Archive for February, 2012

Hello! You got Google!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Yes, Google Gmail and UCLA are hooking up and the guinea pigs are incoming freshman and transfer students with most current undergrads coming on board as of fall of 2012. Graduate students will have to wait till this transition takes place.

Seems this is a worthwhile match since most students are having trouble or don’t even use their current UCLA email. Also, UCLA doesn’t have to pay for it since they a contract with Google that is UC wide.

Having Google as their primary email for use enables the students to access the many apps that go along with this great service engine. The two that come to my mind would be the google docs and google calendar.

Click here to read this fantastic article by Tisha Nangia courtesy of the Daily Bruin.

Google ‘Web 3.0 and Beyond’

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Vint Cerf, VP of Google

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, California NanoSystems Institute – Auditorium

Implications for Science, Medicine, Business, and the Arts

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.

Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective.

Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds an honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, and several other prestigious institutions.

Free and open to the public.

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. If you are a current UCLA undergraduate student and can answer “yes” to the questions below, your project may be just what the selection committee is looking for!

  • Did you use the UCLA Library collections for a research project or paper you completed for a course?
  • Were there library resources that you came to know well and to appreciate because of your research?
  • Did your skills as a researcher grow because of your use of library collections?
  • Did pursuing your research using library collections and services help you to increase the scope, depth, and significance of what you learned?

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2012 prize is Wednesday, March 28.

Prize Categories and Amounts

The following four cash prizes will be awarded:

  • Best in the Lower Division – $650
  • Best in the Upper Division – $650
  • Best Research using Library Special Collections – $350
  • Best Research using Library resources related to Los Angeles – $350
Click here for the application procedure.
Click here for the FAQ’s.

Maya Lenca Storytelling: Into the Next Millennium

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Thursday, March 1st
Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room
1:00-3:00 p.m.

A performance of a Maya-Lenca creation myth by the young chief Leonel Chevez.

Leonel Chevez is a health worker, artist, and activist grounded in his Maya-Lenca traditions.  Born in the Maya-Lenca region of El Salvador, he has worked to maintain his traditions alive. Click here for more info on Chevez.

UCLA Hammer Museum

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Harrell Fletcher and the Emergence of Art and Social Practice

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum – Billy Wilder Theater

Hammer Public Engagement artist Harrell Fletcher has worked collaboratively and individually on a variety of socially engaged, interdisciplinary projects for over a decade. His projects include The American War, a traveling exhibition, and Learning to Love You More, a participatory website and book co-created with Miranda July.
Fletcher’s current project with collaborator Adam Moser will document a year at the Hammer in the vernacular of a high school yearbook. Until the end of March, when visitors come to the museum they may have their portraits taken at the Front Desk to be included in the Yearbook. Visitor photos will be posted on

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6pm.

Free and open to the public.

Dance Marathon

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Ackerman Union – Grand Ballroom (2400)

Students at UCLA have rallied together to put on a 26-hour annual dance-a-thon to acknowledge the battle of children suffering from AIDS by fighting their own personal battle: staying on their feet for the entire duration of the event.

Proceeds benefit the following organizations:

  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Project Kindle
  • One Heartland
  • UCLA AIDS Institute
Register online. $30 for individuals; information about forming and joining teams also available online.
Click here for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation website.

Indian Music Festival

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

SPICMACAY Music Festival

Saturday, February 18, 2012
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, Moore Hall – East Terrace

The event is a day-long series of concerts and lec/dems (7 total) celebrating Indian classical music.


Click here for more information.

Enhance Your Career by Volunteering at UCLA

Friday, February 17th, 2012

DATE:                  Wednesday, February 22, 2012
TIME:                   12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
LOCATION:        2nd Floor Lounge at Ackerman Union
RSVP at:    

Administrative Management Group (AMG) and UCLA Staff Assembly are co-hosting a panel discussion on volunteer opportunities that could enhance your career at UCLA. This panel represents several organizations on campus – the Volunteer Center, Information Technology, Bruin Advocacy, and the Judicial Advocate Volunteer Group – and will focus on how to get involved with volunteer opportunities that not only cultivate professional development, but also facilitate networking opportunities.

Mark Ramseyer, Incoming Chair for AMG, will moderate the panel which includes:

  1. Rachel Corell – Volunteer Center
  2. Debra Gellar and Dennis Lyday – Student Advocate Program
  3. Jackie Reynolds – BruinTech
  4. Manuel “Manny” Baldenegro – Bruin Advocacy

Luskin Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Charles Ogletree

Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Off Campus – Location

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the Luskin Lecture Series, designed to enhance public discourse on the most pressing issues of the day. This quarterly series will feature renowned thought leaders who are changing the way our country thinks about and addresses its most formidable public policy challenges.

The inaugural lecture is scheduled for February 16, where Harvard scholar and one of the country’s most prominent legal theorists Charles J. Ogletree will address race and the criminal justice system. He will present and discuss the challenges that face our justice system and its attempt to deliver equal treatment to all our citizens. Join scholars, community leaders, and alumni for an experience designed to enhance public discourse on the most pressing issues of today as we also recognize Black History Month.

6:00 pm RECEPTION Live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine, and exclusive access to the museum’s exhibits

7:00 pm LECTURE

Location: California African American Museum
600 State Drive – Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Free and open to the public.

Click here for the Luskin Lecture Series website.

UCLA Men’s Basketball

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Buy one, get one free ticket offer on $30 upper level reserved seats (max 8).

Order online or call (310) UCLA-WIN or (310) 825-2946.  Use your UCLA e-mail address to access offer online.

Games to be played at the LA Sports Arena.

Click here for game information.


3/1 vs. Washington State, 7:30pm