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Alice Shapley Will Deliver 2022 Faculty Research Lecture

Shapley’s research on how galaxies form and evolve is helping to answer fundamental questions about our galaxy’s very existence. On May 17, she will take her audience back through cosmic time — and peer into the future of her field — as she delivers UCLA’s 132nd Faculty Research Lecture. The talk will be broadcast online through Zoom at 4 p.m., with a live Q&A to follow.


Jessica Watkins travels to the international space station

Jessica Watkins, who earned a doctorate in geology from UCLA in 2015, will spend six months on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission.  Read more on the UCLA Newsroom page.

Unexpected protein could play role in common brain disorder

UCLA biochemists have discovered fibrils in the brains of people with a form of frontotemporal lobar degeneration, or FTLD, the most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Read more about Prof. David Eisenberg’s research.

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Olga Radko, founder of the UCLA Math CircleLos Angeles Math Circle renamed the UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

Radko was the founder of this successful, free math enrichment program for K-12 students. She died of ovarian cancer in June 2020 at the age of 45. In her honor, every gift made to the Math Circle up to $250,000 will be matched one-to-one through June 30, 2021.

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department to receive $4.1 million

The gift from adjunct professor Lawrence W. Harding, Jr. is the  largest in the department’s history. It establishes the Lawrence Harding Endowed Chair to support a faculty member with expertise in oceanography, an area of study critical to life on Earth.