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UCLA & UCSB received $23.7 million grant to study biologically based polymers

Efforts from the California NanoSystems Institutes at UCLA and researchers at UCLA to advance the use of microbes for sustainable production of new plastics has been supported by a $23.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation Materials Innovation Platforms program. Current synthetic polymers (plastic and its chemical cousin) are used widely now, however they...

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Physics professor wins Newton Award for Transformative Ideas

Seth Puttterman, physics & astronomy professor, has been selected to receive a $50,000 Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic from the U.S. Department of Defense. The award, named in honor of Isaac Newton’s achievements, sought “transformative ideas” to resolve challenges, advance frontiers, and set new paradigms in research of immense potential benefit...

Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics awarded $25 million renewal from NSF

UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, through which mathematicians work collaboratively with a broad range of scholars of science and technology to transform the world through math, has received a five-year, $25 million funding renewal from the National Science Foundation, effective Sept. 1. The new award represents the latest investment by the NSF, which has helped to support...

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Physics lab makes new materials

UCLA physicists overcome challenges to make new materials with optimized properties Ni Ni’s lab discovers the first ferromagnetic topological insulator Ni Ni, a UCLA associate professor of physics, is one of the world’s most influential and highly cited researchers. Among her many major publications are two very recent discoveries. She and her research team reported in Nature...

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UCLA Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences to receive $4.1 million

Gift to support endowed chair in oceanography, key to the future of the planet UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has received a $4.1 million gift commitment – the largest in the department’s history – from adjunct professor Lawrence W. Harding, Jr. (“Larry”) to establish the Lawrence Harding Endowed Chair, which will support a...

A letter to Physical Sciences faculty and instructors

Dear Physical Sciences Colleagues: While the knowledge we are conveying to our students about the workings of the universe is essential, neither Math nor the laws of physics and chemistry will change this quarter. Our students will have time and opportunities to refine and update knowledge that we have been forced to impart in a...

Eric Hudson, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy

UCLA physicists develop world’s best quantum bits

UCLA physicists develop world’s best quantum bits New techniques make easier quantum computers for design of new materials, drugs A team of researchers at UCLA has set a new record for preparing and measuring the quantum bits, or qubits, inside of a quantum computer without error. The techniques they have developed make it easier to...

A letter to our students

Dear Physical Sciences students, During this time of so much uncertainty, I’m writing to make sure that you know that each and every one of you is our top priority. While your professors and TAs can’t be with you face-to-face, all of us are alongside you on this new path of remote learning. Together, we are...

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Tears of Wine

For almost as long as people have been drinking wine, they’ve been wondering about a curious phenomenon: the tears of wine. Andrea Bertozzi, UCLA professor of mathematics, and her research team have found a new way to explain why and how this happens.  After wine is poured into a glass and swirled, a thin film...

UCLA Physical Sciences Centennial Awards

Division of Physical Sciences Centennial Awards

An inaugural celebration of world-class research, leadership, mentorship, and teaching in UCLA’s Division of Physical Sciences. Award categories and recipients Excellence in Education Award Our students are the academic leaders of the future. This award recognizes a faculty member making a broad impact on classroom inclusivity and demonstrated learning excellence. Through their instruction, this faculty...