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2023 Public Impact Research Award Photo

UCLA honors 3 professors whose research has benefited society

Yousef Bozorgnia, Sharon Dolovich and Aaron Littman will receive Public Impact Research Awards at a June 2 ceremony.

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Jessie George stands between rows of archival drawers in the “primary range,” a catacomb-like area at the La Brea Tar Pits where fossil collections are stored.

A river runs through It

Bruin Jessie George’s research on ancient plant fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits may solve a vexing riddle: how to restore the habitat around the L.A. River.

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Jaime Marian

UCLA-Led Team Receives DOE Grant to Simulate Materials for Fusion Reactors

The $12 million dollar grant will support one of the twelve computational research projects, selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in fusion energy sciences.

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Avian collection Mweka museum

UCLA Library funds 30 international cultural preservation projects

Materials will be digitized and made available online to researchers around the world.

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Firefighter at wildfire in California Cecilio Ricardo Forest Service

UCLA-led climate projects receive $7.5 million in state-funded grants from UC

Efforts aim to boost EV use, energy storage, safety of firefighters and well-being of migrant workers

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Indiana voters in 2020

National panel led by UCLA law professor recommends 24 ways to protect integrity of 2024 elections

The report is aimed at ensuring access to the ballot for all eligible voters and enhancing the public’s confidence in the fairness of the election.

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Elizabeth Barnert and Laura Abrams

Scholars receive contract from California Health & Human Services

UCLA Public Impact Awardees 2022 received a $1 million contract from the California Health & Human Services’ Office of Youth and Community Restoration to help create standards of care for young people moved to county-run programs.

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Closeup photo of three ants carrying leaves

Could insights from ants help people build better transportation networks?

UCLA biologists found that the insects’ nests reflect the way they work together — or don’t — to forage for food.

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Football team running onto the field

Does this number make me look fat?

In a new study, UCLA psychologists confirmed that lower jersey numbers make football players look thinner.

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One Billion Dollars.

That’s the average amount UCLA has received to fund research projects each year since 2009-10.

UCLA research and creative activities have generated some of the most transformative breakthroughs in modern times. From revolutionizing medical diagnostics and treatment to laying the framework to create the Internet or reshaping our understanding of the human condition, UCLA's research impact extends around the globe. 

As one of the world’s top research universities, UCLA has the intellectual capital and extensive research facilities necessary to tackle society’s most challenging issues. And as a public research university, we take seriously our mission to develop solutions that improve the quality of life in our community, our country and around the world. Included among our faculty, alumni and researchers are 14 Nobel Prize winners, 13 faculty MacArthur Fellows, a Fields medalist, two Turing Award winners, and three Pulitzer Prize winners. Explore our site to learn more about us, research highlights, resources for researchers, how to engage with UCLA research and our initiatives.

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