UCLA Spotlight




2004

Bruins Win 2004 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship

In the most thrilling men's water polo championship in recent years, UCLA scored the winning goal over Stanford with only thirteen seconds left in the second overtime period. Here are some of the images from the exciting victory.  Continue »
Dec 1, 2004


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


Patrick Polk, Botánica Los Angeles

A botánica is a small store anywhere in the United States where herbs, candles, potions, altar statues, books, incense sticks and numerous other folkloric sundries are sold. Why has visiting professor Patrick Polk been studying them for two decades? Read on to find out why.  Continue »
Nov 1, 2004


Adam Martin and UCLA's new NCAA spot.

Adam Martin, a graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, flexes his skills in UCLA's new NCAA television spot. Watch the NCAA spot as it has aired on TV, and also check out Adam talking about UCLA and what sort of work he'd like to do future.  Continue »
Nov 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


Geoffrey Symcox, Repertorium Columbianum

At 5,343 pages, professor of history Geoffrey Symcox's biography of Columbus is rather thorough. The Repertorium Columbianum is now considered the essential work on Columbus and his voyages. Learn more about Symcox and his project.  Continue »
Oct 10, 2004


Kenneth N. Klee, School of Law

Kenneth N. Klee is not only considered one of the top 100 lawyers in California, he is also a full-time professor at UCLA's School of Law. While balancing his teaching with his legal career is not easy and requires a lot of hard work, it allows him the best of both worlds.   Continue »
Oct 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


Lisa Nevins, African American Studies

Lisa Nevins has been obsessed with hip-hop since the age of 12, but it wasn't until her college years that she realized that her obsession could be an academic reality. Now she is writing her master's thesis on it and has founded a group that combines political action with hip-hop.  Continue »
Sep 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


Al Aubin, Career Center Counselor

Everyone knows Al Aubin, the reason: he is incredibly effective at serving a large diverse group of people. Aubin, a counselor at UCLA's Career Center was recently received the UCLA Staff Assembly's 2004 Excellence in Service Award.   Continue »
Aug 1, 2004


Eli Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering Professor

Eli Yablonovitch is known as the father of photonic crystals. What exactly are photonic crystals? Read this spotlight and find out.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2004


Phuong Tang, Asian American Studies & Social Welfare

Graduate student Phuong Tang is studying in a program that will get her a master's in both Asian American studies and social work. Find out what this Vietnamese New yorker thinks of the west coast and how she would like to use her degrees.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2004


UCLA's Olympic Athletes

There are 37 former Bruins that now compete in the Olympics. Here is a glance at some the Bruin athletes who now wear red, white and blue instead of blue and gold.  Continue »
Aug 1, 2004


Claude Hulet, Spanish & Portuguese

Professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese, Claude Hulet, retired in 1991. But since then he has taken up another passion. Now, using his antique navigating tools, this experienced sailor is proving that the exploratory feats of Portuguese sailors rounding Africa were more impressive than Columbus's trip to the America's.   Continue »
Aug 1, 2004


Gerald Wilson, Ethnomusicology

Gerald Wilson not only teaches at UCLA's department of ethnomusicology, he is also a celebrated Jazz musician and composer. How did this musician make his way from Mississippi to LA? Take a look.  Continue »
Aug 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


Patricia O'Brien, UCLA College

Faculty member Patricia O'Brien has been selected as the new executive dean of UCLA's College of Letters and Science. Take a look at why she is considered perfect for the job.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2004


Donnie Knips, Class of 2004

When Donnie Knips arrived at UCLA, he immediately felt a burn to get involved, and that's exactly what he did. Through his involvement, this undergraduate got to meet the likes of George Bush, Gray Davis, and Mexican President Vicente Fox. He was selected as commencement 2004's student speaker and has a lust for UCLA rivaled by few.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2004


Nadine Bermudez, Education

UCLA graduate student Nadine Bermudez is writing her dissertation on the groundbreaking Mendez versus Westminster School Board case that lead to the desegregation of California Schools and the end of "Mexican Schools". Her dissertation maybe the first study to research the case in depth. Find out how she is personally connected to the case and how she feels it is relevant to today's world.  Continue »
Jul 1, 2004


Natalie Cole, California Center for the Book

Natalie Cole is passionate about books and reading, that's why she feels right at home directing the California Center for the Book. The center, located at UCLA, provides a range of outreach programs for students and adults in libraries across the state. Find out more about Cole's work and what the center does in general.   Continue »
Jun 1, 2004


Golf, Softball, NCAA Champions

A pair of UCLA women’s teams captured national championships in May: golf and softball. Both teams started the month ranked number two, and ended their seasons hoisting NCAA trophies.  Continue »
Jun 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 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


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


Margaret Jacob, 96th Faculty Research Lecture

Margaret Jacob was studying to become a nun when she realized her passion for history. Now, with her help, UCLA has one of the top history of science programs in the nation. This month she has been selected to give the 96th Faculty Research lecture on cosmopolitanism, the subject of her upcoming book.   Continue »
May 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


June Solnit Sale, UCLA Child Care Services Director, 1978-1991

June Solnit Sale became director of UCLA's Child Care Services in 1978, when the program was in financial crisis. With her expertise and skill in the field, she brought the program back from the edge, making it an exemplary program for children and a model for the community. Read more about this incredible woman.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2004


UCLA Gymnastics

UCLA Gymnastics takes the NCAA championship for the fourth time in five years. In addition they set the record for most points ever gained in a NCAA championship.   Continue »
Apr 1, 2004


Patricia Ganz, UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center

Patricia Ganz, professor at UCLA's Johnsson Cancer Center, doesn't see cancer and cancer patients the same way as others do. This accomplished and awarded faculty member focuses on quality of life for cancer survivors, quality of care for cancer patients, and cancer prevention.  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


Dalia Yasharpour, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

When an Jewish-Iranian collector brought graduate student Dalia Yasharpour an old manuscript, she had no idea it would inspire her dissertation topic. The 17th century manuscript is written in Persian using Hebrew script for a Jewish audience. To Yasharpour it lends insight into the historical criss-crossing of Persian and Jewish culture.  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


Lorena Iniguez, UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center

Lorena Inguez takes calls at UCLA's Johnsson Cancer Center's clinical trials referral service from cancer patients that are wanting to take part in a cutting-edge clinical trial. But her job entails much more than that; Inguez, who is also a UCLA alumna, knows that she can help these desperate patients simply by listening to them and lessening their emotional burden.  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


Octavious Gillespie, Decathlete and Artist

Native Gautemalan Octavious Gillespie is most widely known for his athletic abilities as a track star. Most recently he won the California Invitational Decathlon and hopes to go on to the olympics in Athens for the Guatemalan team. But that's not all this UCLA alum can do, he is also a self taught artist whose work has appeared on websites and publications across the campus.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004


Richard Tapia, UCLA Alumnus, Rice University Faculty

UCLA Alumnus Richard Tapia is the best known Hispanic in mathematical sciences in the United States today. He has received many prestigious awards and was appointed to the National Science Board by President Clinton. Tapia's life-story began in the barrios of East Los Angeles, where success does not come easy. Take a look at Tapia's story, accomplishments, and passion.  Continue »
Mar 1, 2004


Scot Brown, History and African-American Studies

Scot Brown, associate professor of history and African-American studies, got interested in his field when he met a former US Organization member in a Rochester book store. The US Organization is a California-based black-nationalist group that has played a significant role in African-American history. See what else this resident faculty member is up to.  Continue »
Feb 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


Peter Ladefoged, Faculty Emeritus

Peter Ladefoged, a professor emeritus in the linguistics department remembers Audrey Hepburn as a homebody that passed cookies around in-between takes. Ladefoged was the technical advisor on the set of My Fair Lady in 1960. Of course that's not all he did during his long stay at UCLA, take a look.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2004


Jason Hsu, Doctoral student in Finance

Taiwan native Jason Hsu is doing some ground-breaking research on consumer spending in relation to stock market fluctuations. His real passion, however, lies in teaching. Take a look at what Hsu has to say about his work, his motivations, and about coming to America.  Continue »
Feb 1, 2004


Terri Elders, Social Welfare Alumna

Recently UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social research honored Terri Elders as an outstanding alumna. Elders has traveled the globe working on and studying social welfare programs. She credits UCLA with giving her the skills to accomplish what she has. Take a look.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2004


Jodi Lynette Anderson, UCLA Graduate Student

This month's student spotlight takes a look at graduate student Jodi Lynette Anderson who will be serving as a student regent next year. See what she plans to do and hear what she has to say about her last year serving as a non-voting member.  Continue »
Jan 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


Irene Aiko Miyamoto, Pediatric Chaplain

As the first full-time Chaplain at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital, Irene Aiko Miyamoto's job is not an easy one. Read about the types of duties she performs and about the path that brought her to where she is today.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2004


Amy Zegart, Policy Studies

Amy Zegart is considered one of the top experts on intelligence reform in the nation. Her interest in the field began at the age of 13, when Zegart began taking Mandarin lessons and has continued to grow since then. Find out more about Zegart's accomplishments and undertakings here.  Continue »
Jan 1, 2004