Archive for July, 2012

Carmageddon Part 2

Friday, July 20th, 2012

It is coming…Again!

Carmageddon, or the restructuring of the North 405 to include a car pool lane. A one billion dollar deal going on again, starting September 29 and 30th. This 53 hour shutdown of one of the busiest highways in the country didn’t amount to much last time in happened in July of 2011, for the south side of the freeway. But county officials are saying that there is going to be more happening this time around. So, don’t wave it off.

Also, keep in mind, UCLA students: your classes begin that Thursday before, September 27. Get those books early, and plan accordingly to get to where you need to go.

Get more details:
Metro: Carmageddon II announced for Sept. 29-30

Los Angeles Times: Second round of ‘Carmageddon’ on I-405 set for Sept. 29-30

Zev Yaroslavsky: Return of Carmageddon
LA Observed: Carmageddon II has a date: weekend of Sept. 28
Curbed Los Angeles: Carmageddon II: 405 Shuts Down Last Weekend in September

Family Jam: Mariachi Melodies

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fowler Museum Venue – Davis Courtyard

The colorful songs of all-female mariachi band Las Colibrí bring the magic of Mexican music to the Fowler! Make a musical instrument and play along to tunes from the great icons of Mexican children’s music.

Free and open to the public.

“Public Science: Peepshows, Caskets, and Microscopes”

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

June – September
Powell Library 2nd Floor Rotunda


Peepshows, caskets, and microscopes all are things found in vaults and back-room storage areas in UCLA Library Special Collections that have a wealth of historical value. Yet the lives of these objects extend beyond the Library.

Microscopes are a pervasive emblem of contemporary science, but the microscopic worlds that they make visible are not easily accessible to the broader public without additional technologies such as woodblock and other forms of illustration, film, and photographs. The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library’s microscopes collection ranges from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries and includes those used by merchants and gentleman of science and those found in modern laboratories.

Peepshows were a mobile form of entertainment encountered in the streets and on fairgrounds. One portrays the Thames tunnel, which was an engineering marvel completed in the 1843. For two decades before and after its completion, this underwater thoroughfare was a source of inspiration for peepshows in England, France, Germany, and Russia.

And lastly, caskets: the casket is a technology of collection, display, organization, and conservation. Its place in the title highlights the idea that the cases are part of the exhibit, too. In the museum context, the term was first used by nineteenth-century German natural history museum directors to refer to the small cases used to organize items such as shells and birds’ eggs so that these small items didn’t get swallowed up in the large display cases.

“Peepshows, Caskets, and Microscopes” started as the title of the 2012 Spring Quarter seminar for freshman in GE Cluster 21CW: History of Modern Thought. The students were asked to consider how and where the public and science overlap and where the distinction between science and non-science blurs, and they were asked to focus on the production and use of images and objects as the sites where science and the public meet. To do this, the class entered the archive and brought the archive out with them. The students’ assignment was to work with objects in the UCLA Library Special Collections to determine what history of science can be told through three-dimensional objects and how these objects should be displayed in the libraries of a public university.