UCLA molecular biologist reports major insights into evolution of life

James Lake has discovered the process that ultimately resulted in the presence of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.

UCLA political scientist identifies the two surest roads to the White House

Barack Obama’s 2008 win did not surprise political scientist Lynn Vavreck, whose new book explains the two critical routes to the White House.

 

UCLA scientist leads NASA mission’s effort to map Moon temperatures

David Paige will head the mission’s Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, which will perform the first global survey of the temperature of the lunar surface and search for evidence of water.

Anthropologist named dean of social sciences

Alessandro “Sandro” Duranti, a linguistic anthropologist, has been appointed dean of Social Sciences, the largest academic division in the UCLA College of Letters and Science.

Two College faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Three UCLA scholars — including two from the College — have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”

 

Six professors in the College elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The new fellows join one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

The world is a classroom? Thanks to technology, it can be

Molecular biologist Robert B. Goldberg is teaching an honors course on genetic engineering that is being attended in class at UCLA and through fiber optic connection to UC Davis, 370 miles away.

Biologists solve mystery of black wolves

Why do nearly half of North American wolves have black coats while European wolves are overwhelmingly gray or white?

U.S. Civil War illustrates costs and benefits of diversity

Diversity can create many outcomes, say two UCLA economists who explored a surprising set of subjects: soldiers who served in the U.S. Civil War.

Discover magazine names two UCLA faculty among “brightest people alive”

Mathematics professor Terence Tao and assistant professor of mathematics Joseph Teran have been named two of the 50 “Best Brains in Science” by Discover magazine.