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.

Effect of college on volunteering greatest among disadvantaged college graduates

UCLA sociologist Jennie Brand has found that a college education has a much greater impact on volunteering rates among individuals from underprivileged backgrounds than among those from more fortunate circumstances.

UCLA joins Southern California Marine Institute to revitalize marine research in Los Angeles

UCLA has entered a collaboration with the Southern California Marine Institute that will streamline marine research operations and expand research opportunities for UCLA students and faculty.

Amgen Foundation gives UCLA a $1-million grant for undergraduate science research

The four-year grant will continue the Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA, which provides hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduates.

Facebook study finds race trumped by ethnic, social, geographic origins in forging friendships

Race may not be as important as previously thought in determining who buddies up with whom, suggests a new UCLA-Harvard University study of American college students on the social networking site Facebook.

Spacecraft will enable scientists to study the environment around the moon and Earth

Two spacecraft are now beginning to study the moon’s environment as part of NASA’s ARTEMIS mission, whose principal investigator is Vassilis Angelopoulos, a UCLA professor of Earth and space sciences.

Opening of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building highlights innovations at UCLA

The new Terasaki Life Sciences Building, which opened last fall, is a new symbol of the dramatic changes transforming UCLA’s Division of Life Sciences.

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.