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UCLA faculty voice: Ten environmental reasons to be thankful

Thanksgiving is the one national holiday that has avoided being despoiled by excessive commercialization. It is a time when families and friends gather to appreciate one another and be thankful.

Neil Garg named 2015 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching California Professor of the Year

Neil Garg, professor and vice chair for education in UCLA’s department of chemistry and biochemistry, has been selected as the 2015 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching California Professor of the Year.

Q&A with Ryan Harrigan on West Nile virus, silent killer of songbirds

Remember West Nile virus? While it makes headlines every few years for causing a flurry of deaths in people, the virus has also meant significant declines in the survival of some of the most common North American songbird species, according to a new study coauthored by Ryan Harrigan of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES).

UCLA faculty voice: Nine environmental myths everyone needs to unlearn

School is back in session, and many college students around the country are taking their first course in conservation and environmental science. I have taught these introductory courses for 30 years, and have been consistently surprised by the erroneous certainties students bring to the first environmental science lecture.

Exploring Your Universe – free science festival for all ages – is Nov. 8 at UCLA

Launch a rocket, take a peek at planets outside our solar system, make your own cloud in a bottle and get up close and personal with dinosaur fossils and meteorites — all Sunday, Nov. 8 at UCLA’s annual Exploring Your Universe science festival.

UCLA faculty voice: California universities launch experiment to go carbon-neutral ‘at scale’

What does it look like when a university decides to walk the walk as well as talk the talk on climate change? The University of California system — which encompasses 10 university campuses and two national scientific research laboratories — is about to find out.

Scientists grow organic semiconductor crystals vertically for first time

Our smartphones, tablets, computers and biosensors all have improved because of the rapidly increasing efficiency of semiconductors.

Ph.D. student mixes science and entertainment to unleash a ‘wow’ factor

For UCLA biochemistry Ph.D. student Jeffrey Vinokur, science is better when shared.

To share his favorite subject broadly, Vinokur leads a dual life as complex as some of the enzymes he is studying. When he’s not looking deep into the structural analysis of mevalonate-3-kinase in the quiet of his lab, he’s a nationally known chemist-meets-hip-hop dancer named the Dancing Scientist, running a one-man-show that automatically converts every stage into a classroom for zany science experiments.

UCLA astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy’s enormous black hole.