Quick Takes


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.

Race to the Finish

For UCLA’s car-building engineers, the road — and ingenuity — beckons.

A Fashionable Cause

Two Bruins reconnect to help combat Alzheimer’s by marrying philanthropy and style.

The Starship Social Enterprise

An award-winning UCLA academy is training the next generation of impact investors and nonprofit leaders.

A Dried-up Idea

In a new documentary, a UCLA professor says L.A. needs to rethink its relationship with water.

The Other Jackie Robinson

A new biography explores the forgotten legacy of Kenny Washington, the Bruin who broke the color barrier in the NFL.

An Animated Life

A new biography pays homage to a brilliant master of anime.

Spinning a New Web

The federal government knows its web services are in desperate need of ingenuity. Is it any surprise it turned to three Bruins for help?

The Alchemist

Aparna Bhaduri is leading the fight against the deadliest form of cancer.

Yes, It’s Their Business

The new “Bruin Business 100” showcases the ingenuity — and entrepreneurial spirit — of a wide swath of alumni.

Star Trek

A laser-powered mini-rocket could find humans a new home.

Fostering Success

Demontea Thompson and his twin brother are both foster care success stories. Now, through his research at UCLA, Demontea hopes to raise graduation rates for foster youth.

Spider Man

M. Khalid Jawed helped crack a 200-year-old arachnid riddle.

At Last, a Home for Works on Paper

The Hammer’s new third-floor gallery is the museum’s first dedicated to its extensive collection of prints and drawings.

Rap Lyrics as Literature

UCLA scholars teach hip-hop as the most popular form of American contemporary poetry.
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