Federal Funding Fuels UCLA McNair Scholars’ Community Research

U.S. Reps. Lou Correa and Jimmy Gomez visited with Chancellor Gene Block, students, staff and faculty during a special luncheon regarding the McNair Research Scholars Program.

Through her research, UCLA student Brenda Lara has coined the term epistemic unconfidence. The first generation philosophy and Chicano/Chicana studies student defines the term as such: that structures of power continuously deny Latinas intelligence, leading those women to believe they are incapable of producing “legitimate” knowledge.

It’s a topic she has observed in her family through her mother and across her community in Huntington Park. As she continues her education, Lara wants this research to make a difference back home and positively impact her hometown and beyond.

At a special roundtable luncheon on Aug. 7, members of U.S. Congress and a cohort of students, faculty, staff, and Chancellor Gene Block bonded over their work to give back to the community, and better help the state and country at-large understand their backgrounds and the people in their communities.

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UCLA-led center receives $9.75 million from Department of Energy to improve rechargeable batteries

UCLA professors Sarah Tolbert and Bruce Dunn are the director and associate director of the new center. (photo courtesy UCLA Samueli)

Article by Amy Akmal for UCLA Newsroom

An energy research center led by UCLA has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of its Energy Frontier Research Centers and awarded a four-year grant of $9.75 million. 

With the funding, the new UCLA-led Synthetic Control Across Length-scales for Advancing Rechargeables center, or SCALAR, will help accelerate research on new types of chemistry and materials for rechargeable batteries. The researchers will seek to increase battery capacity, stability and safety.

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UC lawsuit leads to thousands of DACA grant renewals

Release from University of California Office of the President

So far this year, more than 117,000 young immigrants have extended their authorization to legally live and work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the direct result of a federal injunction issued in response to a lawsuit brought by the University of California and other plaintiffs.

A review of the latest data issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that since the time the injunction took effect until the end of June, 117,446 DACA recipients received a two-year renewal of their grants.

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Q & Advocacy: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Talks UCLA Partnership, City Services, Civic Engagement

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia speaks with UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura during a spring meeting at the Long Beach Civic Center.

During the spring, UCLA officials and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia made a promise to open a dialogue and seek out new ways for the two entities to partner now and into the future.

Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Gary Segura made the trip, and officials discussed subjects including housing, homelessness, tenants’ rights, multi-modality, the U.S. Census, and even how public policy and social welfare graduate students might be able to intern and work with the City of Long Beach.

As a way to keep the conversation going, Garcia agreed to a short correspondence regarding this new burgeoning partnership, issues affecting his city, and how to get others civically engaged.

The following is the transcript from the email interview.

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The University of California leads in US patents

(photo by L. Duka/UC Riverside)

The University of California was granted more U.S. patents last year than any other university in the world.

From the UC Newsroom

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 524 utility patents to UC in 2017, according to a report by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Coming in second was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with 306.

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Breaking down the midterm elections with New York Times journalists

New York Times journalist Alex Burns discusses the 2018 mid-term elections with his colleagues Adam Nagourney, Maggie Haberman and Nate Cohn. (photos by Les Dunseith)

Veteran reporters came to UCLA to discuss demographic and political trends that will determine who controls Congress

Article by Bill Kisliuk for UCLA Newsroom

President Trump is not on the ballot in 2018, but his ascendance and reverberations from the 2016 presidential election will dominate congressional races across the country in November. That was the assessment of national political reporters from The New York Times during a panel presentation held at UCLA on June 26.

Nearly 400 people filled Korn Convocation Hall at the UCLA Anderson School of Management for “The Midterm Elections 2018: Prospects for Los Angeles, California and the Nation,” which featured Times journalists Alex Burns, Nate Cohn, Maggie Haberman and Adam Nagourney.

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