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New site celebrates array of extraordinary UCLA achievements from 2016-17

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Year in Review website
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“UCLA scholars took daring leaps forward, developing breakthroughs in an incredible breadth and variety of fields, from cancer research to choreography,” Chancellor Block wrote on the site.

UCLA innovations in education, medicine, law, the arts and environmental science are just a few of the achievements highlighted on the 2016–17 Year in Review website, which launched today.

“Throughout this past year, UCLA scholars took daring leaps forward, developing breakthroughs in an incredible breadth and variety of fields, from cancer research to choreography,” writes UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in a letter on the site. “We are pushing the frontiers of knowledge in unprecedented ways, forging lasting and meaningful partnerships in our communities and venturing to answer some of the most pressing questions of our time.”

The site spotlights 10 of the myriad advances made by UCLA faculty during the 2016–17 academic year, and it recaps facts and figures on the campus’s success in academics, philanthropic support, athletics and alumni activities.

The faculty members featured are:                                                                     

  • Kyle Abraham, whose choreography inspires audiences while tackling critical social themes
  • Stuart Banner, whose UCLA Law Supreme Court Clinic scored a pair of victories at the high court
  • Yoram Cohen, whose desalination technology is providing clean drinking water for tens of thousands in rural California
  • Alex Hall, whose warnings about the disappearing Sierra Nevada snowpack are capturing lawmakers’ attention
  • Jody Herman, whose research provides much-needed data for LGBT rights advocates
  • Tyrone Howard, whose research identifies and shares positive stories about young black and Latino men
  • Gina Kim, whose latest film was the first movie by a South Korean director to open to wide release in China since the signing of a 2015 trade agreement between the two nations
  • Martin Monti, who led a team of scientists that used an ultrasound device to help a man recover from a coma
  • Dr. Antoni Ribas, whose innovative strategy for fighting cancer could soon become a primary approach to treatment 
  • Timothy Tangherlini, Roshan Bastani and Vwani Roychowdhury, who developed an algorithm to analyze how misleading narratives go viral
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