Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

California Public K-12 Compared to Other States

This article examines the poor grades for California K-12 Public Schools in the K-12 Education Week “Quality Counts” 2015 Report. US schools have an average grade of C with an average score of 74.3. Overall Ratings: First we present the … Continue reading

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PayScale Rankings for UC Irvine in Various Majors

  Here we present a table for UC Irvine PayScale rankings in several majors for 2014-2015, and UCIs ranking among California Colleges.  We also include the Early Career salaries for 0 to 5 years past the undergraduate degree, and the … Continue reading

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UC Irvine is 10th in PayScale College Salary Report for Physical and Life Sciences

  PayScale 2014-2015 College Salary Report for Physical and Life Sciences UC Irvine places tenth nationwide in Mid-Career Salary of ten or more years after the bachelor’s degree. Here we give the Early Career Salary of 0-5 years, and the … Continue reading

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UC Irvine Information on PayScale

Here is the link to the PayScale information site on UC Irvine. Some interesting data on UC Irvine is that it ranks in the top 7% of State Universities for return of investment (ROI). Our graduation rate is 86%. 89% … Continue reading

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UC Irvine Ranks 9th in PayScale College Salary Report for California Campuses

  We look at the results of the new 2014-2015 PayScale College Salary Report by narrowing it down to UC campuses.  We first report on the top 16 California 4 year undergraduate campuses, which include 6 UC campuses, and then … Continue reading

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Minimizing Effects of Methane Leakage in Converting From Coal to Natural Gas

In the discussion of replacing coal with natural gas, two numbers are commonly used.  One is that natural gas produces only half the CO2 pollution.  That can be improved to a 72% cut in CO2 by upgrading to combined cycle … Continue reading

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EPA Clean Power Plan Costs

The EPA is proposing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 from their amount in 2005.  This is part of the program to reduce total US emissions by 30% by 2030 from their … Continue reading

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US Emission Reductions Could Lower Temperature by 0.3 Degrees F by 2100

This article will estimate the temperature effect by 2100 of the US emission reductions from a business-as-usual model for the effects of climate change.  It will show that the reductions can be as much as 0.29 degrees F for the … Continue reading

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Projections and Agreements on Climate Change: Talk by David Victor

Dr. David Victor of UCSD gave the Reeburgh Lecture at UC Irvine on December 10, 2014.  It was titled “Getting Serious About International Cooperation on Climate Change”.  This is a listing of some of his main points. The talk will … Continue reading

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Politics and the Fossil Fuel Industry versus the Laws of Nature and Economics

The fossil fuel backers and climate deniers now control both house houses of Congress, about two-thirds of state legislators and governors, and state attorney generals. All of these are set to oppose the EPA greenhouse gas pollution regulations and clean … Continue reading

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