UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

November

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.
November 21, 2011
Eric Avila, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, History and Urban Planning, recently appeared on Zócalo Public Square as a panelist to discuss the topic "How Los Angeles Created the Good Life," moderated by Tom Crow of the Institute of Fine Arts and art historian at New York University.
November 15, 2011
As part of the Los Angeles Business Council's "Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit —Building LA's Workforce," research teams from UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation and USC will release a new report indicating that while Los Angeles has a trained workforce ready to perform clean-energy solar jobs, city leaders have so far failed to enact policies that would take advantage of this resource and create employment for these
November 10, 2011
Appearing before students in the School of Public Affairs, representatives of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors shared their views of findings in a recent independent study of Californians’ overall well-being, one that presents troubling disparities in the Golden State and ideas to narrow the gap. The forum, “A Portrait of Inequality in California: How Should Nonprofits and Philanthropy Respond?” was presented on Thursday, Oct. 20, by the Center for Civil Society and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
November 02, 2011
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Social Welfare doctoral candidate Megan Holmes (MSW '08) has been selected to receive the 2012 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Doctoral Fellows Award for her dissertation proposal research titled, “Effects of Maternal Parenting Quality on the Development of Social Behavior for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.”

October

October 31, 2011
Critical Planning, the student journal of the Department of Urban Planning, has issued a call for papers for volume 19, Summer 2012.  The theme for this issue is Militaristic Urbanism.  The submission deadline is Monday, January 2, 2012.
October 21, 2011
Professor Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, was awarded the 2011 Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, by the Southern California Public Health Association.  The award was presented at the 139th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 29–Nov. 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. in recognition of outstanding creative and innovative public health work.
October 19, 2011
The Department of Public Policy of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to recruit a tenure-track, assistant professor (any rank) in public policy.  We seek candidates with interests in urban and social policy, immigration, science and technology policy, transportation, public infrastructure, and other related areas (domestic and/or international).
October 18, 2011
Carlos Amador, a recent graduate of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Master of Social Welfare Program (MSW), recently penned his experience participating in a hunger strike calling for the passage of the federal DREAM act. In “This is Our Country Too: Undocumented Immigrant Youth Organizing and the Battle for the Dream Act,” Amador, who completed his MSW this past Spring, and who is currently in the process of gaining his own U.S. citizenship, tells of the 15-day hunger strike held in Los Angeles. The following is an excerpt from the article:
October 13, 2011
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has named UCLA Professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman a Visiting Fellow for 2011-2012. NIJ Visiting Fellows are scholars and professionals who currently work in the criminal justice field.  Prof. Kleiman’s recent work focuses on reducing crime and incarceration by substituting swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically.