UCLA Style/Change Agent Archive
Profiles of faculty, students and alumni pushing the boundaries and breaking new ground.
ABC’s new head of entertainment is determined to win, with shows that truly reflect America.
Jan 1, 2017
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
Lincoln 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
Jake Heggie’s overnight success as an opera composer surprised no one more than him.
Apr 1, 2016
Kay Redfield Jamison knows depressive illnesses as both a patient and a doctor.
Jan 1, 2016
Jeffrey Vinokur M.S. ’13 found a way to combine his two loves: chemistry and hip-hop.
Oct 1, 2015
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
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
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
Video game animation director Sunil Thankamushy changed the style of his creations after his children were born.
Oct 1, 2014
From 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
Misa Chien '08 started her first business out of her dorm room.
Apr 1, 2014
The son of migrant workers, Congressman Raul Ruiz ’94 was dubbed by Politico as a freshman lawmaker most likely to succeed.
Jan 1, 2014
An outspoken athlete talks about his experiences and his new book.
Oct 1, 2013
A filmmaker draws inspiration from his childhood as an Afghan refugee in the West.
Jul 1, 2013
Jon Banks is the co-founder of your not-so-typical ad agency.
Apr 1, 2013
Data-Kind unites scientists with social organizations to solve problems.
Jan 1, 2013
Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman to be named best director at the Sundance Film Festival.
Oct 1, 2012
In addition to voicing the iconic Simpsons character, Nancy Cartwright is an author, race car driver and mobile app creator.
Jul 1, 2012
This renowned UCLA history professor history returned to his native Cuba, where he was active in the Cuban Revolution.
Jul 1, 2012
Gary Knell's track record includes a successful stint on Sesame Street.
Apr 1, 2012
John 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
Anne Rimoin is a virus hunter and an American archetype, a brave and resourceful scientist/ adventurer.
Oct 1, 2011
UCLA 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
"Just do it" isn't just a tagline for Nike Field Reporter Gevvy Seferaj '11.
Apr 1, 2011
Is 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
The man who brought Conan O'Brien back to TV is a theater grad who has transformed television.
Oct 1, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
Bruin Dov Seidman believes in corporations that have a conscience. The UCLA grad penned a bestseller that's influencing corporations everywhere.
Apr 1, 2009
Eugene Volokh, UCLA law professor, is one of the most famous and controversial legal experts in America.
Jan 1, 2009
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
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
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
Brent Thomas, director of the famous "1984" Apple commercial, talks with Jack Feuer about his experiences in the industry.
Jan 1, 2008
Even 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
In 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
Q&A with the international champion of healthy kids and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities.
Apr 1, 2007
Soldier. Lawyer. Scholar. Captain Phillip Carter '97 J.D. '04 returns from Iraq and tells his war story.
Jan 1, 2007
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
This Public Health professor has been a model, a doctor, a basketball player, poet, musician and author.
Jul 1, 2006
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
The brilliance of non-academic intelligence. And other breakthrough ideas from the mind of UCLA professor Mike Rose.
Jan 1, 2006