UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


July 12, 2012
Professor Todd Franke has been appointed chair of the Social Welfare department, Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., announced today. His appointment is effective immediately.


June 27, 2012
Ph.D./MSW candidate Sara Pilgreen is blogging from South Africa this summer, where she is living and working as an intern at the City of Johannesburg.After earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, Sara served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the island nation of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. She returned stateside to complete her M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University. During her graduate studies at UCLA Luskin she interned at The Village, an agency serving mentally ill homeless adults in Long Beach.
June 06, 2012
A common perception that medical marijuana dispensaries boost the crime rate in areas where they exist may not stand up to scrutiny, according to a recent study by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs researchers.


May 31, 2012
Jonathan Fielding, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health and a professor in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine at UCLA, discussed policy approaches to improve public health in a UCLA Luskin lecture Thursday. 
May 25, 2012
UCLA Luskin students and faculty gathered Thursday to celebrate one of the school's signature attributes: UCLA Luskin’s Annual Fellowship Reception to honor donors and celebrate the achievements of more than 100 fellowship students. At a reception drawing more than 100 guests, students mingled with donors – including the school's benefactors, Meyer and Renee Luskin – and shared stories of their achievements and scholarly ambitions.
May 23, 2012
L.A. City Controller and UCLA alumna Wendy Greuel will address graduating students in social welfare, urban planning and public policy at UCLA Luskin's 2012 Commencement Ceremony. In announcing the event, Dean Frank Gilliam, Jr., called Greuel "a champion for public policy issues including public health initiatives, school reform programs, crime reduction measures, public transportation, and efforts to rebuild the city’s infrastructure."


April 30, 2012
JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez (MSW  ’88, Ph.D. ’90) adjunct professor of Social Welfare, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Council on Gerontology (CCGG).  The award recognizes outstanding achievements in geriatrics and gerontology. Awardees exemplify leadership in academic scholarship, education, policy, research, and practice, while contributing to the future of older adults.
April 27, 2012
Alice (Laughlin) Kitchen, (MSW ’72) is among 10 “Champions of Change” honored recently by the White House for dedication to improving access to health care. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
April 17, 2012
California’s Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities have been inefficient, but a closure plan proposed by California Governor Jerry Brown, should “not rely solely on fiscal motivations,” says Laura Abrams, author of a newly published policy brief on the governor’s budget realignment plan.
April 12, 2012
Adeline Aranaydo, a first-year Master of Social Welfare (MSW) student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is one of 12 students nationwide to be selected as a 2012 Native American Congressional Intern through the Udall Foundation. Aranaydo, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, will intern in the office of U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.).