U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu says government can help make society more just for all

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu speaks with UCLA professor Abel Valenzuela during an audience Q&A following the Winston C. Doby lecture. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

The congressman highlighted need to invest in education during UCLA’s Winston C. Doby Lecture. Original story on UCLA Newsroom.

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu came from Taiwan to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old. And since then, he has tried to champion the ideals that propelled him and his family to success.

“In my mind, [my parents] achieved the American dream,” the California Democrat told the crowd as he delivered the UCLA Academic Advancement Project’s Winston C. Doby Distinguished Lecture. “They went from being poor, to owning a home, to giving my brother and I an amazing education.”

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Trip to D.C. with Chancellor Block helps UCLA students forge new relationships

Students get opportunities to talk with Chancellor Gene Block during the D.C. trip. (photo by Scott Henrichsen)

Undergraduates also met with alumni to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the nation’s capital works. Original story on UCLA Newsroom.

Vanessa Gaytan isn’t trying to spend her time at UCLA with blinders on, but she, like many students, can sometimes find herself stuck in a silo of her academic track and ambitions.

“I’m in my own clubs and organizations, and it’s hard to meet people out of that with our busy schedules,” said Gaytan, a third year psychology major looking to add applied linguistics to her studies. She is a member of the UCLA Academic Advancement Program, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences.

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UCLA names new associate vice chancellor for government and community relations

Jennifer Poulakidas

Following a nationwide search, Jennifer Poulakidas has been named associate vice chancellor for government and community relations. Poulakidas, a UCLA alumna, will begin this role April 1.

“I am excited to have Jennifer leading the government and community relations program, and am confident that her extensive advocacy experience makes her a great addition to our team,” said Rhea Turteltaub, UCLA vice chancellor for external affairs, which oversees government and community relations.

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UCLA Researchers Bring Quantum Computing Revolution to Washington, D.C.

UCLA professors were a part of a special panel on quantum computing that was held at the House Science Committee Briefing Room in Washington, D.C.

To think of quantum computing is to think of solving problems that today’s computers wouldn’t be able to finish in a lifetime, or, perhaps, even a lifetime of an entire universe.

It is with that promise of scale, that UCLA researchers hosted a panel in Washington, D.C., to answer questions as the federal government grapples with how to keep up with this fast moving research.

On Sept. 25, the Quantum Computing: Exploring the Information Revolution panel discussion was held in the House Science Committee Briefing Room, where the panelists explored the current state of quantum computing technology along with potential opportunities for the field from the perspective of academic and industry leaders.

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Workshop Highlights How To Apply for Governor Appointments

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove introduces a special California State Boards and Commissions Appointments Workshop at the UCLA Faculty Center. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

The California Governor is in charge of more than 3,000 appointments to more than 295 boards and commissions that span topics ranging from medicine, to water, and even the movie industry.

Civically engaged volunteer applicants are needed continually to fill these positions, and UCLA Government and Community Relations partnered with 54th District Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove to offer a special workshop for the campus community to describe the process of applying.

More than 200 people attended the special California State Boards and Commissions Appointments Workshop on Sept. 27, which was hosted at the UCLA Faculty Center. Governor Jerry Brown’s Appointment Secretary Mona Pasquil moderated. She and a panel of four current and former board and commission members introduced instructions for how to apply while answering audience questions.

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla, UCLA Kickoff Ballot Bowl Initiative

UCLA Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Monroe Gordon commits the university to the first annual College and University Voter Registration Ballot Bowl. (photos by Jonathan Van Dyke)

As California Secretary of State Alex Padilla stood before a group of enthusiastic UCLA students in front of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, he couldn’t help but smile about his choice of campuses to kick off the inaugural College and University Voter Registration Ballot Bowl.

“I feel the energy, and we just need to keep building on it into the November election,” he said, adding that the UCLA students present represented the “true Bruin spirit, the spirit of teamwork, spirit of community service, and the spirit of friendly competition.”


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