Dec. 20, 2023
UCI Digest
A cluster of cotoneaster
A cluster of cotoneaster glows near Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Professor questions climate conference achievements

Eric Rignot, a professor of Earth system science
The recently completed United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai has been portrayed in news outlets as a major step toward eliminating fossil fuels from the world’s energy supply. But in a Dec. 15 Science News article, Eric Rignot, a professor of Earth system science, called the agreement “deeply disappointing and misleading,” noting that it didn’t specifically call for phasing out fossil fuels. Furthermore, Rignot says, the conference failed to tackle the fact that all the participating nations are off track to meet the goal of limiting the growth of Earth’s temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius, which he says still isn’t enough to preserve ice sheets and glaciers.

Professor receives psychosis research funding

Jason Schiffman
Jason Schiffman, a professor of psychological science, is working to refine the identification of young people at risk for psychotic disorders, better understand the effects of interventions for adolescents at risk, uncover ways to reduce stigma against people with serious mental health concerns, and address issues of racial inequity and health disparities for those in the early phases of psychosis. This year, he received $1.38 million from the National Institute of Mental Health, Charitable Ventures of Orange County, Yale University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

2023 Anteater gift guide

Gift Guide collage featuring books, products
With the 2023 holiday season upon us, UCI’s gift guide offers ideas to please the bookworms, theatergoers, adventurers, foodies and fashionistas in your life – all while supporting UCI and alumni-owned businesses. From cruelty-free makeup to tickets for live music, the list has something for everyone.


Machine learning project wins award at AI conference

Sungduk Yu
An interdisciplinary group of researchers from multiple institutions – including climate and data scientists in UCI’s School of Physical Sciences and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences — won a best paper award at the 37th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, held recently in New Orleans. The paper’s lead author, Sungduk Yu (above), assistant project scientist in Earth system science, took the top prize in the dataset category. ClimSim, the climate modeling tool introduced in the paper, is the largest-ever data compendium designed for machine learning-enhanced physics research.
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