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UCLA researchers develop breakthrough in non-invasive medical imaging

Chemistry professor Ellen Sletten’s group, in collaboration with scientists in Germany, jointly developed new imaging tools to allow non-invasive imaging of distinct structures like blood vessels in multicolor and in real-time. The new imaging system could unlock potential for improved medical diagnoses and interventions.

A paper on the research was published in Nature Chemistry.

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UCLA ranked No. 1 public university for fourth straight year

UCLA once again sits atop the list of the nation’s public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges.

This is the fourth consecutive year UCLA has captured this honor.

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#BlackinChem crowdfunding campaign launches to celebrate and empower Black chemists at UCLA

Chemistry graduate student Samantha Mensah launches #BlackinChem x UCLA, a SPARK crowdfunding campaign aimed towards fostering and encouraging Black scientists.
The campaign currently has a participation goal of 50+ donors, signifying the importance of sharing and uplifting this project through as many supporters as possible. The ultimate goal is to raise $100K that will endow an annual lectureship series at UCLA.
Learn more about supporting this important initiative at
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Children participating in a science experiment at Exploring Your Universe 2016Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020: Exploring Your Universe

Join UCLA Physical Sciences for a free day of science fun and exploration for the whole family. The 11th annual Exploring Your Universe festival will offer virtual experiments, interactive activities, and opportunities to connect with UCLA scientists. There will also be short science talks, DIY planetarium shows, and so much more! Click here for more information.


Updates on COVID-19 from UCLA

The Division of Physical Sciences is working to provide faculty, students, and families with the most helpful resources and information during this time.

Click here for updates from the Division, the UCLA Newsroom, and the Daily Bruin.

Remote Teaching, Learning, and Wellness Resources

UCLA Physical Sciences Remote Learning Resource Page

Science and technology have never been more critical. UCLA and the Division of Physical Sciences are working hard to offer as many tools and helpful connections for our students and faculty to ensure the level of educational excellence for which UCLA is known.

Click here for our online resource page, which will be continually updated as new services and initiatives are announced.

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

Alumnus Jiaxing Huang received funding to develop a new-self sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact. Huang’s team will investigate antiviral chemicals that can be safely built into masks to self-sanitize the passing respiratory droplets.

Huang a professor at Northwestern University. His research team was provided 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.

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Spotlight: Video Page

UCLA Division of Physical Sciences

The Physical Sciences Video Page features learning tools, research updates, science talks, and more.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kennen MacKay

Kennen MacKay, a UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry alumnus and RBC biotech analyst, has been tracking the COVID-19 virus and the impact of social distancing. He spoke with CNBC about the patterns he has seen, including some worst- and best-case scenarios.

Read about MacKay’s projections by clicking here. Click here to watch his interview with CNBC.

Successful Remote Learning Efforts: Physics Labs

After UCLA announced that the entirety of spring quarter would be taught remotely because of COVID-19, professors in the physics and astronomy department including Katsushi Arisaka, made great efforts to create meaningful physics labs virtual.

Students in the Physics 4AL, 4BL, or 5CL classes were able to order affordable equipment to allow them to get started with designing their own programming and robotics experiments from their bedrooms and over Zoom. Professor Arisaka has always tried to find new ways to prepare students for future success, and the restructuring of this class was just one of them.


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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.

Latest giving news:

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.