UCLA Spotlight


James Franco: The Smart Set

Closeup of James Franco James Franco finished his UCLA degree by taking 60 credits in a single academic quarter. He's not the only student given that option: College Academic Counseling works with lots of high achievers.   Continue »
Dec 22, 2008

Nurit Katz, Sustainability Coordinator

Nurit KatzNurit Katz is UCLA's first sustainability coordinator, and the first employee dedicated completely to making the campus 'greener.'  Continue »
Dec 15, 2008

A Year in the Life of Chancellor Block

Chancellor Gene Block portraitEver wonder how the Chancellor spends his time? This slide show chronicles the more photogenic moments.   Continue »
Dec 8, 2008

Two Bruins win Rhodes Scholarships

Scott Hugo (left) and Chris JosephScott Hugo, a senior in political science and history, and Chris Joseph, a summa cum laude 2008 graduate in geography, are the first UCLA winners of the Rhodes Scholarship since 1997.   Continue »
Dec 1, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Teresa Valenzuela explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alumna Teresa Valenzuela shares a touching personal story about the struggle of getting herself through UCLA, along with her pride of being a first-generation college graduate.   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Gail Becker explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, alumna Gail Becker shared an inspiring story about her contributions as a Daily Bruin reporter…   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Carlos Collard explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Carlos Collard shared his sincere memories about the challenges, aspirations and pride of being a first-generation college student.  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Jay Dillon explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Jay Dillon shared an entertaining and heart-warming story about being part of the Bruin family…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Dean Florez explains

At UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, California State Senator Dean Florez shared his memorable and inspiring accomplishments after arriving at UCLA as a transfer student…   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Valarie De La Garza explains

During UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, alumna Valarie De La Garza talked about her experience as a Daily Bruin editor-in-chief, and her pride in running the student newspaper…   Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Brian Maillian explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Brian Maillian shared his most memorable and significant UCLA moment…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Bill Schade explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum Bill Schade shared his most memorable and significant UCLA moment…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Peter Taylor explains

As part of UCLA Day ’08, alum and UC Regent Emeritus Peter Taylor shared a personal story about the early days of his involvement and support of UCLA, which continues today…  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

I-O-UCLA: Wendy Greuel explains

At UCLA Day ’08, an all-alumni event, Los Angeles Councilwoman Wendy Greuel shared her memorable and inspiring moments at UCLA …  Continue »
Nov 24, 2008

On the cutting edge of culture: Ann Philbin

Ann PhilbinThe Hammer Museum collection spans the centuries. But director Ann Philbin focuses on the art of our times, especially emerging artists.   Continue »
Nov 17, 2008

Beginning now: the Nikki Caldwell era

Nikki CaldwellNew women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell understands UCLA's championship tradition. She has championship rings of her own.   Continue »
Nov 10, 2008

Anita Ortega: a Bruin success story

Close-up of Anita OrtegaAnita Ortega left UCLA a basketball star. But this first-generation college student came as a walk-on, not a scholarship athlete.   Continue »
Nov 3, 2008

Student filmmaker wins 'Stolen Dreams' competition

Close-up of Anthony OnahGraduate student filmmaker Anthony Onah wins the 'Stolen Dreams' competition for his short film dramatizing a health care and financial crisis affecting a small boy.   Continue »
Oct 28, 2008

Faculty Research Lecturer studies the stars

Edward 'Ned' WrightEdward 'Ned' Wright has studied the stars since he was a youngster growing up in Virginia. On Oct. 28, he will deliver UCLA's 105th Faculty Research Lecture: "Observing the Origin of the Universe: A Century of Progress in Cosmology."   Continue »
Oct 20, 2008

Alma Flores shares secrets of success in 'First to Go'

Alma Flores, Class of 2009As the first in her family to go to college, Alma Flores found the support she needed in UCLA's Academic Advancement Program (AAP). Her younger sister is now a UCLA student, too, and her mother will attend Parents' Weekend Oct. 17-19.   Continue »
Oct 10, 2008

Chicana/o Studies prof wins Gold Shield Faculty Prize

Alicia Gaspar de Alba portraitTeacher, scholar, writer - and now, winner of the Gold Shield Faculty Prize. Alicia Gaspar de Alba hopes the recognition will make Chicana/o Studies more visible.   Continue »
Oct 6, 2008

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

Astronomer Andrea Ghez wins 'genius grant'

Astronomer Andrea Ghez became the ninth UCLA faculty member to receive a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  Continue »
Sep 23, 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

Here. Now. UCLA

UCLA's star scholars and one of its amazing medical school students talk about their work on climate change law, exploring time and space, teaching teachers, helping the homeless and many other subjects in this series of spots for the university's partnership with KCET-TV's "SoCal Connection" program.  Continue »
Sep 18, 2008

Nursing Dean Courtney Lyder shatters stereotypes

Dean Courtney LyderCourtney Lyder, new dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, is young, male and African-American - shattering stereotypes about academic nursing.   Continue »
Sep 8, 2008

He's living life's lessons on stage

Hal AckermanVeteran screenwriter Hal Ackerman has always advised his UCLA students to tap into their own experiences to find powerful stories.  Continue »
Sep 2, 2008

UCLA's Leonard Kleinrock wins National Medal of Science

Leonard KleinrockInternet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock adds the 2008 National Medal of Science to his honors and awards. Kleinrock has been a computer science professor at UCLA since 1963.   Continue »
Aug 25, 2008

Bruins make mark in Summer Olympics

Lauren CheneyOlympic Gold Medalist Lauren Cheney is headed back to campus to begin her junior year. She is one of 13 current or former UCLA student athletes to medal for the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   Continue »
Aug 25, 2008

Bruins Bound for Beijing

Bound for BeijingThree current students, one incoming freshman and 27 UCLA alumni will compete in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.  Continue »
Aug 4, 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

Brevity and wit: alumna Kay Ryan named poet laureate

Kay RyanWith poetry's lofty reputation, the uninitiated might think that humor and poetry overlap only in dirty limericks, but for UCLA alumna Kay Ryan, who was named poet laureate of the United States on July 17, "much of the best poetry is funny."   Continue »
Jul 21, 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

Marsha Coutin: She 'grows' leaders

Marsha CoutinSince 1981 Marsha Coutin has devoted her prodigious skills to helping staff grow and thrive.   Continue »
Jun 23, 2008

Exploring the fiddle tradition

Jacqueline DjeDjeWhen Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje was a child in Georgia, she studied piano in the Western classical tradition. But in college she discovered African music, and as an ethnomusicologist she has learned the one-string fiddle from a master in Ghana.  Continue »
Jun 16, 2008

Three grads go global for public health

Three dedicated graduates — Jessica Gu, Michael Marcus and Antonio Moya — will work to improve the state of public health in far-flung corners of the globe.  Continue »
Jun 9, 2008

Men's Golf wins national championship

Bruin golfer Kevin ChappellOn a tough day for golf, the men's team hung on for a one-shot victory over defending champion Stanford.   Continue »
Jun 2, 2008

Women's Tennis Claims 102nd NCAA Title

women's tennisWomen's Tennis claims first title and UCLA now has a nation-leading 102 NCAA team championships.  Continue »
May 21, 2008

Reaching out to students with special needs

Kathy MoliniKathy Molini, director of UCLA's Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), remembers vividly the day she decided to become independent.  Continue »
May 19, 2008

Women's Water Polo: Four-Peat

Hoisting the trophyThe Women's Water Polo team captured UCLA's 101st NCAA team championship. It was the fourth championship in a row for this undefeated team.   Continue »
May 13, 2008

Inauguration of Gene D. Block

Detail of University of California gownThe formal ceremony installing Gene D. Block as Chancellor of UCLA is a community celebration involving students, staff, faculty and friends of the University of California.  Continue »
May 6, 2008

Here-and-now heroes: Humanitarian Award winners

These three UCLA students have a commitment to public service that reaches far beyond UCLA's borders.   Continue »
Apr 28, 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

Historians win two Pulitzer Prizes

Pulitzer Medal Saul Friedlander and Daniel Walker Howe are both members of the UCLA history faculty. And on the same day, their books were awarded Pulitzer Prizes.   Continue »
Apr 7, 2008

How Christopher Looby found a long-lost novel

Close-up of Prof. LoobyWith help from Edgar Allan Poe, English professor Christopher Looby has resurrected a long-forgotten 1836 novel.   Continue »
Apr 6, 2008

Headed for the Final Four

Bruin fansIt hasn't happened since the glory days of John Wooden: the men's basketball team is making its third straight appearance in the Final Four.  Continue »
Mar 30, 2008

Titans of Teaching

 The Distinguished Teaching Awards honor a select group of UCLA's finest teachers. Our 2008 winners talk about their philosophies of teaching.   Continue »
Mar 17, 2008

Lynn Vavreck, Political Science

Political scientist Lynn VavreckAs an expert on presidential campaigns and elections, political scientist Lynn Vavreck finds 2008 a very busy year.  Continue »
Mar 10, 2008

Energizing the teaching of black history

close-up of Lisbeth Gant-BrittonLisbeth Gant-Britton, a student affairs officer at UCLA, has written a history book that's energizing the teaching of black history in high schools.  Continue »
Feb 29, 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

Don Marquardt brings Frederick Law Olmsted to life

Don Marquardt as Frederick Law OlmstedFrederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, lives again in a one-man show by UCLA Extension instructor Don Marquardt  Continue »
Feb 11, 2008

Bruin Cody Decker

Cody Decker, baseballCody Decker was "born" a Trojan - but he ended up at UCLA, a history major and a Bruin baseball player.   Continue »
Feb 1, 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

Dr. Wayne Grody: medical miracles and movie magic

Dr. Wayne GrodyDr. Wayne Grody knows many people learn their science from entertainment and media. That's why this expert in genetic testing works on movies and tv shows.  Continue »
Jan 22, 2008

Amy Zegart, Public Policy

Amy ZegartHave the CIA and FBI learned the lessons of 9/11? UCLA's Amy Zegart doesn't think so. But she doesn't agree with all the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission, either. Watch the sparks fly as ex-CIA agent Larry Johnson questions Zegart about her research.   Continue »
Jan 14, 2008

Math grad student Craig Citro

Math grad student Craig Citro on the Wooden Center rock wallMathematics grad student Craig Citro loves number theory, but sometimes it drives him to climb the walls. Luckily the rock wall at the Wooden Center is close by.  Continue »
Jan 7, 2008