UCLA’s Biosciences Initiative will expand knowledge exponentially to improve quality of life for people throughout the world. UCLA donor S.L. Huang, who was trained in engineering and has always enjoyed science, believes the initiative’s interdisciplinary approach is vital to scientific progress.

“The past 100 years have been about specialization. That era has come to an end. Now the sciences are merging because information is so accessible and easy to share.” he says.

S.L. and his wife, Betty, support the initiative by funding the UCLA Science Faculty Research Colloquium, which brings together researchers from the divisions of Life and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Through collaboration, the scientific process itself is being transformed, and UCLA is leading the way.

“The UCLA Science Faculty Research Colloquium Series brings out the best of UCLA. People from different disciplines learn about each other's strengths and find ways to collaborate. This is how UCLA maintains its competitive advantage—and what makes the whole bigger than the sum of its parts.”

—Dr. Tony Chan
Dean of Physical Sciences


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