Spencer Lowell
UCLA Magazine April 2021: The Stars Align — Insatiable cosmic curiosity has rocketed Andrea Ghez to Nobel fame.
 

COVER STORY

A Search for Knowledge That Led Andrea Ghez to a Nobel Prize

How the fourth woman to win the prize in physics found the answer to a mystery in the stars.

WAYNE LEWIS  |  PHOTOS BY SPENCER LOWELL

 

FEATURES


Remote and Resolute: How UCLA Re-imagined Instruction in Response to COVID-19

During the quiet of the pandemic, UCLA evaluated ever-shifting realities and forged a new path forward that may change education forever.

JIM NEWTON  |  ILLUSTRATIONS BY EDMON DE HARO


A COVID Crisis Comes to Light

How UCLA data researchers are revealing the true toll of the pandemic in overlooked Pacific Islander communities.

JOHN HARLOW AND MIKE FRICANO  |  PHOTOS BY RYAN YOUNG


Job Hunting in the COVID Economy

Despite the tough labor market, the Bruin community has come together to help one another navigate today’s unique challenges.

CHERYL CHENG ’02  |  PHOTOS BY MEIKO ARQUILLOS

 

DEPARTMENTS


Safiya Umoja Noble, an associate professor in the departments of information studies and African American studies, wrote the 2018 bestseller Algorithms of Oppression.

FORWARD THINKER 

The Intersection of Technology, Power and Society

Safiya Umoja Noble, co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, is committed to re-imagining technology and championing racial and economic justice.

CHERYL CHENG ’02  |  PHOTOS BY MARTHA GALVAN


 CHANGE AGENT 

Alumna Kaiya McCullough Carries On the Legacy of Bruin Activist Athletes

The former UCLA women’s soccer stalwart has advanced to the pros while simultaneously speaking out on issues of social justice.

DELAN BRUCE  |  PHOTOS BY SAMAN ASSEFI


 LIFE SIGNS 

Slow Your Scroll: Taking a Tech Break

5 tips on how to unplug without losing your connection.

DAN GORDON ’85  |  ILLUSTRATIONS BY PETER RYAN


 BIG PICTURE 

Conversation Piece: The Art of Meleko Mokgosi

Ten years ago, an M.F.A. student — now a major artist — drew a portrait on a wall inside the Broad Art Center.

JOHN HARLOW  |  PHOTOS BY MATT HARBICHT

 HAIL TO THE HILLS 

The Asian American Studies Center’s Enduring Legacy

UCLA’s center is the largest of its kind in the country. But at the start of 1969, there were no plans for its formation.

CHERYL CHENG ’02  |  PHOTOS COURTESY OF UCLA AASC, GIDRA PHOTO COLLECTION

 

 

IMPACT


An Elevated Mission: The Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center

Overnight, the center shifted its focus, helping to keep UCLA safe from COVID-19.

DELAN BRUCE  |  PHOTOS BY ALYSON ALIANO


Quick Question: The Next Pandemic

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley of the Fielding School of Public Health explains how to avoid another “viral tsunami.”

PEG MOLINE  |  ILLUSTRATION BY PIXABAY


UCLA Library’s Modern Endangered Archives Program Is Saving the Past

At-risk cultural artifacts find a digital home.

BEKAH WRIGHT  |   IMAGES COURTESY OF THE MODERN ENDANGERED ARCHIVES PROGRAM


The Great Bruin Quiz of Spring ’21

Do you think you know UCLA? It’s time to put your knowledge to the test!

JOHN HARLOW  |  PHOTO BY UCLA


AI Helps Break Down Conspiracy Theories

Computer engineers’ artificial intelligence tool helps users decide whether a narrative is true or false.

LOUISE KIM  |  PHOTO BY ISTOCK PHOTO