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Andrea Bertozzi elected to National Academy of Sciences

Andrea Bertozzi – professor of Mathematics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Betsy Wood Knapp Chair for Innovation and Creativity, and director of Applied Mathematics – has been named a new member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Click here to read the official release from the National Academy.

New climate science degree extends UCLA’s commitment to environmental research and teaching

A new bachelor’s degree within the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences is among the world’s very first major programs in climate science and will prepare UCLA students to lead in this critical field. Click here to read more.

New drug by Michael Jung’s group extends the lives of men with prostate cancer

Apalutamide – marketed as Erleada – was created in the lab of Chemistry & Biochemistry professor Michael Jung and approved by the FDA Feb. 14, 2018, for treating men who have an earlier form of prostate cancer called nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Click here to read more.

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The DIYnamics school outreach program

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (EPSS) professor Jon Aurnou leads the Simulated Planetary Interiors Laboratory or SPINLab, which studies how the rotation of planets shapes the flow of fluids in their atmospheres and cores.

Fun, hands-on experiments developed by SPINLab students and postdocs are visiting local middle and high schools to teach younger students how Earth’s rotation impacts our day-to-day weather. Click here to read more about the program and how to bring it to a school near you.

Physical Sciences faculty named 2018 Sloan Fellows

Four young professors from the division of Physical Sciences were among 126 scientists and scholars from 53 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada selected to receive 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships. UCLA is tied for third — behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley — in the number of faculty honored this year by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which selects early-career scientists and scholars who are rising stars of science.

Click here to read more about Daniele Bianchi, Jingyi Li, Hosea Nelson, and Ellen Sletten’s work and plans for their Sloan Fellowships.

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Snead, EPSS

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences alumnus Christopher Snead (Ph.D. 2016) is continuing his passion for research with the Astromaterials Curation Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “The research I conducted [at UCLA] on cosmic dust particles prepared me to participate in high-level decisions about how future samples will be collected, curated, and analyzed in a way that maximizes scientific yield,” he says.

Click here to read more about how his time at UCLA and why he encourages students to consider a major within EPSS.

Student Spotlight: Translating Research Into Public Policy

This spring, UCLA students in the Physical Sciences traveled to the U.S. and state capitols to describe their research and how it may inform public policy for the benefit of many. Click here to one student’s account of these travels and the leaders that he met with.


May 21–25, 2018: Undergraduate Research Week

Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates undergraduate research and creative projects across disciplines. It provides opportunities for our undergraduate students to present their work to the UCLA campus community, alumni, and visitors. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to read more.

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Professor endows UCLA faculty chair in mathematics

Division of Physical Sciences receives $2 million from physicist–philanthropist Mani Bhaumik