Video Webinar: How to Predict and Manage California’s Fire Risk in a Changing Climate

This year, wildfires in California have burned a record 4.2 million acres, damaged or destroyed over 10,000 structures and killed 35 people — and the season hasn’t even concluded.

The situation has become increasingly dire, with six of the top 20 wildfires in state history taking place this year, including the largest wildfire on record. California’s top wildfire and climate researchers are responding to this incredible challenge, but they are also realizing there is a need to take a more collaborative, holistic and proactive approach to their work.

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Video Webinar: Double the Pell Panel

Moises Hernandez loves his family, but he wouldn’t ask them to pay for college tuition, let alone vital necessities to a UCLA student like housing, food and textbooks. As a first-year transfer student majoring in philosophy, Hernandez counts on the federal Pell Grant.

“Without that money, I wouldn’t be able to pay for my housing, my books, my food,” he said. “I don’t receive any support from my family. They don’t have the income to financially support me, although they do support me morally and I really appreciate that.”

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Bruins’ guide to voting in the 2020 election

(Los Angeles County Registrar)

Campus will be home to three L.A. County Vote Centers: Ackerman Union, Hammer Museum and Bradley International Hall.

UCLA is ready to meet the voting needs of its students, staff, faculty and neighbors this election season with easy ways for people to perform their civic duty.

Campus will be home to three Los Angeles County Vote Centers — Ackerman Union, Hammer Museum at UCLA and Bradley International Hall — and also an official vote-by-mail drop box located on the median at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place. All registered voters are welcome to vote at any vote center.

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BruinsVote rewrites its approach to encouraging civic engagement

(image by Kim Giang)

The student group’s tactics include classroom Zoom announcements and social media contests

This election season will be absent a familiar scene: student volunteers set up along Bruin Walk, asking their peers if they have registered to vote, and helping them do so if necessary.

But that doesn’t mean that UCLA students aren’t out there encouraging their fellow Bruins to get civically involved, and more importantly, to make their voices heard by casting their ballots.

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Campus leaders urge everyone to get counted in the 2020 Census

(Courtesy University of California)

Students who may be back home due to the coronavirus are asked to report the address where they live while at school

April 1 marked National Census Day, and UCLA leadership is encouraging every person in the campus community to make sure he or she is counted. Getting the message out is more important than ever because in-person classes have been suspended and students have been encouraged to continue their studies remotely from home through the end of the academic calendar because of COVID-19.

The California Complete Count committee — the state entity helping to carry out the census — is instructing students who may be back home due to the coronavirus to report the address where they usually live while at school.

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UCLA faculty share expertise about COVID-19 with Los Angeles city health officials

Anne Rimoin, left, and Gilbert Gee speak March 9 to the members of the Los Angeles City Health Commission about COVID-19. (photo by Jonathan Van Dyke/UCLA)

Two professors from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health shared their expertise on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with the Los Angeles City Health Commission on March 9, opening an important dialogue between leading health officials and city leaders.

Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology, and Gilbert Gee, professor of community health sciences, addressed the commission, which advises and makes recommendations to the Los Angeles City Council.

Rimoin outlined the recent history of similar outbreaks, the origin of COVID-19 and what scientists and health experts know about how this new virus manifests and spreads. There is still a long way to go toward understanding COVID-19 completely, she added, but partnering and sharing with entities like the city and county of Los Angeles will go a long way.

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