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UCLA-led team develops new approach for building quantum computers

A UCLA-led interdisciplinary research team including collaborators at Harvard University has now developed a fundamentally new strategy for building quantum computers. The findings, published last week in Nature Chemistry, could ultimately lead to a leap in quantum processing power.

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NSF Awards $1M award to plan pandemic prevention hub

Mark Handcock, professor of statistics, is co-PI on a grant that will provide a framework for assessing and responding to rapidly-developing public health situations. He will work with a group of researchers from other UCs “to plan a new center to prevent and rapidly contain disease outbreaks and their negative effects on health, the economy and society.”

In Memoriam: Alex Levine, Professor of Physics

Alex Levine is fondly remembered by colleagues and students.

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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.