UC Irvine investigators seeking to improve drought predictability in California and the Western U.S. have been awarded a $1.1 million grant from NASA. The Samueli School team, led by principal investigator Amir AghaKouchak, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will collaborate with the California Department of Water Resources on the four-year project, which will incorporate data from satellite images to improve drought monitoring and prediction in the region.
Engineering professor Syed Jafar and his graduate student Arash Gholamidavoodi earned a Best Paper Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) GLOBECOM 2014, held last month in Austin, Texas. Their research proved a long-standing assumption regarding the benefits of multiple antennas as it relates to transmitting high data rates expected from fifth generation (5G) wireless networks.
Associate Professor Kuo-lin Hsu and his colleagues and students in the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing. The group was honored with the NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award in Science, which recognizes their work developing the algorithm used by the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement team.
Tim Rupert, assistant professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He was selected for the Young Leader Professional Development Award by the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). The award identifies promising young leaders and encourages their involvement with the professional society.
Stephen Timko, an environmental engineering graduate student. He was recognized with an Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award from the American Chemical Society. The annual award is based on student transcripts, record of research activity and a faculty letter of recommendation. Up to 20 are selected each year.
At first mention, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics might not sound like a whole lot of fun. In the required course for civil and environmental engineering majors, undergraduates solve differential equations and strive to grasp complex concepts about how velocity, pressure, density and temperature affect liquids and gases over space and time.
But Professor Brett Sanders, who teaches CEE 170, is determined to make learning fun while imbuing some practical experience in his undergrads. For the fourth consecutive year, his curriculum includes a mandatory – and very hands-on – cart race. Students form teams to design, fabricate and race hand-made vehicles propelled by a pressurized water tank. The carts, built on a skateboard foundation, must traverse a 50-foot course with a 2 percent incline, and teams compete in two categories: speed and accuracy.
Body clock protects cells from metabolism-generated oxygen radical damage during division
UC Irvine scientists studying the role of circadian rhythms in skin stem cells found that this clock plays a key role in coordinating daily metabolic cycles and cell division.
Their research, which appears Jan. 6 in Cell Reports, shows for the first time how the body’s intrinsic day-night cycles protect and nurture stem cell differentiation. Furthermore, this work offers novel insights into a mechanism whereby an out of synch circadian clock can contribute to accelerated skin aging and cancers.