UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

September

September 15, 2010
Michael Stoll, professor and chair of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, spoke with CBS Evening News regarding U.S. census data being released this week that experts predict will show a record increase in the nation's poverty rate. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to 15.0 percent — comes just seven weeks before mid-term elections.

August

August 11, 2010
by Cynthia Lee, UCLA Today
August 09, 2010
CNN's Brooke Anderson spoke with professor Albert Carnesale about the release of Countdown to Zero, a documentary on nuclear non-proliferation and the ever-present threat of nuclear weapons. According to the film, the danger stems from the changing balance of power and the ability of terrorists and rogue nations to acquire or manufacture weapons.  Interviews inluded 100 international nuclear experts and policy leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, James Baker, and Mikhail Gorbachev. 
August 03, 2010
With the November elections steadily approaching, Proposition 23 seeks to kill California's cap-and-trade system set to take hold in 2011. The proposition will directly undo the cap-and-trade plans for environmental sustainability in California as a means of seeking economic growth. Known as Assembly Bill 32 ("AB 32"), the plan will now face tough opposition from Proposition 23 and its backers, which include the oil industry.
August 02, 2010
Luskin Scholar Matthew Kahn’s study─ showing how energy conservation incentives can sometimes ironically lead to greater consumption─ caught the attention of a range of mainstream media outlets. "Nudges Gone Wrong" was a typical headline about it. Most recently, his study was featured on the American Public Media radio program Marketplace. The “Marketplace” story describes how Dr. Kahn and Dr. Dora Costa analyzed a group of utility customers who were getting regular notices from their power company comparing their energy use with similar households.
August 02, 2010
A New York Times article featured Chancellor Emeritus and Public Policy Professor Albert Carnesale, who recently published an alarming report with the National Research Council.  The National Research Council functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of  Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.  The research looked at the decreasing ability to trace nuclear materials following a terrorist attack in the United States.

July

July 19, 2010
In the July 16 edition of The Los Angeles Times, Professor Mark Kleiman explains legal and market-based reasons why the legalization and taxation of marijuana won't be an answer to the state's budget shortfall.
July 07, 2010
Professor of public policy Arleen Leibowitz celebrated her retirement at a reception this past May that included remarks from her colleagues and friends throughout UCLA.  Many shared fond remembrances of Leibowitz's scholarship, her generosity with colleagues, and her accomplishments during her years as chair of the Department of Public Policy, including Prof. Daniel Mitchell, who could not attend in person, but sent his written comments to be read:
July 06, 2010
KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, held on June 16, 2010, discussed the possible legalization of marijuana for recreational use—an issue that will come up before voters on this November’s California ballot.  The discussion, moderated by KPCC’s Larry Mantle, brought together the following speakers who hold views on both sides of the upcoming ballot measure:• Hon. Jim Gray, Judge of the Superior Crt. (ret.) -- Pro Initiative

June

June 30, 2010
On NPR’s Morning Edition, Ari Shapiro interviews Amy Zegart on the value of presidential commissions, especially under the Obama administration.