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Team led by Edward Wright shares 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The award – which honors major insights into the deepest questions of the universe and offers a $3 million prize – is being shared by the 27-member NASA Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe experimental team. Edward L. (Ned) Wright, David Saxon Presidential Chair in Physics, helped develop key data analysis techniques for WMAP. Click here to read more.

UCLA experts explain why California is burning in December

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences professor Aradhna Tripati, along with IOES research colleagues, how the current fires came about and why they will become more common in the future. Click here to read more.

UCLA chemists synthesize narrow ribbons of graphene using only light and heat

UCLA chemists have developed a new method to produce nanoribbons of graphene, next-generation structures that many scientists believe will one day power electronic devices. The research was published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Click here to read more.

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Student Spotlight

Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate student Nako Nakatsuka illustrated the children’s chemistry book “A is for Atom”. Available now on Amazon, the book was co-authored by UCLA alumnus Heidi McMahon.

Nakatsuka, a dissertation year fellow, received a competitive travel award earlier this year for her presentation at the “Brain in Flux: Genetic,

Physiological, and Therapeutic Perspectives on Transporters in the Nervous System” meeting in France.

She also starred in a “Kids Teach Science” video produced by BuzzFeed for Pfizer (watch it here).


January 30, 2018: Lecture by Kip Thorne

2017 Nobel Prize Laureate Kip Thorne will present a talk as part of the Department of Physics & Astronomy’s Bhaumik Lectures at 4:00 p.m. in UCLA’s CNSI Auditorium.
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March 8–10, 2018: Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference

UCLA’s Institute of Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM) will host a conference showcasing the achievements of Latina/os in the mathematical sciences.
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