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UCLA professor to lead environmental bike expedition along California’s coast

Alex Hall, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, is hitting the road for a three-week, 1,000-mile trek to educate, learn, and engage with the public on climate change. UCLA is partnering with the nonprofit organization OnePulse for the California Climate Expedition, offering forty riders the chance to cruise the coastline, meet top environmental experts, and visit locations affected by climate change. Click here to read more.

UCLA scientists develop low-cost way to build gene sequences

DropSynth makes it possible to produce thousands of genes at once, which could revolutionize scientists’ use of gene sequences to screen for gene’s roles in diseases and important biological processes. The approach, which was pioneered by UCLA assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry Sriram Kosuri, is described in the January issue of the journal Science. Click here to read more.

UCLA’s Neil Garg wins country’s leading teaching award and its $250,000 prize

California Professor of the Year Neil Garg is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award, which is given once every two years, was announced today by Baylor University. The Cherry Award honors outstanding professors who are extraordinary, inspiring teachers with a positive, long-lasting effect on students and a record of distinguished scholarship. Click here to read more.

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Spotlight: 2018 Sloan Fellows

Five young UCLA professors 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.

Events

February 27, 2018: Bhaumik Lecture by Kip Thorne

The 2017 Nobel Laureate will present a talk on the nonlinear dynamics of warped spacetime. The event is free and open to the public with a reception beforehand. Click here to read more.

March 8, 2018: UCLA Physical Sciences in Mexico

At this symposium hosted by El Colegio Nacional in Mexico City, professors from departments within the Physical Sciences will present on their academic programs and areas of research, including recent discoveries that have furthered advances in these areas. Click here for more information.

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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