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At a symposium on the anti-nuclear weapons movement, director M.T. Silvia screens and discusses a new film about her mother's role at a Nevada testing site and the story of a Hiroshima survivor; and Steve Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, urges action by nonproliferation treaty signatories on disarmament.
About 150 people stopped at the alumni center for a day of tastings, demonstrations and discussions about Asian cuisines and cultures in Los Angeles.
Geography Professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, the author of books on how societies succeed and fail, argues in a lecture that being bilingual or multilingual is good for cognitive skills, for memory in later years and probably for your country. The Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes was on hand for the discussion.
UCLA faculty and other scholars will participate in a forum to discuss what can be done to ensure empowerment and security for Haiti's most vulnerable populations in the aftermath of that country's devastating earthquake. "Haiti Rising" will take place on Friday, March 5, 3-5 p.m. in the Broad Art Center courtyard in northeast campus. The event is open to the public and free of charge, but proceeds raised from food, refreshments, a slide show and an art auction will go to Haiti relief.
UCLA Health System partnered with the Navy to staff a military hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, which docked at Port-au-Prince. The UCLA Operation Haiti team is now nearing the end of their two-week deployment.
A partnership with the U.S. Navy to send a dozen UCLA nurses and doctors to help in Haiti has transformed into plans to send rotating teams of eight UCLA medical staff, after the Navy revised its plans.
A dozen UCLA trauma and emergency-room doctors, nurses and surgeons are scheduled to arrive in Haiti as early as next week for a two-week stay. They're the first in what could be a series of UCLA Health System teams rotating through a field hospital there.
Research becomes journalism about victims who were overlooked by mainstream media, reports The Daily Bruin student newspaper.
History professor Lauren Robin Derby has returned from the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where rural villages are feeling the trauma of the Jan. 12 earthquake. "None of the medical aid is getting to them," she says.
Applying their disease transmission model to San Francisco, the researchers found that the drug-resistant strains emerging in that city are also very likely to emerge in many African countries where treatment is just beginning.
Empathy for the people's suffering after a massive earthquake in Haiti has energized students, staff and faculty to raise awareness, raise funds and in some cases to travel to the devastated country.
Port-au-Prince is devastated by a disaster aggravated by weak infrastructure. UCLA students and faculty members familiar with the country put the tragedy in context in this Daily Bruin article.
The idea that it's human nature for parents to make sacrifices for their children and, in turn, for grown children to sacrifice for their aging parents--turns out to be a "naive expectation," the UCLA geographer and bestselling author Jared Diamond said in a recent lecture.
Elizavida Fouksman investigated human rights abuses in rural India during her junior year, then returned after graduation to inspire social activism. She is UCLA's 12th Rhodes Scholar.
Faculty and students from across UC's 10-campus system will join forces in the new University of California Global Health Institute. Thomas Coates, director of the UCLA Program in Global Health, will co-lead the institute.
Marshalling quantitative comparative data on subjects as diverse as colon cancer deaths and the accuracy of clocks in public settings, Peter Baldwin illustrates how differences between the U.S. and the nations of Western Europe are much smaller than commonly supposed.
Somaly Mam, founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation goes into detail about her personal experiences as a survivor of forced prostitution for Daily Bruin Radio. Somaly urges students to visit her website somaly.org in order to read testimonials, look at pictures and learn how to save lives.
Diana Winston rarely talks about the spiritual evolution that brought her here, to a large university where researchers are discovering that the practice of mindfulness meditation has many physical and psychological benefits, including slowing the progression of HIV in patients suffering from stress and helping ADHD teens focus.
Dr. Ross Donaldson interrupted med school at UCLA to travel to Sierra Leone and treat victims of one of the world's deadliest diseases, the Lassa virus. Thus began an adventure that he turned into a book.
An Indonesian woman shared her story at the conference, "Impact of the Economic Crisis: Increase in Reports of Human Trafficking in LA County and Globally," co-sponsored by the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center.
Roger Detels, a professor of epidemiology, is recognized for Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level.
Sponsored by the new UCLA Indonesian Studies Program, a graduate student conference promotes activism and collaborative scholarship about the world's fourth-largest nation.
Janet Afary, a visiting professor in the Department of History, will discuss her forthcoming book, "Sexual Politics in Modern Iran" (Cambridge University Press, 2009), at a public event on May 19. This related op-ed recently appeared in the Guardian newspaper.
Urban planning graduate student and Fulbright fellow T.H. Culhane introduces handmade solar water heaters in Cairo and thinks about how energy projects can address both poverty and environmental problems.
Francisco Santos Calderon, a former journalist and a victim of kidnapping himself by the Medellin drug cartel, came to campus with a message: cocaine use is killing Colombia's tropical rainforests, poisoning its rivers and land with toxic chemicals used in production of the drug, and ravaging a fragile ecosystem that sustains species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants that can be found nowhere else on this planet.
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