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Not all hotspots are hot, UCLA researchers, colleagues report in Science

A research team led by Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, who holds UCLA’s Louis B and Martha B Slichter Chair in the Geosciences in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, and EPSS graduate student Xiyuan Bao, have identified a new class of cold hotspots that do not fit classical plume theory by inferring mantle plume temperature from global seismic models.  published Jan. 6 in the journal Science. Read more.

Gravitational waves could be key to answering why more matter was left over after Big Bang

A team of theoretical researchers, including UCLA Professor of Physics and Astronomy Alexander Kusenko, has linked gravitational waves, supersymmetry, and the universe’s matter/antimatter asymmetry, and discovered it may be possible to detect Q-balls in gravitational waves — and their detection would solve the mystery of why more matter than anti-matter was left over after the Big Bang. Read more.

New statistical framework to increase the reliability of data-driven biomedical research on biomolecules

Three UCLA researchers, including Prof. Jessica Li,  have come up with a statistical framework that increases the reliability of identifying differential or enriched biomolecules from high-throughput experiments that measured thousands of biomolecules under two conditions. The research was published in October in the journal Genome Biology and has been accessed more than 4,000 times since then. Read more.

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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.