UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

January

January 25, 2012
Alan A. Altshuler, a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and the Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, is a visiting professor this year is teaching Urban Politics, Planning and Development this Winter quarter. His teaching and research focus on urban politics, planning, and public investment.
January 24, 2012
  For Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, the law that changed Los Angeles significantly was the Housing Act of 1949. The UCLA professor of urban planning and associate dean nominated the federal act, enacted during the Truman administration, for a KCET series of spotlights, “Laws that Shaped L.A.” In “How Bunker Hill Lost its Victorians,” Loukaitou-Sideris cites the 1949 act, as well as a 1954 federal act and the 1945 California Community Development  Law, as having “an outsized influence on downtown Los Angeles,” and ushering in an era of urban redevelopment.
January 18, 2012
ACCESS magazine, one of the most widely read magazines on transportation research, is now available online. The magazine is the official magazine of the University of California Transportation Center. “ACCESS is universally praised for making cutting-edge transportation research interesting, easy-to-understand, and relevant,” said Brian D. Taylor, Director of the Ralph & Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

December

December 15, 2011
The Fall 2011 issue of Social Welfare's semi-annual newsletter is now available online. The newsletter includes updates on the department, faculty research and findings, as well as faculty, student and alumni accomplishments. A few of the Fall 2011 highlights include:
December 10, 2011
Allen J. Scott, Distinguished Professor in the departments of Public Policy and Geography, was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Jena in Germany for "outstanding work in social science and his contributions to urban theory."Read UCLA Today storyRead more about Professor Scott
December 02, 2011
The Fall 2011 issue of Newsforum, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs magazine, was recently published and is now available online. The magazine includes updates on the school, faculty research and findings, as well as faculty, student and alumni accomplishments. The cover story “Ideas in Action” features faculty from our three departments of Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning and their continuing work on the policy front lines.

November

November 29, 2011
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has been appointed to the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ), a standing committee within the National Research Council (NRC).Kleiman, an expert on crime policy, was appointed to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2012, and is among six new members of the board approved for membership by Ralph J. Cicerone, Chairman of the national Research Council. Professor Kleiman also was recently named a National Institute of Justice Visiting Fellow.
November 28, 2011
Public Policy alumna Veronica Melvin has been named president and CEO of LA’s Promise, a nonprofit organization focusing on education, health and social outcomes for young people in South Los Angeles. Melvin, who most recently served as chief operating officer of Communities for Teaching Excellence in Los Angeles, begins her new post this month. Previously, she served as executive director of the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) for many years.