Volume 4, Issue 7, July 31, 2017
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Micro-Scale Modeling's Big Impact

An image of a three-dimensional model of pyocin, a "biological missile" used by bacterial cells to destroy the membranes of healthy cells. UCLA Professor Hong Zhou collaborated with Professor Jeff F. Miller on a paper related to pyocin titled "Atomic Structures of a bactericidal contractile nanotube in its pre- and postcontraction states."

Creating a realistic rendering of the human body is hard enough. It would be modest to say Dr. Hong Zhou has turned this challenging task into one that is macroscopically more difficult: the creation of 3D structural studies of biological complexes as small as microbes.

To put that in perspective, the human body is made up of around 100 trillion bacterial cells. In pursuing his goal, Zhou, UCLA professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, had his work cut out for him. Read more here

News & Publications

WhiteHat Security Product - Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST)

The UCLA IT Security Office is pleased to announce additional licensing for the WhiteHat security product, Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST). DAST is a managed, real-time, penetration-testing service designed to quickly identify website vulnerabilities. Under the campus license, WhiteHat security engineers validate all vulnerabilities identified through DAST scanning. Vulnerability reports we receive contain actionable information regarding real threats.

This product saves time and can help to prevent web server compromises and potential data theft. All testing is production-safe and will not cause a degradation of service.

DAST is a free service for all UCLA websites that met the criteria below:
  • owned/managed by a UCLA campus unit
  • navigable from the UCLA home page (
  • no credentials required to access the website content
DAST is currently being used by six campus units and 20 campus websites, and it regularly scans at least 770 campus URLs. During the last year, DAST detected more than 100 critical and high vulnerabilities that were able to be remediated.

You can find more information on DAST at If you would like to participate in the campus program or have questions, please contact us at 

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Code for the Mission Lunch-N-Learn Seminar: Protecting and Licensing Mobile Apps

Thursday, August 3
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Math Science 5628 -- IDRE Portal

Speaker Bios:

Julie M. Watson is a patent attorney and member of the transactions practice group at Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP, a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm. A licensing professional with over 25 years' experience structuring and negotiating deals to deliver strategic solutions, Julie concentrates her practice on IP transactions and dispute resolution with a particular emphasis in university technology transfer and technology startups. Julie built and managed intellectual property programs at several nonprofit organizations including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the American Medical Association. Julie received her law degree from Wake Forest University Law School and is admitted to practice law in Illinois, North Carolina and before the USPTO, and holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and is Certified Licensing Professional. Julie is a frequent speaker and educator on IP transaction issues and is active in professional associations AUTM and LES.

Andrew Bateman is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP. He prosecutes and protects the patent portfolios of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, and advises clients on numerous other patent-related matters. His patent work involves many different technologies, including computer software and hardware, medical devices, and technologies relating to insurance and financial services Before embarking on his legal career, Drew spent ten years in research and development as an electrical engineer at Motarola. Drew received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and is admitted to practice law in Illinois and before the USPTO. Drew holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from National Technological University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Register here.

Lunch-N-Learn Seminar Series for UCLA Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, August 23 
12 noon to 1 p.m.
California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza
5th Floor Presentation Room

Topic: "From Discovery to Blockbuster: Patent strategies for novel therapeutics"

Speakers: Lars H. Genieser, VENABLE LLP, Michael E. Jung, Distinguished Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Speaker Bios:

Professor Jung
received his BA degree at Rice University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He then did his postdoctoral research at the Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, He joined the faculty at UCLA as an Assistant Professor in 1974 and became Professor in 1983. In 2004, he became Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. He is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of several pharmaceutical firms and consults currently for more than 20 industrial laboratories in both the biotech and big pharma settings. Professor Jung is an authroity on synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry and has more than 25 patents arising from both his consulting activities and his own research.

Lars Genieser is a patent attorney with Venable LLP who focuses his practice on pharmaceutical, chemical , medical, and nanoscale technologies. Together with the UCLA Technology Development Group, Dr. Genieser obtained patent protection and manages the international patent portfolio for the Xtandi
® therapeutic, developed in the groups of Profs. Michael Jung and Charles Sawyers, for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer. Dr. Genieser holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. from Princeton University. He applies his research experience in academic and industrial settings to anticipate challenges faced by and counsel his technology-driven clients, and Dr. Genieser develops and carries out integrated strategies for protecting and commercializing his clients' inventions. Register here.

The Future of Humans as Sensors

Friday, August 25
12:30 pm - 5:45 pm
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
337 Charles E. Young Dr. East -- Room 2343

The premise of computational social science is that digital technology turns humans into sensors that generate behavioral data on an unprecedented scale. A golden age of computational social science may be ending, however: Facebook is essentially closed to social science questions, Instagram curtailed their API in 2016, and Twitter appears to have plateaued. This workshop will discuss how "humans as sensors" can continue to yield productive research agendas. We will focus on how to extract more data from existing sources and promising sources of new data.

Michael Macy presents "Digital Footprints: Where Are They Leading?"

Joseph Reisinger presents "Robust Statistical Measurement and Rapid Policy Evaluation with Targeted Crowds"

Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld presents "Measuring Protests with Social Media"

Joshua Blumenstock presents "Using Data to Fight Poverty"

Pablo Barbera presents "How Demographic Sample Weights Can Improve Public Opinion Estimates Based on Twitter Data"

Jennifer Pan presents "Social Media and Collective Action"

Keith Chen presents "What Can We Learn from Tracking Smartphones?"

Reception to follow. RSVP required:

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Mean Field Games

Monday, August 28 through Friday, September 1
Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
460 Portola Plaza Building

Mean Field Games (MFGs) are games with a very large number of agents interacting in a mean field manner in such a way that each agent has a very small impact on the outcome. As a result, the game can be analyzed in the limit of an infinite number of agents. This subject, introduced independently by Lasry & Lions and by Huang, Caines & Malhame in 2006, is widely recognized as an important approach systems or war games. At the same time, both the theory and numerical computations of mean field game equilibria remain significant challenges.

There are currently two approaches to the formulation and the analysis of MFGs. The first is based on the solution of a coupled system of highly nonlinear PDEs (Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman and Fokker-Plank). The second approach is probabilistic: it relies on the solution of a forward-backward stochastic differential system of equations of McKean-Vlasov type.

This workshop will bring together experts in the field and researchers in other fields with an interest in Mean Field Games. It will cover the formulation and theory of MFGs, generalizations including additional effects, numerical methods and applications of MFGs. Register here.

Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator 2017 Demo Day

Thursday, September 7
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Carnesale Commons -- Palisades Room

This event is Startup UCLA's Summer Accelerator 2017 Demo Day.

The Summer Accelerator will have about 10 startups pitching their venture to the Los Angeles community of Bruins and community members alike.

The purpose is to culminate the Summer Accelerator in a meaningful way for these participants and hopefully engage a crowd of people about their new venture and potentially make connections for future funding. Register here.

IDRE Stat Consulting Group

The goal of the UCLA IDRE Statistical Consulting Group is to help UCLA faculty, staff, and graduate students perform top-notch research, with the greatest emphasis on data analysis related to grants and publications, but also including dissertation research. We provide advice and resources to enable you to develop and/or extend your statistical computing skills, helping you to independently use common statistical packages for the analysis of your research. Current hours for walk-in consulting are Monday-Thursday 12-3 PM. 

Walk-in consulting is in Math Sciences 4919. See our online schedule for days and hours.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

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