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Top UCLA stories of 2014: A year in images

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The year 2014 at UCLA featured the debut of a multi-year fundraising campaign, research breakthroughs in several fields, stunning achievements by students and faculty members — and one afternoon in July, an unexpected flood that impacted the campus for months. We call that a momentous year.
 
One more thing was new in 2014 — UCLA Newsroom itself. We introduced an entirely fresh design so you can now follow UCLA news on your phone or tablet, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. See you in 2015!

 

The Centennial Campaign for UCLA launches

The $4.2 billion fundraising effort will bring UCLA to the big anniversary in 2019. Read the news release, or enjoy the light show that took over the exterior of iconic Royce Hall.

 

UCLA honors Jackie Robinson

UCLA named 22 campus facilities the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex, retired number 42 in all sports and read Robinson's biography as a common book.

 

Campus responds to Great Flood of 2014

When a ruptured city water main under Sunset Boulevard inundated part of UCLA's north campus, Bruins of all kinds responded. Full coverage.

 

Rankings recognize UCLA excellence

We were rated the number two public university in the world by both U.S News and World Report and the London Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

 

7,000 UCLA volunteers make a difference

UCLA’s sixth annual Volunteer Day helped at more than 40 Los Angeles area schools and other sites.

 

NCAA championships #111 and #112

UCLA athletes and teams have won more NCAA titles than those of any other college or university. The women's tennis team (#111) and men's water polo team (#112) extended UCLA's record during the year.

 

Black Experience mural restored

A visual piece of UCLA history is back on display. Plus: Another hidden treasure in Bunche Hall

 

Student volunteers bring care to Mexico

The UCLA chapter of Flying Samaritans works with doctors and other volunteers to provide quality medical care in Tijuana's Colonia Margarita Moran. Watch video of our students in action.

 

Paraplegic men move their legs

Paralyzed for years, four men had a breakthrough through the use of epidural electrical stimulation of their spines.

 

Smartphone microscopes can now see DNA, cancer and more

A sampling of UCLA technology breakthroughs in 2014: Tiny microscopes, new transistors, greener insulators and much more.

 

Campus speeches from a turbulent decade

Digitized talks by major figures such as Cesar Chavez, Jane Fonda, Lenny Bruce, Eldridge Cleaver and others date back to 1962.

 

UCLA's most beloved class (possibly)

We don't know for certain that this is the most beloved class. But students tend to celebrate when they learn they have gotten into professor Neil Garg's organic chemistry course.

 

Commencement 2014 a grand celebration

Full coverage of ceremonies, speakers and notable graduates. Plus a photo gallery from across campus.

 

College-going rate triples in the neighborhood around UCLA Community School

Since UCLA came to L.A.'s Koreatown, most high school seniors now plan on going to college.

 

New life for an ancient female pharaoh

Egyptologist Kara Cooney has rehabbed the image of Hatshepsut, a 15th century B.C. success story whose acievements were erased by men.

 

Forgotten four broke the pro football color barrier

Two Bruins who played here with Jackie Robinson went on to be among the first African American players in the National Football League.

 

Google Glass breaks through at UCLA

The wearable technology alters film narrative and storytelling, teaches surgeons abroad and enables instant medical results.

 

Calling girls 'fat' makes obesity more likely

Ten-year-old girls told they are fat by a parent, teacher or sibling are far likelier to be obese at age 19.

 

'Laughter Guy' analyzes counterfeit chortling

Fake laughter, unlike the real kind, is unique to humans.

 

Archaeologist protects ancient city from Syria war

Giorgio Buccellati and local residents help to save Urkesh from the destruction of civil war.

 

Astronomers solve a puzzle of Milky Way

Bizarre object in our galaxy has been explained. They used to think it was a huge gas cloud moving toward a black hole.

 

Does a junk food diet make you lazy?

UCLA psychology study offers an answer.

 

Social clubs were all the rage for Nisei girls

UCLA historian's book explores Japanese-American social clubs in Los Angeles between 1920 and 1950.

 

For a small house, just press print

Architecture and urban design students helped to produce a fully functional microhouse using 3-D printing technology.

 

Window on the West Wing

President Obama met at Los Angeles International Airport with UCLA students in a seminar taught by actor and former White House aide Kal Penn.

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