Projects

west nile virus

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) has spread rapidly in North America, threatening wildlife and posing serious health risks to humans. In order to better understand how the distribution of WNV will further impact populations, we model the incidence of WNV infections under current conditions, and use these to predict where the disease may occur in the future.

larc – the los angeles regional collaborative for climate action and sustainability

LARC – The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability

Mission The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability is a membership organization, fostering a network of local and regional decision-makers in the Los Angeles County region to perform climate mitigation and adaptation work, using cutting edge research on local climate impacts and information management systems. LARC’s mission is to ensure a sustainable...

action research team: hospital sustainability

Action Research Team: Hospital Sustainability

The 2014 Hospital Sustainability Team focused efforts on three main sustainability projects for the UCLA Health System: assessing the sustainability of the food system, assisting with the Earth Day Fair at Ronald Reagan Medical Center (RRMC), and improving educational initiatives through an online module for new hospital staff.

tuning the white light spectrum of residential lamps for reducing nocturnal insect attraction (or, how can a change in the lightbulbs we use reduce malaria for tens of millions?)

Tuning the white light spectrum of residential lamps for reducing nocturnal insect attraction (or, how can a change in the lightbulbs we use reduce malaria for tens of millions?)

The light emitted by light bulbs can be attractive to a range of insects, which, in many parts of the developing world, can mean that the type of bulb you use may actually increase your risk of exposure to insects carrying vector-borne diseases such as malaria and Chagas disease.  UCLA students tested a set of...

hospital sustainability

Hospital Sustainability

The 2013 Hospital Team focused on two buildings, the Ronald Reagan Medical Center (RRMC) and the Medical Plaza in Westwood. Through the collection of original data and analysis, the team were able to carry out three objectives: assess the possibility of energy efficient appliances in hospital restrooms, aid in the planning of the first Earth Day Fair held...

tobacco-free campus

Tobacco-Free Campus

In conjunction with UCLA’s new tobacco-free policy, the team focused on creating and structuring a research study and media campaign for several Earth Day events. The overall objective of the team’s research was to analyze the change in tobacco use before and after the implementation of the ban. The research segment of the project focused on cigarette butt...

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