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UCLA Fielding School of Public Health students and faculty are enhancing public health throughout Los Angeles and around the world by conducting innovative research, training future leaders and health professionals, and translating research into policy and practice.
Using cutting-edge equipment—like this first-of-its-kind Titan Krios electron microscope—and research techniques, UCLA scholars pursue answers to today’s great medical and scientific questions, from the nanoscale to the intergalactic.
World-class faculty and venues help today’s UCLA students prepare to become the next generation of performers, storytellers and entertainment industry leaders.
Completely renovated for its fall 2012 reopening, Pauley Pavilion is not only the home of Bruin teams that have won numerous NCAA championships in basketball, volleyball and gymnastics, it also has hosted graduations, a presidential debate, UCLA’s Spring Sing student musical competition, internationally renowned performers and the 1984 Olympic gymnastics meet.
The support of alumni, friends and faculty enables UCLA to maintain its commitment to ensuring access to a world-class education for students regardless of their economic circumstances.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranks as one of the top five American hospitals and has been named the best hospital in the western United States for 23 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
In August 2012, Gene Block completed his fifth year as UCLA’s chancellor.
UCLA enjoyed a very successful fundraising year in 2011–12. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, UCLA’s leadership as a world-class university is stronger than ever. In fiscal 2012, the university raised $402 million, with 58,358 donors giving more than 75,000 gifts. The university has raised an average of $413 million annually since the end of Campaign UCLA in 2006 and has been consistently ranked as the top public institution nationally in higher education fundraising by the Council for Aid to Education. We are extremely grateful to our alumni, friends, faculty and students who have actively participated in this remarkable achievement.
In the past year, UCLA thrived despite continued weakness in the economy and sharp cuts in state funding. Among a long list of accomplishments, our hospital and health services remain ranked among the best in the world; we again received more freshman applications than any other university; our faculty received many prestigious national and global awards; and we received more than $1 billion in research grants for the third straight year.
As those achievements attest, UCLA has created an astounding legacy in our short history. Our campus is among the youngest of the world’s great institutions of higher learning, and we are defined by a uniquely optimistic and entrepreneurial spirit. Every day, our scholars address society’s and the globe’s most pressing needs. The impact of their work enhances people’s lives, fuels the Los Angeles economy and provides the intellectual capital that shapes our world.
UCLA’s role as a catalyst for improving our society is made possible by the generous gifts of our alumni and friends whose contributions support UCLA’s mission of education, research and service.
At the heart of our campus are the extraordinary students who inspire us every day. As a public university, we are committed to maintaining access to a UCLA education for outstanding students, regardless of their economic background. Many of our alumni, friends and faculty share this commitment and provide scholarship support and other resources to help students succeed. In fiscal 2012, scholarships provided support to broaden and strengthen the academic pipeline through gifts to the UCLA Community School for a new science, technology, engineering and math education initiative and to first-year Leaders of Tomorrow students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Another example of a commitment to excellence in education and service was a generous gift to the history department to ensure that students and faculty can bring the vital lessons of history to the world today. Similarly, a gift to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science supports our ability to recruit the next generation of superstar faculty who are not only superior researchers but also exceptional teachers. The Samueli School of Engineering was also the beneficiary of a $10 million gift for the discretionary use of Dean Vijay Dhir, providing him with critical resources that will enable the school to meet unexpected challenges and take advantage of unforeseen opportunities as they arise.
UCLA is recognized worldwide as a leader in medical and scientific research that impacts the lives of millions of people every year. As one example, our School of Public Health faculty and students are squarely focused on improving public health globally. This year, the school received a transformative gift, the largest in its history, to develop innovative solutions for healthier communities throughout Los Angeles and far beyond.
Our Institute of the Environment and Sustainability supports graduate students and is part of a corporate partnership program that offers students real-world learning and service opportunities. Much of the institute’s research informs policy decisions at government agencies such as the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2012, the Institute was infused with support from donors who believe in the mission.
Among the wealth of promising developments in medical research is the work of Dr. Helena Chang, whose pioneering research into women’s health includes her pursuit of a biomarker that will help predict an especially aggressive form of breast cancer. A generous gift received during fiscal 2012 will support this life-saving work with state-of-the-art diagnostic resources for breast cancer. This academic year, we launched a campus-wide, multidisciplinary initiative focused on improving the health of UCLA students, staff and faculty, and our environment. We want our Healthy Campus Initiative to serve as a model for other institutions and communities. UCLA received an important contribution to support a key part of the Initiative, called “Promoting Healthy Behaviors Through Innovative Science.”
Given UCLA’s location in the world’s entertainment capital, we are deeply involved in the arts—our world-class venues and programs include the Fowler and Hammer museums and the newly relaunched UCLA Center for the Art of Performance. This year, we strengthened our leadership position in the field of African visual culture locally, nationally and internationally with a gift from longtime supporters of the Fowler. The gift will further UCLA’s broad interdisciplinary base of teaching and scholarship.
To support students in their academic pursuits, UCLA received an estate gift to establish a scholarship fund that will provide four years of tuition for five undergraduates who are studying music, have disabilities or are military veterans. Another example of support for excellence in the arts at UCLA is the cutting-edge music and technology lab that will be built for students enrolled in our music industry and technology minor. A generous gift received during 2011–12 will enable UCLA to better prepare our extraordinarily talented students to shape the direction of the music industry for future generations.
Finally, our legendary Pauley Pavilion reopens after an extensive renovation this fall. The spectacular venue serves our campus in many ways—home to Bruin basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams, it also hosts an array of cultural and community events. The renovation was made possible in large part by donors’ support of our Campaign of Champions.
Today, UCLA is actively building a new financial model for the university based on increased self-reliance. We must grow our endowment and increase our revenues to meet the challenges ahead. With the philanthropic leadership of The UCLA Foundation—and the partnership of our alumni, friends, faculty and students—I am confident that UCLA will continue to thrive as a world-class public research university for many years to come.
I am deeply grateful for your commitment to excellence and for your generous support, and I look forward to what we will accomplish together in the years ahead.
Gene D. Block