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BlackRock chairman Laurence Fink receives UCLA Medal

Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, was awarded the UCLA Medal, the campus’s highest honor, in recognition of his service to the community and his legendary career in business and finance.

From wrongfully jailed to artist, activist and UCLA professor

A new professor in UCLA’s African-American Studies department is rallying with students and faculty around increasingly visible injustices in the U.S. criminal justice system. It’s a topic near and dear to Bryonn Bain’s heart.

UCLA sociologist approaches modern Iran from ‘best of both worlds’

Perhaps Kevan Harris’ greatest good fortune was to arrive in Iran as a sociologist with no preconceptions about its culture or values. An Iranian American, Harris grew up in Kentucky and then Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in economics and political science at Northwestern University.

UCLA senior has a new flight plan

Anyadike made national headlines in summer 2009, at age 15, by piloting a single-engine, four-seater Cessna 172 from Compton, California, to Newport News, Virginia, and back, making scheduled stops in a dozen cities along the way.

Hollywood Diversity Report: Mounting evidence that more diverse casts help the bottom line

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies has published its third annual Hollywood Diversity Report. The comprehensive study, subtitled “Busine$$ as Usual?,” examines the relationships between diversity and profitability in Hollywood, and finds once again that audiences, regardless of their race, prefer diverse content.

UCLA Olympian Meb Keflezighi to run on L.A. streets for the first time

Meb Keflezighi is the fastest qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, in downtown Los Angeles. Keflezighi, who graduated from UCLA in 1999, will be competing on the streets of Los Angeles for the first time.

Paul Terasaki, 86, transplant medicine pioneer, philanthropist, UCLA faculty member and alumnus

Paul Ichiro Terasaki, who spent three years with his family in a Japanese–American internment camp during World War II before becoming a three-time UCLA graduate, a pioneer in organ transplant medicine and a long-time supporter of the campus, died January 25. He was 86.

Judith Baca named fellow, receives $50,000 grant from United States Artists

Judith Baca, acclaimed muralist, arts activist and professor in the UCLA César E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies as well as the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, has been named the 2015 USA Rockefeller Fellow, Visual Arts, by United States Artists (USA).

What’s wrong with single-sex schools? A lot.

The notion of boys’ and girls’ schools conjures rosy images of elite private institutions, but the history of single-sex education in the United States is rife with misguided prejudice.

Oscars Still So White: Academy Nominates Nearly All White Actors, Again

For the second year in a row, no non-white actor was among the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks about the awards and Hollywood’s struggles with diversity with Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.