Though it is first awarded in 1969, it takes 40 years for a woman to be granted a Nobel Prize in Economics. Dr. Elinor Ostrom, a native Angeleno, holds three degrees from UCLA: a B.A., an M.A. and a PhD, all in political science. Dr. Ostrom research disproved an idea long assumed by economists: Natural resources collectively used by users will be over-exploited and destroyed. By conducting studies on how people in local communities manage shared natural resources, she showed that when natural resources are jointly used by their users, rules are established for how these are to be cared for and used in a way that is both economically and ecologically sustainable.
The Regents of the University of California authorize establishment of the School of Nursing as one of the professional schools of the UCLA Centers for the Health Sciences. The first baccalaureate program begins in 1950 with eight students, and five part-time and five full-time masters students join by the Fall of 1951. Under the guidance of Provost Clarence Dykstra, the School of Nursing grows quickly.
UCLA's student population quickly outpaces the capacity of its home on Vermont Avenue. In search of a campus to accommodate over 6,000 students, 600 Lab School (then University Elementary School) attendees, and 250 educators, the Regents consider 17 locations ranging from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Angelenos come together to ensure the university stays in Los Angeles.
The corridors of Royce Hall are graced by innumerable brilliant minds over its storied life, one of the most notable being Albert Einstein, who delivers a lecture about his Theory of Relativity there in February of 1932.
In 1924, students adopt the term 'Grizzlies' as the university monicker. Two years later, a new mascot is adopted to avoid a conflict with the NCAA and the University of Montana Grizzlies. The Regents rename the Southern Branch to University of California at Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles State Normal School moves in 1914 from downtown to a new campus on Vermont Avenue, the present-day site of Los Angeles City College, to accomodate a growing student body. Soon after, the Southern Branch of the University of California is established on May 23, 1919, when Governor William D. Stephens signs Assembly Bill 626, which transfers the Los Angeles State Normal School to the University of California. The passage of the bill marks the culmination of an effort by Regent Edward A. Dickson, State Normal School President Ernest Carroll Moore, and others to establish a state university in Los Angeles.
Students Dream Up Largest Hackathon in Southern California
UCLA students dream up and host the first ever LA Hacks, an annual hackathon that brings together more than 1,000 students from universities around the world to build something new in the span of 36 hours. Encouraging innovation, creation and collaboration, LA Hacks will host its 8th annual event in 2020.
Setting the pace as medical pioneers, UCLA Medical Center becomes the first hospital to perform open heart surgery in the Western United States. The decades that follow continue the tradition of trailblazing in the scientific community.