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Forward Thinker Archive

Catch up on UCLA people, places and projects on campus and in the news.


Secrets of the Past
Secrets of the Past The Fowler’s new chief curator says we have much to learn from the ancient Americans.
Jan 1, 2017
Mirror Image
Mirror ImageUCLA neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni studies mirror neurons — the brain cells that make us love watching sports, say yes to persuasive salespeople and be quick to empathize with others.
Oct 1, 2016
An Inconvenient Vision
An Inconvenient VisionUCLA Professor Catherine Opie has done one thing masterfully her whole life — capture provocative images of the everyday that make us take another look at the icons around us.
Jul 1, 2016
Hard at Work
Hard at WorkFor Abel Valenzuela, inequality isn’t just academic; it’s personal.
Apr 1, 2016
The Modern Mismatch
The Modern MismatchPeter Whybrow says our culture is fundamentally at odds with the way our brains work.
Jan 1, 2016
Punk Professor
Punk ProfessorTrap Girl guitarist and UCLA Assistant Professor Jessica Schwartz teaches the aesthetic, compositional, performance and political history of punk music.
Oct 1, 2015
Homes with Heart
Homes with Heart When the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami wiped out UCLA architecture and urban design chair Hitoshi Abe’s hometown of Sendai, Japan, he resolved to make the reconstructed city more people-friendly than the one destroyed.
Jul 1, 2015
Movement and the Mind
Movement and the Mind UCLA Dance Professor Janet O’Shea found a second love — an obsession, really — in martial arts. She discovered that both forms require thinking with your body, organizing movement and learning to adapt.
Apr 1, 2015
A Tale of New Cities
A Tale of New Cities When Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris came to the U.S. from Greece, she noticed that Americans don’t really use their cities’ outdoor spaces. Working as an architect, she soon felt compelled to get outside of structures, so she transitioned into urban design. Today the urban planning professor’s interests span from the smallest places in a city, such as parklets, to larger infrastructures, such as high-speed rail.
Jan 15, 2015
Art as Activist
Art as Activism After David Gere saw that art could change people's thinking, he created "Make Art/Stop AIDS" to intervene in the HIV epidemic.
Oct 1, 2014
A Healthy Regard for L.A.
A Healthy Regard for L.A.Jonathan Fielding is an acclaimed UCLA professor and the top public health official for the County of Los Angeles.
Jul 1, 2014
From Test Tubes to YouTube
From Test Tubes to YouTubeProfessor Neil Garg finds novel ways to reach budding scientists.
Apr 1, 2014
Sustaining L.A.
Sustaining L.A.Bruin Mark Gold leads the discussion on "green" issues in Southern California.
Jan 1, 2014
The Science of Scrumptious Food
The Science of Scrumptious FoodAmy Rowat teaches the tasty side of science.
Oct 1, 2013
Balancing Acts
kleiman Mark Kleiman is the go-to guy on issues related to drug policy.
Jul 1, 2013
Popular Scientist
popularscientist He leads a team of students in creating inexpensive and breakthrough technological devices.
Apr 1, 2013
The World Until Yesterday
The World Until Yesterday In his latest book, Professor Jared Diamond looks at what we can learn from traditional societies.
Jan 1, 2013
On the Campaign Trail
VavreckIn her new book, Lynn Vavreck brings academic insight into the hurly-burly of an American election.
Oct 1, 2012