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Professor has made Organic Chemistry a beloved subject at UCLA

Neil Garg, Kenneth N. Trueblood Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, has made Organic Chemistry a beloved subject at UCLA.

From simply learning students names, to assigning music videos that will teach students organic chemistry, his innovative ways of teaching has increased students interest in organic chemistry for years.

Click here to read more.

Master of Applied Statistics program benefits local business

Businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area are invited to partner with UCLA’s Master of Statistics program, especially if they have a current data challenge our talented masters students can help solve.

A virtual info session will be held on Saturday, April 18. Participation as an industry partner is free of charge.

RSVP by March 31 by clicking here, and learn more about the program at master.stat.ucla.edu/partners.

UCLA scientists explain why a glass of wine cries

Researchers in UCLA’s Department of Mathematics were recently featured in Nature for their research on the “tears” of wine. Professor Andrea Bertozzi and colleagues identified shock waves that help explain why thin drops of liquid continuously creep up the side of our wine glasses. As surface tension and gravity battle, they create unstable shock waves in the thin wine film that push the liquid into large droplets.

To learn more on their research, including a video of the phenomenon, click here.

Click here to read more news stories from UCLA’s Division of Physical Sciences

Events

Saturday, April 18: Master of Applied Statistics info session for industry partners

Businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area are invited to partner with UCLA’s Master of Statistics program, especially if they have a current data challenge our talented masters students can help solve. Participation as an industry partner is free of charge. RSVP by March 31 by clicking here, and learn more about the program at master.stat.ucla.edu/partners.

Children participating in a science experiment at Exploring Your Universe 2016

Sunday November 1, 2020: Exploring Your Universe

Join UCLA Physical Sciences in a family fun day of science and exploration. With over 65 booths of experiments, interactive activities, and more, learn about science with UCLA scientists, faculty, and students. There will also be short science talks, planetarium shows, and so much more! A great free event for every age. Click here for more information. 

SPOTLIGHT

UCLA ranked #1 public university

UCLA was named #1 among U.S. public universities in two significant lists: the 2019 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey.

Qualities highlighted by the publications include UCLA’s commitment to top-quality education, fostering a sense of community, and prioritizing inclusion. Click here to read the news announcements.

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OCDS

Organization for Diverse Leadership in Science pioneering outreach and inclusivity

In the efforts to diversify the STEM fields of universities all across the nation, OCDS was created almost ten years ago in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, but has since become a wide-spread STEM organization to promote multiculturalism and inclusion in the field, especially at the graduate level.

OCDS is led by graduate students who are in turn advised by a long-time faculty mentor, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Miguel García-Garibay, who is also dean of the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences.

Click here to read more about OCDS.

Alumni Spotlight: Jiaxing Huang to develop self-sanitizing medical face mask

Jiaxing Huang, PhD from UCLA in ’04 and part of the Kaner Group, has received funding to develop a new-self sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact. Huang’s team will investigate ati-viral chemicals that can be safely built into masks to self-sanitize the passing respiratory droplets.

Huang is currently a professor at Northwestern University, and with his research team there have been provided the funding by a rapid response research grant from the National Science Foundation, which has called for immediate proposals that have potential to address the spread of COVID-19.

Read more here.

Faculty Spotlight: Statistics program bringing data science to high schools

Although big data is everywhere, the basics of computational skills needed for data science aren’t a requirement in grade-level school. Also, a major problem in grade-level school is losing students in the math system. To solve this problem, Rob Gould,  professor of statistics at UCLA, created a solution to both: Mobilize.

The mission behind Mobilize is to arm students with computational and analytical skills in a new way: through data science. Introduction to Data Science, or IDS, is a year-long class designed as part of Mobilize that started a movement to focus on arming students with the tools to succeed in data science. Read more here.

Student Spotlight: Center for Diverse Leadership in Science student shares her intersectionality and success in STEM

Gefen Skolnick

Gefen Skilnick, a rising senior at UCLA, is fellow in the Physical Science Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and student researcher under the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. However, she is much more than that, she is a young Jewish, Israeli, woman, and masculine of center lesbian in tech.

Skilnick is an advocate for women and LGBTQ+ folks breaking into the tech world, and has done a lot as a student, professional, and researcher to make a difference in these communities.

Read her interview with The Pride LA here.

Research Spotlight: RV Atlantis Expedition

From October 29 through November 11, a research group, including Professor of Earth, Planetary, & Space Sciences Tina Treude, Sebastian Krause, DeMarcus Robinson, and David Yousavich, was on board the RV Atlantis, with a team from UCSB (lead by chief scientist Dave Valentine) and a team from the MPI Bremen/AWI (Frank Wenzhoefer and Felix Janssen).

The goal of this expedition was to study the seasonal dynamics of giant sulfur bacteria mats in the low- to no-oxygen zone of the Santa Barbara Basin and their coupling to sulfur, nitrogen, and other element cycling. Read more here.

Job Opportunity

UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) seeks Executive Director