UCLA Spotlight


La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin

Virgin of GuadalupeIn what has become an annual tradition, theater professor Jose Luis Valenzuela directs a Latino Theater Company production of "La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin" downtown in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.   Continue »
Dec 7, 2009

Marshall Scholar Matthew Clawson

Matthew ClawsonMatthew M. Clawson, the captain of UCLA's ski and snowboard team and a passionate student of world affairs, has been selected to receive a 2010 Marshall Scholarship.  Continue »
Dec 4, 2009

Rhodes Scholar

Snapshot of Liz FouksmanFor the second year in a row, a recent UCLA grad has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Elizaveta Fouksman graduated from UCLA summa cum laude in 2008, with a major in history and minors in Russian literature and global studies.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2009

Stopping seizures: neurosurgeon Gary Mathern

Dr. Gary Mathern Dr. Gary Mathern's pediatric patients suffer from intractable epilepsy that can't be controlled with medication. Their parents face a difficult choice: risky surgery or severe brain damage.   Continue »
Nov 18, 2009

Bruin Astronauts

Astronaut's helmet space walkTo date, eight UCLA degree-holders have been selected by NASA as astronauts. Elliot See Jr.'s career was cut tragically short, but the other seven have flown 17 missions and spent a collective 327 days in space.  Continue »
Nov 16, 2009

Cultivating Justice: Alvaro Huerta

Alvaro Huerta close-upAlvaro Huerta has both a bachelor's and master's degree from UCLA. But even as an undergraduate, he found a way to combine his studies with his activism, earning himself the Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award.   Continue »
Nov 9, 2009

Steven Clarke: Aging and Rejuvenation

Faculty member Steven ClarkeBiochemist Steven Clarke sees life as "warfare" between chemistry, which ages us, and biology, which tries to build us back up. "Aging and Rejuvenation" is the topic of his Faculty Research Lecture, scheduled for Nov. 3, 2009.  Continue »
Nov 2, 2009


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Oct 22, 2009

UCLA in 3 minutes, 46 seconds

Aerial view of campusHow would you explain UCLA in less than four minutes? A new video lets faculty, staff and students do the explaining.   Continue »
Oct 19, 2009

Happy 99, Coach Wooden

John WoodenLegendary basketball coach John Wooden celebrates his 99th birthday on Oct. 14, 2009  Continue »
Oct 14, 2009

Alterraun Verner, Football

Alterraun Verner close-upSenior cornerback Alterraun Verner enjoys playing football. But he also enjoys solving math problems.  Continue »
Sep 28, 2009

Jackie Nguyen, Track and Field

Jackie Nguyen close-upAn All-American in the pole vault, Jackie Nguyen also learned about leadership while competing for UCLA.  Continue »
Sep 28, 2009

Chris Joseph, Football

Chris Joseph close-upChris Joseph '08, starting center on the UCLA football team, graduated Summa Cum Laude in geography and is now a Rhodes Scholar.   Continue »
Sep 28, 2009

Onnie Willis Rogers, Gymnastics

Onnie Willis Rogers close-upOnnie Willis Rogers was part of three NCAA championship gymnastics teams - and in 2001 was the first Bruin ever to win the all-around individual championship.   Continue »
Sep 28, 2009

Michelle Selesky, Gymnastics

Michelle Selesky close-upMichelle Selesky '07 was a walk-on to UCLA's gymnastics team. But her passion for her sport made her a fierce competitor, a Pac-10 champion and team co-captain in 2006 and 2007. She graduated Cum Laude in political science, and has already earned a Masters in political management from George Washington University.  Continue »
Sep 28, 2009

21st Century Bruins

UCLA logoFour outstanding student-athletes talk about their time at UCLA.   Continue »
Sep 28, 2009

Volunteer Day 2009

Student volunteerOn UCLA Volunteer Day, 4,604 students, team leaders and task captains fanned out across Los Angeles to pitch in on projects.   Continue »
Sep 24, 2009

Get Ready: UCLA Volunteer Day

Maproom detailOn Sept. 22, 2009 almost 6,000 UCLA students, faculty and staff will fan out across Los Angeles to pitch in on the first UCLA Volunteer Day. The tasks that await are anything but glamorous: painting, digging, cleaning, picking up junk. But when you multiply a few hours times thousands of volunteers, it's amazing what gets done.   Continue »
Sep 21, 2009

Welcome Week 2009

Students at Welcome Week 2008How does a New Bruin become a True Bruin? The process starts at Welcome Week, a whole series of events to welcome new students to campus. This year, Volunteer Day joins the line-up: thousands of students pitching in on projects in a public school, a beach, and Griffith Park.  Continue »
Sep 15, 2009

UCLA Community School

A playground at the new schoolOn Sept. 9, 360 K-5 students will arrive at the UCLA Community School on the grounds of the old Ambassador Hotel. It's a new kind of neighborhood school, a partnership between UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District.   Continue »
Sep 8, 2009

X-box + math = virtual surgery

Joseph Teran at the computerJoseph Teran is an assistant professor of mathematics. But one of his closest collaborators is an M.D. That's because Teran is working on a computer tool that is predictive for surgical procedures, giving surgeons a chance to practice on an individual's three-dimensional double.   Continue »
Aug 31, 2009

Bruins in Bardland

Shakespeare portraitUCLA students visiting England write home about their month-long trip studying Shakespeare's plays, watching live performances, and soaking up all things English.   Continue »
Aug 24, 2009

Steeped in History: The Art of Tea

Silver-gilt Italian teapot"Steeped in History: The Art of Tea," on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Aug. 16 through Nov. 29, is a wide-ranging exhibition that brings together centuries of art from three continents to delve into the history and culture of tea.  Continue »
Aug 17, 2009

Egyptologist Kara Cooney

Kara Cooney head shotFaculty member Kara Cooney is an expert on Egypt's New Kingdom (1550 to 1069 B.C.). In a new television show, she ventures "Out of Egypt" to explore the mysterious ways different cultures somehow create similar patterns.  Continue »
Aug 10, 2009

Glen MacDonald: Learning from past droughts

Glen MacDonaldFor geography professor Glen MacDonald, droughts of the distant past hold lessons for today. And as the new director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment, he's convinced that the challenges of global warming require an interdisciplinary response.   Continue »
Aug 3, 2009

Maureen Wadleigh goes for the goal

Maureen WadleighUCLA Recreation's Maureen Wadleigh has played soccer since her childhood. That focus on the goal has carried over to her job, and her newest challenge: president of Staff Assembly.   Continue »
Jul 27, 2009

Swords of Westwood: UCLA Kendo Club

Kendo helmetYelling at the top of her voice, a UCLA student launches an attack, sword in hand. But this ferocious combat is really about discipline and etiquette, as taught by the Kendo Club.   Continue »
Jul 20, 2009

UCLA Lab School mural

Detail of Lab School muralWhen the UCLA Lab School's 6th grade decided to do a mural, the children found help right on campus: renowned muralist and faculty member Judith Baca not only got involved, she brought her whole class along.  Continue »
Jul 13, 2009

Robin Garrell: Gold Shield Faculty Prize Winner

Robin GarrellAn innovative educator, Robin Garrell is also an accomplished scientist in the field of polymer chemistry. She's also the 2009 winner of the prestigious Gold Shield Faculty Prize.   Continue »
Jul 6, 2009

Brent Luvaas: studying youth culture in Indonesia

Brent LuvaasWhen Brent Luvaas spent 1996–97 in Indonesia as an exchange student, Yogyakarta had only “one coffee shop inside this exclusive little mall." When he returned as a Fulbright fellow, “every corner had a coffee shop, more people could afford to go, and everyone had a cell phone, even some of the guys pulling rickshaws.”  Continue »
Jun 29, 2009

Abel Valenzuela: down at the car wash (as a scholar)

Abel ValenzuelaAbel Valenzuela studies jornaleros - day laborers. His work has exploded some of the myths about this largely immigrant population.   Continue »
Jun 22, 2009

The teachers that inspire

UCLA seal"Students learn best and most when they find their own questions — and answers," one winner said. "The best teachers help them do both." Meet six of the 2009 winners of the Distinguished Teaching Award.   Continue »
Jun 15, 2009

Brad Delson speaks at UCLA graduation

Brad DelsonBrad Delson, summa cum laude '99 and lead guitarist for Linkin Park, delivered the keynote address at the 2009 College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony. Opening with a joke about not being the first choice, he proved to be a hit with graduating students.  Continue »
Jun 14, 2009

Tiananmen Square protester earns Ph.D.

Chaohua Wang in 2009June 11, 2009 will be a day of rejoicing: the formal hooding ceremony that recognizes the men and women who have earned doctoral degrees from UCLA. Few have worked as long and journeyed as far as Chaohua Wang.  Continue »
Jun 8, 2009

Homaira Hosseini '09, Commencement Speaker

Homaira HosseiniBorn in Afghanistan, UCLA student body president Homaira Hosseini knows what it is to see her homeland devastated by war. Her unique global perspective is part of the reason she was chosen as the student speaker for the College of Letters and Science Commencement 2009.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2009

A passion for compassion: Humanitarian Award winners

Four student winnersIt's no secret that outstanding Bruins can be found on any corner of UCLA's campus. But the four recipients of this year's Young Humanitarian Award have each found something in our Los Angeles community that needed a helping hand, and they went above and beyond to make an exceptional difference.  Continue »
May 26, 2009

Transforming Pauley Pavilion

Rendering of new Pauley PavilionThe Campaign of Champions marks the largest and most comprehensive endeavor in the history of UCLA Athletics. The goal is nothing less than the transformation of iconic Pauley Pavilion.   Continue »
May 18, 2009

Women's Water Polo: High 5

Player with ballIt was supposed to be a rebuilding year. After four championships in a row, the Bruins ended the 2009 regular season ranked and seeded third. But that's not how they played in the finals.   Continue »
May 11, 2009

Bruin astronaut Megan McArthur

Megan McArthur suited upWhen Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-125 lifts off on May 11 for NASA’s final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, a proud Bruin will be among the seven crew members.  Continue »
May 7, 2009

Todd Presner, Digital Humanities

Todd Presner video stillTodd Presner,UCLA associate professor of Germanic Languages and Jewish Studies, uses digital technology to explore the humanities.   Continue »
Apr 15, 2009

Kathrin Plath, Stem Cell Research

video still of Kathrin PlathKathrin Plath pursues the promise of stem cell research, studying the molecular mechanisms of cells.  Continue »
Apr 15, 2009

Omar Yaghi, Chemistry

video still of Omar YaghiSome of the MOFs – Metal Organic Frameworks – created in Omar Yaghi’s lab are like crystalline sponges, designed to store great quantities of CO2, hydrogen or methane in a small space. The man who pioneered reticular chemistry works actively with the energy industry.   Continue »
Apr 15, 2009

Antronette Yancey, Public Health

video still of Antronette YanceyAntronette Yancey is a formidable foe of the obesity epidemic. She takes on television advertising, fast food, and the sedentary office – with practical suggestions for worried parents and out-of-shape adults.  Continue »
Apr 15, 2009

John Mazziotta, Brain Mapping

John Mazziotta video stillBrain disorders can be mystifying and devastating. But reseachers like John Mazziotta are using detailed imagery to chart the structure and functions of normal human brains. Their goal: to understand how disorders attack and evaluate how treatments work.  Continue »
Apr 15, 2009

Rosa Manzo, Psychology Student

video still of Rosa ManzoPsychology student Rosa Manzo is the first in her family to attend college. Now she's doing undergraduate research about teacher expectations.   Continue »
Apr 15, 2009

Yona Sabar: Iraq, Israel, Los Angeles

Yona SabarA native speaker of Aramaic, Yona Sabar teaches that language at UCLA. In a life that has led him from his native Iraq to Israel and then to the U.S., Sabar has grappled with competing cultural identities.  Continue »
Apr 6, 2009

Tiverton House: A quiet place for patients' families

Sign identifying Tiverton HouseUCLA's Tiverton House is a small hotel for the families of patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The entire staff is dedicated to offering a caring, supportive atmosphere.   Continue »
Mar 30, 2009

Rich Ohara: Campus beautiful

Close-up of Rich OharaFor 18 years, landscape architect Rich Ohara and his staff have tended the lawns and gardens of UCLA. Natural beauty and sustainability top his list of goals.   Continue »
Mar 23, 2009

Merav Shohet navigates the culture in Vietnam

Merav Shohet close-upWhile doing her field research in Vietnam, Merav Shohet learned how to navigate a culture in which "how old are you?" is the first question asked of any stranger.   Continue »
Mar 16, 2009

Carol Block embraces campus and community

Carol Block close-upAnyone who expected Chancellor Block's wife to fill only a ceremonial role, smiling alongside her husband, doesn't know Carol Block.   Continue »
Mar 9, 2009

Gregory Schopen: An iconoclast studies Buddha

Professor Gregory SchopenCan a kid from Deadwood, South Dakota master Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali and Tibetan? Gregory Schopen did, en route to becoming an authority on classical Buddhism.  Continue »
Feb 27, 2009

Stephanie Fisher: Living Well with MS

Stephanie FisherStephanie Fisher has a passion for helping - even her dog is a certified therapy dog who works with her to assist patients with MS.  Continue »
Feb 23, 2009

Arthur Ashe: 'The Eternal Example'

As much a student as an athlete, Arthur Ashe went on to distinguish himself in realms far greater than tennis.   Continue »
Feb 13, 2009

Scott Edmondson and the Witches

Scott Edmondson may not be the first Fulbright fellow to lose a laptop in the course of his fieldwork. But how many other victims have managed to turn the search for the missing laptop into part of a dissertation?  Continue »
Feb 9, 2009

25 Years of Liver Transplants

25 Years of Liver TransplantsIt began as an experimental procedure. Twenty-five years later, UCLA's liver transplant program has become the most active in the world.  Continue »
Feb 2, 2009

Eugene Volokh, Professor Conspirator

Close-up photo of Eugene VolokhHe was a child prodigy and high-tech wunderkind. In his 20s, he became a law professor. Now UCLA Professor Eugene Volokh is one of the most famous and controversial legal experts in America.  Continue »
Jan 26, 2009

Hitoshi Abe: Inspiring the Next Generation

Hitoshi AbeWhen Hitoshi Abe was named chair of UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design in 2007 - becoming the first Japanese [national] chair of architecture in an American university.  Continue »
Jan 20, 2009

Medical student Voltaire Sinigayan

Closeup of Voltaire SinigayanUCLA medical student Voltaire Sinigayan talks about his volunteer work for the homeless, including his time with the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project. (Story and video.)  Continue »
Jan 5, 2009