UCLA Spotlight




2003

Jeff Richmond, Senior Electronics Technician

Jeff Richmond has been at almost every musical performance at UCLA for the past 20 years, not as an audience member, but as a sound technician. This senior sound technician talks about his experience and what brought him to UCLA.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2003


Saul Villeda, Physiological Science

UCLA senior Saul Villeda has won an award for his research on the spinal cord and is publishing his findings in major scientific journals. Born in east Los Angeles to Guatemalan parents, Villeda also serves as a role-model for other minorities who want to seek out a career in research. Find out more about what this super-student has to say about his research and role.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2003


Robert Buswell, Asian Languages and Cultures

Buswell is not only a 17-year UCLA veteran and founder of the biggest center of Korean and Buddhist studies in the nation, he is also a fully ordained Buddhist monk himself.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2003


Karen Fond, Children's Health Center

Karen Fond, a pediatric nurse practitioner and child development specialist in the Children’s Health Center, volunteers several hours a week as coordinator for Reach Out and Read, a program that gives a book to every child that comes into the health center for a check-up.   Continue »
Dec 1, 2003


David Sefton, Director, UCLA Live

Three years ago David Sefton arrived at UCLA to head up the performing arts program, since then he has revolutionized it. This Briton has brought the edgy and experimental to the West Coast, while retaining an eye for the classic. Take a look at what he has been doing so far.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2003


Virginia Li, School of Public Health

Virginia Li was born in China, but left at a very young age. After bearing three children, she returned to University to finish her education. Now this accomplished public health professor works on projects that help those in need in her native country.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2003


Clifford Brunk, Chair, Academic Senate

Given current budget cuts, 36-year UCLA veteran and Academic Senate chair Clifford Brunk feels that this year will be an "interesting one". Brunk, a molecular biologist, talks about his impressions and predictions of the year.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2003


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


Ralph Bunche, UCLA Alumnus, Nobel Prize Winner

Ralph Bunche '27 was the grandson of a slave and the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Find out more about this accomplished diplomat and former Bruin basketballer.  Continue »
Oct 1, 2003


Tom Laichas, UCLA Alumnus and History Teacher

UCLA Alum Tom Laichas has been teaching high school history for 20 years and has helped develop the UCLA-based National Center for History in the Schools, a program that creates study materials for K-12 students. Now, for the 100th anniversary of Ralph Bunche's birth, he has been asked to create a special Bunche study guide. The task has turned him into a walking Ralph Bunche Encyclopedia.  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


Eileen Anderson-Fye, Center for Culture, Brain and Development

Eileen Anderson-Fye found her research calling while vacationing in Belize. She was curious why the adolescent girls in towns filled with Western tourists and Western media were not suffering from the same disorders that Western adolescent girls do. The interest would lead her to UCLA's Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.  Continue »
Sep 1, 2003


Jack Rothman, Social Welfare

Professor emeritus Jack Rothman has been teaching for 40 years, published 25 books, and has had a successful run as an academic. But now, at the age of 75, he is setting out on an entirely different career as a comedian. Don't believe it? Take a look.  Continue »
Sep 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


Debbie Mills, UCPD Officer of the Year

When Debbie Mills was awarded the UCPD Officer of the Year award she was very surprised; she didn't feel as though she had done more than any of her fellow officers. Her fellow officers, however, disagreed.   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


ChiChi Nnadi,Theater, Film and Television

When ChiChi Nnadi told his parents, both computer engineers, that he was planning to go to Los Angeles to pursue a career in theater, they did not like what they heard. Now the recent UCLA grad is going to work for MTV; maybe his parents shouldn't have worried so much.  Continue »
Aug 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


Carol Archie, Venice Family Clinic

Carol Archie specializes in at-risk pregnancies at UCLA Medical Center. Given that many at-risk births don't have specific guidelines to follow, Archie must constantly take risks in the ways she tries to deliver healthy babies. But her biggest risk yet is acting as chair of the board of the Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the nation. The details here.   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


John Mazziotta, David Geffen School of Medicine

John Mazziota, chair of Neurology at David Geffen School of Medicine, directs UCLA's Brain Mapping Program. The program, which is the best of its kind in the nation, looks to create a three dimensional atlas of the human brain.   Continue »
Jul 1, 2003


Annie Alpers, Life Sciences

Annie Alpers, the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award this month, manages three departments, reports to four chairs and pulls it off seamlessly. Don't believe it? Take a look.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2003


James Q. Wilson and John Wooden, Presidential Medal of Freedom

At the White House ceremony to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, alphabetical order determined that James Q. Wilson and John Wooden would be seated together. But the two men have a stronger link than last names beginning with “W”: Both Wilson and Wooden played important roles at UCLA.  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


Heather Lueck, Student Commencement Speaker

When this year's College of letters and Science commencement speaker was first thinking about transferring to UCLA from community college she was scared it would be too impersonal. Her UCLA experience has been anything but impersonal: she has been conducting cutting-edge psychology research alongside prominent professors.  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


Erika Bustamante, Richard L. Weiss Prize Winner

When Erika Bustamante came to the United States from Columbia in 1997 she could read and write it, but not speak it. Now she is graduating UCLA with honors and attending a Ph.D. program at Stanford in the fall. She credits UCLA with giving her much of the resources needed to succeed.   Continue »
Jun 1, 2003


Natasha Watley, Honda-Broderick Cup Winner

UCLA senior shortstop Natasha Watley has been named the NCAA Woman Athlete of the Year. here's why she definitely deserves it.  Continue »
Jun 1, 2003


Student Engineers

A concrete canoe? Not only did these engineering students build one, they physically trained to race it against others. That's one of the many engineering feats completed by competing UCLA engineering students this month.  Continue »
May 1, 2003


Undergraduate Researchers

Even though they were studying three very separate topics, these three undergraduate researchers were chosen by the National Council on Undergraduate Research to present their findings on Capitol Hill.   Continue »
May 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


Judith Carney, Geography

Growing up in a meat and potatoes family in Detroit, UCLA geography professor Judith Carney didn't eat any rice. Now, she has published more than 64 articles on rice and rice production. Find out why her work in rice is so highly acclaimed.  Continue »
May 1, 2003


Pam Cysner, Center for Student Programming

Pam Cysner of UCLA's Center for Student Programming has worked in training people to use non-violent ways of communication to convey their point for years. In her opinion, it is not anger that is troublesome, but the ways in which one chooses to express it that can be.  Continue »
Apr 1, 2003


Vitaly Margulis, Music

The journey of Vitaly Margulis has been a long an interesting one. Born in Ukraine in 1928, this world famous pianist didn't make it to UCLA until 1994. Now, at the age of 75, he is still touring around the world and lecturing at UCLA.   Continue »
Apr 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


Mitchell Morris, Musicology

Students describe musicology professor Mitchell Morris as almost magical, attributing him with raising their confidence and making any class interesting. For this reason and others, Michell has been awarded one four distinguished teaching awards given out this year.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2003


Moises Roman, Child Care Services

Moises Ramon has a gift with children. Growing up the oldest of five children, Ramon has been around children his whole life. Now he is the head teacher of the University Village Center in West L.A. Find out why he thinks it is important to have male teachers early in life.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2003


Kynna Wright, Public Health

Kynna Wright is busy—teaching, running a program, advocating for maternal and child health, and seeing patients as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Oh, and she also finds time to meet the rigorous demands of a UCLA School of Public Health doctoral student.   Continue »
Mar 1, 2003


Warren Christopher, International Hot Spots

Warren Christopher, secretary of state 1993-1997, teaches a class on international hot spots this month at UCLA.   Continue »
Mar 1, 2003


Alexander Payne, Writer/Director

It sounds like a coincidence too improbable for a screenplay. Big Star endows prize for student filmmakers. Promising Student wins prize. Years later, Promising Student (now a topflight director) gets his chance to direct Big Star. Film is a major success. Big Star is showered with praise and wins Academy Award.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2003


Kevin Terraciano, History

Before Kevin Terraciano, the only indigenous written records documenting the European arrival in the Americas were in Mayan and Aztec. But recently this UCLA associate professor of history has discovered a new set of records written by the Mixtec indigenous people of Oaxaca that could offer a whole new perspective on the European arrival.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2003


Rafe Esquith, Alumnus and Teacher

Sir Rafe Esquith '81 has had his troop of Shakespearian actors honored many times, from opening for the Royal Shakespeare Company to performing at the Globe in London, they have seen a lot. The only thing strange about his troop: they are only ten or eleven and are learning English as a second language. Esquith heads up a program that turns low-income immigrant children into latter-day Renaissance Scholars. Take a look.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2003


Chih-Ming Ho, Cell Mimetics Space Exploration

As a young man in Taiwan, Chih-Ming Ho, fascinated with space travel and exploration, longed to become a pilot. Unfortunately, he was too nearsighted and was not allowed to. However, it was almost a blessing in disguise because now Ho is on the forefront of micro-fluidic systems, a field that seeks to aid in space travel and studies cell behavior to research making technology very small.   Continue »
Feb 1, 2003


Harryette Mullen, Poet

One morning when poet and UCLA professor Harryette Mullen awoke, she found herself uncomfortably lying on top of a dictionary. Scanning her mind, she suddenly realized she had fallen asleep with it in bed. This event is what sparked the title poem, "Sleeping with the Dictionary", of her latest work. Find out what inspires her and what her work is all about.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2003


Lawrence Zipursky, Biological Chemistry

Do fruit flies and human beings have a lot in common? According to Lawrence Zipursky, UCLA professor of biological chemistry, they do. Find out why.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2003


Yasser Aman, Public Health

Just a few years ago, Yasser Aman was a UCLA undergraduate intending to enroll in medical school. But something happened along the way: he began to volunteer at the University Muslim Medical Association free clinic. Since then, his plans have changed drastically.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2003


Becky Smith, Filmmaker

UCLA professor and independent filmmaker Becky Smith recently shot 2,000 hours of film about four gay couples preparing for marriage. The footage was distilled into eight thirty-minute sections and broadcast as a show on Bravo. Take a look at this month's faculty spotlight and learn more about Becky Smith's journey into film-making and her other projects.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2003


Ed McCabe, The Storefront Genome

How will the study of genetics affect society, the individual, and the medical world on the whole? Professor Ed McCabe plans to look into some of these issues using the newly founded UCLA Center for Society and Genetics.   Continue »
Jan 1, 2003


Dorothy Arzner, Film

Dorothy Arzner was a film director in an era that thought women incapable of such jobs. While at work, she cast the likes of Lucille Ball, Katherine Hepburn, andRosalind Russell in their breakout roles, and is said to have invented the boom microphone. This fantastic film virtuoso taught at UCLA from 1959 - 1963, and is honored on campus by a bronze statue.   Continue »
Jan 1, 2003