UCLA life scientist Elissa Hallem awarded MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

UCLA life scientist Elissa Hallem has been selected as a 2012 MacArthur Fellow in recognition of her “exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work,” the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced.

Bruins’ dot-com businesses take off with new campus accelerator

Trading travel stories over bento boxes at an Asian restaurant one day last winter, UCLA students Melanie Gin and Tri Nguyen lamented that there was no effective way to create an attractive online travel journal, with photos, of their experiences – including Gin’s life-changing months in London and Nguyen’s studies in Japan through UC’s Education Abroad Program (EAP).

China scholar is appointed dean of humanities

David Schaberg will become dean of the Division of Humanities in the College of Letters and Science on July 1.

Inaugural Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership

President Bill Clinton spoke to a packed house at Royce Hall on May 2nd, delivering the keynote speech for the UCLA College of Letters and Science’s inaugural Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership.

2012 Charles E. Young Humanitarian Awards go to three outstanding UCLA students

Three UCLA students have been honored with 2012 Charles E. Young Humanitarian Awards for their outstanding commitment to public service.

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.