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Song-Chun Zhu: Statistics

Song-Chun Zhu conducts computer vision research using image parsing, video parsing, and statistical modelling. Zhu's work has exciting applications for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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Glen MacDonald: IoES

Glen MacDonald, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, analyzes macrofossils, fossil pollen, and tree rings to shed light on how vegetation responded to climate change thousands of years ago.

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Jianwei Miao:
Physics & Astronomy

Jianwei Miao's experiments using electron tomography has allowed scientists to view the interior structure of a nanomolecule for the first time. Miao has used this new technique to create three dimensional images of atoms within the nanomolecule.

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Andrea Bertozzi:
Mathematics

Andrea Bertozzi applies mathematics to social problems that affect people's lives, including using swarm models to solve violent gang crimes in Los Angeles.

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Suzanne Paulson: Atmospheric
& Oceanic Sciences

Suzanne Paulson travels across Los Angeles in her Toyota RAV 4 electric vehicle measuring air quality. Her research into the atmospheric chemistry of aerosols illustrates the effect of pollutants on our health and our climate here in Los Angeles.

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Ken Houk: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ken Houk is one of the most prolific chemists in the world. He has recently explained the molecular dynamics of the Diels-Alder reaction, the most important reaction in sythesis.

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David Jewitt: 
Earth & Space Sciences

David Jewitt, Director of iPLEX, researches the primitive bodies of the Solar System, particularly comets, and their role in the evolution of the protoplanetary disk. In 2012, Jewitt won the Shaw Prize and the Kavli Prize for astrophysics, each worth $1 million, for discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt.

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Sabeeha Merchant: Chemistry
& Biochemistry

Sabeeha Merchant is a lead researcher on the gene sequencing of a single-cell green alga, Chlamydomona, which has wide-reaching implications for how cells use metal ions to create energy for biosynthesis, and ultimately, for the study of human disease.

 

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James McWilliams: 
Earth & Space Sciences

James McWilliams researches the natural fluid dynamics of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. His three-dimensional simulation model of the U.S. West Coast is an important tool for interpreting coastal data and predicting future coastal changes.

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T. Mark Harrison:
Earth & Space Sciences

T. Mark Harrison, a specialist on early earth, suggests that life on earth existed at least 3.8 billion years ago, 400 million years earlier than previously thought.

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Juli Feigon:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Juli Feigon's work mapping the p65 protein in the single-cell protozoan Tetrahymena sheds light on how the enzyme telomerase is assembled in cells. Her work may lead to a way to turn off telomerase in cancer cells, effectively preventing cancer cells from multiplying.

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Edward Wright:
Physics & Astronomy

Edward L. Wright is the Principal Investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which has completed its first coverage of the whole sky. He also is renowned for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), and on the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP), the follow-up to COBE's discoveries of fluctuations in the early Universe. 

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Neil Garg:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Neil Garg has been recognized for his exceptional research developing synthetic strategies and methods that enable the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules. He is also beloved by UCLA students for his Organic Chemistry course, in which students create music videos about chemical reactions.

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Richard Kaner:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Richard Kaner, recently named a Faculty Research Lecturer for 2013-2014, has synthesized novel superconductors, developed membranes that separate gases from air, and produced new high-temperature materials. The Kaner Group's discoveries have extraordinary industrial implications which should lead to more pure and effective pharmeceuticals.
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Aradhna Tripati:
Earth & Space Sciences

Aradhna Tripati uses the sedimentary record to address fundamental questions about the dynamics of climate change, both past and future. Her group's principal aim is to understand the role of the carbon cycle in changing seawater chemistry and climate.

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Joseph Teran:
Mathematics

Joseph Teran, named one of the "20 best brains under 40" by Discover Magazine, has pioneered the use of applied mathematics in both virtual surgery and animation. Watch as he discusses virtual surgery with Dr. Carmack Holmes of the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT).

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Terence Tao:
Mathematics

Terence Tao was a seven year-old high school student when he began taking calculus classes. By age 20 he had received a Ph.D. from Princeton and joined the UCLA faculty. He has won the Fields Medal in Mathematics, a MacArthur "genius" grant, and the Crafoord Prize for Mathematics. Watch Tao talk about how he approaches problem-solving.

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Andrea Ghez:
Physics & Astronomy

Andrea Ghez, the winner of the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy, researches the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy using the Keck telescope, the largest telescope in the world.

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