Steven Lopez (upper left) huddles with students from Los Angeles Mission College. His efforts to reach out to underrepresented students and students from underserved schools have won him campuswide recognition.Ph.D. student works to recruit diverse pool of young scientists

As a scientist, Steven Lopez has always insisted on practicality and logic. He likes to take this same approach with...  Read More

Terence TaoUCLA's Terence Tao awarded inaugural $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

Terence Tao, widely considered one of the world’s leading mathematicians, has been named one of five inaugural recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, an award established by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Russian...  Read More

Neil Garg (far left) teaching Chemistry 14D.Has organic chemistry become UCLA's most beloved class?

Over dinner at Neil Garg’s home, several of his second-year honors students recalled the advice they heard before even starting UCLA: "Make sure you take Neil Garg for organic chemistry." All of them said they now pass that same advice on to younger...  Read More

UCLA prof gives TV viewers bird's-eye view of climate changeUCLA prof gives TV viewers bird's-eye view of climate change

When UCLA professor Alex Hall considered all the different ways he might one day be educating people about climate change, flying over Los Angeles in a helicopter with actor Matt Damon and a documentary crew was absolutely nowhere on his list...  Read More

Representation of the chemical structure of the mutated enzyme LovD9Scientists reveal structural secrets of enzyme used to make popular anti-cholesterol drug

In pharmaceutical production, identifying enzyme catalysts that help improve the speed and efficiency of the process can be a major boon. Figuring out exactly why a particular enzyme works so well is an altogether different quest...  Read More

Tropical glacier in Papua New GuineaUCLA study yields more accurate data on thousands of years of climate change

Using a cutting-edge research technique, UCLA researchers have reconstructed the temperature history of a region that plays a major role in determining climate around the world...  Read More

GPI's image of dust disk orbiting HR4796AWorld's most powerful planet-finder turns skyward with help from UCLA astronomers

After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets outside our solar system is now collecting light from distant worlds...  Read More

Large meteorite that hit Arizona 50,000 years agoSpace rocks hit UCLA: California's largest meteorite museum opens on campus

California's largest collection of meteorites, and the fifth-largest collection in the nation, is on display in the new UCLA Meteorite Gallery, which is free to the public...  Read More

Sagittarius AEvidence of jet of high-energy particles from Milky Way's black hole found by astronomers

For decades, astronomers have sought strong evidence that the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is producing a jet of...  Read More

UCLA Grand ChallengesA grand goal: moving L.A. to only local water, renewable energy by 2050

Leaders from UCLA, the White House and Los Angeles today unveiled a university plan to turn Los Angeles into a global model for urban sustainability...  Read More

Freakish asteroid'Freakish' asteroid discovered, resembles rotating lawn sprinkler

Astronomers have discovered a "weird and freakish object" resembling a rotating lawn sprinkler in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter...  Read More

Zvi BernPhysicist to receive Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

Zvi Bern, professor of physics, has been selected to receive the American Physical Society’s 2014 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, awarded...  Read More

Jeanne and Anthony PritzkerPritzker family's $20M gift to UCLA targets environment and other societal challenges

The charitable foundation of Los Angeles philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker has donated $20 million to UCLA to create several endowments, largely to support...  Read More

Daily BruinUCLA caters to student interest with actuarial mathematics major

For those with a craving for an interdisciplinary subject that marries finance with math, there is a new major that will quench that thirst...  Read More

Daily BruinAsteroid is named for UCLA's Ian McLean

Ian McLean, director of UCLA's Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, has received many honors in his distinguished career. Now he has an asteroid...  Read More

Process of magnetic reconnection, which powers the phenomena known as space weather.Lunar orbiters discover source of space weather near Earth

Solar storms — powerful eruptions of solar material and magnetic fields into interplanetary space — can cause what is known as "space weather" near Earth, resulting in hazards that range from interference with...  Read More

Dr. David Saltzberg'Big Bang Theory' secret weapon? The real-life science guy

Writers on “The Big Bang Theory” were in a scientific pickle at the end of last season. They were sending Leonard (Johnny Galecki) on a research expedition out in...  Read More

14-year-old chess and math prodigy enrolls at UCLA14-year-old math, chess prodigy enrolls at UCLA

Become a member of the highly competitive United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad team? Check. Become America's top-ranked chess player...  Read More

Model showing third radiation ring (red)UCLA scientists explain the formation of unusual ring of radiation in space

Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in 1958, space scientists have believed these belts encircling the Earth consist of two doughnut-shaped rings of highly charged particles — an inner ring of...  Read More

Charles KnoblerUCLA chemist selected as American Chemical Society Fellow

Charles Knobler, UCLA Research Professor and a former chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected as a member of the 2013 class of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Fellows. The Fellows...  Read More