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Letter from the chancellor: academic year in review

Dear Bruins and Bruin Families,

At the end of the academic year at UCLA, we can look back on many extraordinary accomplishments from all corners of our institution, even as the university faced a deepening challenge due to the troubling California financial climate.

I am pleased to share with you some highlights of the past 12 months.

Academic and research excellence

Over the past year, I have been invited to conferences and other events across the nation and around the world. Wherever I go, the accomplishments of our UCLA faculty, students and alumni are spoken of with great admiration and respect. UCLA, long one of the best universities in California, is now one of the best universities in the world.

We are proud of the numerous UCLA faculty who were recognized for outstanding scholarly achievement. Among their many prestigious honors, three faculty were elected to the National Academy of Sciences and three were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, four received Guggenheim Fellowships and one earned a Sloan Research Fellowship. In addition, at least 10 faculty members have been appointed by the Obama administration to presidential commissions, boards, advisory groups and other key positions.

As of this week, UCLA had received more than $1 billion in competitively awarded research grants and contracts for the second consecutive year — an outstanding feat. Multimillion-dollar grants were awarded to create state-of-the-art labs to study sustainable energy and environmental engineering; to develop medical responses in case of radiological or nuclear attacks; and to fund a multidisciplinary partnership — which also includes the Los Angeles Unified School District—that will improve and advance computer science instruction in high schools.

To read the full letter on the UCLA Today website click here.