Morton La Kretz gives $1 million to Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA

UCLA’s seven-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden has received a $1 million gift from UCLA alumnus, philanthropist and environmental champion Morton La Kretz.

Joseph Rudnick appointed senior dean of College of Letters and Science

Joseph Rudnick, dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, has been appointed senior dean of the College of Letters and Science by Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh.

Inside cover story: Noted chemistry journal spotlights students’ research

Manipulating matter at a very tiny scale has resulted in some big payback for a group of UCLA undergraduate chemistry students.

UCLA takes flight with environmental humanities

The late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Matthai eloquently emphasized that every individual can do something, no matter how small, to combat a large, pressing issue, no matter how insurmountable it seems.

Nettles – it’s what’s for dinner!

Today, delicacies like capers, arugula and fennel are at home at Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods and fancy restaurants, but they haven’t always lived the high life.

When she says, ‘It’s not you, it’s me,’ it really might be you, UCLA study suggests

Long after women have chosen Mr. Stable over Mr. Sexy, they struggle unconsciously with the decision, according to a new study by UCLA researchers who look at subtle changes in behavior during ovulation.

Breakthrough technique images breast tumors in 3-D with great clarity, reduced radiation

Like cleaning the lenses of a foggy pair of glasses, scientists are now able to use a technique developed by UCLA researchers and their European colleagues to produce three-dimensional images of breast tissue that are two to three times sharper than those made using current CT scanners at hospitals.

UCLA astronomers discover star racing around black hole at center of our galaxy

UCLA astronomers report the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years – the shortest known orbit of any star near this black hole.

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).