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.

The Architecture of Trees versus that of Buildings

I used to like to take pictures of UCI buildings as I walked around the campus.  Now I am fascinated by the trees.  There are 53 types of trees in the central, circular area Aldrich Park.  That is named in … Continue reading

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Replying to the OC Register on the UC Regents, the UCI Law School, and the Cost of UC Irvine Housing

The OC Register had an article by a Contributing Writer, California Assemblyman Tom Lackey, on Sunday, March 15, 2015.  The article was titled “UC system disconnect”, and contained misrepresentations about the UC Regents.   I also wanted to discuss the … Continue reading

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California Universities in The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015

Here we present the California Universities in The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015. These rankings are based on reputation, rather than weighting performance in a set of criteria.  They were based on surveying 10,507 experts in academic subjects, … Continue reading

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The ACA and the Meaning of “established by the State”

It seems to me the key to interpreting the Affordable Care Act subsidies to the states that use the federal exchange is the meaning of the word “established”.  The states that have their own exchange and the federal system were … Continue reading

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House Climate Deniers In Charge of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittees

In January, 2014, all 24 Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee (E & C) defeated an amendment 24-20 that stated that climate change was occurring and was caused by greenhouse gas pollution. Two subcommittees recently held hearings on the … Continue reading

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House Science Committee Heads Who are Climate Change Deniers, and Effects of Global Warming on Their States

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is now headed by Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas.  He is a denier of man-made climate change, and has complained that the major networks have not aired views of climate skeptics. … Continue reading

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Robert Reich’s Talk at UC Irvine on Income Inequality

Robert Reich gave a talk at UC Irvine on Feb. 5, 2015.  This is a summary of that talk and the film that he showed.  Robert Reich was Secretary of Labor for Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.  He is … Continue reading

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Decline in California and National Higher Education Funding Since the Recession

Decline in California and National Higher Education Funding Since the Recession The Center of Budget and Policy Priorities put together data in a paper on May 1, 2014 analyzing the drop in Higher Education funding during the current recession, from … Continue reading

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Climate Denier Senate Committee Chairs are Ignoring Effects of Global Warming on Their Own States

Climate Denier Senate Committee Chairs are Ignoring Effects of Global Warming on Their Own States.  We illustrate their denial attitudes and excuses, and just scratch the surface on climate effects in their own states that will be worsened by increased … Continue reading

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A Scientist’s Reaction to The New Anti-Science Leaders of Congressional Science Committees

There are many national and science repercussions of putting anti-science Republicans into the Chairs of Senate and House science committees and sub-committees. There are also a lot of personal reactions of scientists and those who rely on science to these … Continue reading

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