Media Watch

UC Santa Cruz protein designer awarded $2.5M to develop bioluminescent protein for deep tissue imaging

Lookout Santa Cruz -
A team of engineers at UC Irvine including [Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Michelle Digman and Professor of Chemistry Jennifer] Prescher will collaborate with [Andy] Yeh to develop a new method of light detection called “phasor imaging,” rather than taking the traditional approach of detecting light signals by color. The UCI researchers have proven that this technology can better differentiate light emissions and avoid severe spectral overlap, which makes it difficult to clearly separate light. Read More
Daily Pilot

Love conquers all: New Miss Fountain Valley court is set

Daily Pilot -
[Love] Bradley, now 19 and a biomedical engineering student at UC Irvine, will serve as Miss Fountain Valley for the year ahead after winning the crown on Feb. 4. … Bradley said she has been driven by community service. When she was younger, her social impact initiative focused on youth leadership. This time around, she plans to use her platform to inspire women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read More
Yahoo News

Ecosystem hydrologist Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm to lead UMD Center for Environmental Science

Yahoo News (The Baltimore Sun) -
A renowned ecosystem hydrologist has been hired as president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, a dean and professor at George Mason University, will start July 1 and also serve as the university system’s vice chancellor for sustainability. … Miralles-Wilhelm earned his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in engineering at the University of California, Irvine …. Read More
Clean Technica

SAE Adopts New Standards For Vehicle-To-Grid

CleanTechnica -
2021 study by University of California – Irvine professor Brian Tarroja and Rochester Institute of Technology professor Eric Hittinger found that V2G could make a big difference for California’s grid. They calculated that the combined value of the energy storage capacity of V2G enabled EVs in California is ​“approximately an order of magnitude larger than that for smart charging.” Read More

The Compost – Weekly Newsletter

The Orange County Register -
Smarter sand replenishment: Local lawmakers have fought for years to get the millions of dollars needed to start sand replenishment projects to help reverse erosion of Southern California beaches caused by development, rising seas and other impacts of climate change. But Laylan Connelly reports that UC Irvine researchers are recommending new data and methods that could allow leaders to make smarter decisions about where sand infusions can do the most good. Read More

New UCI study shows how data can help deal with eroding beaches

KNX News -
Not all beaches are eroding, but many are - enough to warrant spending large sums of money to add sand to Southern California's deteriorating coastlines. But as a new study out of UC Irvine suggests, adding sand might not be the way to go in every case. KNX News reporter Nataly Tavidian spoke with Daniel Kahl, a UC Irvine Ph.D. student who heads the study. Read More

UC Irvine sand study shows new data to help manage shrinking beaches

The Orange County Register -
new paper published recently by UC Irvine researchers in the Coastal Engineering Journal analyzed beaches between Long Beach and La Jolla, offering new data and methods that can be used to figure out the most vulnerable areas of coastline and whether those beaches are suitable for the mega, costly projects often turned toward for trying to replenish and retain sand. … “I’m really excited to have the resources that help, potentially, inform these decisions,” said Daniel Kahl, UCI researcher and lead author of the paper. … “The data essentially shows: Where do we get the most bang for our buck when it comes to placing sand on the coast,” said Brett Sanders, UCI civil and environmental engineering professor and co-author of the published paper. Read More

During LA's historic rain, river was 'doing exactly what it was engineered to do'

SFGate -
Experts have also found that the [LA] river’s flood protection abilities need shoring up, especially as the region sees more intense storms due to climate change. One 2022 study from the UC Irvine Flood Lab found nearly a million people are exposed to flooding during a 100-year storm event, with the most intense impacts on cities along the southern part of the river, like Bell Gardens and Compton. Read More

With the state mandating zero emissions, Bay Area agencies are split on hydrogen vs. electric

The Mercury News -
According to Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the Advanced Power and  Energy Program at UC Irvine, deciding the right number and type of zero-emission buses depends on many factors, including the electrical grid infrastructure, the bus routes, and the road type. Battery electric buses, for example, consume more power on hilly roads. Read More
The Wall Street Journal

California’s Flood Defenses Held This Time, but They Are Weakening

The Wall Street Journal -
“The infrastructure is optimized to move water quickly to the ocean, and it did its job,” said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine. “But had we had another storm right after that, we might have gotten close to the limits of that system.” A 2022 report from UC Irvine determined that a 100-year flood event in Los Angeles would expose more than 400,000 people to danger, with property damage of more than $50 billion, comparable to that of a major hurricane. Read More