UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

October

October 12, 2010
The upcoming documentary Gerrymandering resurfaces the controversial nature of behind redistricting, and CNN spoke with Dean Frank Gilliam to gain perspective on the matter. The coverage discussed whether voters will make changes to reform the system through independent commissions. In effect, the November ballot in several states, such as California's Proposition 20 and 27, are asking people to take politicians out of the "horse trading" process. As Gilliam put it:
October 05, 2010
Physician and public health researcher Mitchell Besser  visited the School of Public Affairs on Oct. 4, delivering a presentation on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa.  Besser is the founder of Mothers2mothers, an organization that trains mothers with HIV to work in health centers to educate and support pregnant women who are HIV-positive.

September

September 27, 2010
Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, a UCLA Department of Urban Planning alumnus, delivered the keynote address during the 2010 UCLA School of Public Affairs school-wide orientation for incoming students.Speaking at the Sept. 21 event, Reyes shared stories about growing up in Los Angeles, being a graduate student at UCLA and his work with the Los Angeles City Council.Watch his full speech below.
September 24, 2010
Second year master’s student from Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning needed to work as a Graduate Student Researcher in fall, winter and spring quarters to assist Dean Frank Gilliam on his spring 2011 course, “Strategic Communications, Social Justice and Public Policy."  In fall and winter, this student will help Dean Gilliam in the research and design of the course. In spring, the student will help prepare weekly lecture notes and powerpoint presentations for each class.COURSE DESCRIPTION (DRAFT):
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.