and career enjoyment are far more important,” he said. “Long-term career aspirations encompass emotional and intellectual impact of work on society.”

The biggest billion-dollar energy unicorn left standing

The growth of the fuel-cell industry has been helped by the overall reduction in the cost of fuel-cell technology, said Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. ... Samuelsen said, "The market is beginning to recognize fuel cells as being a viable option." world

Great advances being made in assistive technology

Toronto Star -
“I think we’re in the middle of a revolution in technology for people with impairments,” says David Reinkensmeyer, a biorobotics researcher at the University of California, Irvine. ... Music Glove ... The system coaxes stroke survivors to use the kind of hand movements that will help them regain dexterity. It was created by Nizan Friedman, a former graduate student in the lab of University of California, Irvine’s David Reinkensmeyer.
Scientific American

What Australia can teach the world about surviving drought

Scientific American -
“Documenting what happened in Melbourne during the Millennium Drought was a real eye-opener,” said paper co-author Stanley Grant, a civil and environmental engineer at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s like looking into what the future could be for California if we got our act together.”
The Washington Post

Was Australia's 10-year megadrought a teaching moment for California?

The Washington Post -
California’s government should be more direct about the problem state residents face in a paralyzing drought with no end in sight. “You can’t just come up with technical innovations and think that’s going to do the trick,” said David Feldman, a professor of planning and politics at UC Irvine and a co-author for the report. “You need education, you need public outreach, and you need all these people working on it.

Six lessons for California from a drought halfway around the world

Drought-stricken California has a lot to learn from Melbourne, Australia, according to UC Irvine civil and environmental engineering professor Stanley Grant. He's the senior author of a study published Tuesday outlining how Melbourne slashed its water consumption in half during a recent drought that lasted more than a decade. … "We can take inspiration in the degree of leadership, the very public debate, and the experimentation," Grant said.
The Conversation

Harvesting usable fuel from nuclear waste - and dealing with the last chemical troublemakers

The Conversation -
My research at UC Irvine, as well as that of other labs around the world, focuses on new ways to deal with the last few troublemakers in the used nuclear fuel. We’re working on how to remove the remaining long-lived trans-uranic actinides with an efficiency high enough that the remaining nuclear waste’s isolation time would be decreased to 1,000 years or less. … Mikael Nilsson; associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science at University of California, Irvine.
Fox News

6 incredible health stories that have us proud to be an American

Fox News -
2. Interactive rehabilitation device restores vet’s use of hand after stroke … The device was invented by Nizan Friedman when he was a biomedical engineering postdoctorate student at the University of California, Irvine. While studying, Friedman worked under David Reinkensmeyer, a leader in the field of neurorehabilitation and Mark Bachman, a leader in miniaturized bionic and assistive devices.