Happenings

Jenn Gustetic (Program Executive for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program) recognized UCLA Grand Challenges and Michelle Popowitz, JD, MPH (UCLA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Executive Director for UCLA Grand Challenges) during her opening keynote entitled “Moonshots for Science Engagement” at the 2019 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference on September 21, 2019.

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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
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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