As one of the largest research universities in the world, UCLA is re-nowned for its programs of faculty and student research; more than 5,000 funded programs are in progress at a given time. One focus of these efforts is a group of organized research units (ORUs) which provide an interdisciplinary approach to the search for knowledge.
ORUs are study centers and research institutes consisting of faculty and students from various departments engaged in continuing research of particular subjects. They do not offer courses of instruction or degrees, although several work in conjunction with interdepartmental instruction programs that lead to bachelor's and/or advanced degrees. ORUs provide invaluable experience for students and faculty in basic and applied research and greatly enhance UCLA's educational program and the overall academic quality of the University.
In the overview that follows, UCLA's 23 organized research units are listed within six major divisions -- arts and humanities, health sciences, international studies, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. Within each division, representative groups and programs are included which, although not formally established as ORUs, are nevertheless doing important research in their respective areas.
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (302 Royce Hall, 310-825-1880, fax: 310-825-0655, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/cmrs/ ) supports the research activities of some 20 academic departments dealing with the development of civilization between A.D. 300 and 1650. Major programs include funding research assistants, appointing visiting professors, organizing conferences and colloquia, and supporting departments in inviting lecturers. The center sponsors the publication of two journals, Viator, with emphasis on intercultural and interdisciplinary studies, and Comitatus, with articles by graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates. For more information, send inquiries to the center at UCLA, Box 951485, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485.
The Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies (310 Royce Hall, 310-206-8552; http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/c1718cs/ ) and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library are united under the administrative direction of the center and the College of Letters and Science. The center organizes scholarly programs and workshops, seeks to enlarge the Clark Library holdings in the early modern period to enhance local research opportunities, has a publications program that makes the results of its conferences and workshops known to the community, provides long- and short-term fellowships to students and scholars doing research in early modern studies, offers graduate research assistantships and master classes, and organizes public programs and classical music concerts. The Clark Library, located approximately 10 miles from UCLA at 2520 Cimarron Street (323-731-8529; http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/clarklib/ ), is a rare book library specializing in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British works. It also has a renowned collection centering on Oscar Wilde and his era and significant holdings of modern fine printing and Western Americana. Bequeathed to UCLA in 1934 by William Andrews Clark, Jr., a prominent Los Angeles book collector and philanthropist, the extensive collection is housed in an elegant building in the West Adams district.
In other research activities, the Center for Bilingual Research and Second Language Education is working to produce a society that is proficient in at least two languages. In the Linguistics Phonetics Laboratory ( http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/linguistics/faciliti/uclaplab.html ), one of the best-known laboratories of its kind in the nation, researchers are finding new ways to analyze speech functions and make voiceprints for use in law enforcement. In the Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies and Research scholars have access to major resources for the study of the works of Leonardo da Vinci. The Center for the Study of Regional Dress ( http://www.fmch.ucla.edu/CSRD/CSRD.htm ) within UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History advances the study of past and present cloth and clothing traditions through research, exhibitions, and teaching. The Center for Jewish Studies ( http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/jewishst/ ) sponsors lectures, conferences, and visiting scholars and coordinates Jewish studies activities on campus. And the Center for Modern and Contemporary Studies ( http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/cmcs/ ) presents workshops, faculty seminars, and public lectures and discussions to bring together people with diverse interests in the humanities and social sciences.
The Brain Research Institute (BRI), center for neuroscience research and education at UCLA, has one of the largest investigative programs of its kind in the country, with more than 200 scientists involved in every aspect of research in the nervous system from molecular organization to human behavior. The BRI provides core facilities with new technologies and an environment for multidisciplinary research and training in the structure and function of the central nervous system. The BRI sponsors affinity groups, conferences, symposia, and a variety of other activities designed to strengthen ties among neuroscientists campuswide. The interdisciplinary Ph.D. and B.S. programs in Neuroscience, jointly sponsored by the School of Medicine and the College of Letters and Science, are housed within the BRI. Public service activities include an elementary school outreach program directed by graduate students and a joint educational program with UCLA Extension. The Office of the Director is located in 2506 Gonda Center (310-825-1868; http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/som/bri/ ).
The Crump Institute for Biological Imaging is a science and technology center that brings together physical, biomathematical, chemical, biological, and clinical scientists and students to merge the principles of imaging with those of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and biochemistry. The imaging domains range from the molecular organization of viruses and cellular subunits to the biological processes of organ systems in the living human. A major focus is the development and use of imaging technologies to collect, analyze, and communicate biological data. Imaging technologies are used to build a picture (image) of the spatial and temporal variations in biological processes. Imaging technologies encompass such areas as cryoelectron microscopy and protein structure studies to assemble and study simple organisms and subcellular domains; confocal fluorescent microscopy for study of cellular and subcellular processes; in vitro and in vivo autoradiography studies of integrated organ function; and positron emission tomography (PET), X-ray computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of the structure and biological functions of organ systems in animal and human subjects. Specially designed microPET scanners for mice are developed as laboratory devices for repeated in vivo monitoring of gene expression. The institute has research and educational programs for visiting scientists, postdoctoral scholars, and Ph.D. graduate students which include the development of novel multimedia computer-based learning technologies. Dr. Michael E. Phelps is the director (310-825-6539; http://www.crump.ucla.edu/ ).
The mission of the Dental Research Institute (DRI) is to be the preeminent orofacial research center in the U.S. by fostering excellence in research, professional training, and public education. Its objective is to study the basic mechanisms of disease in the orofacial region through original research. Members include scientists trained in the traditional disciplines of molecular biology, immunology, virology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathology, genetics, developmental biology, neurobiology, and neurophysiology, among others, who are presently engaged in various research projects which include oral cancer/molecular oncology, viral oncology, molecular mechanisms of periodontal diseases, dental implantology, TMJ disorders and orofacial pain, neuroimmunology, molecular immunology, AIDS/HIV immunology, pain control/pharmacology, and wound repair/keloid tissue formation mechanisms. Currently several extramural funds supported by the National Institutes of Health and other private funding agencies are held by DRI members. The DRI contributes educational activities in the form of quarterly seminars in the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences to which everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Office of the Director is located in 73-017 Center for the Health Sciences (310-206-8045; http://www.dent.ucla.edu/dri/) .
The Jules Stein Eye Institute is one of the best equipped centers for research and treatment of eye diseases in the world. This comprehensive facility, located in the Center for the Health Sciences (310-825-5000; http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/som/jsei/ ), is devoted to the study of vision, the care of patients with eye disease, and education in the broad field of ophthalmology. Outpatient, inpatient, and surgical facilities are provided. The Doris Stein Eye Research Center houses clinical facilities as well as new research and training programs concentrating on major eye diseases worldwide.
The Mental Retardation Research Center, located on the C level and the fourth through eighth floors of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, provides laboratories and clinical facilities for research and training in mental retardation and related aspects of human development. Its interdisciplinary activities range from anthropological studies to molecular aspects of inherited metabolic diseases. Administrative offices are located in 58-258 NPI&H (310-825-0313; http://www.mrrc.npi.ucla.edu/ ).
The UCLA-DOE Laboratory of Structural Biology and Molecular Medicine, located in the Molecular Biology Institute (310-825-3754; http://www.doe-mbi.ucla.edu/ ) and the Center for the Health Sciences, is funded through a contract with the Department of Energy. Research is conducted in molecular nuclear medicine and structural biology and genetics. Laboratory faculty members have joint appointments in academic departments and teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Major facilities include a biomedical cyclotron, advanced scanning equipment, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), protein expression, and X-ray crystallography facilities.
In the health sciences, research carried out in ORUs is complemented by research on neurological and neuromuscular diseases in the Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center, the Reed Neurological Research Center, and the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital ( http://www.MentalHealth.ucla.edu/ ). The Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center ( http://www.cancer.mednet.ucla.edu/ ), one of only 35 comprehensive centers in the nation, is renowned for the breadth and excellence of its cancer research. The UCLA AIDS Institute ( http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/aidsinst/ ) is deeply involved in all aspects of the fight against AIDS, with basic research in epidemiology, immunology, and the clinical management of AIDS patients being done in the Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education ( http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/aidsinst/care/ ). And the School of Public Health, which established the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center ( http://www.ph.ucla.edu/sciprc/sciprc1.htm ), has joined forces with the School of Medicine to form the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, another clinical research program to enhance the health of the community.
The Office of International Studies and Overseas Programs (ISOP; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/ ) supports and coordinates international and foreign area studies at UCLA. ISOP and its centers also support several interdepartmental degree programs (IDPs) focusing on particular regions of the world. Among the area studies centers and programs that operate under its aegis are four major interdisciplinary research centers that rank among the best in the nation. Some of the world's leading specialists on area studies are affiliated with these centers.
The Coleman African Studies Center (10244 Bunche Hall, 310-825-3779; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/jscasc/ ) is one of the major interdisciplinary centers for African studies in the U.S. It encourages and coordinates research and teaching on Africa in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as in the professional schools of Arts and Architecture, Education and Information Studies, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Public Policy and Social Research, and Theater, Film, and Television. The center also sponsors an active program of public lectures, seminars, publications, and academic exchanges with African institutions and an outreach service to the Southern California community.
The Center for European and Russian Studies (11367 Bunche Hall, 310-825-4060; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/euro/ ) develops and coordinates teaching and research on Russia and the successor states of the former Soviet Union, as well as the countries of western Europe, through conferences, lectures, seminars, and academic exchange programs with European and Russian institutions. It also offers an interdepartmental undergraduate major in European Studies and provides fellowships to graduate students in European area studies.
The Latin American Center (10343 Bunche Hall, 310-825-4571, e-mail: email@example.com ; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/lac/ ) is a major regional, national, and international resource on Latin America and hemispheric issues. The center sponsors and coordinates research, academic and public programs, and publications on Latin America in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools and links its programs and activities with developments in the field and in other institutional settings. By combining instruction, research, and service and by encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, the center promotes the effective use of UCLA's Latin American resources for the benefit of the campus, the broader community, and the public at large.
The von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (10286 Bunche Hall, 310-825-1181; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/cnes/ ) coordinates research projects and academic programs related to the Near East and administers the interdisciplinary programs leading to the B.A. degree in Near Eastern Studies and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Islamic Studies. The combined resources of the center include the largest faculty, one of the most comprehensive library holdings, and the richest variety of Near and Middle Eastern studies courses of any institution in the Western Hemisphere. Professors affiliated with the center come from UCLA departments as diverse as History, Public Health, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Art History, Anthropology, Sociology, and others. The center also conducts significant publication, community outreach, and scholarly exchange programs.
The Center for International Relations (11381 Bunche Hall, 310-825-0604; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/cir/ ) focuses on international governments, migration, the environment, the spread of nuclear weapons, international political economy, and conflict resolution mechanisms. The center sponsors conferences, seminars, and lectures that deal with modern international problems; the Center for Pacific Rim Studies (11286 Bunche Hall, 310-825-0045; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/pacrim/ ) promotes and disseminates research, teaching, and public education programs on issues emerging from increasing interactions among the peoples and nations bordering the Pacific Ocean; the Center for Chinese Studies (11353 Bunche Hall, 310-825-8683; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/ccs/ ) develops, coordinates, and supports graduate training in Chinese studies, major research projects, and a regional seminar; the Joint East Asian Studies Center (11266 Bunche Hall, 310-825-0007; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/eas/ ) with the University of Southern California sponsors joint seminars and conferences focused on the East Asian region; the Center for Japanese Studies (11270 Bunche Hall, 310-825-7671; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/japan /) fosters research on Japan and scholarly exchange with Japanese institutions, and sponsors a colloquium series and conferences on Japan, as well as faculty research grants and graduate student fellowships; and the Center for Korean Studies (11282 Bunche Hall, 310-825-3284; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/korea/ ) presides over the biggest Korean studies program on the U.S. mainland, with the greatest number of specialists on its faculty dedicated to Korea and the largest number of students studying Korean subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The center also sponsors seminars, conferences, and symposia on Korea and Korean civilization.
The ISOP dean's office also supports an interdepartmental undergraduate degree program in international development studies ( http://www.isop.ucla.edu/ids/ ). This program focuses on critical issues and problems common to Third World countries. Other ISOP programs focus on language teaching and academic exchange. In addition, ISOP houses offices of the UC Education Abroad Program, the Southern California Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program, and the Southern California Consortium on International Studies (SOCCIS; http://www.isop.ucla.edu/soccis/).
The Center for the Study of Women (288 Kinsey Hall, 310-825-0590, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.csw.ucla.edu/csw/webfro~1.htm ), is the only unit of its kind in the UC system that focuses on women and gender and draws on the energies of more than 200 faculty from 10 professional schools and 34 departments. The center's major purpose is to encourage and facilitate faculty research on women and gender. To this end, the center (1) organizes public conferences and lecture series in the areas of feminist theory, politics, science, technology and medicine, sociology, queer studies, and international relations, (2) administers research grants, and (3) offers an affiliation for research and visiting scholars. In addition, the center sponsors various working groups, produces quarterly calendar of events posters, and hosts various programs for graduate students interested in women and gender, as well as an annual graduate student research conference.
The Molecular Biology Institute (MBI), an interdepartmental organization of molecular biologists, promotes molecular biology research and teaching at UCLA. The institute houses the laboratories of 30 MBI members, as well as the administration of the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program, the UCLA-DOE Laboratory of Structural Biology and Laboratory Medicine, and the UCLA ACCESS to Programs in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Life Sciences. Administrative offices are located in 168 MBI (310-825-1018; http://www.mbi.ucla.edu/) .
The Fernald Child Study Center is a life sciences interdisciplinary research unit created to study and treat a variety of childhood behavioral problems and learning disorders. The Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life ( http://www.igpp.ucla.edu/cseol/ ) melds the diverse research of more than 100 UCLA faculty members in the study of the emergence and evolution of life on Earth. And the UCLA Ocean Discovery Center ( http://www.lifesci.ucla.edu/odc/ ) on the Santa Monica Pier educates Los Angeles-area school children and the public about life under the sea.
The Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) is a multicampus research unit (MRU) of the University of California; the branch at UCLA is engaged in research in climate dynamics, geophysics, geochemistry, space physics, biochemistry, and biology. Research topics include the nature of the Earth, moon, and other planetary bodies, global and regional environmental change, the origin of terrestrial life, the dynamical properties of the sun and solar wind, and the nonlinear dynamics of complex systems. Facilities include analytical laboratories in geochemistry, meteoritics, glaciology, petrology, geochronology, archaeology, and the origins of life, laboratories for experiments in fluid dynamics and high-pressure physics, developmental laboratories for instrumentation in space physics and seismology, and computational laboratories for large-scale numerical modeling relevant to the above topics. The UCLA office is located in 3845 Slichter Hall (310-825-1664; http://www.igpp.ucla.edu/Welcome.html) .
The Institute of Plasma and Fusion Research (44-114 Engineering IV, 310-206-0501; http://www.ipfr.ucla.edu/ ) is dedicated to research into plasma physics, fusion energy, and the application of plasmas in other disciplines. Students, professional research staff, and faculty study basic laboratory plasmas, plasma-fusion confinement experiments, fusion engineering and nuclear technology, computer simulations and the theory of plasmas, space plasma physics and experimental simulation of space plasma phenomena, advanced plasma diagnostic development, laser-plasma interactions, and the use of plasma in applications ranging from particle accelerators to the processing of materials and surfaces used in microelectronics or coatings.
Among other interdisciplinary activities in the physical sciences and engineering at UCLA, the Center for Clean Technology ( http://cct.seas.ucla.edu ) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science fosters research on the interaction between technology and the environment, focusing on pollution prevention and control. On other frontiers, an Artificial Intelligence Laboratory designed exclusively for research in this burgeoning field operates under the wing of the Computer Science Department, and the Joint Services Electronics Program ( http://www.ee.ucla.edu/jsep.html ), funded by the Department of Defense, supports research in the Electrical Engineering Department to establish millimeter-wave electronics for widespread use.
The Institute of American Cultures (1237 Murphy Hall, 310-206-2557; http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/iacweb/iachome.htm) is responsible for strengthening and coordinating interdisciplinary research and instruction in ethnic studies with special attention to UCLA's four ethnic studies research centers. The institute conducts no research itself but makes funds available for research and fellowships and promotes the activities of the four centers whose goals are to study and illuminate the histories of African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Chicanas/Chicanos, and others, and to apply the University's capabilities to the analysis and solution of specific social issues. These centers promote faculty research, encourage the development of new courses and degree programs, assist departments in recruiting scholars, build library and other resources, and publish literature to disseminate the results of their work.
The Center for African American Studies (2308 Murphy Hall, 310-825-7403; http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/caas/ ) conducts and sponsors research on the African American experience, coordinates the Afro-American studies curriculum, publishes research results, and sponsors community service programming.
The American Indian Studies Center (3220 Campbell Hall, 310-825-7315; http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/indian/CntrHome.html ) serves as an educational and research catalyst and includes a library, master's and postdoctoral fellowship programs, a publishing unit that produces books and a quarterly journal, and a student/community relations unit.
The Asian American Studies Center (3230 Campbell Hall, 310-825-2974; http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/aasc/ ) seeks to increase the knowledge and understanding of the experiences of Asian Pacific peoples in America and promotes the development of material resources related to Asian American studies. The center includes a library, publications unit, student/community projects unit, postdoctoral fellowships, and B.A., undergraduate specialization, and master's programs.
The Chicano Studies Research Center (2307 Murphy Hall, 310-825-2363; http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/csrc/ ) promotes the study and dissemination of knowledge on the experience of the people of Mexican descent and other Latinos in the U.S. The center primarily supports UCLA faculty and the training of the next generation of scholars engaged in this area of inquiry, with emphasis given to (1) interdisciplinary and collaborative research of a theoretical, interpretative, and applied nature, (2) the analysis, understanding, and articulation of issues critical to the development of Chicano and Latino communities in the U.S., and (3) establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities with similar academic and research interests at the state, national, and international levels.
The Institute of Archaeology (A210 Fowler Building, 310-206-8934; http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/ioa/ ) is dedicated to studying and understanding the past through laboratory studies of artifacts, analysis of field data, creation of archives to store this information, and the education of students and interested community members via publications and lectures. The institute, the only one of its kind in the U.S., coordinates various academic and practical facilities for more than 40 researchers and many graduate students and volunteers in 10 associated academic departments. It regularly sponsors workshops and special courses. Research facilities include the Information Center (regional office of the California Archaeological Inventory), Ceramics Laboratory, Computer Imaging of Archaeological Data, Obsidian Hydration and Lithics Analysis Laboratory, Paleoethnobotany Laboratory, Rock Art Archive, and Zooarchaeology Laboratory. The Publications Unit publishes the findings of scholars from UCLA and other archaeology centers, while the Public Lecture Program provides a forum for the public presentation of recent archaeological discoveries and advances.
The Institute of Industrial Relations (6350B Public Policy Building, 310-794-5957; http://www.sppsr.ucla.edu/res_ctrs/industri.htm ) has an interdisciplinary research program directed toward the study of all aspects of the employment relationship, including labor markets, labor law, labor/management relations, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health, and related issues. Through the Center for Labor Research and Education, the institute also offers social policy and employment relations programs to the general public, unions, and management.
The Institute for Social Science Research (4250 Public Policy Building, 310-825-0711; http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/ ) promotes interdisciplinary research on a broad spectrum of contemporary sociological, psychological, political, and economic problems and community issues. Research components include the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, Center for the Study of Society and Politics, Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, Survey Research Center, Social Science Data Archive, and Organizational Research Program. Training in survey research methodology is available to students through participation in the annual Los Angeles County Social Survey. The institute publishes the ISSR Working Papers in the Social Sciences .
Other interdisciplinary activities in the social sciences include the nationally respected Business Forecasting Project ( http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/research/forecast/index.htm ) in UCLA's John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Center for the Study of Evaluation ( http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/research/cse.html ) in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies which is at the forefront of efforts to improve the quality of schooling in America. The Center for the Study of Urban Poverty ( http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/csup/index.html ) initiates new research on issues related to urban poverty and sponsors seminars in the field. The Center for Communication Policy ( http://www.ccp.ucla.edu/ ) is a national leader in communications public policy issues such as technological innovations in telecommunications and the social and political impact of these changes. And the recently established LeRoy Neiman Center for the Study of American Society and Culture ( http://LeRoyNeiman.sscnet.ucla.edu/ ) in the Department of Sociology explores emerging social and cultural trends in American society.