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Back Issue - January 2009


School of Rock
Jim Morrison and other UCLA alumni who rockUCLA alumni — on campus and after graduation — have made an indelible mark on rock history, from the classic riffs of The Doors to punk rebels like Bad Religion and the Vandals, from modern metal masters like Linkin Park to the blue-eyed soul of Maroon 5.
Jan 1, 2009
Being Bruin: The Alumni Association's 75th Anniversary
Bruin 75th anniversaryThe "Southern Branch" of the UC Alumni Association became the break-away UCLA Alumni Association 75 years ago, and is expanding from a Bruin social club to a 91,000-member professional network with Facebook-like tools.
Jan 1, 2009
Big Science, Small Miracles
Artistic Anatomy illustrationThe university's California NanoSystems Institute is changing the world with science too small to see. UCLA researchers are developing nano-drug mules that carry poison to cancer cells, micro-solar power panels that can be incorporated into curtains, the new field of nano-pediatrics, even nano-water purifiers that can clean ocean water.
Jan 1, 2009
Pay Attention
Pay AttentionMyth-busting ADHD: Dr. James McGough, Director of the UCLA ADHD Clinic, says there are genetic and physical brain differences in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, medication can help, and no one "catches" ADHD from bad parenting.
Jan 1, 2009
A New Jungle Book: Teaching Eco Ethics
DergeAlumnus and biologist Jordan Karubian teaches conservation to rainforest residents in Ecuador, who once relied on slash-and-burn agriculture without realizing the harm it could do. Some of his pupils have since authored peer-reviewed articles.
Jan 1, 2009
Curtain Up: The Wrath of Werner
wrathwerner Manic, meglomaniac, or misunderstood? German Director/Writer/Producer Werner Herzog comes to UCLA Live for a revealing public interview on stage, followed by a live "cine-concert," a musical performance set to images from two of Herzog's documentaries.
Jan 1, 2009
Cinematic: Struggling in Sao Paolo
saopaolo UCLA's Latin American Film Institute continues its monthly Brazilian Film Series with A Casa de Alice in February. The series, co-hosted by the Brazilian Consulate, seeks to bring the social impact of Brazil's diverse film offerings to UCLA, says institute director and Brazilian film expert Randal Johnson.
Jan 1, 2009
On Exhibit: 500 Years of Other People
500faces The Hammer and Grunwald open up their treasure troves of contemporary art.
Jan 1, 2009
Family Values: A Nose for Trouble
nosefortrouble A different take on a classic.
Jan 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
Smart Set
James Franco sitting on stepsHow do high-achieving students like James Franco take 60 credits in a quarter? Ask the UCLA counseling office, whose support of the scholar-actor exemplifies the university's commitment to help students at all academic levels.
Jan 1, 2009
Reviewing the Reviewers
ReviewerA look at why UCLA admissions uses "holistic review," why one professor challenged it, and UCLA's plan to review the process.
Jan 1, 2009
Letters to the Editor
UCLA Magazine letters to the editor, Oct. 2008 issue.
Jan 1, 2009
Hoop Dreams
2008 Freshman basketball classMen's Basketball Head Coach Ben Howland has done it again. His 2008 crop of freshman players - named the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation by both ESPN.com and Scout.com - includes elite guards, an explosive power forward and a standout center. The good times figure to keep on rolling with these freshman phenoms, who bring personality to spare, along with talent, to Westwood.
Jan 1, 2009
The High-Voltage Superhighway
TeslaThe new car for the new age has a Bruin behind it.
Jan 1, 2009
Beware the Brain Gap
Brain GapTechnology is not only changing our lives: it's changing our brains. Research shows the Internet can make young people socially inept, but can also spark increased activity in brains of all ages.
Jan 1, 2009
Under Review
Silhouette of student studyingRecently, a professor who was a member of UCLA's Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools criticized the holistic review process. UCLA's vice chancellor for legal affairs explains the issues involved.
Jan 1, 2009