News in Brief
Geophysical Society Recognizes UCI Professor
Susan Trumbore, a professor of earth system science, was recently elected to be a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. This honor was bestowed on only 43 scientists last year, only 0.1 percent of all members.
The American Geophysical Union is comprised of 43,000 members in 130 countries, all working to understand Earth and atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, space and planetary sciences.
Trumbore received the fellowship for her research in the use of radiocarbon to trace the global carbon cycle, greenhouse gas production and consumption in terrestrial ecosystems.
Study Reveals Gender Differences in Brain Anatomy
According to a UC Irvine study led by professor Richard Haier, men and women have considerable differences in the distribution of intelligence in their brains, although this difference does not seem to have an effect on overall intelligence.
Women have nearly 10 times as much white matter as men, while men have about 6.5 times as much gray matter as women.
This can explain why it seems that men are better at tasks requiring localized processing, such as math, while women excel at tasks which require assimilation of information, such as language.