UCLA Spotlight




2005

Global Studies: a new major and minor at UCLA

There is a new major and minor being offered at UCLA that hopes to integrate different disciplines to help understand the way the world works from a more comprehensive standpoint. This Flash animation will guide you through the principles of UCLA's new major: Global Studies.   Continue »
Dec 1, 2005


Masters of American Comics exhibitions

A new exhibit is opens at UCLA's Hammer Museum and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA) that features the art work of a century of comic artists. The pieces at the Hammer will be taken from comics and Sunday morning strips spanning a century and aim at offering insight into the genesis of modern American comics.   Continue »
Dec 1, 2005


Stone Canyon Creek Restoration Project

Stone Canyon Creek was once a powerful, meandering creek lined by willows and sycamore trees. Now all that remains of it is a small bit of water that flows almost unnoticed across the UCLA campus. But that could all change as one Raphael Sagarin, a research biologist at UCLA, plans to restore parts of the creek to its glory days.   Continue »
Nov 1, 2005


Blue and Gold Week

Since 1927, Bruins of all ages have come out to support their school during Blue and Gold Week. From marching in a Beat 'SC parade to attending a homecoming bonfire, there are many ways to support UCLA and Bruin football before they go up against USC at the end of the week. Take a look.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2005


Educational Leadership Program

UCLA's School of Education and Information Studies has put together a new program that brings together 25 full-time educators and challenges them to identify and solve some real-world problems. This short video offers a glance at how The Educational Leadership Program is giving new and applicable tools to the teachers of tomorrow.   Continue »
Oct 1, 2005


Rafer Johnson — Olympic gold medalist and UCLA dad

Rafer Johnson graduated from UCLA in 1959, but this Olympic gold medalist's relationship with the university was just beginning. Now after two of his children have graduated from UCLA, Johnson is still involved and is the speaker at October 2005's Parents' Weekend.   Continue »
Oct 1, 2005


iCarnaval! at the Fowler

Carnival in Basel, Switzerland? An exhibition at UCLA's Fowler Museum of cultural history showcases artwork and costume from Carnival celebrations across the globe. Read on to learn more about the exhibit and the origins of carnival.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2005


UCLA Medical Center celebrates 50 years with Sept. 15 party

July 7th, 1955 was the day that the very first patient ever was admitted to UCLA Medical Center. Take a look at some of the festivities in honor of the anniversary and watch a slide show that takes a look back in time.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2005


Welcome Week, Sept. 25-30, 2005

If this is your first week on campus, there is much more to do than buy books and re-arrange your furniture. Check out some of the fun going on right outside your door.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2005


Alison Brown, Grammy-winning banjoist and UCLA MBA

After getting an MBA from UCLA in 1986, Allison Brown put her degree to work, trying her hand at investment banking for two years. Twenty years later later she is a Grammy-winning banjo player and putting her degree to work in a different way: running her own record label.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2005


The lure of UCLA's summer camps

UCLA Summer Camps are fun, really fun. From Disneyland and go-karts for younger kids to sailing and theater instruction for high school kids, UCLA Summer Camps have it all. Find out more about the variety of summer activities available through UCLA.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2005


UC Merced, the new UC in the Central Valley

This week the first new UC campus to open its doors in 40 years will start classes. Find out about some of the obstacles that UC Merced had to overcome and why the campus is not just good news for the academic world.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2005


UCLA Collects! Bodies of Knowledge — UCLA Fowler Museum

UCLA Collects! Bodies of Knowledge is a highly acclaimed exhibition at the Fowler museum that explores the theme of the human body in art across time and space. Take a look at the exhibition that has everyone talking.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2005


Eric Bescher, materials science — working to speed up road repairs

Anyone who drives has had to sit through traffic due to road repairs. It may not be enjoyable, but most accept it as a fact of life. Eric Bescher is one who doesn't. Bescher, along with his research team of engineers, thinks he may be able to reduce road repair times by 20%.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2005


UCLA Recreation — Yesterday and today

Exercise and recreation is nothing new to the Bruins, they've been doing it for years. This spotlight looks at physical recreation at UCLA over the years and today.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2005


Festival 2005, School of Theater, Film and Television

As is the annual tradition, Festival 2005 will showcase the work of students from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television. Here is a sneak peek at some of this 2005's highlights.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2005


Commencement 2005

Commencement 2005 marks the graduation of some very impressive undergraduates and graduates. Here are five women who won the UCLA Alumni Association's 2005 Outstanding Senior or Outstanding Graduate Student award.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2005


2005 NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship

The UCLA Women's Water Polo team won their third NCAA championship this month in Ann Arbor, Michigan, bringing UCLA's total NCAA title count up to 96. Take a look at some the pictures from their win and read what the women have to say about it.  Continue »
May 1, 2005


UCLA in LA: Chinatown Project Partnership

Urban planners have always been interested in bringing new life to old neighborhoods. But a focus on community, culture and history as part of the planning process is relatively new. In this spotlight, Urban Planning professor Shirley Hune, alongside LA Commmons director Karen Mack, explains how this new sort of planning is being used in the UCLA in LA: Chinatown Project.  Continue »
May 1, 2005


Men's tennis team wins NCAA title

The UCLA Men's Tennis Team won the NCAA Championship this month for the first time since 1984. In addition to breaking the the 21 year no championship streak, the men also gave UCLA its 97th NCAA title.  Continue »
May 1, 2005


Deborah Estrin and the Center for Embedded Network Sensing

Eco-Geeks? This is what Deborah Estrin calls her team of researchers. Why? They are developing a system of eco-sensors that can detect the tiniest levels of pollution in a given environment. How does it work and what does it do? Watch this short spotlight video on Estrin and her work.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2005


Weird Science? Engineers Week 2005

One never knows what he might find at Engineer's Week at UCLA. From liquid nitrogen ice cream to fire detecting robots, there is a vast variety of engineering feats. Watch the slide-show of the event's highlights and read about some of the wacky science going on.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2005


Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Fiat Lux: the University's motto, which means "let there be light", is the name of a series of seminars offered to freshmen at UCLA. The seminars focus on connecting freshmen with senior professors in small classes that stress critical thinking. Take this spotlight's guided flash tour though a couple of Fiat Lux seminars to see why they are both popular and useful.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2005


Luigi Ballerini, poet, food historian & professor of Italian

Luigi Ballerini, accomplished poet and professor of Italian, is entering a completely new field: food history. He has recently edited and re-published a 500 year-old cookbook. Ballerini feels that one can view cultural change through the recipes of history.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2005


Into Africa, Back to UCLA

Where some dream of adventure, Diana de Jesus pursued it. After graduating UCLA, de Jesus, hungry for adventure, postponed career plans to spend time volunteering as a teacher in Ghana. After returning to LA and meeting with UCLA alums, de Jesus re-evaluated her life and is now moving in an entirely different direction. Read about her plans and listen to her speak about her experiences.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2005


The Making of an Opera — Lorca, Child of the Moon

Lorca, Child of the Moon is a new opera based on the passions and poetry of 20th-century Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. It is written and composed by UCLA faculty and alumni and premieres on campus march 2005.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2005


Jared Diamond, linguist, molecular physiologist, bio-geographer, etc.

UCLA Professor Jared Diamond, author of "Guns, Germs and Steel", has written a new book: "Collapse". In these clips Diamond talks about his new book and outlines different geographical and societal elements that can doom a civilization.   Continue »
Mar 1, 2005


Hassan Ghamlouch and the Staff Assembly

After immigrating to the US from Lebanon, Hassan Ghamlouch graduated from UCLA in 1995. Now he is both the president of the Staff Assembly and the manager of the UCLA Guest House. Find out more about Ghamlouch and his duties.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2005


UCLA Mobile Clinic

The UCLA Mobile Clinic offers undergraduates and medical students a chance to help people living on the streets with their medical needs. The homeless get health care that is not available to them elsewhere, while the students get experience that no classroom can teach.   Continue »
Feb 1, 2005


Alumnus Jackie Robinson honored by Congress

Jackie Robinson — the player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier and the only athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports (football, basketball, track and baseball) — has been posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The details inside.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2005


Center X and a new approach to grade school math

At UCLA's mathematics project new ways of teaching grade school mathematics are being developed that stress true comprehension over just regurgitating information. Find out how exactly this is being done in this short video spotlight.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2005


Dr. John Frazee and the future of Neurosurgery

Navy pilot Paul Santos was facing a dilemma: a brain cyst was going to cause him to be grounded and the only operation that could treat the cyst would put a metal plate in his head, also grounding him. But UCLA Neurosurgeon John Frazee had an operation that would solve this dilemma.   Continue »
Jan 1, 2005