After the March 10 death of F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel laureate and founding faculty member at UCI, Los Angeles Times reporter Shari Roan shared her personal recollection of the man:
"I wrote a book about Rowland and Molina's discovery in 1988 (The Ozone Crisis). At first I was intimidated by Rowland when I sought him out to write the book. He was twice my size (6 feet, 5 inches), twice my age and had at least twice my IQ. I was pregnant and sick that year, but he was kind and patient, submitting to many interviews and turning over reams of books and notes to me.
"He showed the same generosity to his students — teaching undergraduate chemistry at UC Irvine for many years and hanging out in the lab with grad students and colleagues until just a few months ago. He didn't reap huge financial gain from his research. He was just a scientist with a deep sense of humanity. Orange County, UC Irvine — the world — was lucky to have him."
The U.S. government will soon bar contractors who use computers bought with federal funds from dumping them in landfills, reports The Wall Street Journal, and that's welcome news to UCI's e-waste expert Oladele Ogunseitan. "When the products are thrown in the trash they endanger people through exposure," he told the newspaper. "They contain lead which we've known for centuries is a dangerous metal. There is no law that prevents a company from just tossing a product." Ogunseitan, chair of UCI's Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention, said he would like to see a federal law broadly prohibiting the dumping of IT equipment.
Consuming too much fatty fare such as triple cheeseburgers and super-sized fries isn't the only thing contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic. According to Smithsonian magazine, chemicals used to treat crops and to process and package food also might be adding to girth. The article cites research by UCI biologist Bruce Blumberg showing that these so-called obesogens cause animals to have more and larger fat cells. "The animals we treat with these chemicals don't eat a different diet than the ones who don't get fat," Blumberg explained. "They eat the same diet — we're not challenging them with a high-fat or a high-carbohydrate diet. They're eating normal foods and they're getting fatter."