Three College professors elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Geochemist T. Mark Harrison, molecular biologist Steven Jacobsen, and astronomer Edward L. Wright have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to a scientist in the United States.

UCLA study identifies cell of origin for squamous cell cancer

Squamous cell cancers, which can occur in multiple organs in the body, can originate from hair follicle stem cells, according to biologist and senior study author William Lowry.  The finding could result in new strategies to treat and potentially prevent the disease.

Two College scholars elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Biologist Jeffrey H. Miller and archaeologist Lothar Von Falkenhausen are among the 212 new fellows chosen nationally this year for distinguished contributions to their fields of study.

College alumna Kay Ryan wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Kay Ryan, who received her B.A. and M.A. in English at UCLA, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her book showcasing 45 years of work, “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.”

Two College scholars win 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships

Four UCLA professors — including two from the College of Letters and Science — are among 180 artists, scholars and scientists chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants to receive 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships on the basis of “prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

Funds redirected to maintain high quality of undergraduate education

With UCLA’s largest freshman class projected for this fall, campus leaders have taken steps to ensure enough seats for first-year students in high-demand lower-division courses, including General Education courses, skill courses, and preparation classes for impacted majors.

Even in a crowd, you remain unique, UCLA life scientists report

It may seem paradoxical, but being part of a crowd is what makes you unique, according to UCLA life scientists Kimberly Pollard and Daniel Blumstein.

Astronomers identify thick disc of older stars in Andromeda galaxy

An team of astronomers has identified for the first time a thick stellar disc in the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way.

Peace Corps director Aaron S. Williams will be the College’s 2011 commencement speaker

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will be the keynote speaker this June at the public service-themed commencement ceremony for the UCLA College of Letters and Science.

Chemical analysis confirms discovery of oldest wine-making equipment ever found

A UCLA-led team of scientists has confirmed the discovery of a wine production facility that dates back to 4100 bc, including grape seeds, withered grape vines, remains of pressed grapes, a rudimentary wine press, and even a cup and drinking bowl.