UCLA Spotlight




2001

Anderson Forecast

No, it's not a weather forecasting system. UCLA's Anderson Forecast economic trends and is probably more accurate than your local meteorologist. It has been one of the most exact economic forecasting systems in the nation for half a century. Take a look at its history and some of its incredible predictions.   Continue »
Dec 1, 2001


Chand Viswanathan, Engineering

In 1957 an Indian graduate came to the United States to pursue his career in engineering. 44 years later that Indian graduate student, Chand Viswanathan, is the chair of the UC Academic Senate. Find out more about the interesting journey and impressive accomplishments od Viswanathan.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2001


Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles

Cynthia Burlingham spent months scouring the libraries of Los Angeles to create a special exhibit of rare books. Some of her findings may surprise you.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2001


Michelle Kelly, Slavic Languages and Literature

Michelle Kelly loves rabbits. Despite trying to complete her dissertation in Slavic Language and Literature, Kelly has taken an unusually active role at the West LA Animal Shelter. Caring for its floppy-eared residents, she does everything from driving them to the vet, to cleaning their cages. What's she going to do next? Teach them Russian?  Continue »
Dec 1, 2001


Katherine Hayles, Computer-Based Literature

Katherine Hayles was a chemist for many years until she turned to her second love: literature. Now she is combining her two passions to create her own avant-garde breed of narrative known as computer-based literature. This impressive impresario of next generation books has even persuaded the premier institution in her field to operate out of UCLA. What exactly is she doing?  Continue »
Nov 1, 2001


Hillel Laks, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Hillel Laks is more than just your ordinary heart doctor; he is considered to be on the forefront of heart treatment innovation. November's faculty spotlight takes a look at this incredible doctor who is changing the world one heart at a a time.   Continue »
Nov 1, 2001


John Rando, Broadway Director

UCLA Alumnus John Rando seems to have a a sixth sense for the comedic. This director of comedy has directed three Broadway-bound plays in less than a year. Read what he has to say about his time at UCLA.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2001


Emily Daughtry and Erin Wilson, Law

UCLA law students Emily Daughtry and Erin Wilson were dispatched by the US Department of Defense to negotiate the joint clean up of an Uzbek island that was once a Soviet anthrax burial ground. And you thought law school wasn't exciting.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2001


Rock Art Archive

Scattered across the state are pieces of rock art painted by peoples inhabiting California thousands of years ago. The oldest and most prestigious institute that logs and preserves the cultural heritage of these paintings and etchings is the UCLA Rock Art Archive. Find out more about this institute and what it does.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2001


Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Portals to the Past is program UCLA's Cotsen Institute has developed to help teach k-12 students pre-history and past cultures. Their goal is to create a medium that will make the topic of study both fun and informative. Read on for how they expect to accomplish that mission.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2001


Replacement Heart

Need a new heart but don't know where to get one? These UCLA researchers may have just what you're looking for. UCLA and ABIOMED Inc. just completed the fourth ever transplant of an artificial heart, take a look.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2001


Edward Dickson, UCLA Founder

In 1917 the idea of a university campus in Southern California was thought to be ridiculous; but it was Edward Augustus Dickson who had the foresight to realize exactly the opposite. This month's spotlight ode to UCLA's history delves into Dickson's role in the creation of this amazing university.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2001


UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame

There is place, a sort of mecca for UCLA sports fans: the newly reopened UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in the J.D. Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center. There, the avid Bruin fan can gawk at the 85 trophies lining the display cases, stroll the hall of champions, or just reflect on the athletic powerhouse that is UCLA.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2001


School of Medicine 50th Anniversary

This month the UCLA School of Medicine celebrates its 50th birthday. Given it's prestige, it's hard to believe that it was only 50 years that this medicine school opened its doors to students. This spotlight compares the school at 0 to the school at 50.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2001


9/11 Memorial Service

The Spotlight response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. They offer insight into the university's reaction to this heinous attack.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2001


Karina Eileraas, Women's Studies

Karina Eileraas had taken a stab at a variety of different careers before she realized what her true calling was: women's studies. Now this UCLA graduate student is pursuing one of the first Women's Studies' Ph.D.s the University is offering.   Continue »
Aug 1, 2001


Temple Mount, Urban Simulation Team

2,000 years ago the Romans destroyed Israel's Temple Mount, it is now being reconstructed at UCLA, digitally speaking. Ph.D. candidate Lisa Snyder is digitally recreating the temple (with the help of UCLA's Urban Simulation Team) to be exhibited at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2001


Judy Mitoma, World Arts and Culture

UCLA's Judy Mitoma fears the loss of traditional art at the hands of modern cultural practices and realities. How does she use her position in the Department of World Arts and Culture to preserve traditional art? Take a look.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2001


Matt Jones, Mathematics

UCLA mathematics graduate student Matt Jones love math, but that's not his only passion; he also loves teaching. This graduate student tells it like it is about the math department here at UCLA.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2001


Festival 2001, Film, Television, and Digital Media

Festival 2001 showcases the skills and projects of UCLA School of Theater , Film, and Television's students in a fun and lively atmosphere. Learn more about this fun and engaging event.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2001


Bruno Louchouarn, Music

French citizen Bruno Louchouarn had degrees in Mathematics, Copmuter Science, and A.I. and was living in Mexico City. An earthquake and Total Recall changed all that. Now he is a graduate student in UCLA's composition program.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2001


Lillian Gelberg, Family Medicine

Lillian Gelberg, UCLA associate professor of family medicine, can feel the need for systemic change in today's medical field. Her vast experience working with the poor and the homeless has taught her that current solutions are only short-term.   Continue »
Jul 1, 2001


Brian Jordan, Human Genetics

WNT-4 is a gene that UCLA graduate student Brian Jordan is researching. He thinks that there may be a preponderance of this gene in individuals who, physically speaking, are sexually ambiguous. That's not all this super-researcher is up to, take a look.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2001


Fabian Wagmister, Digital Arts

Fabian Wigmaster was originally just a "filmmaker", but recently he has been applying his knowledge of computer science and egineering to create new mediums of digital art. This native Argentine is now an associate professor at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, innovating and creating some very interesting stuff.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2001


Commencement 2001

The biggest celebration on campus doesn't just happen by itself. Commencement weekend is an enormous undertaking that takes the effort of many different people to pull it off. Jack Raab, director of the events office, talks about commencement in his 15th year on the job.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2001


Film and Television Archive

Once a week at the UCLA Film and Television Archive a film is screened that you might never be able to see again. So impressive is the archive's collection and screening schedule it even has directors such as Martin Scorsese singing its praises. Take a look a this month's exploration of a great UCLA tradition.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2001


CityLab

At UCLA's CityLab program, UCLA students volunteer to teach inner-city high school kids science for a day. The program works because it allows disadvantaged students to take a glimpse at university life , inspiring them to strive for it for themselves. Read more about the hands on approach the students take with these high schoolers that keep them engaged.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2001


Champion Gymnastics Team, 2001

The Bruins pulled their third NCAA gymnastics title, and second consecutive title this month in Georgia. The championship ended with edge-of-your-seat suspense.  Continue »
May 1, 2001


Jeremy Cholfin, Undergraduate Research

When UCLA undergraduate Jeremy Choflin was summoned to Capitol Hill to present some of his research findings, he had earned it. This past school year saw him averaging about 10 to 20 hours per week in the lab; during the summer he often spent up to 60 hours per week.  Continue »
May 1, 2001


Boelter Beast Robot

While Bryan Posner and other UCLA Engineering students weren't doing their homework, they were creating a combat-ready robot to compete in a robot battle on network television. Their bot: the Boelter Beast, a remote control robot that loosely resembled a tank. Their journey to the arena and results inside.  Continue »
May 1, 2001


James Welling, Photographer

UCLA associate professor of photography James Welling made his mark when he approached photography as more than a form of documentation. This artist, whose photographic career began taking Polaroids of sinks in the restaurant he worked in during the 70's, lends us some insight into his motivations and photography as a whole.  Continue »
May 1, 2001


Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden

Unbeknownst to many UCLA students is the oasis of tranquility in the middle of campus known as the Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden. This gem of a garden contains many rare plant species that are hard to find anywhere else in the country. Find out more about this special place that has hosts everything from weddings to botanical research.  Continue »
May 1, 2001


Patty Wickman, Artist

Patty Wickman, associate professor at UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, has been passionate about art and teaching. She feels that a combination of the two brings the lonely artist out of isolation and into an arena where the artist can help others and help his or herself. Take a look at some of the exciting new projects she is working on.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Sheila Kuehl, Government

Sheila Kuehl '62 began her professional life as a television star, but after leaving the entertainment industry to go after a bachelor's degree at UCLA, her life took a very different path. She ended becoming the first openly gay member of the California State Assembly and now serves as a California State Senator. This spotlight details the Kuehl's interesting journey that took her into the world of politics.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Christopher Donnan, Anthropology

Over the past 35 years, UCLA professor of Anthropology Christopher Donnan has spent nights sleeping inside the 600 year-old tombs of the Moche, an ancient people who occupied the modern day area of Northern Peru. The reason for this is simple: grave-robbers.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Mark Gold, Public Health

Mark Gold '94 was pursuing a Masters in biology when a guest lecturer spoke of the need for academics to apply their knowledge to the political decision-making process. Gold switched tracks and received his D.Env. instead. Now he is the executive director of Heal the Bay, an organization that specializes in providing policy-makers with the necessary facts to make proper public health decisions.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Saul Friedlander, 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies

When Saul Friedlander found out his parents had been killed during the Holocaust, he was 13 years old and living on a French Monastery. But the knowledge of his origins inspired Friedlander for a lifetime. Read about this highly influential scholar of Holocaust Studies.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2001


Birgitte Ahring, Civil and Environmental Engineering

In the 1980's, most graduate students studying biotechnology at the University of Copenhagen were going on to biotech companies. Not Brigitte Ahring, UCLA professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering: she wanted to save the world. Now this native Dane uses her know-how to search for bacteria that can ease and speed up the biodegradation of certain wastes. Take a look at this article to find out more.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2001


Judy Chicago, Artist

UCLA Alumnus Judy Cohen has been creating art since she was a child, but after getting her masters and changing her name to Judy Chicago, her art took off in a new direction. Chicago began creating art from a feminist standpoint, founding numerous centers dedicated to the female artistic point of view. Chicago continues to create art and undertake new projects, read on to find out more about what she is up to.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2001


Gil Cates, Academy Awards Producer

Gil Cates, founding dean of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, produces his tenth Oscar telecast in 2001. Not only has Cates produced more Oscar telecasts than anyone else in the 73 years of the Oscars, he has done so while balancing teaching posts at UCLA. Will this be his last year producing?   Continue »
Mar 1, 2001


Susan Townsley, Staff Assembly

Susan Townsley isn't your normal UCLA staff member; she spends almost all her free time making things easier for other UCLA staff and faculty members. This spirited woman thrives on being as involved as possible, perhaps this is why she loves her work so much.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2001


Project WILD

Sometimes when a child immigrates to the United States, language isn't the only aspect of adjustment that comes as a challenge. UCLA student Ming Ma, an immigrant herself, takes this into consideration while working as director of Project WILD. Project WILD is a state run program that provides foreign born children with mentors to help them gain English literacy and ease their cultural adjustment. Take a closer look at this interesting project; it's happening right here at UCLA.   Continue »
Feb 1, 2001


Henry Ansgar Kelly, Valentine's Day

February 14th marks the day that most Americans celebrate the holiday of love and romance: St. Valentine's Day. However, the director of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance studies, Henry Ansgar Kelly, says the original date of this beloved celebration was actually May 3rd. What would posses this scholar to make such claims?  Continue »
Feb 1, 2001


Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles

UCLA alumnus Tom Bradley was more than just a great mayor who governed Los Angeles for five mayoral terms, he was a man who fought against injustice and never lost hope. The first black mayor of a major U.S. city, Bradley transformed Los Angeles into what it is today. This month's alumnus spotlight looks at some of his challenges and accomplishments.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2001


Al Scates, Volleyball Coach

In 1964, UCLA Men's Volleyball coach Al Scates tried to resign after letting one of John Wooden's basketball players play in a match. Fortunately his resignation was not accepted. Scates continued on, building a volleyball dynasty that has lasted decades and has seen some of the nation's top Volleyball players pass through its gates. This spotlight sheds some light into what makes Scates such a great coach.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2001


Eric Monkkonen, Murder Statistics

UCLA policy studies and history professor Eric Monkkonen has spent most of his academic life studying murder statistics. Monkkonen feels that murder statistics allow academics to compare societal patterns over time and across different cultures. He recently published the most comprehensive study of murder statistics to date. One can't help but wonder about the contents and findings of that study; take a look.  Continue »
Jan 22, 2001


Heidi Moneymaker, Gymnast

This spirited student is the only female Bruin to win NCAA gymnastic titles each of her four years. But that's not the only thing this history major has achieved over the years. Read on to find out more about Moneymaker's accomplishments and ambitions.  Continue »
Jan 15, 2001


Richard Usatine, Humanism in Medical Education

UCLA faculty physician Richard Usatine is only the second recipient of the Humanism in Medical Education Award presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The reason why is clear. Usatine has spent much of his career reaching out to those in need of medical attention the most. Find out more about this incredible man and some of his accomplishments in this installment of spotlight.   Continue »
Jan 1, 2001


Al Gore Teaching at UCLA

Former Vice President Al Gore is coming to UCLA to participate in a faculty symposium. The purpose of his visit is to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to societal problems that affect our children. Find out more about what this exciting special guest will be up to while at UCLA.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2001