Archive Tag: Mention/Expert Opinion

Wildfire scorches 25 acres near L.A.’s Griffith Observatory.

Alex Hall, UCLA atmospheric and oceanic professor, was featured on Sustaining California, a PBS Local series. During a recent episode titled, “SoCal Traffic Toll… & Wildfires and Climate Change”, Hall explains that fires are driven by dry and hot winds. When these winds increase in intensity, becoming hotter and drier, it leads to higher fire risk. Drawing from his research, Hall Read more

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

Ann Carlson, co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law, was quoted in the L.A. Times article, “Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump to ease fuel standard.” As she shared, by suggesting a loosening of California standards, the automakers, “opened up a Pandora’s box when they asked for these fuel economy standards to be loosened around the edges.” 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

In the face of more frequent droughts and growing water demands, Los Angeles County officials are considering a new property tax for stomwater infrastructure that could meet non-potable water needs for an additional 2.5 million people.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is considering a measure for the 2018 ballot that would establish a property tax to fund stormwater diversion and collection projects. Residents and businesses would be taxed per area of non-permeable surfaces on their property, and the revenue would be used to reduce stormwater pollution, help the Read more