J William SchopfProfessor Awarded Paleontological
Society Medal

UCLA paleobiologist J. William Schopf has been awarded the 2012 Paleontological Society Medal. The society's most prestigious honor, the award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in...  Read More

joseph-rudnick-appointed-senior-240892Joseph Rudnick appointed senior dean of College of Letters and Science

Joseph Rudnick, dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, has been appointed senior dean of the College of Letters and Science by Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh...  Read More

Vision 2021 LA final Dec 2012bUCLA environmental researchers release citywide plan, call on candidates to adopt

Environmental experts at UCLA, frustrated by years of Los Angeles making piecemeal progress or announcing 20-year proposals that could be undone by a new political regime...  Read More

nobel-ceremony-overviewProfessor Lloyd Shapley accepts Nobel prize in economics in Stockholm

UCLA emeritus professor of economics Lloyd Shapley today accepted the award known officially as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Professor Shapley shared the 2012 prize with...  Read More

super SupercapacitorFinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FOWARD Filmmaker Competition

Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world. THE SUPER SUPERCAPACITOR is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner.  Read More

srp-view 150UCLA Researchers Find Evidence for Water Ice Deposits and Organic Material on Mercury

Planetary scientists have identified water ice and unusually dark deposits within permanently shadowed areas at Mercury's north pole..  Read More

Jianwei John Miao breast tumor imageBreakthrough technique images breast tumors in 3-D with great clarity, reduced radiation

Like cleaning the lenses of a foggy pair of glasses, scientists are now able to use a technique developed by UCLA researchers and their European colleagues to produce three-dimensional images of breast tissue that are two to three times sharper than...  Read More


Keck telescopes-prvUCLA astronomers discover star racing around black hole at center of our galaxy

UCLA astronomers report the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years — the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole...  Read More

Roberto Peccei photo-thmbAmerican Physical Society honors
Roberto Peccei

Professor Roberto Pecceihas been selected to receive the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2013 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, awarded annually to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in particle theory. Read More


Edward LAstronomers report dark matter 'halos' may contain stars, disprove other theories

Could it be that dark matter "halos" — the huge, invisible cocoons of mass that envelop entire galaxies and account for most of the matter in the universe — aren't completely dark after all but contain a small number of stars?  Read More

Francisc Bozgan Ciprian Manolescu Tudor Padurariu Cheng Mao-prvUCLA's student math team defeats 448 others, but who's counting?

As a high school student in Romania - when he won three gold medals with perfect scores in international math competitions - Ciprian Manolescu already knew about the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition for university undergrad.. Read More

Mars Plate Tectonics-cUCLA scientist discovers plate tectonics on Mars

For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth. Now, a UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon, which involves the movement of huge crustal plates beneath a planet's surface, also exists on Mars. Read More

From whence we came-prvMusic, drinks — and earth and space sciences

Thursday, Nov. 15 at Cross Campus,
a venue in Santa Monica
Who said a fun night on the town can’t also be a night of brilliant intellectual stimulation?  Read More

gheztao-prv newimgUCLA professors Andrea Ghez, Terence Tao honored by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Two internationally renowned UCLA professors — Andrea Ghez, a professor of physics and astronomy, and Terence Tao, a professor of mathematics — have been awarded the Crafoord Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.  Read More

Ian McLean first infrared picture from MOSFIRE-prv'Time machine' will study the early universe

A new scientific instrument, a "time machine" of sorts, built by UCLA astronomers and colleagues, will allow scientists to study the earliest galaxies in the universe, which could never be studied before.  Read More

david jewitt newImgUCLA professor David Jewitt wins prestigious Kavli and Shaw prizes in same week

UCLA's David Jewitt was awarded the 2012 Shaw Prize in astronomy and the 2012 Kavli Prize in astrophysics for his role in the 1993 discovery of the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. Each prize comes with a $1 million award.  Read More

New Research on
Dark Matter, Dark Energy

Presented at
Physics Symposium at UCLA

Wednesday–Friday, Feb. 26–28
UCLA's Covel Commons

How the brain makes memories: rhythmically

Now, in a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom on the brain mechanisms of learning, UCLA neuro-physicists have found there is an optimal brain "rhythm," or frequency, for changing synaptic strength.  Read More

Dawn image Oct. 2012 Protoplanet Vesta:
Forever young?

Like a movie star constantly retouching her makeup, the protoplanet Vesta is continually stirring its outermost layer and presenting a young face..
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Three outstanding UCLA scientists win Presidential Early Career Awards

Three exceptional young scientists have been honored with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama. Read More