UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

May

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

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.).

March

March 26, 2012
A UCLA research team led by Todd Franke, associate professor of social welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has been awarded $500,000 to evaluate the impact of the Bloom project (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) by the California Community foundation. The goal of BLOOM is to redirect Black male youth (ages 14-18) involved with the Los Angeles County probation system toward a path that produces improved education and employment opportunities.

February

February 28, 2012
The UCLA Juvenile Justice & Reentry Project has released a policy brief on California Senate Bill 9 (the California Fair Sentencing for Youth Act)."We believe that SB9 constitutes a modest proposal that upholds public accountability, while also providing a chance for those who committed crimes when they were young to show personal growth and change, and for the State of California to assert itself as a responsible steward of its future," write the authors, Laura S. Abrams, Ph.D., and Alea Bell.