August 13, 2014
Bringing another national center of excellence to the UCLA Henry
Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the National Science
Foundation announced in July that the school received a $5 million
frontier grant to establish a research center on cybersecurity (http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-engineering-to-lead-new-nsf-funded-cybersecurity-research-center).
The Center for Encrypted Functionalities (http://www.cs.ucla.edu/cef/),
led by computer science professor Amit Sahai, will explore software
obfuscation, or preventing the secrets of computer programs from being
discovered while retaining all the program’s functionality. This new
multi-institution center is primed to have major impact – in the new
research produced; on the students who participate; and through its
outreach programs. This gives us 10 externally funded research centers (http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/research/research-centers) to go along with seven academic departments.
Also, no doubt you have heard about the July 29 water main break on
Sunset Boulevard that flooded parts of the campus. While the engineering
buildings were unaffected, the cars of some UCLA students, staff and
faculty were seriously damaged. The university is providing assistance
to those affected (http://www.sustain.ucla.edu/flood/) and repairs to campus are ongoing (http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/at-ucla-a-busy-week-of-recovery-from-the-flood).
Vijay K. Dhir
|The New York Times
Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory
Department of Defense announced a $40 million investment in what has
become the fastest-moving branch of neuroscience: direct brain
recording. Two centers, one at UCLA, the other the University of
Pennsylvania, won contracts to develop brain implants for memory
The news was also carried on ABC News; in the Los Angeles Times; FastCompany; and Smithsonian Magazine.
Morning Cybersecurity Briefing
National Science Foundation announced two major awards to projects,
part of its ongoing $74.5 million Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
program. The first will help establish a Center for Encrypted
Functionalities at UCLA, which intends to develop new encryption methods
to make software functions “invisible to an outside observer, while
preserving its functionality.
The news was also carried in PhysOrg; Campus Technology; RedOrbit; and Scientific Computing.
New Electronics (U.K.)
MEMS-Based Terahertz Modulator Has Wide Operating Range
broadband modulator developed at UCLA Engineering could lead to more
advanced medical and security imaging systems. The modulator is based on
an artificial metasurface, developed by a team led by electrical
engineering professor Mona Jarrahi. The news was also carried in AZoNano.
Startup Schools: America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities
UCLA ranks fifth on Forbes' list of America's most entrepreneurial universities.
Los Angeles Times
Djata Nyaawie Propels His Science Education with SMASH at UCLA
The Los Angeles Times
featured a brief snapshot of a high school student enrolled in SMASH,
the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy, which is overseen by the
Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity at UCLA.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Smartphone Based Biosensors—Just What the mDiagnostician Ordered
RDT (Rapid Diagnostic Test) reader developed by the UCLA researchers
clips onto a cell phone; weighs approximately 65 grams; and includes an
inexpensive lens, three LED arrays, and two AAA batteries.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Intellectual Property: Valuable to Every Discipline
Villasenor, UCLA professor of electrical engineering and public policy,
argues for more availability of intellectual property courses for
undergraduate and graduate students across many disciplines.
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