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Never mind that Mayor Richard Riordan graduated from Princeton ('52). When UCLA's biggest guns prevailed upon him to loan his glorious Brentwood estate (think Hotel Bel-Air and squint and you have an idea) for one evening, he was all Bruin. Though there was a lofty purpose to Sunday's party--the inauguration of the UCLA Humanities Consortium, which will integrate three of the university's major research centers--there was no question that Riordan's home was a major draw.
March 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
According to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, public libraries are thriving thanks to a core group of devotees who have qualities we don't usually associate with bookish people -- they are, generally speaking, more sociable and active people than those who don't go to libraries. The report , which surveyed more than 6,000 people over age 16, paints a somewhat surprising portrait of American library lovers. More than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries.
The National Cancer Institute has decided to locate one of eight new national research centers at UC Irvine. The center, to be operated by the university's College of Medicine's Epidemiology Division, will be the only one of its kind in California. "UCI is proud to be selected," Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone said Monday in a written statement. "This new . . . center will become a potent force for new ideas and new strategies in the fight against cancer."
July 14, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Upon joining the staff of the National Zoo in 1955, veterinarian Theodore Reed was greeted by antiquated animal dwellings - some dating to the 1890s - and a budget so spare he bought medicine for his new charges at a local drugstore and wheedled reimbursement later. Within a year he was running the Washington, D.C., zoo, which struggled along until a horrific event galvanized its keepers: A toddler was pulled into a cage by a lion and mauled to death in 1958. The tragedy led Congress to appropriate funds that allowed Reed to vastly modernize the wildlife park.
July 31, 1994 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders visited County-USC Medical Center last week to celebrate the opening of a research center that she said will help future clinical studies include more women and minorities, groups that have been neglected or underrepresented.
October 29, 2006 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Wanna run a government lab staffed by hundreds of scientists tackling climate issues like global warming? For the first time in 46 years, management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, perched on a ridge under the Rocky Mountains northwest of here, is up for grabs. Since 1997, National Science Foundation policy has required that all government research institutions be subject to a competitive bidding process when their contracts come up for renewal.
December 11, 1996 | Melinda Fulmer
After much prodding by some Cal State Fullerton alums, Orange County now has its own real estate research center on the campus. The upstart Real Estate and Land Use Institute, like other centers in the Cal State system, is devoted to local research, forecasting and trend spotting. The center is headed by finance professor Donald Valachi and has been funded by a combination of college grants and money from companies like the Irvine Co. and E&Y Kenneth Leventhal.
April 17, 1997
A 30-year-old marine biology lab on Santa Catalina Island takes on a new mission today as USC officials open a center for environmental research. Outfitted with dormitories to house students for a semester, the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is expected to become an interdisciplinary laboratory where scholars can perform experiments for mainland audiences via teleconferences.
Professor James Elias thinks "Porn 101" is a little too racy a title for his forthcoming volume on the San Fernando Valley's most notorious industry. A voluminous collection of essays on pornography, Elias wants to call it "Eroticism and the 1st Amendment," but his publisher says the book will sell better with a less scholarly name. They're probably right, but Elias still prefers his title. " 'Porn 101' makes it sound like we're teaching people how to make pornography," he said.
January 19, 1993
A unit of Nestle USA plans to close two food-product research centers, including one in Van Nuys that employs about 100 people, by the end of 1994. The unit, Westreco Inc., will either transfer the workers to other facilities in Ohio and Connecticut, or offer severance packages and job-placement services, said Laurie MacDonald, a spokeswoman at Nestle USA's headquarters in Glendale. Nestle USA is the domestic unit of the Swiss food giant Nestle SA.
June 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
A sweeping new study of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans finds that the overwhelming majority believe society has grown more accepting over the last decade - and will continue to do so in the decade to come. Yet many said they had faced slurs, rejection or worse. Nearly a third said they had been threatened or physically attacked at some time in their life, the Pew Research Center found. Only about one in five said there was a lot of acceptance for LGBT people today.
June 9, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
On a recent weekday morning, Daniel Pondella strode along a century-old stretch of concrete pylons and shabby warehouses in San Pedro. As kelp swayed in the waves and terns circled overheard, Pondella recalled an elementary school field trip he took 40 years ago to this gritty wharf known as City Dock 1: "That was the day I decided to become a marine biologist. " Now, Pondella is involved in transforming the wharf into a marine research center at the heart of the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest.
March 14, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers are trying to resolve differences over competing proposals to host a research-and-testing center for drone aircraft that would be sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has called for competing bids to establish six research centers throughout the country to help determine the extent to which non-military drones should be allowed in the U.S. Some officials argue that there should be one unified bid from California. Ventura County has proposed hosting a facility, while a separate proposal, floated by a group calling itself California Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Cal-UAS)
December 19, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun
Field scientists and students who rough it in UC Irvine's Steele/Burnand Anza Borrego Desert Research Center in eastern San Diego County will soon be settling into a new laboratory, apartment building and dormitory thanks to $2.8 million in Proposition 84 funds awarded by the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The lab, four-unit apartment complex and dorm with room for 24 students will support research by biologists, astronomers, anthropologists and others in the heart of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's stark landscape of dry washes, palm groves and cacti.
October 6, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Every so often, Chon Noriega wakes up in the middle of the night and thinks, "I agreed to do what ?" Maybe he signed on to teach another UCLA graduate seminar in avant-garde cinema. Or curate an exhibition of new Chicano art. Or write a biography. Or lead a walking tour of East L.A.'s historic murals. Or co-host a segment of TCM's "Race and Hollywood: Latino Images in Film. " Or ... well, you get the drift. Noriega's list of cultural IOU's is long and - insomnia be damned - getting longer.
August 17, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. is beefing up its operations in Silicon Valley, announcing that it's expanding a research and development center in San Jose. To lure the expansion, the state, Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose agreed to provide a variety of tax credits, fee reductions and worker training programs. "Here's a case where government and business work together and everyone benefits, " Gov. Jerry Brown said at a San Jose City Hall ceremony.
Research at USC on energy and the environmental impact of hydrocarbon fuels has received a big boost with a $7-million gift from Katherine Bogdanovich Loker, a USC alumna whose father founded the StarKist tuna company. USC officials are scheduled to announce today that the donation will be used to build a new wing onto what is already called the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute on the campus.
August 20, 1986 | GORDON SMITH
A man on a half-day fishing excursion off Windansea Beach feels a tug at the end of his line and minutes later hauls up a glistening 15-pound white sea bass. A California gray whale surfaces off Point Loma, sending spray high into the air as it exhales through its blowhole. The animal swims easily at the surface for a few minutes, then takes a final gigantic breath and dives into the murky depths below. A nuclear-powered submarine slips unseen out of San Diego Harbor bound for the Arctic.
June 27, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
UC Irvine is home to a new $12.5-million research center funded by chip maker Intel Corp., the company announced Tuesday. The center, called the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, applies social science and humanities to the design and analysis of digital information. It opened June 1 but was announced Tuesday by Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer, in San Francisco. "Technology is profoundly entangled with our everyday lives. As researchers, we can't get a handle on what's going on by looking at technical factors alone," said UC Irvine professor Paul Dourish, who will co-lead the center.
June 18, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Asian Americans are now the nation's fastest-growing racial group, overtaking Latinos in recent years as the largest stream of new immigrants arriving annually in the United States. In an economy that increasingly depends on highly skilled workers, Asian Americans are also the country's best educated and highest-income racial or ethnic group, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center . In fact, U.S. Asians, who trace their roots to dozens of countries in the Far East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, are arguably the most highly educated immigrant group in U.S. history, the study shows.
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