UCLA Spotlight


Kathleen Turner Arrives Red Hot to the Geffen Playhouse

Kathleen Turner Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner sizzles in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins  Continue »
Jan 3, 2012

Jazz greats join forces

Herbie HancockherJazz greats Herb Alpert, Kenny Burrell and Herbie Hancock have launched a groundbreaking partnership between the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.  Continue »
Apr 15, 2011

Peer Learning

Students working with tutorsStudent tutors provide powerful support, both academic and personal. It's all part of the Academic Advancement Program's Learning Tutorials.   Continue »
Mar 7, 2011

UCLA celebrates 50 years with the Peace Corps

Logo for UCLA-Peace Corps 50th anniversaryFrom March 2 to 5, 2011, UCLA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. UCLA has been involved with the Peace Corps since its founding. Many volunteers trained at UCLA, and UCLA is among the top 10 universities in terms of the number of students who become Peace Corps volunteers.   Continue »
Feb 22, 2011

Wireless Health

Majid SarrafzadehComputer science professor Majid Sarrafzadeh uses the analogy of a car to help explain Wireless Health. We don't take the car to a mechanic to figure out when we'll run out of gas. Instead, we rely on continual monitoring of fuel levels. What if health care was also based on 24/7 monitoring and proven data?   Continue »
Jan 10, 2011

Science in Beijing: A partnership with Peking University

Photo illustration of Chinese flag in a petri dishA partnership with Peking University is bringing UCLA students into Beijing science labs.   Continue »
Dec 6, 2010

Putting public health concerns on the map

Detail of map showing fast food outletsLooking for a connection between obesity and fast food outlets? Tables of figures may not communicate as clearly as a data map. More and more, the researchers at the UCLA School of Public Health rely on sophisticated data mapping to communicate with policy-makers and the general public.   Continue »
Dec 6, 2010

Slam Dunk: Basketball team models sustainability

Basketball playerUCLA men's basketball coach Ben Howland and his players talk about a sense of urgency, dedication and teamwork - basketball virtues that translate to the arena of sustainability.   Continue »
Nov 24, 2010

UCLA Lab School and Stone Creek

Stone Creek Elementary school students from the UCLA Lab School have made Stone Canyon Creek, which runs through their campus, the subject of a yearlong science study.  Continue »
Nov 24, 2010

Winston Doby on Optimal Learning

Winston DobyIn this UCLA News Week Special, Vice Chancellor emeritus Winston Doby talks about optimal learning, his innovative approach to sustaining diversity at UCLA.   Continue »
Nov 23, 2010

Applying to UCLA: the personal statement

Calendar iconNov. 30 is getting closer. If you're applying to UCLA as an undergraduate, you need to be working on your personal statement and other portions of your application. This video provides some advice.   Continue »
Nov 15, 2010

Wooden's Den

Wooden's den on exhibitThe memento-filled den from John Wooden's home has been lovingly reconstructed inside UCLA's Athletics Hall of Fame.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2010

Sand Mandala at the Hammer

Detail of sand mandalaBetween Oct. 26 and Nov. 7, 2010, Tibetan monks are creating a sand mandala on a table in the Hammer museum, where visitors may observe the work in progress.   Continue »
Nov 1, 2010

Parents' Weekend: Boosting Bruin Family Connections

Mother and daughter from Parents' Weekend 2009UCLA Parents' Weekend, Oct. 29-31, is an opportunity for parents of undergraduates to connect with their kids and with other parents.   Continue »
Oct 18, 2010

UCLA Community School doubles space, size

Detail, playgroundThe UCLA Community School begins its second year with twice as many students and twice as much space. The explosive growth is a challenge.  Continue »
Sep 27, 2010

Volunteer Day 2010

Detail, map of volunteer sitesVolunteer Day 2010 was cool and overcast. But in every other way, it was even bigger and better than the inaugural event in 2009.  Continue »
Sep 21, 2010

Volunteer Day: Get Ready

Volunteers in 2009UCLA Volunteer Day 2010 is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21. For the Volunteer Center, it's time to put the finishing touches on a massive planning effort.   Continue »
Sep 17, 2010

Welcome Week

Audience at Bruin Bash 2009True Bruin Welcome is an annual tradition at UCLA and fosters Bruin spirit for both new and returning students.  Continue »
Sep 13, 2010

Ceramics of Ancient Mexico

Detail of vessel"Fowler in Focus: Monochrome Ceramics from Ancient Mexico," is on view at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Sept. 12 through Jan. 23, 2011.   Continue »
Sep 13, 2010

For the Other World: Korean Funerary Figures at the Fowler

Kkoktu dollsMore than 70 dolls from the Ockrang Cultural Foundation of Seoul will be at the Fowler Museum from Aug. 22 through Nov. 28 in a remarkable exhibit called Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World.   Continue »
Aug 30, 2010

The Goldbergs: vintage TV restored

Molly GoldbergIn the 1950s the first lady of television was the fictional Molly Goldberg - as written, directed, produced and acted by Gertrude Berg.   Continue »
Aug 23, 2010

Rediscovering the lost world of Neo-Latin

Neo-Latin textShane Butler and Debora Shuger are experts in the field of Neo-Latin studies, the study of the use of Latin during the 14th to 17th centuries.   Continue »
Aug 11, 2010

Hand transplant program

Prepped handIn some ways, hand transplants are more difficult than organ transplants. No one sees your liver or heart, but your hand is a visible part of your identity.  Continue »
Aug 2, 2010

Water wise: Sustainable Living Program

Campus entrance with drought-resistant plantsUCLA students in the Education for Sustainable Living Program install drought-tolerant plants in a water-wise landscape located at the campus entrance at Hilgard and Wyton.  Continue »
Jul 19, 2010

John Wooden Memorial Service - June 26, 2010

On June 26, 2010 the family of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden is gathering in Pauley Pavilion with alumni athletes, friends and well-wishers to celebrate his life.  Continue »
Jun 23, 2010

Commencement 2010

99 flags at Commencement 2010Commencement 2010, a weekend-long celebration, also included formal and informal tributes to coach John Wooden.   Continue »
Jun 14, 2010

Bike to campus

BicycleWhy ride a bike to campus? In this short film, one UCLA cyclist talks about saving money and feeling free, while the other speaks on sustainability.   Continue »
May 21, 2010

Pauley Pavilion groundbreaking

Chancellor Block in hard hatSpeakers at the ceremonial groundbreaking included Chancellor Gene Block, athletic director and alumnus Dan Guerrero, and student-athlete Anna Li.   Continue »
May 12, 2010

Pauley Pavilion transformation begins

Rendering of remodeled Pauley PavilionThe May 11 groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes a renovation of Pauley Pavilion that is so extensive, it amounts to a transformation.   Continue »
May 7, 2010

Green majors growing fast

Plant growingMany different academic departments collaborate to offer the Environmental Science major and its eight minors. "This is where science and policy meet," says the academic director of the Institute of the Environment.   Continue »
Apr 19, 2010

The Selling of Huck Finn

Madame Alexander doll of Huck FinnIf you think his Huck Finn memorabilia is "cute," don't tell collector Tom Wortham. His purpose in amassing the toys and souvenirs is to show how popular culture has distorted a novel he calls "tragic and difficult."  Continue »
Mar 29, 2010

Nick Cave's Soundsuit Invasions, UCLA

Artist Nick CaveFor artist Nick Cave, an exhibition of his eye-catching Soundsuits at the Fowler Museum is also an opportunity to collaborate with students in UCLA's Department of World Arts and Culture. With dance and gesture, the students learn to make the Soundsuits come alive with sound and motion.   Continue »
Mar 9, 2010

Celebrating 40 years of Ethnic Studies

Detail of 40th anniversary logoForty years ago, UCLA became one of the first universities to establish ethnic studies centers to examine American Indian, Asian American, African American and Chicano history and culture. This academic year has been designated as the Year of Ethnic Studies at UCLA.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

UCLA goes online at YouTube, Facebook, iTunes U

Detail of UCLA on YouTube web pageUCLA now has a presence on YouTube and Facebook, as well as iTunes U.  Continue »
Sep 30, 2008

Welcome Week 2008

Welcome Week bannersNow it begins: Welcome Week celebrates the beginning of the academic year for new and returning students.   Continue »
Sep 19, 2008

UCLA Extension opens new downtown learning center

Hal AckermanThis fall, UCLA Extension is offering more than 50 classes at a new downtown campus at the Figeroa Courtyard office project in downtown L.A.  Continue »
Sep 8, 2008

Into the Woods: UniCamp

Unicamp 2008Eleven UCLA students organized a food drive in 1934 to benefit needy children and families in West Los Angeles. But the student volunteers wanted to do more.  Continue »
Jul 28, 2008

Summer Digs: Total immersion archaeology

Archaeological dig"Hard work has never been so much fun," says a student who helped excavate mummies in the Tarpaca Valley in Chile. That pilot project has been expanded to 14 sites for the summer of 2008.   Continue »
Jul 7, 2008

Can a lab be green?

beaker with leavesChemicals, lab regulations and safety procedures make greening a lab a daunting prospect. But that hasn't stopped the School of Dentistry's Weintraub Center from becoming a pilot project for environmentally-conscious practices in laboratories.  Continue »
Jun 30, 2008

Splash! Festival

Mami Wata imageMermaids will take on a whole new meaning once you've experienced the Splash! Festival at the Fowler Museum.  Continue »
Apr 11, 2008

UCLA at the Oscars 2008

Producer Gil CatesMaybe Oscar's not a Bruin, but he sure gets lots of Bruins involved, backstage and on stage, for the annual Academy Awards.   Continue »
Feb 22, 2008

Academic Advancement Program at 35

jubilant graduateIn its 35 year history, UCLA's Academic Advancement Program has welcomed and challenged undergraduate students. Today the focus is on first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.  Continue »
Feb 19, 2008

UCLA at Sundance 2008

Movie marquee at SundanceUCLA's film school has close ties to the Sundance Festival, starting with alumnus and festival director Geoff Gilmore.  Continue »
Jan 26, 2008

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Herb Alpert A $30 million gift from Herb Alpert begins a new era of music at UCLA  Continue »
Nov 16, 2007

Dive In: Welcome Week 2007

Kick-start the undergraduate experience at Welcome Week  Continue »
Sep 20, 2007

A new name in stem cell research at UCLA

With a $20 million gift from the Broad Foundation, stem cell research at UCLA gets a new name and new capabilities.  Continue »
Sep 10, 2007

Global buddies, family coaching: ideas to change the world

What do families need to meet the typical challenges of child-rearing, and to understand worldwide issues confronting the environment and humanity? UCLA's Global Center for Children and Families is reaching out with programs such as Global Buddies and Family Coaching Clinics.  Continue »
Aug 21, 2007

UCLA in Tanzania

Linguistics professor Katrina Daly Thompson took a UCLA summer sessions class to Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam to study Swahili. Here's their blog.  Continue »
Jun 26, 2007

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Scheduled to open in 2008, the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center combines the newest in technology with a design that maximizes natural light for healing.   Continue »
May 31, 2007

Death Pit: Cotner Open House

7,500 years ago, 40 people in South-East Turkey were dismembered, decapitated and thrown in a mass grave. Why? UCLA researchers are finding out.  Continue »
Apr 30, 2007

UCLA welcomes new admits

UCLA is big. That means choice: 5,000 courses. 109 academic departments. 130 undergraduate majors. 800 student organizations. Limitless possibility.  Continue »
Apr 2, 2007

Billy Wilder Theater opens at Hammer Museum

Unveiled in December 2006, the Billy Wilder Theater now hosts screenings by the UCLA Film and Television Archive as well as programs of the Hammer Museum.   Continue »
Feb 5, 2007

Nomad chic: Fowler exhibit about the Tuareg, "blue people of the Sahara"

The Tuareg, semi-nomadic desert dwellers of the Sahara, have long piqued the curiosity of Westerners. A new Tuareg exhibit at the Fowler will offer a glance into the lives and crafts of these fabled people.   Continue »
Jan 2, 2007

Tis the season to be mellow (Mindful Awareness Research Center)

However merry the holiday season may be, it is always accompanied by a large dose of stress. UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center provides some tips on how to take it easy (mentally).  Continue »
Dec 11, 2006

UCLA School of Dentistry fights oral cancer with new screening test

Oral cancer is a disease that affects 30,000 Americans annually and is problematic partially because it is hard to detect. This may change as the UCLA School of Dentistry has developed a diagnostic saliva test.  Continue »
Oct 16, 2006

Dive In to the New Academic Year

A new academic year means lots of new options and decisions. Here are some of the new majors and minors being offered at UCLA, along with other helpful tips.  Continue »
Sep 26, 2006

Welcome Week 2006

UCLA is an amazing place. And the new school year breaks out of the gate with an amazing Welcome Week of fun, festival and food — and it's all free!  Continue »
Sep 18, 2006

Broad Art Center opens: new home for UCLA's visual arts programs

Thanks to Eli and Edythe Broad, the School of the Arts and Architecture has a seismically repaired and distinctive new home — formerly known as Dickson Art Center — for its internationally recognized visual arts programs.  Continue »
Sep 11, 2006

Commencement 2006

Commencement is more than just graduation, it is a rite of passage for every UCLA student. This spotlight takes a more in depth look at 2006's commencement highlights.  Continue »
Jun 12, 2006

iCarnaval! exhibit brings UCLA its own carnival parade

This Saturday the Fowler Museum's Carnival Exhibition goes mobile with a parade and celebration. Take a look at some of the festivities.  Continue »
Apr 3, 2006

Brick, concrete and green all over: La Kretz Hall

La Kretz Hall, which opened in June 2005, is the epitome of sustainable design. The building houses the UCLA Institute of the Environment and employs a variety of different tactics in keeping the building green.  Continue »
Mar 13, 2006

Campaign UCLA raises $3 billion

Campaign UCLA has been the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of higher education: over $3 billion raised in ten years. The effects of this fund-raising are far-reaching.  Continue »
Feb 16, 2006

UCLA/Getty Program on the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials

A new masters program conducted by the Getty and UCLA offers students a curriculum in conserving and restoring ancient artifacts and art. The first of its kind on the West Coast, the three-year program is primarily conducted at the state-of-the-art conservation labs at the Getty Villa in Malibu.   Continue »
Feb 7, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Construction and UCLA's 'Sense of Place'

There are a lot of buildings going up around UCLA, many designed by famous architects and firms. While these buildings are on the cutting-edge of architecture, many steps are being taken to ensure that they blend nicely with the already existing architectural legacy of UCLA.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2004

Saluting Vodou Spirits (at the Fowler Museum)

When most people hear the word "Vodou", they think of black magic or a doll with pins, but this understanding is far from the truth. This spotlight contains a video preview of the Vodou exhibition at the Fowler. Take a look at what Vodou is really all about.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2004

UCLA Blood and Platelet Center

Donating platelets takes about two hours longer than donating blood, making it more difficult to find donors. But now with UCLA's Blood and Platelet Center's e-chairs the process has never been easier. What exactly is an e-chair? Find out here.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2004

Mia and Evan Levi, Homecoming and Parents' Weekend

Homecoming and Parents' Weekend give parents the opportunity to learn more about the experience their children have at UCLA. Mia and Evan Levi, co-chairs of the UCLA Fund Parents program, feel that parent involvement at the college level is very important. Find out why these two parents are especially invested in the weekend and the program.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2004

Welcome to UCLA & a New Academic Year

There is more to Welcome Week than moving your furniture in and buying books. Take a look at 2004's list of Welcome Week activities on campus.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2004

UCLA Women's Track and Field

UCLA won its 94th national championship when women's track became the NCAA outdoor champions. In the last ten years UCLA has never finished out of the top ten, and five times finished 2nd, so the win was incredibly satisfying for the team.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2004

Festival 2004, School of Theater, Film and Television

Every year in June students from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television host a festival allowing fellow students and community members to take a look at what they have been hard at work on. The details are here.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2004

UCLA Medal, Commencement 2004

Commencement 2004 will feature some very impressive commencement speakers. In addition, the UCLA medal will be presented to George Mitchell, accomplished statesman, and George Aratani, noted businessman and founder of Misaka and Kenwood. Take a look at who else will be there.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2004

UCLA History Project

The last history book written about UCLA was published in 1969. That is why a new book on the general history of UCLA is being put together that will combine about 400 pages of text with lots of pictorials. The details inside.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2004

Gary Bush, UCLA Kidney Transplant Recipient

UCLA's transplant program is one of the biggest in the world. Here is the personal tale of one man's experience with it, and the kidney that saved his life.  Continue »
May 1, 2004

Freshman Clusters, UCLA College

Starting six year's ago, UCLA began offering a general education class for Freshmen called "Freshman Clusters". The course is a year long, taught by many professors, and focuses on one broad subject viewed from many different disciplines. Find out more about this widely successful course.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2004

UCLA Chinese Cultural Dance Club

This year the UCLA Chinese Cultural Dance Club begins a community outreach mentorship program: Big Sis/Lil Sis Program. In the program young girls, primarily from Chinese ancestry, are teamed up with student mentors who teach them traditional Chinese dance and also tutor them in school subjects.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004

UCLA Extension, Masters of Graphic Design Series

The Masters of Graphic Design series began in 1990 when InJu Sturgeon thought to have accomplished graphic designers create the covers of the UCLA Extension catalogs. After convincing famous designer Paul Rand to create the inaugural cover, other big designers followed. Now the series is being celebrated as a work of art at a New York gallery. See the covers and find out the story behind them.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004

School of Theater, Film and Television

In 1960 Barbara Boyle was finishing UCLA Law and searching for work as a lawyer in Hollywood, but life had a different plan for her. Instead, Boyle, now the head of head of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, lead a long career as a producer and studio executive. Take a look at how she ended up where she did, and what she has to say about women in the film industry.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004

Culinary Training Program, St. Joseph Center and UCLA Medical Center

A new program out of the Saint Joseph Center in Venice trains people in all facets of food handling, service and safety to prepare them for food-service jobs. The 10-week intensive courses use UCLA and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Centers as their training grounds. Read about one woman's experience in the program.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2004

Self-Help Graphics and UCLA Chicano Studies Center

Two years ago, Self-Help Graphics & Art, a cultural institution in the heart of East L.A., had a close call: A fire in a new air conditioning system threatened to destroy 30 years of original artwork. The blaze was quickly contained, but it served as a wake-up call.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2004

UCLA Recycling, Facilities Management

With a daily population of about 60,000, UCLA produces the same amount of waste as a small city. The recycling program, that began in 1990, sees to it that some of this waste is recycled. Take a behind-the-scenes look at UCLA recycling statistics and staff.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2003

Trees of Life

The exhibit "Ceramic Trees of Life" at the Fowler has taken on a life of its own. The exhibit spurred a community outreach art program that helped downtown Los Angeles residents create their own wooden or ceramic tress that tell a story about their life. These trees were not only displayed at the Fowler, but their creators were bussed in to take a look at their work on display.   Continue »
Oct 1, 2003

Homecoming & Parents' Weekend

2003's Homecoming and Parents' Weekend is jam-packed with events and excitement. This Spotlight outlines the weekend that attracts 3,000 parents.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2003

All-Hill Halloween

Spooky UCLA? On Halloween, 2500 children from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods will be bussed to UCLA to do their trick-or-treating in a safe, traffic-free area. In addition to going door-to-door in the residence halls, they will participate in scary haunted houses, games, face-painting, and other activities.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2003

Welcome Week 2003

Don't know what to do between the first day of class and move-in day? Check out this list of fun events happening during Welcome Week 2003.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2003

UCLA Science Project

Science teachers from low-income schools across Los Angeles gathered at UCLA this summer with the desire to invigorate their classes with nanoscience. Take a look at some of the activities and experiments they were taking part in.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2003

Language Resource Center, UCLA College

The Language Resource Center is focusing on new techniques to teach language to "heritage language learners", those who grew up conversing in a language, but never learned to read or write proficiently in it. Take a look at the new programs they're offering.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2003

Cultural Virtual Reality Lab, UCLA College

In the Cultural Virtual Reality Lab of UCLA, a sort of cultural time machine is being built. Researchers there have recreated many old buildings in virtual reality that are no longer standing. From the Roman Forum to the Inca's Temple of the Sun, this laboratory is recreating some pretty interesting places.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2003

Festival 2003 Student Films

Festival 2003 once again offers UCLA students and community members a chance to check out some of UCLA's student films.   Continue »
Jun 1, 2003

Music Partnership Program

UCLA's Music Partnership Program helps high school students learn their instruments better and molds them into more well-rounded students. Take a look at two students who were tutored by the program and now tutor in it.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2003

TenPercent Student Newsmagazine

TenPercent is the first LGBT College Publication ever to be printed in the United States. This Spotlight takes a look at TenPecent, from its beginnings in 1979 to its current push to bolster circulation.  Continue »
May 1, 2003

JSEI Affiliates, Volunteers with Vision

The Jules Stein Eye Institute understands the importance of healthy vision in young people. They even started a program to give children teddy bears who are going in for eye surgery. Learn more about the JSEI in this spotlight.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2003

The California Dryden Project

A literary project that began half a century ago at UCLA is finally coming to an end. Only three of the original eighteen scholars who began the project remain, and they can finally sign off with pride. Their subject: John Dryden, a 17th century British poet who is considered the greatest poet of his century. Read more about this 20-volume undertaking and why it took so long.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2002

Traditions: Homecoming

Since 1933 Bruins have taken part in Homecoming ceremonies. While the spirit has always been the same, this spotlight takes a look at some of the different shapes it has taken and some of the landmarks in homecoming history.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2002

Robotic Surgery, Robotic and Technology Center

Dr. Joe Hines performed surgery on a heart-burn patient from across the room using sensitive controls and voice-activation. The actual surgery was performed by a robot. Learn about UCLA's Robotic and Technology Center, and the effects it is having on modern medicine.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2002

Air Photo Archives

The UCLA Air Photo Archives consist of 40,000 plus aerial photos taken of the US over the first half of the century. These incredible photos offer insight into the growth of a nation and the geographical process. How was it that these photos were on their way to the dumpster when they were discovered by a UCLA graduate student?   Continue »
Aug 1, 2002

Conjoined Twins, Mattel Children's Hospital

After 22 hours of surgery at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital, Guatemalan conjoined twins Maria Teresa and Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez, attached at the head, were separated.   Continue »
Aug 1, 2002

Preservation and Restoration: UCLA Film Archive

With DVDs selling briskly and movie rentals in every strip mall, it's easy to assume that movies last practically forever. But fifty percent of all films made before 1950 have been lost or destroyed. Films that are particularly at risk at those independent ones that are not being stored in some big studio. How is the UCLA Film & Television Archive solving this problem?  Continue »
Jul 1, 2002

Film, Television and Digital Media Festival 2002

The annual Film, Television, and Digital Media Festival offers the UCLA community a chance to come check out some of the work that the university's film makers and designers have been doing. Find out more about this exciting event.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2002

Commencement 2002

What do the president of the Directors Guild of America, the speaker of the California Assembly, the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and a Nobel laureate all have in common? They all spoke at Commencement 2002. Take a look at this year's biggest celebration on campus.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2002

Pacoima CERC

In Pacoima, California, graffiti, gangs, and general socioeconomic struggle are part of everyday life. A UCLA outreach program aimed to better the circumstances of Pacoima when it built the sixth UCLA Community Education Resource Center. Find out more about what the Center's goals are, and how it plans to accomplish them.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2002

Quarter in Washington

Thirty Bruin undergrads are participating in UCLA's Quarter in Washington Program this spring despite TV newscasts of the Pentagon attack or anthrax scares. For these top students, being in Washington, D.C. while government leaders grapple with terrorism on different fronts, presents them with a golden opportunity, not a threat.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2002

UCLA: Next — Student Cable Television

UCLA undergraduates Valerie Morrell and Alex Weed are hosts of UCLA: Next, a fast-paced television show entirely ran by students. The show profiles UCLA as "a city within a city" guiding viewers through the little known areas of the campus. Here's the what, where, and when of this exciting new show.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2002

Auditory Clinic

Husband and wife Lara and Michael Wall have been completely deaf since infancy, communicating primarily in sign language. This month at the UCLA Medical Center they were implanted with devices allowing them to hear and heard each other speak for the first time.   Continue »
Feb 1, 2002

Iranian Cinema (12th Annual Celebration)

The UCLA Film and Television Archive has put together a splendid collection of Iranian films for 2002's 12th annual celebration of Iranian cinema. This spotlight outlines some of the films that are being shown.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

California NanoSystems Institute

One of three institutes to receive $100 million from the state for research, the California NanoSystems Institute is on the forefront of nano-research and may represent the future of technology. Don't know what Nanosystems are? Get with the now, take a look at what the Institute is up to and how they feel the future will be molded.  Continue »
Dec 11, 2000

Ocean Discovery Center

At the Santa Monica Pier, UCLA students and volunteer docents are educating the Los Angeles youth about the fragile marine ecosystem that exists in their backyard and the environmental dangers that threaten it. The Ocean Discovery Center caters to almost 40,000 guests per year with interesting tours and exciting demonstrations. Read more about the center and its undertakings,  Continue »
Nov 27, 2000

Visualization Portal

On the 5th floor of the Math Science Building is a 40-seat theater that has the ability to bring audiences through time and space using three-dimensional presentations. The Visual Portal Program is a program that allows students and researchers to better understand their work. Read on to find out more about this incredible project.  Continue »
Sep 11, 2000