College alumnus wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Richard Heck, who earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA, has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, making him the sixth UCLA graduate to become a Nobel Laureate.

Universal magnetic fields discovered in deep space

Scientists from UCLA and Cal Tech have discovered evidence of “universal ubiquitous magnetic fields” that have permeated deep space between galaxies since the time of the Big Bang.

Making sense of our inner worlds

Shelley Taylor, winner of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, is a founder of three fields in psychology that explore the issues that profoundly affect mental and physical health.

Researchers develop magnetic molecular machines to deliver drugs to unhealthy cells

A team led by chemist Jeffrey Zink and scientists from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, partnered with Korea’s Yonsei University have developed an innovative method that enables nanomachines to release drugs inside living cancer cells when activated remotely.

Scientists at UCLA find cell of origin for human prostate cancer

A UCLA research team lead by senior author Owen Witte has identified a cell of origin for human prostate cancer, a discovery that could result in better diagnostic tools and the development of more effective targeted treatments for the disease.

Unveiling the complex, surprising history of Liberty Bell

UCLA Historian Gary Nash has unearthed a trove of new information about the Liberty Bell, and how the symbol of American patriotism narrowly missed the scrap heap.

Study finds new pattern in DNA methylation, with implications for cancer, stem cell lines

Researchers Matteo Pellegrini and Steve Jacobsen have uncovered a previously unknown pattern in DNA methylation. The finding could have implications for preventing some cancers and correcting defects in human stem cell lines.

Paul Terasaki donates $50 million to the Division of Life Sciences

Paul Ichiro Terasaki – a UCLA alumnus and faculty member who developed the test that became the international standard method for tissue typing – has given $50 million to the Life Sciences in the UCLA College of Letters and Science.

Three professors from the College elected to National Academy of Sciences

Chemist Kendall Houk, sociologist Robert Mare, and anthropologist Charles “Chip” Stanish receive one of the highest honors awarded to a scientist in the United States.

UCLA book ‘Black Los Angeles’ chronicles city’s African American history, issues

“Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities,” delves into the long and rich history of African Americans in Los Angeles and presents a snapshot of contemporary issues affecting the community.