Media Watch


Emerging technologies for tracking COVID-19 in higher ed

EdTech -
In a similar vein, University of California, Irvine researchers developed an open-source codebase for a QR code–based app called TrackCOVID, which alerts people if they’ve interacted with infected people. The QR codes will be posted in high-traffic areas, such as university campuses, grocery stores and public transportation hubs. “If you went to the same place as someone who was exposed within a certain time frame, you will be notified that you may have been exposed,” says Tyler Yasaka, co-developer of the app. Read More
Motorsport Week

Meyer Shank Racing preparing for first double header event

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Mario Farnbacher’s co-driver Matt McMurry spent the months since the season opener focusing on his school work, with the 22-year-old finishing his aerospace engineering degree at the University of California. “I’ve been busy at home finishing my last quarter at the University of California, Irvine,” McMurry said. … “Through college, I was mostly involved in the automotive aspects of aerospace engineering,” he added. … “Automotive engineering and race engineering have always been an interest of mine. Long term plans, I’m still focusing on racing. Now that I’m finally done with school, I can sort of focus all my efforts on racing, which is kind of a nice feeling.” Read More
NBC Los Angeles

The Aquarium's Free Lectures Make a Splash

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William Cooper, a professor of engineering at University of California, Irvine, will talk about visiting a reserve full of butterflies in Costa Rica during his July 1 talk …. Read More

Desert microbes mine for water

The puzzle was cracked by a team led by David Kisailus, who studies biomimicry and nanostructured materials at the University of California, Irvine, and Jocelyne DiRuggiero, a microbiologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Their results are part of a U.S. Army–funded study and were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America last month. Read More
Orange County Business Journal

UCI Researchers Lead $10M Study of Internet Personal Data Privacy

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“We can do things better going forward,” said principal investigator Athina Markopoulou, professor and chairperson of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UCI. “With COVID we’re even more aware of data collection,” she told the Business Journal on June 16. Businesses and governments are stepping up monitoring and tracing to prevent further coronavirus outbreaks. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More
UCI Gets Most of $8M Grant

UCI Beckman Laser Clinic Gets New Director

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The University of California, Irvine Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic has tapped Thomas Milner, a three-time entrepreneur and serial technology inventor with 55 issued patents, to oversee and expand its research activities. … Milner … said one major piece of his plan is working with the UCI Beall Applied Innovation center to convert research into viable commercial ventures that provide value to the community. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More
Tech Briefs

Carbon Nanostructure is Stronger Than Diamonds

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UCI researchers have architecturally designed plate-nanolattices — nanometer-sized carbon structures — that are stronger than diamonds as a ratio of strength to density. The material consists of closely connected, closed-cell plates instead of the cylindrical trusses common in such structures over the past few decades. … The material is fabricated through a 3D laser printing process called two-photon lithography direct laser writing. Read More
IEEE Spectrum

The Great Ventilator Rush

IEEE Spectrum -
“A consortium of physicians, scientists, and engineers led by the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Texas at Austin directed us [to] go and make the simplest possible ventilator,” says Virgin Orbit vice president for special projects Will Pomerantz. “We essentially took all the people who were going to be building next year’s rockets and said, ‘Next year’s rockets can probably wait a little bit—you’re going to be building or testing ventilators.’ ” Read More
Scientific American

How extracellular vesicles can enhance drug delivery

Scientific American -
However, there’s no guarantee that an engineered cell will load the desired cargo into its vesicles. “The cells decide what to encapsulate,” says Young Kwon, a biomedical and materials scientist at the University of California, Irvine. Nguyen’s team is studying how cells make those decisions, to find ways to ramp up exosome loading with artificial cargo. Researchers have identified strands of code common in natural exosomal RNAs that probably play a part in packaging the molecules. And Nguyen has found that copying some of these molecular codes onto other RNAs increases their loading into exosomes by up to 100-fold. Read More
UCI Gets Most of $8M Grant

UCI Leads $10 Million Personal Data Privacy Center

Orange County Business Journal -
The University of California-Irvine will lead a $10 million research center aimed at protecting personal data privacy. … “It is an honor and responsibility to lead one of NSF's signature projects to address the timely and important problem of personal data protection on the internet,” said principal investigator Athina Markopoulou, professor and chairperson of the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at UCI. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More