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Philanthropy News Digest

OC Colleges, Hospitals See Focus of 2023 Donations

Philanthropy News Digest -
For the third straight year, UCI led the donor list, receiving 17 donations of $1 million or more, totaling $114 million. The school received $50 million from the Samueli Foundation to launch three new research institutes under the banner of “Engineering+” for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. “Susan and Henry Samueli’s generous gift will establish the Engineering+ research institutes, empowering multidisciplinary teams to address key global challenges in health, society and the environment,” Magnus Egerstedt, dean of the school of engineering, told the Business Journal. Read More

Meet Optica’s 2024 Fellows

Optica -
Filippo Capolino. University of California, Irvine, USA. For fundamental contributions to optics in complex materials and exceptional points. Read More

Making Sense of the Floods in San Diego

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Brett Sanders, UCI engineering professor said, “We need to better map—and communicate—flood risks, accounting for all the factors that could trigger flooding, including rainfall, streamflow, high tides and waves along the coast, and infrastructure failures. We should also talk about pre-disaster planning for post-disaster action. Do cities have a restoration plan for the day after the flood—one that aligns with community values and aspirations? The period right after a flood is often the best time to work to reduce future risk while trying to make communities whole again.” Read More

UC Irvine Engineers Unleash Innovation: Octopus-Inspired Technology Deceives And Signals

India Education Diary, -
“We are fascinated by the mechanisms underpinning the blue-ringed octopus’ ability to rapidly switch its skin markings between hidden and exposed states,” said senior co-author Alon Gorodetsky, UCI professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “For this project, we worked to mimic the octopus’ natural abilities with devices from unique materials we synthesized in our laboratory, and the result is an octopus-inspired deception and signaling system that is straightforward to fabricate, functions for a long time when operated continuously, and can even repair itself when damaged.” Read More

UC Irvine-Led Team Reveals Battery-Like Functions Of Mitochondria In Groundbreaking Discovery

India Education Diary -
“When we first started studying isolated mitochondria, we knew they behaved like a battery based on some work from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology and UCLA, but we could not control them very well inside the cell to probe them,” said co-author Peter Burke, UCI professor of electrical engineering and computer science. “Now we can control each individual electrical component and cause it to charge and discharge.” Read More

UCI Celebrates Innovation Excellence: Two Researchers Named Fellows By The National Academy Of Inventors

India Education Diary -
The National Academy of Inventors has named two University of California, Irvine researchers as fellows. Guann-Pyng (G.P.) Li, a pioneer in the development of microelectronics for advanced health and sustainable energy applications, and David Reinkensmeyer, who combines robotics and neuroscience to create devices to help people with movement rehabilitation after neurological injury, are among 162 academic inventors made fellows by the NAI this year. Read More

‘Thousand-year storm’ floods part of San Diego, is SoCal prepared for more?

KCRW – Press Play with Madeleine Brand -
San Diego residents are still reeling from a heavy and rapid downpour that started on Monday morning. Is Southern California built to withstand storms like this? Guest: Brett Sanders - professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine, runs UCI’s Flood Lab. Read More

Uber driver alarmed he has to spend all day charging electric car in cold weather

Futurism -
"It ends up being very difficult to make battery electric vehicles work in very cold conditions," University of California, Irvine professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Clean Energy Institute Jack Brouwer told the NYT. "You cannot charge a battery as fast or discharge a battery as fast if it’s cold. There’s no physical way of getting around." Read More  
NBC News

UC Irvine students, grads fight back after hackers post gruesome images in cyberattack

A group of current and former University of California, Irvine students managed to fight back a group of hackers after they were targeted in a vicious and gruesome cyberattack, according to one graduate involved. … Alina Kim, a UCI computer science and engineering graduate, put her computer science and software engineering degrees to good use as she teamed together with other users to stop the hack. "If we banned an account in one server, it would ban them universally on all of our servers," said Kim. "That way we could keep each other safe, even if we weren't personally online to manage the attacks." Watch More
Los Angeles Times

Internet trolls flooded UC Irvine chat groups with gore. Then students mounted a counterattack

Los Angeles Times -
Because Discord is a public-facing, non-university platform, there was very little user verification prior to the attacks, [said] Alina Kim, an independent manager for UC Irvine’s student-run communities on Discord. … Biomedical engineering student Vietbao Tran then went on the offensive, creating a Discord bot that automatically banned those IDs before channel moderators could. The bot eventually was used to protect the 98 largest servers, according to Kim. “It was an incredible response because he worked through the course of 24 hours and it was so incredibly helpful,” Kim said. Read More