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A selection of UCLA-related news published in various outlets.

April

Korea Herald
Five Ho-Am Prize Winners Picked

Samsung Group announced the five winners of its Ho-Am Prize for this year in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, arts and community service. Chang-Jin “CJ” Kim, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the award for engineering. The Ho-Am Prize was established by Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee in 1990.

ASME
A Healthy Vision

When Wentai Liu, a professor of bioengineering and electrical engineering at UCLA, was approached by two eye surgeons about helping those with retinal issues, he says there was just one issue: He hadn’t done a great deal of work in biology. But taking on the challenge, he had the chance to be a part of a team of medical professionals and engineers who wanted to make a difference.

 

March
Popular Science
Smart Necklace Analyzes What Goes Down Your Throat

A new smart necklace aims to rid us of our eating sins by automatically guessing the portions and contents of our meals. The device is called WearSens, and it was developed by UCLA engineers to provide more accountability over what we devour. The device’s co-developer, Majid Sarrafzadeh, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, and co-director of the Wireless Health Institute, is quoted in the article. The news was also carried by CBS NewsPeople; New York MagazineThe New York Daily News; The Daily Mail (U.K.); Yahoo Lifestyle UK; and MTV News.

PBS NewsHour (video)
Can Modern Prosthetics Actually Help Reclaim the Sense of Touch?
“In a perfect world, if we did our job right, you wouldn’t even know we’d done our job," said Veronica Santos, UCLA associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. "Your prosthetic hand would feel like your native limb, where all of the robotics, algorithms and intelligence that we have built in at the very low level acts just like your spinal cord. You don’t even know they’re there. All you know is, it’s more fun to use this arm, it’s easier to use the arm, and our job would be done." 

Forbes
Not Bad For A Couple Of Ph.D.s
Two Ph.D.s  from UCLA have won the International Solid-State Circuits Conference’s prestigious Lewis Winner Award, a trophy normally taken home by big teams from huge companies like Toshiba, Analog Devices, Sandisk and IBM. Cheng C. Wang and Fang-Li Yuan, now with start-up Flex Logix and co-authors Tsung-Han Yu and UCLA electrical engineering professor Dejan Markovic, were members of the team.

Popular Science
Hacked Hardware Could Cause the Next Security Breach
In a recent report for the Brookings Institution, John Villasenor, a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at University of California at Los Angeles, wrote, “The laws of statistics guarantee that there are people with the skills, access, and motivation to intentionally compromise a chip design.” 


February

PBS Newshour
How a Simple 'Hello' Became the First Message Sent Via the Internet

Just months after the first manned moon landing, the ARPANET, granddaddy to the World Wide Web, was brought to life with a rather inauspicious first communication: the letters “L” and “O.”

 

January

MIT Technology Review
Desalination Out of Desperation

Yoram Cohen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was featured on the current state and future of desalination in California.

Scientists at UCLA have created a lens-free microscope that relies on a silicon chip found in smartphones and digital cameras. News on this, and another new device developed by Professor Aydogan Ozcan's laboratory that can detect DNA molecules, was also carried in The ScientistThe Huffington Post UK;MedGadgetLaser Focus WorldPhotonicsBusiness Standard; and PhysOrg.

 

A scientist at UCLA Engineering is developing technology that could increase the speed and efficiency of large cargo ships and oil tankers. Chang-Jin Kim is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, where he also serves as the director of the school's Micro and Nano Manufacturing Lab.