100 Ways: Freedom & Human Rights


Published May 13, 2019 12:54 PM

Big Scores

Bruin Film Composers

Jaws. Star Wars. Titanic. With credits like these, it’s not an exaggeration to say that John Williams, Randy Newman and James Horner composed much of the soundtrack to modern cinema. Their work ranges from animated movies to adventure blockbusters to period dramas, but they all share one common starting point: UCLA.

John Williams studied composition at UCLA before beginning a career that has spanned more than 100 films. One creative partnership leaves an especially indelible mark: his work with Steven Spielberg, with whom Williams earned Academy Awards for Jaws, E.T. and Schindler’s List. His work has garnered an additional 45 nominations for movies ranging from Home Alone to the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films.

Randy Newman hails from a family of film composers. Three of his uncles worked as composers in ’40s and ’50s Hollywood, including Alfred Newman, winner of nine Academy Awards. Randy Newman began writing his own songs professionally when he was 17, and he pursued a bachelor’s degree in music at UCLA before leaving school just a few credits shy of a degree to focus on his own music. In the decades that followed, Newman created a satirical style of pop music all his own (including the anthemic “I Love L.A.”), influencing generations of songwriters and performers along the way.

In 1981, Newman returned to his family’s musical legacy, writing the score for the film Ragtime. It would be the first of 23 film scores, earning him 20 Academy Award nominations for iconic songs including “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story.

The late James Horner M.A. ’76 studied with faculty member Paul Chihara in the 1970s before becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers. Acclaimed for his lush orchestrations featured in Field of Dreams, Avatar and A Beautiful Mind, Horner won double Oscars for scoring Titanic and co-writing “My Heart Will Go On” with Celine Dion.

Health Care Near Home

Community Clinics

UCLA has long provided high-quality health care. But until recently, seeing a UCLA doctor meant trekking to Westwood or Santa Monica.

Today, the vast majority of those who see a UCLA Health provider do so practically in their own backyards, visiting one of the more than 170 UCLA Health medical practices throughout Southern California. Together, these community clinics offer primary and specialty care, mental health services, outpatient surgery, imaging and urgent care, often in combination. They cover a wide geographic swath — from Laguna Hills northward to Ventura, and from the beach eastward to the San Gabriel Valley. More than half a million people make some 2.5 million outpatient clinic visits each year.

It all started in 2012, with the opening of a primary and specialty care office in Westlake Village as part of an effort by the UCLA Health system to become more accessible. The growth has been rapid in the seven years since. Today, around 70 percent of new primary care patients see their UCLA doctor in their own community — a statistic all the more impressive considering that many of the clinics opened their doors in just the last couple of years.

The community clinics are staffed by providers who are members of UCLA’s clinical faculty — connected to the latest research advances and part of a network of experts with whom they can consult, just as they would if they were commuting to the Westside. When needed, they can refer their patients to the UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica for more specialized services or clinical trials. For their patients, the appeal is obvious — access to UCLA-level care without leaving the neighborhood, and with easier parking to boot.