Creating knowledge through research — as undergraduates

Many students in the College participate in research as undergraduates, taking major roles in important studies and publishing their findings even before they graduate.

Genesis mission reveals new views about formation of the sun and planets

The sun and the solar system’s inner planets, including the Earth, may have formed differently than previously thought, according to UCLA scientists and colleagues analyzing samples from the NASA’s Genesis mission.

Breaking the chain: ‘Molecular cap’ blocks processes that lead to Alzheimer’s, HIV

A new advance by biochemists in the College has brought scientists one step closer to developing treatments that could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

College website features video and photos from 2011 Commencement ceremony

Visit the home page for the College’s Commencement home page to see video of the full 2011 ceremony, plus highlight photos.

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.