On June 7 and 8, 2018, UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Executive Director for UCLA Grand Challenges Michelle Popowitz, JD, MPH represented the campus at the Columbia World Projects Implementation Workshop organized by Lee Bollinger (President of Columbia University). Participants from universities, government, startups, and other countries gathered to share their experiences with pursuing solutions to big issues. Read more

Grand Challenges were of great interest to the NORDP attendees and, given UCLA’s role as the first university to initiate a Grand Challenge program, the team was in demand – participating in four sessions. Pictured above is the Ideas Lab Workshop that occurred on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 titled, “Starting a Grand Challenge Initiative & Picking/Proposing a Grand Challenge Topic: Issues and Decisions from the University and the Research Teams Perspectives.”
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10th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

The 10th annual meeting for the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) occurred on May 7 through May 9, 2018 in Arlington, VA. The conference, themed “Resilience in a Shifting Research Landscape”, gathered representatives from campuses across the country to exchange best practices in fostering Read more

Yes we can: among the grand challenges that researchers in the US, the UK and elsewhere are being asked to address are cures for cancer and making Los Angeles a sustainable city

A Times Higher Education article written by Rachael Pells featured UCLA’s recently released Report on University-Led Grand Challenges. The article acknowledges the efforts of 20 higher education institutions within the United States and Canada currently pursuing grand challenge programs, and examines strategies and recommendations for leading successful grand challenges detailed in the report. UCLA is the first university to carry out Read more