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Barrier wall to protect rail line in San Clemente from landslide debris as services set to resume

Passenger train service through San Clemente is set to resume again following several shutdowns caused by a sliding slope under Casa Romantica. A temporary wall has been placed to protect the rail line from falling debris. Experts like Brett Sanders, who's a professor of civil and environmental engineering, urban planning and public policy at UC Irvine, are studying the shifting landscape and said the slope is made up of materials that loosen up when moisture sets in. "It's more of like a mixture of soil," Sanders said. "A mixture of sand, and gravel and silts that when wetted, starts to flow like a liquid." He said people across Southern California live on hillsides just like the one in San Clemente. Sanders said residents need to be aware that this could happen to them. Watch More
Los Angeles Times

Opinion: Disasters like the Rolling Hills landslide are foreseeable. The warnings are all around us

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Brett Sanders, UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering, urban planning and public policy writes, “The environment is changing faster now than it has in decades. We are seeing it before our eyes, and especially in the news with reports like Earth’s hottest day ever recorded (July 3, 2023), unprecedented precipitation and severe flooding in California this year, and now a major landslide on ground that was once thought to have stabilized. What this means is that our understanding of the past — benchmarks that we have long used to guide our preparedness and decision-making about environmental risks — aren’t enough to prepare for the future.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More

University Of California Irvine Expert Recognized By Carnegie Corporation

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Kyriacos Athanasiou, University of California, Irvine Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering, has been named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year’s list, announced today, honors 35 naturalized citizens whose contributions and actions have enriched and strengthened American society and democracy. Read More

University Of California Irvine’s Engineering School Receives $50 Million Gift

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The creation of three new multidisciplinary research institutes in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is being made possible by a $50 million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli to the University of California, Irvine. Unified under the banner “Engineering+,” the Engineering+Health Institute, Engineering+Society Institute and Engineering+Environment Institute will allow researchers from diverse disciplines to conduct transformational research addressing the most important issues facing humanity today. Read More

University Of California Irvine Expert Named 2023 Pew Scholar In The Biological Sciences

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Quinton Smith, UC Irvine assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a 2023 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. … “Being selected as a 2023 Pew Biomedical Scholar and serving as a representative of the University of California, Irvine is truly an honor,” Smith said. “With the support of the Pew Foundation, my group aims to better understand preeclampsia, a disease that disproportionately affects African American women.” Read More

University Of California Irvine Study Finds Human-Caused Climate Change To Blame For Increase In California’s Wildfires

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Researchers at the University of California and other international institutions have concluded that nearly all of the increase in scorched terrain can be blamed on human-caused climate change. ... “The 10 largest fires in California history have all occurred in the past two decades, and five of those have happened since 2020,” said co-author Amir AghaKouchak, UCI professor of civil and environmental engineering [associate director of Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS)]. “Through our study, it has become clear that anthropogenic climate change is the major driver of this increase in wildfire damage.” Read More

Smoke and heat warnings affect more than 170m in US

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Heatwaves have become more frequent, intense and last longer because of human-induced climate change, scientists say. Some have warned that climate change is also likely to lead to more wildfires and subsequent smoke warnings. A University of California, Irvine study published on 12 June, for example, found that "an increase in temperatures and dryness has been identified to be one of the major drivers" of summer forest fires. Read More

Risk of electricity shortages rises with extreme heat waves

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The question is, “can we build new resources fast enough to compensate for decommissioning of existing resources and to handle elevated peak loads on the grid due to intensifying extreme weather events?” said Brian Tarroja [associate researcher] at the University of California, Irvine. Read More
Associated Press

Pedro Pascal and World Bank’s Ajay Banga among those named to Carnegie’s 2023 Great Immigrants list

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World Bank President Ajay Banga, Oscar winner Ke Huy Quan, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette and “The Mandalorian” star Pedro Pascal are on this year’s Great Immigrants list announced Wednesday by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. ... Since 2006, the foundation has assembled an annual list of notable naturalized American citizens to celebrate the contributions immigrants make to the country and how they strengthen democracy. ...The Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2023 Great Immigrants are: … Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, University of California, Irvine [Distinguished] Professor [of biomedical engineering] …. Read More
LA Weekly

Top 10 Inspiring Innovators Pushing the Boundaries in Their Industries

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Justin Stovner, a true innovator, has left an indelible mark on the biotech industry. During college, Justin’s innovative journey began when he co-founded Syntr Health Technologies, Inc., a breakthrough company focused on harnessing the potential of adipose tissue for various applications. … While nurturing his company’s growth, he continued his pursuit for knowledge and obtained a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the esteemed University of California, Irvine. During his master’s program, Justin embarked on an extraordinary journey to reshape the agricultural industry by developing a groundbreaking device for the rapid isolation of plant cells for genetic modification. Read More