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University of California, Los Angeles

We doubt the critics, reject the status quo and see opportunity in dissatisfaction. Our campus, faculty and students are driven by optimism. It is not naïve; it is essential. And it has fueled every accomplishment, allowing us to redefine what's possible, time after time.

This can-do perspective has brought us 13 Nobel Prizes, 12 MacArthur Fellows, more NCAA titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations. Our faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis. And more than 140 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.

What inspires MacArthur Fellows and Rhodes Scholars? What gave Jackie Robinson the courage to become the first African American in Major League Baseball? What was the catalyst that spurred Vint Cerf and Leonard Kleinrock's dream of the Internet?

The answer is optimism. And it is in our DNA.


C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California, writes in an opinion piece for The Hill  "If we do not act to find a way to keep DACA beneficiaries here, we will have wasted the tens of millions of dollars already invested in Dreamers."
UCLA biologists have developed an intervention that serves as a cellular time machine — turning back the clock on a key component of aging.
UCLA is among 12 universities nationally to be awarded a grant from the Association of American Universities to fund workshops on campus over the next year to assess all programs that support and retain undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Interdisciplinary research team at UCLA discovers a game-changing technology to capture and repurpose carbon dioxide. 
A team of interdisciplinary researchers at UCLA has been working on a unique solution that may help eliminate some sources of greenhouse gases.
UCLA-led research team plans to test approach with post-9/11 veterans to heal ‘the invisible wounds of war’.
Amit Sahai, UCLA professor of computer science at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been awarded a $2.8 million grant over four years from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Defense’s research arm. The grant will support Sahai's work to develop the foundations for encrypted software that is capable of keeping its source code a secret from users behind a tangled barrier of ultra-hard mathematics. The technique is known as "program obfuscation" or "software obfuscation."