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Stephen Hubbell wins international Scientific Achievement Award
Stephen Hubbell, distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has been named the recipient of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations' Scientific Achievement Award, for his “unparalleled contributions to understanding the biological diversity and ecology of tropical forests.”
Tracy Johnson named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Tracy Johnson, associate professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology joins the community of HHMI professors who are working to change undergraduate science education. “These scientists are at the top of their respective fields and they bring the same creativity and rigor to science education that they bring to their research,” said HHMI President Robert Tjian. >>> read more
Life scientist Lohmueller is honored as Searle Scholar
UCLA life scientist Kirk Lohmueller was named a 2014 Searle Scholar, one of 15 exceptional scientists who has "demonstrated innovative research with the potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research over an extended period of time," according to the Searle Scholars Program.
Adriana Galván at TEDx Youth: Insight into the Teenage Brain
Assistant professor of Psychology, Adriana Galván, is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Galván's research focuses on the neurobiology underlying teenage behavior– such as risk-taking, exploration and thrill-seeking. Findings from her research inform policy, juvenile justice and public health issues that affect youth.
A Conversation with Randy Schekman, UCLA Life Sciences alumnus, winner of 2013 Nobel Prize (video)
Randy Schekman, UCLA Life Sciences undergraduate alumnus, was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his discoveries of how the cell organizes its molecular transport system — basic science research that holds promise for understanding neurological and immunological disorders.
Coller receives New Idea Award from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has awarded Hilary Coller, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell and Development Biology, a New Idea Award, a grant designed to identify novel research strategies with high potential for significant impact on the future of blood cancer treatments.
UCLA Psychologist, Greg Miller, wins Distinguished Contributions Award
Gregory A. Miller, distinguished professor and chair of UCLA's Psychology Department was recently presented with the Distinguished Contributions Award by the Society for Psychophysiological Research. This is the highest honor awarded in this field. Miller studies mechanisms relating cognitive, emotional and physiological aspects of normal and abnormal human behavior.
Hanna Mikkola Wins McCulloch and Till Award
Hanna Mikkola, member of the UCLA Eli & Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research and the Jonsson Comprehensive Center and an associate professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology has been named the 2013 recipient of the McCulloch and Till Award by the Society for Hematology and Stem Cells.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists
Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, is pioneering research to help young people afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). With her new undergraduate course centered around DMD, Crosbie-Watson is changing the way undergraduates view science and research, and inspiring students to delve into research themselves.
Dr. Luisa Iruela-Arispe wins Gold Shield Faculty Prize
Luisa Iruela-Arispe, professor and director of the Molecular Biology Institute, has won the Gold Shield Faculty Prize, the highest UCLA honor bestowed on faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in undergraduate teaching, research, and public service within the University.
UCLA Psychologist selected as a William T. Grant Scholar
Adriana Galván, UCLA assistant professor of psychology, has been selected a William T. Grant Scholar by the William T. Grant Foundation. The award is given to exceptional researchers early in their careers. Galván’s laboratory studies brain development in children, adolescents and adults using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques.
UCLA’s Gordon Fain wins Pepose Award from Brandeis
Gordon Fain, whose pioneering research employs molecular genetics and physiology to better understand rod and cone phototransduction, will receive the fourth annual Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences from Brandeis University.
The New UCLA La Kretz Center Field Station
UCLA's La Kretz Center Field Station opened Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Santa Monica Mountains, providing a new headquarters and center of operations for the university's La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.
Science and Food Public Lectures Return
Integrative Biology and Physiology Professor Amy Rowat returns with a popular course and tasty presentations featuring Alex Atala, Alice Waters and others. The events, intended to introduce the general public to "food science," are presented in conjunction with Rowat's academic course, "Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat." >>more
Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton is awarded the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine
Integrative Biology and Physiology Distinguished Professor Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton has won the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine for advancing spinal cord research that helps patients with spinal cord injuries and other neuromotor disorders.
The Amazing Regulation of the Human Gene
Xinshu (Grace) Xiao, assistant professor at UCLA in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and winner of a 2010 Research Fellowship Award from the Sloan Foundation, works with the most advanced computation modeling and data technology to analyze the role of alternative gene splicing in medical conditions and diseases.
Why are the elderly more susceptibility to fraud?
Shelley E. Taylor, UCLA distinguished professor of Psychology, and graduate student Elizabeth Castle, have found that "older adults seem to be particularly vulnerable to interpersonal solicitations, and their reduced sensitivity to cues related to trust may partially underlie this vulnerability." Listen to this NPR interview.
Elaine Fuchs presents UCLA Mautner Lectures about skin stem cells Feb. 20-21
Elaine V. Fuchs, a National Medal of Science winner and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present two free public lectures on campus Feb. 20 and 21 as part of UCLA's 2013 Mautner Memorial Lecture Series.
Life Sciences Undergraduates represent ULCA on Capitol Hill
UCLA Life Sciences undergraduates: Rey Martin, Rebecca Andersen, Shivani Thaker, and Joseph Hargan Calvopina, were sent to Washington, D.C. for UC Day, to highlight the importance of developing our next generation of scientists.
Sabeeha Merchant elected to National Academy of Sciences
UCLA Biochemistry professor Sabeeha Merchant, a valued contributor to UCLA Life Sciences’ plant research program was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research."
Kendra Knudsen Receives 2012 Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award
Kendra Knudson, a UCLA undergraduate majoring in psychobiology, was awarded the 2012 Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award for developing the Creative Minds Project at Step Up on Second, a nonprofit organization in Santa Monica that serves people with mental illness.
Making Sense of Our Inner Worlds
Shelley Taylor, winner of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, is a founder of three fields in psychology that explore the issues that profoundly affect mental and physical health.
UCLA life scientist, Elissa Hallem, awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
Elissa Hallem, assistant professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, is among 118 scientists and scholars from 54 universities and colleges in the U.S. and Canada to receive a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Prof. James Lake awarded prestigious Darwin Wallace Medal
James A. Lake, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Human Genetics, was awarded the Darwin Wallace Medal for major research advances in evolutionary biology. He received the award on May 24 at the anniversary meeting of the Linnean Society of London.
Professor Steven E. Jacobsen elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Steven E. Jacobsen, UCLA professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator was elected be a member of The National Academy of Sciences. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.
A Unique Evolution
Biologist Robert Wayne and his research team mix old-fashioned detective work and sophisticated technology in their studies of genes in wolves and dogs.
Jeffrey H. Miller, Waging war against the superbug
UCLA Today profiles Jeffrey H. Miller, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, cutting-edge scientist and educator, who has been working on what has become a major public health crisis in the United States– the steep rise in drug-resistant infections.
How to Tame a Killer
Luisa Iruela-Arispe studies the growth of blood vessels to learn how controlling their development can stop humanity’s most pervasive diseases.
"We need to understand the body’s machinery to interfere with it when it goes wrong. We go back and forth between basic science and applied research. That cross-talk is fascinating.", she says.
The Search for Winners and Losers in Biodiversity
Evolutionary biologist Michael Alfaro studies why some animal lineages have beaten the odds and diversified into thousands of species, while others are represented by only a few.
What Happens When We Put Feelings into Words?
New brain imaging studies by psychologist Matthew Lieberman and colleagues are revealing why verbalizing our feelings makes our sadness, anger, and pain less intense.
Creating a New Defence for Biodiversity
Using unique planning and analysis of environmental threats, biologist Thomas Smith creates enlightened new conservation programs in key rainforest regions of the globe.
Examining Life in Exquisite Detail
Arnold Berk, who held the UCLA Presidential Chair in Molecular Cell Biology, has spent three decades pursuing the fundamentals of life.
Cutting to the Core of Prejudice
Psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff takes a 21st-century approach to exploring the broad social issues that can spur racial prejudice and inequality.
Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, a professor in the department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, is pioneering research to develop new treatments for young people afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy(DMD)– and with her new undergraduate course centered around DMD, she is changing the way undergraduates view science and research,and inspiring students to consider a career in research.