“Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat,” is a course taught by Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, in which students explore such topics as food’s texture and flavor from a scientific perspective. As part of the course, Rowat also hosts public “Science and Food” events featuring top chefs.
Van Savage, UCLA assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Biomathematics, and former UCLA postdoctoral researchers Anthony Dell and Samraat Pawar have shed new light on how climate change will affect interactions between species. This knowledge, they say, is critical to making accurate predictions and informing policymakers of how species are likely to be impacted by rising temperatures.
Jonathan Gold describes being a pie judge for an apple pie contest that was part of Amy Rowat’s undergraduate science-and-food class at UCLA, a bake-off that was equal parts cooking contest and science fair.
A team led by Thomas Smith, director of the UCLA Center for Tropical Research and a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, found that data from satellites, when combined with traditional field studies, could help predict the variations in singing by a common songbird. The finding could lead to a better understanding of the evolution and variation of animal species.
When the brain’s primary “learning center” is damaged, complex new neural circuits arise to compensate for the lost function, say life scientists from UCLA and Australia who have pinpointed the regions of the brain involved in creating those alternate pathways — often far from the damaged site.
David Walker, associate professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and his colleagues have identified a gene previously implicated in Parkinson’s disease that can delay the onset of aging and extend the healthy life span of fruit flies. The research, they say, could have important implications for aging and disease in humans.
David Walker, associate professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and Anil Rana, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar, have identified a gene that can extend the healthy life span of fruit flies by more than 25 percent.