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.

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 Congressional Committee Chairs are Ignoring Effects of Global Warming on Their Own States

Climate Denier Congressional 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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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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