UCLA Spotlight




2002

Chefs Hans Elbel and Andre Lehmann

Ever wonder where the enormous amount of baked goods in UCLA's dining commons comes from? Turns out it is not magical elves or robots that bake it, but these two guys: Hans Elbel and Andre Lehmann.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2002


Mark Barad, Neuropsychiatric Institute

Assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Mark Barad acknowledges that fear is a very important part of the human psyche: it enables us to respond to danger. However, when fear is felt in the wrong place and the wrong time, it can be very troubling for the afflicted. Barad studies and researches new methods to help people with their phobias, and his findings have been quite interesting.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2002


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


Antoinette Reynolds, Ashe Center

Antoinette Reynolds, an administrative specialist in the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, also works very hard outside of work. She volunteers for Angel Tree, a program established to give presents to children on behalf of their incarcerated parents.   Continue »
Dec 1, 2002


Timothy Tangherlini, Folklore

In 1987, UCLA professor Timothy Tangherlini was living in South Korea when Democratic uprisings surged across the nation. Although he was studying Korean shamans at the time, the real question on his mind was, "Why aren't there any punk bands here?"   Continue »
Nov 1, 2002


Stephen Yenser, English

One night while on leave from the navy, Stephen Yenser and his friends were on their way to have a drunken confrontation with a bouncer at a nightclub they had been to earlier. They had gone home to retrieve a gun, and were en-route when the driver crashed the car. Two of the young men were killed instantly and Yenser was put into a body-cast. Now Stephen Yenser is a decorated poet and director of the undergraduate Creative Writing Program at UCLA. Here's how:   Continue »
Nov 1, 2002


Ronni Sanlo, LGBT Studies

The first time Ronni Sanlo can remember having feelings for another woman was in 1958; she was eleven years old and in love with Annette Funicello of "The Mickey Mouse Club". Now, a marriage, kids, and a half a lifetime later, she is director of the UCLA LGBT office and does some very interesting work.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2002


Duncan Lindsey, SPPSR

Duncan Lindsey grew up in the fifties the son of a single woman struggling to provide for her two children. It is the memory of his impoverished childhood that motivates this UCLA professor. In Lindsey's life there is no line between his professional and personal life, Child Welfare occupies both.   Continue »
Nov 1, 2002


Linnaea Mallette, Office of Research Administration

When staff-member Linnaea Mallette was only four years old she suffered a fever of 106 degrees. The fever left her hearing severely damaged, not only affecting her auditory comprehension, but also her speech patterns. But Mallette would not be stopped by her disability and is now happily married and an incredibly active member of her community.   Continue »
Oct 1, 2002


Hal Fishman, Newsman

The longest-running news anchor in the history of television, Hal Fishman, earned his M.A. in political Science from UCLA in 1956 with the intent to go into teaching. After serving as an associate professor, he made the switch to television in 1960. This month's alumni spotlight takes a look at the career of Hal Fishman.  Continue »
Oct 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


Barbara Van de Wiele, Anesthesiology

When the Guatemalan conjoined twins were separated, UCLA anesthesiologist Barbara Van de Wiele got some public attention for her role in the operation. But Van de Wiele insists that that operation was much like many others that she performed, in that both doctor and patient depend on her.   Continue »
Oct 1, 2002


9/11 Commemoration

Read about the candlelight vigil for the one year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2002


Stan Penton, Docent

After retiring from the business world, Stan Penton '43 began volunteering as a docent at UCLA's Mildred Mathias Botanical Gardens in 1997. But his love affair with plants has been going on for decadesand can even be traced up his family tree.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2002


Ruth Roemer, Public Health

At 86, UCLA professor of Public Health Ruth Roemer is still typing letters of recommendation for students and traveling the world for public health conferences. But activity is nothing new for this veteran activist who has spent most of her long life fighting for public health causes. Take a glance into the incredible life of Ruth Roemer.   Continue »
Sep 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


Dominguez Law Students

The Dominguez siblings, two brothers and one sister, all enrolled at UCLA School of Law. After losing their father nineteen years ago, Pepita, their mother, raised them all by herself. Working three jobs, she provided them with the necessary care and resources to sculpt their impressive academic careers.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2002


Gina Fatone, Ethnomusicology

It was in a class at the New England Conservatory of Music that Gina Fatone realized that one's ability to sing a note correlated into his or her ability to play that same note on an instrument. She is now finishing her dissertation on the connection between vocal and motor skills. Read on for details on her innovative work work.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2002


Richard Kaner, Chemistry

It is chemistry professor Richard Kraner's memory of his boring undergraduate chemistry classes that inspires him to make his classes interesting. He succeeds by illustrating the relevance of his materials to everyday life and introducing new research into his curriculum as soon as it is published. Read more about why this professor was awarded UCLA's Gold Shield Award for faculty excellence in June.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2002


Jake Heggie, Opera Composer

Jake Heggie '84 is an accomplished operatic composer whose passion for music is inspiring. Read why he attributes UCLA for much of his success.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2002


Rick Holmes, Media Systems

What drives Rick Holmes is a desire to solve problems. As chief engineer in the Media Systems Design Department of the Office of Instructional Development, he constantly is figuring out how to make the office more techno-friendly. His love affair with this field began as a motion-picture brat growing up in Los Angeles. See what he has to say about his experiences at UCLA.  Continue »
Jul 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


Tung Ngo, Physiological Science

It was after their 13th attempt that UCLA graduate student Tung Ngo's family finally escaped from Vietnam. Ngo then spent 4 years in refugees camps before finally arriving in Southern California in 1997 and enrolling in High School at the age of 17. Now he is receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA, take a look at Ngo's fascinating story.  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


Walter Gekelman, Plasma Physics

In the Science and Technology Research Building, physicists are using an 80 ton machine to study Plasma: the mysterious substance that is not quite solid, liquid, or gaseous. Walter Gekelman is the UCLA faculty member leading up this research. Read what he has to say about his fascinating work.   Continue »
Jun 1, 2002


Elena Hsieh and Gilmer Youn, Undergraduate Research

These two super students were part of a 68-student undergraduate group chosen from across the nation to present their findings on Capitol Hill. Find out why their professors said they were better researchers than many postdoctoral students.  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


Munir Shaikh, Islamic Studies

Munir Shaikh's master's degree in Islamic Studies has already led to some interesting jobs. The flashiest was tutoring the cast of a movie about boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Shaikh showed actor Will Smith, who plays the title role, how to perform prayers and recite Arabic.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2002


Kit Spikings, Alumni Association

Kit Spikings has been working for the Alumni Association for nearly three decades, but it was only three years ago that she began to volunteer for the UCLA Medical Center; an experience that has changed her life. Spikings shows us that just because one is not a doctor or a nurse, doesn't mean they can't give tremendously in the medical arena.  Continue »
May 1, 2002


David Geffen Gift to School of Medicine

The School of Medicine has a new name and a bright future, thanks to a $200 million gift from entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen. The gift is the largest ever made to the University of California, and the largest single donation ever made to a school of medicine in this country.  Continue »
May 1, 2002


Susan McClary, Musicologist

When Susan McClary hears music, she doesn't just hear a tune or a melody, she hears a reflection of societal views on gender and sexuality. This very accomplished UCLA professor has authored and edited more than 25 books and given lectures across the nation. Take a look at this month's faculty spotlight to learn more.  Continue »
May 1, 2002


Francoise Lionnet, French and Francophone Studies

Professor Francoise Lionnet is changing the way UCLA students view the world of French literature by giving due credit to the literary accomplishments of authors from ex-French colonies. Growing up on the French colonial island of Mauritius, she felt cheated by her French teachers that only taught books from Europe. Read on to learn about this revolutionary new program that is on the forefront of Franco-studies.  Continue »
May 1, 2002


Geoffrey Marcy, Astronomer

Geoffrey Marcy doesn't have his head in the clouds. Since graduating from UCLA summa cum laude in 1976, with a double major in physics and astronomy, the scientist and his team have discovered 45 of the 78 extrasolar planets currently known in the universe.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2002


Cory Evans, Molecular Biology

Growing up in a working-class neighborhood of Southeast Los Angeles, UCLA graduate student Cory Evans valued the opportunities he had. It was this appreciation that pushed him at school, and ultimately made him excel. Currently he is researching enzymes that may lead to DNA waste and autoimmune disorders. take a look.  Continue »
Apr 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


Zuo-Feng Zhang, Public Health

Can Green Tea prevent stomach cancer and chronic gastritis? In a study recently conducted by UCLA Public Health faculty member Zuo-Feng Zheng, Green Tea was shown to reduce the chance of stomach cancer by 48% and the reduce the chance of chronic gastritis by 51%. How did Zheng go from being a "barefoot doctor" on one of Mao's re-education farms to working for UCLA's School of Public health? Find out.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2002


Bobby Okinaka, Alumni Association

When UCLA alum Bobby Okinaka is not managing the web for the UCLA Alumni Association, he is doing research on Japanese-American World War II veterans, a group often underrepresented in history. Read about this interesting group of people that offer new insight into American history.   Continue »
Mar 1, 2002


Rob King, Critical Studies

Scouring the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, graduate student Rob king analyzes aspects of early cinema in the cultural context they were created. But evidence for his dissertation is not all he's found, take a look at this Spotlight to see what other rarities turned up.  Continue »
Mar 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


Alejandro Simone, Economics

As young Argentine, UCLA graduate student Alejandro Simone was constantly confronted with recession, as his country suffered from it often. His ceaseless interaction with recession motivated Simone to come to UCLA and write his dissertation on different aspects of economic recession. Take a look at what he has to say about his research.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2002


Winston Doby, Alumnus

Doby must be the all-around Bruin; not only has he worked at UCLA for decades, he also received three degrees from here. Now this former track star is moving on to become the UC vice-president of educational outreach. Surprisingly enough, this super-Bruin almost didn't come to UCLA in the first place, read on.  Continue »
Feb 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


Marla Berns, Fowler Museum

When UCLA alumnus Marla Berns sees a piece of artwork from another time or culture, she doesn't just wonder who made it, she asks why they made it. Berns returned to her alma mater October 2001 when she was named director of UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History. What are her plans for the museum in the future? Find out here.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2002


Michelle Wehling-Henricks, Physiology

Graduate student Michelle Wehling-Henricks was majoring in business at Pepperdine when she made the switch to physiology and came to UCLA. Now she is researching the causes of Muscular Dystrophy and is making some serious gains. Hear what she has to say about how her experiences at UCLA have shaped her life decisions.   Continue »
Feb 1, 2002


Alfred Herrera, Outreach

UCLA staff member Alfred Herrera knows how hard it is for the underrepresented to pursue higher education; when he was in college he worked three jobs just to support himself. For the past 15 years he has been head coordinator of the community college to UCLA transfer program and has been doing his job well. Learn about why he and others feel it so important to start educational reform at the community college level.   Continue »
Jan 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


John Roskovensky, Atmospheric Sciences

Ever wonder what the clouds look like from above? UCLA graduate student in atmospheric sciences John Roskovensky did, and now he studies what clouds look like from satellites. Take a look at some of the unusual cloud formations Roskovensky is looking at and what they could mean to our world.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2002