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UCLA Style/Change Agent Archive

Profiles of faculty, students and alumni pushing the boundaries and breaking new ground.

Politics, Explained
Politics, ExplainedEzra Klein ’05 discusses the challenges of journalism, writing his debut book, what he learned at UCLA and the Trump presidency.
Apr 1, 2020
From Insecurity to Influence
From Insecurity to InfluenceBruin D’Artagnan Scorza is a busy social leader and educator — and he still has time to escape in an RV with his family on weekends.
Jan 1, 2020
Politics and the Press
Politics and the PressAt The Washington Post, Bruin Matea Gold leads a team of 15 investigative reporters trying to sort out and report the facts amid the complexities of today’s polarized political system.
Oct 1, 2019
Rainbow Radio
Rainbow RadioKathy Tu couldn’t speak English when she came to the U.S. at age 5. Now she’s a popular voice for the LGBTQ community and beyond at New York’s WNYC.
Jul 1, 2019
Problem Solver
Problem SolverSoftware designer Evan Sullivan is developing apps that enable drivers to remotely control their cars.
Dec 14, 2018
Reinventing the World
Reinventing the WorldWhen Martine Rothblatt sees a roadblock, she stops at nothing to remove it.
Sep 14, 2018
True Believer
True BelieverAfter years of working as a newspaper reporter, X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz found his true calling in television.
Jul 1, 2018
Sustained Effort
Sustained EffortJaime Nack has built a thriving business creating sustainability plans for corporate, government and nonprofit clients.
Mar 14, 2018
Diving Into Film
Diving Into Film Karina Silva has applied the skills she learned as an athlete towards her career in cinematography.
Jan 1, 2018
Girl Power
Girl Power Bruin Diana Skaar has created a place for herself in the high-tech arena and now wants girls to come along.
Oct 1, 2017
Food Service
Food Service Rachel Sumekh loves to feed people — especially those who are truly hungry.
Jul 1, 2017
Always Game
Always Game Pokémon on your shoulder? This game designer is turning heads with his work on augmented reality games that change the way we interact with our world.
Apr 1, 2017
A Ceiling Shattered
Entertaining ChangeABC’s new head of entertainment is determined to win, with shows that truly reflect America.
Jan 1, 2017
Life Lessons
Life Lessons Who better to inspire struggling students than a high school dropout who holds three UCLA degrees and heads the L.A. County Office of Education?
Oct 1, 2016
New Math
New MathLincoln Heights teacher Anthony Yom’s work went mostly unnoticed until a student of his became one of 12 in the world to earn a perfect score on an AP calculus exam. Actually, many of his students have been excelling for several years. What’s his secret?
Jul 1, 2016
The Natural
The NaturalJake Heggie’s overnight success as an opera composer surprised no one more than him.
Apr 1, 2016
Of Moods and Madness
Kay Redfield Jamison '71Kay Redfield Jamison knows depressive illnesses as both a patient and a doctor.
Jan 1, 2016
The Dancing Scientist
The Dancing ScientistJeffrey Vinokur M.S. ’13 found a way to combine his two loves: chemistry and hip-hop.
Oct 1, 2015
Welcome to the Jungle
Welcome to the Jungle From Lithuania to Los Angeles and into the jungles of Costa Rica, a fascination with primates has taken Kotrina Kajokaite around the world.
Jul 1, 2015
Must-See Cult TV
Must-See Cult TV Bruin Drew Greenberg loved storytelling more than anything, but never dreamed he could make it a career. Yet he has written for some of the most iconic characters in recent TV history.
Apr 1, 2015
Paint the Town
Paint the Town Street artist, muralist, designer and entrepreneur. Featured on MTV and cited by LA Weekly in its “People 2014” issue as an Angeleno to watch. Allison “Hueman” Torneros ’08 has made a colorful splash since graduating from UCLA. A lot of colorful splashes, in fact.
Jan 15, 2015
New Game Plan
New Game PlanVideo game animation director Sunil Thankamushy changed the style of his creations after his children were born.
Oct 1, 2014
Moving Pictures
Moving PicturesFrom her award-winning 2000 debut Love & Basketball to the star-studded 2008 drama The Secret Life of Bees, director Gina Prince-Bythewood ’91 specializes in personal stories she’s passionate to share.
Jul 1, 2014
Start-Up Star
Start-Up StarMisa Chien '08 started her first business out of her dorm room.
Apr 1, 2014
Raul Ruiz's Political Prescription
Political Prescription The son of migrant workers, Congressman Raul Ruiz ’94 was dubbed by Politico as a freshman lawmaker most likely to succeed.
Jan 1, 2014
A Punter's Point of View
A Punter's Point of ViewAn outspoken athlete talks about his experiences and his new book.
Oct 1, 2013
Kabul Camera
qayumi A filmmaker draws inspiration from his childhood as an Afghan refugee in the West.
Jul 1, 2013
Pitch Man
Pitch Man Jon Banks is the co-founder of your not-so-typical ad agency.
Apr 1, 2013
Data Do-Gooder
Porway Data-Kind unites scientists with social organizations to solve problems.
Jan 1, 2013
Direct Action
DuvernayAva DuVernay is the first African-American woman to be named best director at the Sundance Film Festival.
Oct 1, 2012
About a Boy: Nancy Cartwright
Nancy CartwrightIn addition to voicing the iconic Simpsons character, Nancy Cartwright is an author, race car driver and mobile app creator.
Jul 1, 2012
Teo Ruiz: A Beautiful Mind
Teo RuizThis renowned UCLA history professor history returned to his native Cuba, where he was active in the Cuban Revolution.
Jul 1, 2012
New Head of NPR: A Bruin
Gary Knell Gary Knell's track record includes a successful stint on Sesame Street.
Apr 1, 2012
Let Freedom Tweet
JohnRailtonJohn Scott-Railton is an "urban planner." He's also the one who set up the live Twitter feeds in Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring.
Jan 1, 2012
Into Africa
Anne RimoinAnne Rimoin is a virus hunter and an American archetype, a brave and resourceful scientist/ adventurer.
Oct 1, 2011
Natural Wonder
Louie SchwartzbergUCLA Magazine Q&A with Clio-winning, Emmy-nominated director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, a pioneer in the art of nature and aerial cinematography.
Jul 1, 2011
Field Work
Gevrina Seferaj"Just do it" isn't just a tagline for Nike Field Reporter Gevvy Seferaj '11.
Apr 1, 2011
Earth Man
Laurence C. SmithIs it time to move? In 2050 when global warming devastates most of the world, previously frozen northern climes will become the envy of the world as melting tundra releases locked-up natural resources, Prof. Laurence Smith predicts in his new book, The World in 2050.
Jan 1, 2011
Basic Instinct
basicinstinct The man who brought Conan O'Brien back to TV is a theater grad who has transformed television.
Oct 1, 2010
Designing Woman
designingwomanjuly2010 Kahi Lee '99 has been called an "Interior Design Goddess" and a "Leader of the New School." The founder of design firm Kahi Lee Lifestyle, she recently designed a luxury penthouse for the just-opened W Hollywood.
Jul 1, 2010
Power Player
powerplayer This tech guru has created technology that has saved businesses and consumers over $4 billion dollars — that's a whole lotta green!
Apr 1, 2010
The Traffic Whisperer
trafficwhisperer Doctoral candidate Eric Morris M.A. '06 left the lights of Hollywood to become an urban scholar, and has since found a starring role on The New York Times' Freakonomics blog.
Jan 1, 2010
Hammer Time
hammertime In the 10 years she's been with The Hammer, museum director Ann Philbin has helped it transform into a world-class museum — and says she's still having fun.
Oct 1, 2009
Multimedia Man
multimediaman Heroes screenwriter Yule Caise talks about growing up with his mother's Black Panther friends, to working with Snoop Dogg and then an Emmy-winning TV show.
Jul 1, 2009
Good Works
goodworks2 Bruin Dov Seidman believes in corporations that have a conscience. The UCLA grad penned a bestseller that's influencing corporations everywhere.
Apr 1, 2009
Professor Conspirator
profconspirator Eugene Volokh, UCLA law professor, is one of the most famous and controversial legal experts in America.
Jan 1, 2009
Hit Man David Sefton
sefton What do a Sardinian shepherds' choir, a Senegalese singer and a Dutch cellist have in common? They're all at UCLA Live this season, in the same show.
Oct 1, 2008
Sling Shot
slingshot UCLA Magazine interviews Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian '90, who can provide you with local TV even when you are across the world.
Jul 1, 2008
hyperdriven UCLA professor Todd Presner is the mind behind Hypermedia Berlin - an way to explore the German city layer by layer and era by era. More cities are on the drawing board
Apr 1, 2008
The Shootist
shootist Brent Thomas, director of the famous "1984" Apple commercial, talks with Jack Feuer about his experiences in the industry.
Jan 1, 2008
Artist Provocateur
artistprovoEven though he has a double major in history and international economics from UCLA, it is as a super pop artist that Trek Thunder Kelly '92 is making waves.
Oct 1, 2007
Think big: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
kareemthinkbigIn his latest, On the Shoulders of Giants, the quintessential scholar-athlete returns to the famous New York City neighborhood where he grew up, chronicling the remarkable Harlem Renaissance of the '20s and '30s and its enduring influence on athletics, literature, music, politics — and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Jul 1, 2007
Kid Friendly: Neal Halfon
nealhalfon Q&A with the international champion of healthy kids and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities.
Apr 1, 2007
Renaissance Soldier: Phillip Carter
phillipcarter Soldier. Lawyer. Scholar. Captain Phillip Carter '97 J.D. '04 returns from Iraq and tells his war story.
Jan 1, 2007
The Devil You Don't Know
devilyoudont Satan's not the Prince of Evil; he's just God's bad cop. So says English Professor Emeritus Henry Kelly in his new book. He ought to know: The preeminent Satan scholar has been digging into the devil's work for four decades.
Oct 1, 2006
Amazing Grace: Antronette Yancey
yancey This Public Health professor has been a model, a doctor, a basketball player, poet, musician and author.
Jul 1, 2006
Cartoon Character:
Shane Acker

acker In the world of 9, only bits and pieces have survived. Shane Acker talks about the UCLA Animation Workshop and his stop-motion film.
Apr 1, 2006
Working-Class Hero:
Mike Rose

mikerose The brilliance of non-academic intelligence. And other breakthrough ideas from the mind of UCLA professor Mike Rose.
Jan 1, 2006


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