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September 3, 2013
Re. " Mailbag: Rohrabacher is right - earth is cooling," (Aug. 26): Letter writer Jason Pitkin seems to have mistaken science for politics, in the same way that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has. My original letter made no mention of political "sides," and neither will this one, except when quoting Pitkin, because "sides" are not relevant in the realm of scientific debate. And in response to Pitkin's letter, I too have read many rebuttals of global warming, but I've read those rebuttals in "letters to the editor" sections of newspapers, rather than in scientific literature.
By Sarah Peters | June 4, 2010
Leslie Davis is exploring new territory in science, but she doesn’t work in a lab. Opening Saturday at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana is “Regeneration,” a multi-artist exhibit celebrating advances in stem-cell research. Davis is the exhibit’s curator and featured artist. The exhibit is dedicated to the newly opened Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. The research lab is named after Bill Gross, co-founder of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co., and his wife.
July 27, 2004
Jimmy Stroup On a floor covered with the residue of experiments past, a dozen eager scientists between the ages of 5 and 9 spent their mornings making Tootsie rolls, sidewalk chalk, chromatographic shirts and even slime. Under careful supervision, of course. Carl Johnson, a 21-year-old senior at UC Irvine, leads one of the Radical Reactions classes offered through the Newport Beach Recreation Services department. The classes aim to make learning the fundamentals of science fun as well as educational.
By Michael Miller | April 11, 2006
The science curriculum in Janet Sugiyama's fifth-grade class just keeps getting smaller and smaller. To start the year off, her students studied astronomy and earth science, learning about the solar system and the origins of weather. In spring, the focus turned to smaller objects ? humans ? and the different organs that make up their bodies. Now, Sugiyama has turned to the tiniest subject matter in the world. Armed with dried beans, rice, marshmallows, toothpicks and plenty of Elmer's Glue, her students spent the last week in class creating models of atoms and molecules.
By Alicia Robinson | March 30, 2006
While most of the national news touching Costa Mesa lately has been about the city's immigration plan, its congressman has been relegated to the inside pages. But Rep. Dana Rohrabacher may claim headlines in early 2007, if, as he's hoping, he's named chairman of the House science committee. Rohrabacher led the subcommittee on space and aeronautics for eight years, and he's been a member of the science committee since he was elected to Congress nearly 18 years ago. "That was my first committee assignment.
By Michael Miller | March 27, 2007
It's the pastime of thousands of children. It's the irritant of parents who foot the grocery bill. But at Newport Heights Elementary School last week, it was science, pure and simple. In the multipurpose room during lunch on Tuesday, one class after another filed in to do the classic fizzy science experiment: combining baking soda and vinegar. When the two substances are combined, they create salt, which stays at the bottom of the cup, and soda water, which releases carbon dioxide.
By Michael Miller | October 4, 2006
It's been a golden month for science in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District — and after the 20th annual Harbor Heritage Run on Saturday, it may get even brighter. Every year, the Newport Harbor High School PTA holds the race on the campus track to raise funds for the school. With Newport Harbor planning to overhaul its science computer lab in the coming months, the parent organizers will divert Saturday's proceeds to buying new computers and software for the facility.
By Yvonne Villarreal | June 22, 2007
Four Costa Mesa High School seniors will participate in the 2007 Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement USA National Engineering Design Competition, held at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where they will compete against teams from eight states. It's the first time a high school team affiliated with Cal State Fullerton's program has advanced to a national competition, according to a press release statement issued by the program's 6-12th grade director, Vonna Hammerschmitt.
By Steven Short | June 1, 2008
For most of us, our study of science consists of high school or college courses. While our formal instruction usually ends there, the influence that science exerts on our daily lives does not. So, where should the scientifically minded turn for information about these forces? Here are a few books at the Newport Beach Public Library that are both fun and informative about the physical world around us.  Ira Flatow is a veteran NPR science correspondent and host of a popular science radio program.
By Hannah Fry | March 28, 2014
Paularino Elementary School kindergartner Cash Gorke looked eagerly at the marine life swimming around inside the touch tank in a Costa Mesa High School science classroom. After getting a nod of approval from his mother, Cash plunged both arms into the tank, the sleeves of his black shirt quickly absorbing the water, and pulled up a bright orange sea star. He proudly displayed his catch to other children standing near him, holding it up like he had found treasure among the sea creatures.
By Allen Kesinger | March 27, 2014
Science is pretty amazing. By studying the world and the infinite space around us, science sets us down the road to discover who we are, where we've come from and where we're going. However, most scientific discussions can be difficult to comprehend for those of us without advanced degrees. With that in mind, scientists with the knack to comfortably explain the complexities of our world in ways that are compelling and fun have stepped up to fill the role of science educators. This week's column highlights several prominent television personalities who want to help us get to know what makes life on Earth so fascinating and unique.
By Michael Miller | March 14, 2014
Regeneration is a key part of nature, so perhaps it's fitting that the art display at Irvine Valley College's new Life Sciences building arose out of discarded materials. When school officials, Irvine Chamber of Commerce members and others gather on campus Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, one wall of the building's interior will sport a mural and a series of jars holding cycad trees. The surfaces of the mural and jars feature mosaic designs made from broken plates, stained glass, tile, ceramics and more.
By Mona Shadia, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 7, 2014
About 500 educators gathered in Costa Mesa this week to address ways to introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so-called STEM education, to preschoolers. The Early Childhood STEM Conference, held from Thursday to Saturday at the Hilton Orange County, aims to show educators from across the state that it's possible to teach young children about science and technology. It's all part of an effort to reduce the nation's shortage of qualified candidates for math- and science-based fields.
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | January 17, 2014
Q: I'm reading and studying the necessity of rising above dualistic thought, which separates, and embracing a much more holistic approach, which seeks reconciliation and unification. After all, who gave us all the scientific knowledge we now possess? I believe we need a new paradigm if we are to help move civilization toward true peace for all of humanity. Eben Alexander's book, "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife," for example, is a stunning validation from a scientific perspective of all we Christians believe and hope for in life after life.
January 14, 2014
A chancellor's professor of neurobiology at UC Irvine has been appointed dean of the new Hana and Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences. Frank LaFerla, an expert on Alzheimer's disease who has been with UCI since 1995, started his new role Jan. 1. He called the appointment a "great honor. " Before being named dean, LaFerla had been the head of UCI's neurobiology and behavior department and chairman of its Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.
By Hannah Fry | December 24, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers has issued a letter denying the school district's claims that the union was responsible for the elimination of a science enrichment program at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Kimberly Claytor, federation president, on Friday sent a letter to Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials saying the union supports reinstating last year's science schedule and that the district misinterpreted concerns the union brought up regarding educators' workloads.
By Hannah Fry | December 18, 2013
For Nathan Peters, a Kaiser Elementary School sixth-grader, science is more than just a class he attends each day. The specialized curriculum at his school provides him the opportunity to do things like build a solar oven and cook hot dogs and s'mores with his friends. "I really want that experience to happen," he said to trustees during a recent school board meeting. "I want to save our school science. " While Kaiser students still learn science, they have lost instructional time.
September 19, 2013
Sage Hill School is partnering with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce to present a discussion panel on the use of science in the world of business. The panel discussion - featuring Vineer Bhansali, managing director and portfolio manager at PIMCO, and James Owen Weatherall, assistant professor of logic and philosophy of science at UC Irvine and author of the New York Times bestseller "The Physics of Wall Street" - will focus on theoretical and practical applications of science in world finance, the stock market and investor behavior strategies, according to a news release.
By Thomas Eastmond | September 19, 2013
Before global warming became a high-profile issue, the earth's climate was considered too inherently chaotic to provide much occasion for usefully predictive research. Climate change theory created new opportunities for publication, prestige and tenure — and many more climatologists than before. By itself, this does not make anyone right or wrong. But it does suggest that a mere "consensus" of climatologists, at a given moment, is no substitute for learning the underlying science ourselves.
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