UCLA Staff Assembly
September 16, 2020
In this email:
 
Staff Assembly News
  • Emerging Research Speaker Series: The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy with Dr. Andrea Ghez
  • Be the Staff Voice on a UCLA Campus Committee
  • Watch UCLA Staff Assembly Learn @ Lunch: Covid-19 Testing with Dr. Omai Garner
Announcements
  • Party on the Pier: 2020 Home Edition
  • Geffen Academy at UCLA Admissions Season Now Open!
Events
  • UCLA Connections: How can parents successfully cope with remote learning? | Wednesday 9/16
  • Emerging Research Speakers Series | Wednesday 9/30
  • Register to Vote | Wednesday 9/19
STAFF ASSEMBLY NEWS
Emerging Research Speaker Series with Dr. Andrea Ghez

Emerging Research Speaker Series: The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy with Dr. Andrea Ghez

 

September 30, 2020
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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To foster community between UCLA faculty and staff, the UCLA Academic Senate, UCLA Staff Assembly, and Campus Human Resources cordially invite you to the 11th Annual Emerging Research Speaker Series.

Join UCLA Staff Assembly on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm for a special presentation of our Emerging Research Speaker Series with Andrea M. Ghez, professor of UCLA Physics & Astronomy and Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics. Dr. Ghez will offer an engaging look into her research and ground-breaking work on the center of our Galaxy, which has led to the best evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes in a presentation entitled “The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy.

Dr. Ghez has received numerous honors and awards including the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (she is the first woman to receive a Crafoord Prize in any field), Bakerian Medal from the Royal Society of London, a MacArthur Fellowship, election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Her work on the orbits of stars at the center of the Milky Way has opened a new approach to studying black holes and her group is currently focused on using this approach to understand the physics of gravity near a black hole and the role that black holes play in the formation and evolution of galaxies.

During this lecture we will learn about new developments in the study of supermassive black holes. Through the capture and analysis of twenty years of high-resolution imaging, the UCLA Galactic Center Group has moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy from a possibility to a certainty and provided the best evidence to date for the existence of these truly exotic objects.  Recent observations have revealed an environment around the black hole that is quite unexpected (young stars where there should be none; a lack of old stars where there should be many; and a puzzling new class of objects). Continued measurements of the motions of stars have solved many of the puzzles posed by these perplexing populations of stars. This work is providing insight into how black holes grow and the role that they play in regulating the growth of their host galaxies.  Measurements this past year of stellar orbits at the Galactic Center have provided new insight on how gravity works near a supermassive hole, a new and unexplored regime for this fundamental force of nature.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 29th. Limited seating is available.

Be the Staff Voice on a UCLA Campus Committee

UCLA maintains several committees to address and support various initiatives affecting the entire campus.  Staff Assembly hosts one or more positions on these committees to ensure the staff perspective is heard and considered.

Are you passionate about any of these topics?

  • Supporting students via the Student Conduct Committee
  • How UCLA strives to focus on sustainability
  • Finding solutions to support persons with disabilities

If you are, submit your interest to participate as a staff representative on one of the committees.  Detailed descriptions of each committee is available on the UCLA Campus Committee Representative Interest Form.

Submit Your Interest
L@L COVID-19 with Dr. Omai Garner

Watch UCLA Staff Assembly Learn @ Lunch: Covid-19 Testing with Dr. Omai Garner 

Omai's lab performs all of the infectious disease diagnostic testing for UCLA Health, including Covid-19 testing. If you missed it, watch this week's Learn @ Lunch on Staff Assembly Youtube Channel.

Watch Recording
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Party on the Pier 2020 Home Edition

Party on the Pier: 2020 Home Edition


For more than twenty years, Party on the Pier has generated unrestricted funding to launch high-priority programs that benefit children being treated at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and around the world. Proceeds raised from this event have helped support a wide variety of children’s health initiatives, hospital programs, research, and innovative discoveries that are improving children’s lives—now and in the future.

The Party on the Pier: Home Edition will be day of virtual engagement and play celebrating health care heroes, innovative research, and children facing health adversity.  Your general admission ticket includes an event kit filled with gender-inclusive activities and Mattel toys delivered to your home, an interactive virtual event program, appearances from celebrities on popular kids’ shows, a recipe and cooking tutorial sponsored by Wolfgang Puck Catering and much more!

General admission and sponsorship sales close on September 30th.
Party on The Pier
Geffen Academy at UCLA

Geffen Academy at UCLA Admissions Season Now Open!


While schools everywhere look different in these times, many things will not change for this year’s admissions cycle at Geffen Academy. Geffen Academy will continue to work toward its admissions goal: to enroll students in grades 6-12 who seek to contribute their voices to our school community, whose appetite for learning is strong, and who embrace our school values in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion. And as always, we are in operation to support the retention and recruitment of UCLA faculty and staff. To see our virtual tour and open house, please visit our website

We acknowledge that applying to a tuition-based school, particularly in these times, is a weighty consideration for many families. Geffen Academy at UCLA remains committed to a robust financial aid program, which now serves more than 30% of our families with need-based assistance.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our admissions team at admissions@geffenacademy.ucla.edu
Learn about Geffen Academy
EVENTS

UCLA Connections: How can parents successfully cope with remote learning?

Wednesday, September 16
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Are you a parent struggling with your pandemic-induced dual role as a caretaker and part-time teacher of your school-age child? Need a pep talk backed by research to make it through another school term with your kids? UCLA's Daniel Diaz and Erin Powers were each humbled to find themselves struggling in these new parent-as-teacher roles, even though they are both trained educators and educators of educators. Join them, along with UCLA Center X director Annamarie Francois, in a conversation about how to tap into the skills you already have as a parent to facilitate learning for your child during this global health crisis.


Emerging Research Speaker Series: The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy with Dr. Andrea Ghez

Wednesday, September 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Ghez will offer an engaging look into her research and ground-breaking work on the center of our Galaxy, which has led to the best evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes in a presentation entitled “The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy.”
 

Register to Vote

Deadline to register to vote online is Saturday, September 19
 

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