In The News – 2013
Last month, UCLA hosted a symposium to address how higher education can assist in advancing the careers and goals of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Electrical Engineering Professor Diana Huffaker was quoted in the coverage.
The Los Angeles Times
The two most common treatments for cancer, chemotherapy and radiation, effectively destroy cancer cells, but also damage healthy cells in the process. A new therapy aims to change this, by employing proteins that only target cancer cells. UCLA chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Yi Tang and his team have created a less invasive treatment for breast cancer that uses proteins to kill the cancer from the inside out.
The Los Angeles Times reported on the anniversary of the first Internet message, sent Oct. 29, 1969 from UCLA, and quoted Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science, who led the research team.
The Wall Street Journal
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better. But how about one that can photograph a single virus? It won’t come with the latest iPhones, but it does exist thanks to electrical engineer Aydogan Ozcan and his team at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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MIT Technology Review
Researchers at UCLA have opened a path to cheaper and cleaner biofuels by using genetic engineering to fundamentally change how certain organisms process sugar.
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Electronic displays are usually made of glass, because that’s the only material strong enough to protect the delicate electronics of a touch screen. But now there’s a display technology that allows a screen to be stretched and folded, while still keeping the electronics inside safe and working. It’s a transparent, elastic organic light-emitting device, or OLED, developed by researchers from UCLA led by Qibing Pei, a materials scientist.
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KCRW “Which Way, L.A.?”
Vijay Gupta, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and materials science and engineering, has developed a very thin, very strong polymer that goes inside a football helmet, between the foam padding and the player’s skull, that can reduce the impact of a blow by about 25 percent.
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An article in Wired UK highlights the breakthrough of UCLA computer science professor Amit Sahai and colleagues on software obfuscation. The team used “mathematical jigsaw puzzles” to make software fully functional, but impervious to reverse engineering attempts.
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Researchers at UCLA have developed a two-layer, see-through solar film that can be placed on any number of glass surfaces to harvest energy from the sun. The thin device uses two polymer solar cells to collect sunlight and then convert it into useable power, and can be used on windows in your home, the sunroof of your car, and even the display of your smartphone. The technology could one day be included in those products.
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A column in Forbes on a company’s goal to find causes, not just correlations, through massive computing and big data analytics, cites the pioneering work on Bayesian networks by UCLA computer science professor Judea Pearl for paving the way in this area.
Gizmodo’s Paleofuture blog highlighted a 1948 film short on UCLA’s “thinking machine,” a mechanical differential analyzer that sped up solutions to complicated mathematical problems.
The short film was also recently featured in Wired.
KPCC 89.3 Take Two
UCLA’s Boelter Hall contains a secret code hidden in its floor tiles. KPCC’s Take Two program catches up with computer science professor and Internet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock on the meaning behind the message.
In June, about the recently revealed federal government surveillance of Internet and telephone usage.
KCET’s Rewire blog featured research led by Professor Bruce Dunn on a new material for power delivery that could lead to a high-performance ‘supercapacitor.’ Graduate student Veronica Augustyn was the lead author on the research.
Los Angeles Times
A team of LACMA conservators and UCLA engineers get to root of deterioration problem affecting the 17 interconnecting sculptures of Watts Towers. The towers have been deteriorating for years, prompting quick patch jobs that did little long-term good. Now, a team of engineers from UCLA and conservationists from LACMA have descended on Watts to try to discover the root problems for the decay and come up with a more lasting fix.
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An article in EE Times highlighted research to find more environmentally friendly chemicals for semiconductor manufacturing. The project’s principal investigator, Jane P. Chang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and associate dean of research and physical resources, was quoted. Chang also holds the William Frederick Seyer Chair in Materials Electrochemistry.
MIT Technology Review
Researchers have reduced blood alcohol levels in intoxicated mice by injecting them with nanocapsules containing enzymes that are instrumental in alcohol metabolism. The treatment demonstrates a novel drug delivery technology that could have broad medical applications.
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National Science Foundation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted market approval to an artificial retina technology, the first bionic eye to be approved for patients in the United States. The prosthetic technology was developed in part with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). UCLA bioengineering professor Wentai Liu played a key role in the development of the technology.
Wall Street Journal
Some $194 million has been allocated for research projects at six universities by the Semiconductor Research Corp., a multi-company consortium better known as SRC, in an arrangement that also involves contributions from the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, or DARPA. UCLA is among the six universities set to receive funding, with its new(FAME). The news was also carried in ; and .
A smartphone that can be transformed into a lab with the ability to detect food allergens is the latest in add-on technology from inventor Aydogan Ozcan. He and his researchers are creating prototypes of these devices that turn the phones into precise lab instruments. Ozcan is a UCLA associate professor of electrical engineering and bioenginering. The news was also carried in: ; : ; ; , and .