opportunities have paid off handsomely for Lueck; she was selected
as one of three undergrads to be honored May 12 at the annual College
of Letters and Science College Award Dinner, and her professors
believe she has an excellent shot at either of the two paths she
is considering: medical school or an M.D./Ph.D. program.
bad for a would-be actress who once thought that she would be more
likely to play the role of a doctor than actually be one.
was always very meaningful to me,” she says. “But at
UCLA, I’ve found a love for these children and a mission in
trying to help them. I feel like I have a broader purpose.”
PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
ANDREA GHEZ decided in 1994 to join the astronomy faculty at UCLA,
her reasoning was pretty straightforward.
you do infrared astronomy, UCLA is the best place to be,”
was that reputation and the access UCLA could provide to the W.M.
Keck Observatory’s 10-meter Keck I telescope atop the dormant
Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii that drew Ghez to Westwood. In the time
she has been here, Ghez has made a significant mark: Discover magazine
named her one of the top-20 scientists in the country under 40 who
“will likely change our fundamental understanding of the world
and our place in it,” and she has won the Newton Lacy Pierce
Prize in Astronomy for outstanding achievement by an astronomer
early in his/her career.