UCLA political ecologist Susanna Hecht has spent 30 years studying Amazon rainforest settlements or quilombos, making frequent trips to visit these areas where residents have shown her how they farm, fish, hunt and gather in a way that maintains the forest. While some environmentalists fret that Brazil’s quilombos could thwart efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest — Hecht argues that the villagers are actually vital caretakers of the forest.
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.).
What does sustainability look like on the ground? Just how sustainable can a city, or a neighborhood be? This quarter Walker Wells and Ted Bardacke are working with a group of
Urban Planning students (in UP 269 Green Urban Studio - Designing Living Neighborhoods) in an attempt to answer these fundamental questions. The objective of the course is to develop a proposal for the redesign of a Los Angeles neighborhood that achieves a high level of sustainability.
Gary Orfield, UCLA distinguished professor of
education, law, political science and urban planning, has been selected as one
of the 2012 winners of the Dr. John Hope Franklin Award for his achievements as
an advocate for racial equality in education, including his work with the Civil
Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) at UCLA. For the complete story seethe article in UCLA Today
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.
Nobuko Goto will never forget the obliteration of towns and villages in northeastern Japan when the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 changed lives forever. Back then, as a section chief for the Housing Department for the national government of Japan, she scrambled to find emergency housing for survivors suddenly left homeless.
On May 2, 2012, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will deliver the inaugural Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The 42nd President will speak on “Embracing our Common Humanity.”
Professor of Urban Planning, Susanna Hecht, has co-authored an article in the April 2012 issue of National Geographic Magazine titled, “Where Slaves Ruled,” on Quilombos, or hidden societies of escaped slaves in Brazil in the era of slavery.
San Francisco, one of a number of U.S. urban centers notorious for it’s limited street parking, is putting the ideas of UCLA Luskin Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup to the test, the New York Times reported.