Friday Five

Friday Five for Nov.19, 2021

This week's stories: Bruin Learn Day for Canvas, Facebook demands LAPD end social media surveillance, UCI invention lets people pay for purchases with a high-five, Amazon wages secret war on Americans' privacy, and LA Lakers’ home to be renamed Arena.

Friday Five for November 12, 2021

1. ‘You belong’: How first-gen students have succeeded in STEM

Here, Galván and other students and faculty members from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA share their experiences as first-generation STEM students for National First-Generation College Celebration Day and National STEM Day.

Friday Five for Nov 5, 2021

1. Podcast: Enter the Metaverse!

So what exactly is the metaverse? What is the business case for Facebook’s pivot to such an undeveloped and complex technology? And how much was the decision to rebrand as Meta driven by the toxification of Facebook’s brand by months of damaging leaks from the US whistleblower Frances Haugen? In this episode, Nosheen Iqbal is joined by the Guardian’s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, who explains what we already know about the metaverse, its origins in science fiction stories, and its likely real-world applications.

Friday Five for October 22, 2021

1. Event: Bruin Learn Days

Upcoming Event! Bruin Learn Days are an opportunity for the UCLA community to learn more about Bruin Learn, UCLA’s new Learning Management System (LMS) built on the Canvas platform. Bruin Learn Days will be held on campus and virtually on Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27 from 10:00am – 2:00pm each day. Visit the Bruin Learn Days page to learn more!

Friday Five for October 15, 2021

1. Hammer Exhibit: No Humans Involved

Oct 10, 2021– Jan 9, 2022

A showcase of work by seven artists and collectives whose work interrogates and disrupts Western modes of humanism.

Friday Five for October 8, 2021

1. Call for Volunteers: BruinLearn Days

Attention BruinTech Community! 

We are looking for BruinTech volunteers to participate in a BruinLearn Canvas Day campus event where volunteers will lead training sessions on a particular Canvas topic, focused on engaging faculty and supporting the student experience. 


Tuesday Oct 26, 10am - 2pm

Wednesday Oct 27, 10am - 2pm


Friday Five for October 1, 2021

1. Event: BruinTech Listening Sessions 

BruinTech, built and managed by a few staff and many volunteers, has served the campus for nearly 10 years. Each year, the BruinTech Board works collaboratively to maintain a quality portfolio of programs and events.

Friday Five for September 24, 2021

1. Thanks to UCLA graduate student, a lunar honor for explorer Matthew Henson

"Thanks to a UCLA graduate student, a crater on the moon is now named for the famed Arctic explorer Matthew Henson. In 1909, Henson, a Black man, became one of the first people in recorded history to stand at the North Pole.

Friday Five for September 17, 2021

1. Neurocracy: futuristic murder-mystery fiction as told through Wikipedia 

"On first click, Omnipedia feels like the shadow-sister of Wikipedia: empty white space with the occasional image, marked up by slim black text and iconic blue hyperlinks. But we are on a different internet now. This fictional encyclopedia is essentially the narrator of Neurocracy, which is part game, part murder-mystery novella and part postmodern exploration of how we take in stories and information. It is a labyrinth of text – the reader, or player, navigates a 2049 version of our world by clicking hyperlinks.