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Dec. 7 - Dark matter mission; campus well-being

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GO TEAM therapy dog “Rider,” a Labrador retriever, gets some attention from students Tuesday on Ring Road

GO TEAM therapy dog “Rider,” a Labrador retriever, gets some attention from students Tuesday on Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


A solar flare bursts from the sun in this recent NASA image.

A solar flare bursts from the sun in this recent NASA image.

UCI study proposes space mission to measure dark matter

Dark matter is a mysterious substance that scientists believe makes up five times the rest of the mass in the universe, but it remains impossible to locate. Now, a team led by UCI physicist Yu-Dai Tsai has proposed a space mission that would use the most accurate clocks ever invented to search for dark matter that might be bound to the sun. The mission, which the team calls SpaceQ, could potentially lead to a revolution in astrophysics. 

Broadening the understanding of well-being

Since 2020, UCI has been a member of the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network, a group of colleges and universities that aspire to be health-promoting by incorporating wellness principles into the fabric of curriculum, the built environment and administrative services. Associate vice chancellor of wellness, health and counseling services Marcelle Hayashida argues for building on that goal with a new commitment to student, faculty and staff well-being through structures and policies across campus.


UAW strike update

While two tentative contract agreements have been reached, the UAW remains on strike in support of other UAW units still negotiating with UC officials. As negotiations continue, so do instruction, research and, this week, final exams. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage.


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Los Angeles County seeks flood control improvements in face of climate change

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 6
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering

Opinion: Trump Is Unraveling Before Our Eyes, but Will It Matter?

The New York Times, Dec. 7
Cited: Martin Wattenberg, professor of political science

Mysterious ‘eyelashes’ on our brain cells may be related to our perception of time

Geeky News, Dec. 6
Cited: Amal Alachkar, professor of pharmaceutical sciences


A green future for labor?

Jeannine Pearce is an urban and environmental planning and policy doctoral candidate at UCI

Former Long Beach city councilwoman Jeannine Pearce is an urban and environmental planning and policy doctoral candidate at UCI. 

The nexus of the U.S. labor movement and environmentalism is the focus of doctoral research by Jeannine Pearce, a  former Long Beach City Council member and urban and environmental planning and policy student at UCI. Pearce, the public policy director for Better World Group, an environmental consulting firm, is focusing her study on the political ecology of the labor movement and transitioning fossil fuel industries. Before serving four years as a council member in Long Beach, Pearce spent eight years with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, where she began as an intern and eventually became the organizing director and public policy director.

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