Urban Planners Go to India

UCLA's Institute for Transportation Studies Director Brian Taylor and Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris recently visited India's state of Gujrat. Their focus was to attend the Vibrant Gujrat Summit, as part of the Centre for Environmental Planning and University development plan for the city of Patna. The Times of India covered the conference, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. More can be read about it here.

Academic partnership with CEPT University in India

Post from Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris:


Greetings from Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, India. I'm here on behalf of the School and the department of Urban Planning to begin a collaboration and academic exchange program with CEPT University, one of India's finest institutions of higher learning.  Here I am at the formal signing of the agreement at the International Roundtable Gala Dinner and Signing Ceremony.


Harvey Perloff & Mitch Besser Lectures now on iTunes U

You can now download recent guest lectures, including the:

  • Mitch Besser lecture on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa
  • Harvey Perloff Lectures on the Future of Urban, Regional, and Planning Scholarship.


You must have iTunes in order to download the audio and video files. They can be downloaded here here.

Luskin Center Solar Research Highlighted at UCLA City Hall Day

The Luskin Center for Innovation was invited to deliver key presentations during the University's 2010 City Hall Day, an event organized by UCLA Government and Community Relations to host UCLA delegates in meetings with members of the Los Angeles City Council. Pictured in photo: Luskin Center deputy director Colleen Callahan presents on the potential for solar energy in the L.A. basin.

Visit from National Sun Yat-Sen University

Post from Dean Gilliam: Maciek Kolodziejczak and I met with a delegation from the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan to discuss possible collaborations and student exchanges.

Newsweek Consults Kleiman Regarding Prop 19 Implications

Drug policy expert Mark Kleiman spoke to Newsweek about the legal possibilities and implications behind Proposition 19 on California's November ballot.

Making the case for a prison without walls

The Atlantic recently scrutinized the possibility of having "Prisons Without Walls" as an alternative to incarceration.

Swiss Railway Tunnel Marks Planning Achievement

With continued demands for extended railways through Europe, the Swiss have completed the construction of the longest transport tunnel in the world. Known as the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the underground rail project has taken 14 years of digging through 2,500+ meters of rock. The tunnel serves to create a transport network in Europe to facilitate goods through high-speed passenger and freight trains.

FBI Report States Crime Down 5%, Kleiman talks to KPCC

Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman spoke with Larry Mantle on KPCC's Air Talk regarding a new report by the FBI. The report claims a five percent reduction in crime and follows a general reduction of crime since the 1994. Kleiman discussed that:

There's half as much crime as there was in 1994. Now every time crime goes down, it becomes a lesser deal for criminals because they are doing fewer prison days per crime committed.

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