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Grist

Why the ‘Swiss Army knife’ of climate solutions is so controversial

Grist -
Jack Brouwer, director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducts research on a broad range of hydrogen applications, told Grist that commercially available power plant technology can currently burn a blend of up to 30 percent hydrogen gas and 70 percent methane. … For Brouwer, blending green hydrogen into the natural gas system, whether for power plants or homes, is still very much worth doing — not so much for the greenhouse gas benefits, but to create a new market for solar and wind power. Read More
The Weather Channel

Why California Wildfires Are Particularly Destructive in Fall

The Weather Channel -
A recent study from the University of California-Irvine found about 20% of California's wildfires from 2000 through 2019 were responsible for 97% of the total area charred. Over 90% of casualties and property losses in the state were due to larger wildfires over 500 acres, according to Tirtha Banerjee, [assistant professor, civil & environmental engineering], one of the study's co-authors. … "Before 2000, there were almost no human-caused wildfires along California's Pacific coastline, but now nearly every coastal county is experiencing increased risk," said Shu Li, a Ph.D. candidate [civil & environmental engineering] and lead author of the aforementioned University of California-Irvine study. Read More
TechCrunch

The Blue Box is betting on the future of at-home breast cancer tests

TechCrunch -
You can take a pregnancy test or colon cancer test from your bathroom, or, these days, a COVID-19 test from the comfort of your living room. You might one day be able to get a breast cancer screening at home, too, if you have a urine sample and an artificial nose. That’s the vision behind The Blue Box, a startup competing this week at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield. The company, founded by Judit Giró Benet while pursuing her Master’s at the University of California Irvine, is developing an at-home handheld device designed to screen urine samples for breast cancer. Read More
Orange County Register

Beach-bluff homes, lot cracking near damaged train track in San Clemente

The Orange County Register -
Without regular sand replenishment to provide a buffer to hold the ocean back, damage to homes and infrastructure will become a more common occurrence, said Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. “Once the beaches are gone, we are quickly seeing damaging impacts to infrastructure. As soon as the beaches are gone, we lose railroad service, we see displacement of land, concrete gets cracked,” Sanders said. “Our beaches are incredibly important for providing protection for infrastructure and natural resources.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister] Read More
The Science Advisory Board

Kino Discovery is building an end-to-end solution for single-cell research

The Science Advisory Board -
Kino Discovery is working on a tissue sample-to-cell solution to make personalized medicine a reality. The early-stage startup was founded by University of California, Irvine [biomedical engineering associate] professor Jered Haun, PhD, and is a competitor in the inaugural BioTools Innovator contest. We spoke with Haun as part of our coverage of the competition. Read More
Daily Pilot

Apodaca: Recognizing Orange County warriors in the fight against climate change

Daily Pilot -
Take Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. Sanders is an expert in water, specifically flooding and erosion. One of the projects his team at UCI has been working on is to develop new models to estimate how well infrastructure can withstand compounding hazards of successive fire and flooding events — crucial information given the increasing size and recurrence of such calamities. ... Sanders’ colleague, assistant professor Tiirtha Banerjee, is also a civil and environmental engineer, but his area of expertise is wildfires, another immensely important area of study. ... Another one of their colleagues, assistant professor Christopher Olivares Martinez, is also focused on the impact of wildfires on water quality. … [Professor] Jun Wu, whose specialty is environmental health, is researching the effects of pollution and climate change on health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.] Read More
Verywell Health

‘Flooding Can Happen Anywhere’: Here’s How to Stay Safe

Verywell Health -
According to Brett Sanders, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering, urban planning, and public policy [as well as interim associate dean for undergraduate student affairs] at the University of California, Irvine, flooding, especially urban flooding, has become a growing problem. “We have seen a major uptick in floods over the past decade," Sanders tells Verywell. "We have a history of hurricanes in the U.S. from Katrina, to Harvey, to Sandy." Read More
Sierra Club

The Top 20 Coolest Schools 2021

Sierra Magazine -
2. University of California, Irvine
The Anteaters are in their own category in that they've ranked among Sierra's top 10 Cool Schools for 12 years in a row. And for good reason: UCI offers more than 150 sustainability-related programs and initiatives, 21 buildings are LEED Platinum, and the campus Pump2Plug program has been so successful that this summer, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh visited UCI to learn more about how to implement sustainable vehicle infrastructure. (Since the program's launch in 2016, more than 350 participants have switched to electric vehicles and the campus boasts almost 200 EV charging stations.) Read More
Orange County Register

UCI study of traffic sensors to use city of Irvine streets

The Orange County Register -
Several roadways and intersections in Irvine are on the verge of getting a lot smarter thanks to a study of emerging technologies being conducted by the UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering and the city. … Twenty-five intersections in the city, including nine on the UCI campus, will be equipped with next-generation traffic sensors designed to collect data in real time, with the information being used to implement instant adjustments to the flow of traffic, … The advanced sensors will be able to detect the traffic flow and then respond by adjusting the length of time a traffic light stays red, green or yellow, UCI Engineering Professor Scott Samuelsen, the principal investigator of the study, said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister] Read More
NS Medical Devices

Converging AI and microfluidics for innovative diagnostic solutions

NS Medical Devices -
The convergence of AI and microfluidics is opening new doors every day. A group of electrical engineers, computer scientists and biomedical engineers at the University of California-Irvine recently reported the development of a new lab-on-a-chip using AI, microfluidics and nanoparticle inkjet printing that can improve the study of tumour heterogeneity, potentially enabling new approaches for reducing resistance to cancer therapies. Read More

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