Award-winning book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” chosen for the Common Book Program

The best-selling book about a poor black farmer and how the cells taken from her became some of the most important tools in medicine has been chosen for the university’s 2011 Common Book Program, a reading experience that involves every new UCLA student in their first week on campus.

CityLab: “Feeling like Watson and Crick”

Through the College’s CityLab Program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, undergraduates bring students from low-performing high schools to UCLA, and in five hours make science both understandable and appealing.

Paraplegic man stands, steps with assistance and moves his legs voluntarily

A team of scientists at UCLA, the University of Louisville, and Cal Tech has achieved a significant breakthrough in its initial work with a paralyzed male volunteer — the result of 30 years of research to find potential clinical therapies for paralysis.

Three College students receive humanitarian awards for volunteer efforts

Jonathan Ditty, Gabriel Gomez, and Andrew Kaddis were honored with the 2011 Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award for their outstanding commitment to public service.

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.