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Friday Five for October 20th, 2023

1. Reminder: Join the #SecureUCLA Town Hall with the FBI


OCISO is thrilled to invite you to the finale of their 2023 Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the #SecureUCLA Town Hall! This virtual town hall features a guest speaker from the FBI and will take place on October 26 at 12:30PM - 1:45PM (PST). During the event, you will:

  • Gain insights into cybersecurity challenges faced by education institutions and their faculty/staff.
  • Hear lessons learned from cyber incidents at other organizations.
  • Learn best practices to keep yourself safe online. 

Register for the town hall here and share the event with your UCLA network. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to expand your cybersecurity knowledge!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at

OCISO looks forward to your participation!

2. Design Systems for Developers


UCLA Strategic Communications invites BruinTech members to join them at their upcoming workshop dedicated to covering the practical use of their new UCLA Design System. This workshop will review documentation, explore component code, discuss browser-testing best practices, and showcase real-world implementations. StratComm will also discuss their criteria for anyone interested in contributing to the design system.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 3PM - 3:45PM (PST)

Where: Online

RSVP to join the StratComm design system developer workshop!

3. Data Science Jamboree & Lightning Talks Watch Party


The UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library is hosting a watch party for the upcoming American Statistical Association mini-symposium “Statistical Computing in Action.” The mini-symposium will feature a data jamboree for R, Python, and Julia, as well as lightning talks and a panel on open source software. Come to meet fellow data science enthusiasts over some coffee and donuts!

When: Saturday, November 4, 2023, 9AM - 1PM (PST)

Where: Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL), West Classroom 23167

Space is limited, so RSVP for the watch party now!

4. Apple Technology Update for Campus IT

The UCLA Computer Store invites BruinTech members to join them and Apple, Inc. systems engineer Tim Parker for an on-campus IT technical presentation covering recent Apple platform updates. The presentation will address deployment, management, and security, as well as an exciting update to identity management. 

Lunch will be provided, so RSVP as soon as possible!

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 11AM - 1PM (PST)

Where: Kerckhoff State Rooms, Kerckhoff Hall Level 1, Rooms 131-135

Questions and RSVPs can be sent directly to Rick Crowe at

5. CITRIS Research Exchange: Independent Community-rooted AI Research

For the final speech of the recent four-part Fall 2023 CITRIS Research Exchange seminar series, Timnit Gebru will be speaking on how the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR) aims to subvert AI trends prevalent in Big Tech corporations. As DAIR’s founder and executive director, Gebru will explain how employing smaller task-specific models can both outperform corporate models and distribute power across grassroots organizations. Although the in-person event is fully booked, you can still catch the livestream on YouTube! Previous talks can also be found on their YouTube page.

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 12PM - 1PM (PST)

Where: Online

Read more about Gebru and the event here, and consider registering for the separate CITRIS Research Exchange discussion session being held afterward!