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On January 9, 2019, Mark Bayer, Government Relations expert and strategist experienced in the government, corporate and non-profit sectors, interviewed Michelle Popowitz (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director for UCLA Grand Challenges) for his web series When Science Speaks. The series profiles innovative and interesting people working in science and technical fields – from academia, to industry, to the non-profit world.

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UCLA had 41 faculty members included on the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list that is published annually. And of the world’s most influential researchers, several are faculty members whose research contributes to the Depression Grand Challenge and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. The list is comprised of scientists who are in the top-1 percent of most widely cited researchers in their respective fields.

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UNM launches Grand Challenges Initiative
UNM

UCLA is excited to see another university focus on grand challenges. On November 14, 2018, the University of New Mexico (UNM) launched its Grand Challenge initiative. UNM seeks to identify three Grand Challenge Conceptual Goals focused on issues faced in New Mexico. We are honored that UNM refers its applicants to UCLA and the Report on University-Led Grand Challenges as Read more

Xin Yao (Chief Research Administrator) and Ayako Onose (Research Administrator) from the Office of Management and Planning of Osaka University in Japan visited the UCLA campus during the week of October 22, 2018. On October 25, 2018, they met with Michelle Popowitz (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Executive Director for UCLA Grand Challenges) to learn about UCLA’s research approach and structure, and UCLA Grand Challenges.

Xin Yao (Chief Research Administrator) and Ayako Onose (Research Administrator) from the Office of Management and Planning of Osaka University in Japan visited the UCLA campus during the week of October 22, 2018. In addition to meeting with representatives from the Read more

Michelle Popowitz (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director for UCLA Grand Challenges) was one of eleven leaders interviewed by Luminary Labs.

On October 2, 2018, Luminary Labs, a strategy and innovation consulting firm in New York City, released a report titled State of Open Innovation.  Luminary Labs approached nearly 100 private sector, government, and nonprofit organizations to understand why organizations are investing in open innovation, how they are doing it, and what’s next.  Read more