Monday, September 24

UCLA alumna Iris Cong was named a Hertz Fellow last week for her research in quantum computing. She is pictured here at the 2018 Engineering Awards dinner, where she was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Bachelor's Student Award. (Courtesy of Iris Cong)

Alum receives Hertz Foundation fellowship at 18 for quantum computing research

Iris Cong entered UCLA at age 13 to study computer science. Now, at 18, she hopes to make inroads in quantum computing research. Cong, who graduated with a computer science degree in 2017 and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in physics at Harvard University, was selected as one of 10 Hertz Foundation Fellows last week. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumna Iris Cong was named a Hertz Fellow last week for her research in quantum computing. She is pictured here at the 2018 Engineering Awards dinner, where she was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Bachelor's Student Award. (Courtesy of Iris Cong)

UCLA alumna Iris Cong was named a Hertz Fellow last week for her research in quantum computing. She is pictured here at the 2018 Engineering Awards dinner, where she was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Bachelor's Student Award. (Courtesy of Iris Cong)

Hacker Expo 2018 featured various programming projects by UCLA students. Organizers preselected 25 projects that Facebook engineers judged for creativity and design. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

Hacker Expo offers computer science students chance to present projects

Patrick Deshpande came to UCLA as a materials engineering student but switched to computer science after taking an introductory computer science class so he could learn to code solutions to real-world problems. Read more...

Photo: Hacker Expo 2018 featured various programming projects by UCLA students. Organizers preselected 25 projects that Facebook engineers judged for creativity and design. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

Hacker Expo 2018 featured various programming projects by UCLA students. Organizers preselected 25 projects that Facebook engineers judged for creativity and design. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Assistant Photo editor)

Bernice Wenzel, a professor emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Physiology, died Jan. 31 due to natural causes. She was 96.(Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)

Professor emerita of physiology, pediatrics, human genetics dies at 96

Faculty and family members remember Bernice Wenzel for her energy, intelligence and altruism. Wenzel, a professor emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Physiology, died Jan. Read more...

Photo: Bernice Wenzel, a professor emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Physiology, died Jan. 31 due to natural causes. She was 96.(Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)

Bernice Wenzel, a professor emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Physiology, died Jan. 31 due to natural causes. She was 96.(Courtesy of UCLA Newsroom)

The First Gen Alumni Network hosted its inaugural launch event Monday evening. The event featured alumni speakers, a musical performance and time for participants to network with one another. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

On-campus organization connects first-generation students, alumni

As a first-generation college student, Juana Hernandez often struggled to find people she could identify with while studying at UCLA and after starting her career. “I felt no representation in books, curriculum, classroom. Read more...

Photo: The First Gen Alumni Network hosted its inaugural launch event Monday evening. The event featured alumni speakers, a musical performance and time for participants to network with one another. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

The First Gen Alumni Network hosted its inaugural launch event Monday evening. The event featured alumni speakers, a musical performance and time for participants to network with one another. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Students performed spoken word and poetry and reflected on Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech at an oratorical contest Wednesday. (Farida Saleh/Daily Bruin)

Students of color celebrate MLK, identities with speeches, poetry

At an event Wednesday night, students commemorated Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by delivering speeches that alluded to King’s final speech. UCLA Residential Life, the Afrikan Student Union and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Read more...

Photo: Students performed spoken word and poetry and reflected on Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech at an oratorical contest Wednesday. (Farida Saleh/Daily Bruin)

Students performed spoken word and poetry and reflected on Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech at an oratorical contest Wednesday. (Farida Saleh/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumnus Jude Calvillo was named one of the finalists in the "I am a UC Entrepreneur" contest for his startup, Hyperthesis. (Courtesy of Brenda Mejos)

UC startup contest finalist hopes to connect research papers through AI

A UCLA alumnus is using artificial intelligence to help researchers accelerate the process of going through research papers. Jude Calvillo, who graduated from UCLA in 2008 and co-founded Hyperthesis, was named one of the finalists in the University of California’s “I am a UC Entrepreneur” contest Jan. Read more...

Photo: UCLA alumnus Jude Calvillo was named one of the finalists in the "I am a UC Entrepreneur" contest for his startup, Hyperthesis. (Courtesy of Brenda Mejos)

UCLA alumnus Jude Calvillo was named one of the finalists in the "I am a UC Entrepreneur" contest for his startup, Hyperthesis. (Courtesy of Brenda Mejos)

The United Khmer Students hosted its 13th Annual Khmer Student Coalition Conference at UCLA on Sunday. The conference featured workshops that focused on contemporary issues that Cambodians face and various aspects of Cambodian culture such as traditional dance.(Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)

United Khmer Students host conference, promote Cambodian culture

A dancer arched her hands in various gestures while bending her knees as she explained the symbolism behind Cambodian dances at an event Sunday. “Cambodian dance has 4,500 hand gestures, like a vocabulary,” said Khannia Ok, associate artistic director of the Khmer Arts Academy. Read more...

Photo: The United Khmer Students hosted its 13th Annual Khmer Student Coalition Conference at UCLA on Sunday. The conference featured workshops that focused on contemporary issues that Cambodians face and various aspects of Cambodian culture such as traditional dance.(Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)

The United Khmer Students hosted its 13th Annual Khmer Student Coalition Conference at UCLA on Sunday. The conference featured workshops that focused on contemporary issues that Cambodians face and various aspects of Cambodian culture such as traditional dance.(Rachel Hefner/Daily Bruin)