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UCLA Lemann Fellow Veriene Melo Conducts Research on Youth in Rio's Favelas

SSCE doctoral student and Stanford researcher studies initiative to improve pathways for youth in poverty and violence-stricken communities.

Trump's pursuit of wall sparks angry reaction in Mexico

Jan. 27, 2017. Interviewed by Australia's SBS, Kevin Terraciano, director of the Latin American Institute, said, “Most Mexicans feel insulted that he is scapegoating Mexicans and Mexican American immigrants – that he has blamed them for U.S. problems.”

UCLA faculty visit Dominican Republic, offer expert advice

Jan. 13, 2017. Dr. Karin Nielsen, director of the Center for Brazilian Studies and clinical professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the Geffen School of Medicine, and Dr. Trevon Fuller of the Center for Tropical Research of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, visited the DR to assist in Zika surveillance and health monitoring. Read their interview (in Spanish) with the oldest major newspaper in the country, Listin Diario.

Dr. Karin Nielsen publishes three articles in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016

The three articles included two on Zika-related abnormalities and one on anti-retroviral therapy for HIV.

Visiting Argentine educators tap into UCLA expertise

A two-week Fulbright program was part of a historic agreement crafted in part by the U.S. ambassador to Argentina and UCLA leaders that brought 94 Argentine educators to campus for the Docentes professional development symposium.

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