On March 15, Stuart Kirk, Professor and former Department Chair, presented an invited paper, " Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the Illusion of Progress in Psychiatric Diagnosis" at an inter-disciplinary symposia at the University of Brussels. On April 26, he will give the Gerald Seabury Memorial Lecture, entitled "Science and politics in the evolution of DSM," at the UC-Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. We have learned that Professor Kirk was selected to become a Fellow in the newly established American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (http://www.aaswsw.org/).
Professor Mark Peterson of the Department of Public Policy provided analysis of the historic passage of the week's health care reform bill; he was featured on "Midmorning" with Kerri Miller on Minnesota Public Radio (along with David Drucker, staff writer for Roll Call; and Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women).The following is an excerpt from the hour-long program:
The School of Public Affairs congratulates Professor Amy Zegart on her recent appointment to the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association (IAA) external advisory board. In this role, she will provide advice and assistance to the FBI IAA to advance the interests of the FBI’s intelligence analysts in an effort to increase our national security.
Luskin Center's J.R. DeShazo interviewed on 89.3, KPCC, to discuss the benefits and possibilities of a forthcomming study regarding feed-in tariffs. Combined with the Los Angeles Business Council, DeShazo has pushed the idea to Los Angeles City Officials, environmental leaders, and others to encourage feed-in tariffs as a method for creating renewable energy funding.
J.R. DeShazo, the director UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation, has long studied how governments can promote and help implement environmentally friendly energy policies. Now, his recent research on solar energy incentive programs, conducted with Luskin Center research project manager Ryan Matulka and other colleagues at UCLA, has become the basis for a new energy policy introduced by the city of Los Angeles. On Monday, March 15, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced an ambitious program to move the city's energy grid toward renewable energy sources over the next decade.
Enrollment for Summer Sessions is up and running on URSA. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the relaxed summer atmosphere and opportunity to enroll in the following Urban Planning classes.
Session A -- 6 weeks ( Jun 20 - Jul 29 )
Eighteen students in from across all three graduate programs traveled to Los Angeles City Hall on Feb. 19 to examine whether privatizing the Los Angeles Zoo would be beneficial to public constituents and save the city money as it faces unprecedented budget shortfalls.
The Department of Urban Planning is continuing a research exchange agreement with China’s leading urban planning agency, the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD). Under this agreement the Department of Urban Planning hosts seven to ten managers and senior staff from CAUPD each year. These visiting affiliates attend courses on physical planning and urban design and audit and participate in other classes offered by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning.
The latest volume of the UCLA School of Public Affairs' annual state policy report, "California Policy Options 2010," brings together perspectives and analysis on some of the most difficult issues facing the state, including the downward spiral of the state budget and dysfunction in governmental processes, as well as longer-term challenges involving income distribution, greenhouse gas emissions and public transportation. The report provides a snapshot of current interrelated policy problems though in-depth case studies and includes examinations of: