20 Feel-Good Stories From 2020

2020 is coming to an end and we sure could use some uplifting stories. We rounded up 20 UCLA news items that will rejuvenate your Bruin spirit.

Andrea Ghez Andrea Ghez, UCLA’s Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics, was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics for her discovery and research on the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. She is the fourth woman to receive the physics prize.
#UCLABound high school students #UCLABound high school students show their candid reactions on social media the moment they learn they were accepted into UCLA.
Bruin Helpers Bruin Helpers are providing comfort and healing to others, assisting communities in need, and sharing their resources during this pandemic.
Edward Jean-Louis ’16 UCLA Anderson graduate Edward Jean-Louis ’16 reunited with UCLA Recreation staffers who saved his life after surviving sudden death syndrome playing basketball with a friend at the John Wooden Center.
Superhero Window Washers Pediatric patients at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital were in awe when volunteers from a window cleaning company showed up in superhero costumes.
Ahmad Elhaija exp. ’21 Psychobiology student Ahmad Elhaija exp. ’21 launched a mobile health clinic to increase access to affordable, high-quality medical care in low-income and refugee communities in Los Angeles.
Video: Los Angeles Pierce College professor of chemistry, Benny Ng ’03, Ph.D ’10, featured rapper Snoop Doog on the first day of virtual learning, who encouraged students to read their class syllabus.
Bruin Tutor Network The Bruin Tutor Network recently launched its free service made up of 500+ student volunteers working online tutoring children across Los Angeles County in math, reading, writing and other subjects. They are also helping caregivers understand how to best help children learn remotely.
Biology student Camille Ng exp. ’21 founded the Hugs in a Blanket Club at UCLA, which provides handmade no-sew fleece blankets to those in need.
Devin Mallory exp. ’21 Devin Mallory exp. ’21, a fourth-year dance major, became the UCLA Dance Team’s first male dancer in school history. Watch him in action.
Roman Lopez ’20 Roman Lopez ’20 is a single father of three and paving the way for the youth community. He serves as a role model for the formerly incarcerated and is a leader of multiple efforts to direct youth from disadvantaged circumstances.
Class of 2020 The UCLA community came together during commencement week to show their support by sharing words of encouragement to the graduating Class of 2020.
Miriam Merianos Miriam Merianos was able to get a second chance at life at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after having been turned away by more than 20 hospitals for a lung transplant surgery.
Actress Mary Neely '13 recreates Broadway musicals during quarantine in a series of viral one-woman shows.
Hedy Wang ’20 Recent graduate Hedy Wang ’20 shares her personal heartfelt letter to her freshman self on five things she learned during her time at UCLA.
Dr. Haig Aintablian Dr. Haig Aintablian recently returned from Armenia, where he took $100,000 in medical supplies and equipment with him to help care for the wounded and thousands who have been displaced.
UCLA fans and student-athletes send messages of support.
Sam Hersch ’18 Despite his physical difficulties with cerebral palsy, Sam Hersch ’18, hasn’t slowed down. Since graduating cum laude from UCLA, he has self-published four photography books, is training as a dancer, and working towards a career in human resources or student advising.
Izzy the husky Izzy the husky, a therapy dog with People-Animal Connection at UCLA Health, won two titles on “Good Morning America’s” inaugural Pet of the Year Awards: “Underdog” and “Pet of the Year.”
UCLA No.1 Publick University UCLA once again was ranked the nation’s No. 1 public university by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” for a fourth consecutive year.