Two College faculty receive Presidential Early Career Awards

Three exceptional UCLA scientists — including two from the College of Letters and Science — have been honored with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama.

College scientists find H1N1 flu virus prevalent in African animals

Life scientists from the College and their colleagues have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. In one village in northern Cameroon, a staggering 89 percent of the pigs studied had been exposed to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu.

David Schaberg appointed interim dean of humanities

David Schaberg, chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, has been appointed interim dean of the Division of Humanities. Schaberg assumes the post from Tim Stowell, who has served leadership roles in the Humanities for three decades and will return to the faculty in the Department of Linguistics.

Grant from National Italian American Foundation to fund Da Ponte Library Series

The Da Ponte Library Collection at UCLA — the first of its kind in North America — has received a three-year grant from the NIAF that will help fund the Library’s goal of preserving Italian American culture and heritage through translating and publishing works by Italian authors.

Marcus Garvey movement owes large debt to Caribbean, historian finds

A new book by a historian in the College makes the case that Caribbean influence — and not the politics and culture of the Harlem Renaissance — was a major key to success for Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association, which advocated self-help and the unity for blacks in the early 20th century.

What is war good for? Sparking civilization, suggest UCLA archaeology findings

A new study produced by scholars in the College suggests that warfare between the fifth century B.C. and the first century A.D. likely shaped the development of the first settlement that would classify as a civilization in the Titicaca basin of southern Peru.

Being small has its advantages, if you are a leaf

The size of leaves can vary by a factor of 1,000, but until now, the reason why has remained a mystery. A new study by an international team led by UCLA life scientists goes a long way toward solving it.

Creating knowledge through research — as undergraduates

Many students in the College participate in research as undergraduates, taking major roles in important studies and publishing their findings even before they graduate.

Genesis mission reveals new views about formation of the sun and planets

The sun and the solar system’s inner planets, including the Earth, may have formed differently than previously thought, according to UCLA scientists and colleagues analyzing samples from the NASA’s Genesis mission.

Breaking the chain: ‘Molecular cap’ blocks processes that lead to Alzheimer’s, HIV

A new advance by biochemists in the College has brought scientists one step closer to developing treatments that could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.