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James McWilliams:
Atmospheric & Oceanic 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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Joseph Teran:
Mathematics


Joseph Teran, named one of the "20 best brains under 40" by Discover Magazine, pioneered the use of applied mathematics in both virtual surgery and animation. Watch him discuss it here.

 

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Andrea Ghez:
Physics & Astronomy


Andrea Ghez researches the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy using the largest telescope in the world. Watch her talk about why she came to UCLA.

 

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Terence Tao:
Mathematics

Terence Tao took calculus as a seven-year-old high school student. 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 him talk about how he approaches problem solving.

 

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Juli Feigon:
Chemistry & Biochemistry


Juli Feigon's work sheds light on how the enzyme telomerase is assembled in cells, which may lead to a way to turn off telomerase in cancer cells and prevent them from multiplying.

 

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Song-Chun Zhu: Statistics


Song-Chun Zhu's computer vision research has exciting applications for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

 

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Jianwei Miao:
Physics & Astronomy


Work by Jianwei Miao's Coherent Imaging Group has allowed scientists to view the interior structure of a nanomolecule for the first time.

 

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Neil Garg:
Chemistry & Biochemistry

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

 

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Sabeeha Merchant: Chemistry
& Biochemistry


Sabeeha Merchant is a lead researcher on the gene sequencing of single-cell green algae, work which may have wide-reaching implications for the study of human disease.

 

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Edward Wright:
Physics & Astronomy


Edward L. Wright, a leading researcher in infrared astronomy and cosmology, is the principal investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which completed a survey of the whole sky.

 

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