Oct. 18, 2023
UCI Digest
The science library catches midday light on the UCI campus
The science library catches midday light on the UCI campus. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI teams ranked high in Orange County Sustainability Decathlon results

The luminOCity home, designed and built by TeamMADE, a group of students, faculty and staff from UCI and Orange Coast College
TeamMADE (Modular Affordable Dwellings for the Environment), a sustainable home design and construction crew with student members from UCI and Orange Coast College, placed second overall in the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon, which was held Oct. 5-15 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. TeamMADE had its name show up in several of the award categories, including first place in engineering & construction; first place in market potential; second place in sustainability & resilience; third place in architecture & interior design; third place in communications & marketing; and third place in innovation.

Three UCI engineers involved in Energy Earthshot Initiative

M.J. Abdolhosseini Qomi (left) Russell Detwiler (right)
Three Henry Samueli School of Engineering professors – M.J. Abdolhosseini Qomi (left), Russell Detwiler (right) and Iryna Zenyuk (not pictured) – are participating in projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Earthshots Initiative. UCI faculty are collaborators in two of seven Energy Earthshots funded by the DOE: the Enhanced Geothermal Shot and the Hydrogen Shot. The DOE launched the initiative to spur decarbonization efforts that will help the U.S. meet President Biden’s ambitious climate and clean energy goals, including a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.


Recognizing community college transfer students

Over 45,000 California community college transfer students are enrolled on UC campuses and make up 92 percent of all transfer students. In recognition of this, from Oct. 16-20, the National Transfer Student Week celebrates transfer students and professionals who make meaningful contributions as outstanding students, leaders and changemakers on UC campuses.


Ph.D. student honored for paper on bias in police calls

Justin Sola (left) and Charis Kubrin

Sixth-year Ph.D candidate in criminology, law and society Justin Sola and Professor Charis Kubrin worked to analyze how bias might affect peoples’ decisions to call police. The resulting study, “Making the call: how does perceived race affect desire to call the police,” earned Sola the 2023 American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology’s Student Paper Award. In a national survey of 2,038 people, the researchers tested how descriptions of crime severity and the race of those involved affected survey participants’ desire to call police. Sola and Kubrin found race didn’t directly affect the desire to call the police or the perceived threat level, but political views moderated the effects of race: Those identifying as very liberal expressed less desire — and very conservative folks expressed more desire — to call 911 in low-severity events involving young Black men.

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The hope and hype of hydrogen

The New York Times, Oct. 17
Cited: Jack Brouwer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Advanced Power and Energy Program

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Major U.S. science group lays out a path to smooth the energy transition

NPR, Oct. 17
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning & public policy

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What we know (and don’t) about the rise in retail theft

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 18
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

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