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February 21, 2014 |
James Cahill, an art historian and curator who played an influential role in expanding the study and teaching of Chinese painting in the West before and after the opening up of U.S.-China relations in the early 1970s, died Feb. 14 at his home in Berkeley. He was 87. The cause was complications of prostate cancer, said his daughter, Sarah Cahill . A longtime professor at UC Berkeley, Cahill was a dominant scholar in his field for 50 years. In the late 1950s, he was one of a small number of Western scholars permitted access to the imperial paintings that had been evacuated to Taiwan before the Chinese mainland fell under Communist rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 |
Hundreds of students paraded into a gymnasium on Saturday afternoon at USC's Galen Center, their friends and families cheering from the bleachers as ragtime music played. The Super Quiz, the final event in the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon, was about to start. The game show-style competition requires teams of nine high school students to answer three dozen multiple-choice questions on subjects including art, economics and science. Questions were read by Fox 11 news reporter Gigi Graciette, and students had just seven seconds to punch in their answers on hand-held electronic devices.
January 22, 2014 |
Letterman jackets are considered so retro that some high school athletes are hesitant to be seen wearing one. But don't tell that to L.A. Cathedral soccer standout Axel Mendez, who proudly walks around campus wearing his jacket filled with patches testifying to accomplishments, from being All-Southern Section to being a scholar-athlete. It's part of a high school sports experience that he refuses to abandon at a time when other elite players in the Southern California soccer world are choosing a different path.
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January 13, 2014
Robert A. Pastor, an influential scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 66. His death was announced by American University, where Pastor was a professor in the School of International Service. Pastor had been President Carter's national security adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean.
January 13, 2014 |
The Inner City Youth Foundation will present its Unsung Heroes Awards to a group of top academic and athletic high school honorees on Saturday at the Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The awards spotlight African-American scholars excelling in the classroom, in sports and volunteerism. The honorees: Ajene Harris, Crenshaw; Denzel Fisher, Compton Centennial; David Williams, Dorsey; Branden Akinyele, Bellflower; Jalen Greene, Adoree' Jackson, Gardena Serra; Jaleel Wadood, St. John Boscol; Jamardre Cobb, Marquis Ware and Rodney Carr, Salesian; Jonathan Lockett, Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei; Kwesi Marshack and Greg Hoyd, Vista Murrieta; Anthony Wright, Calabasas; Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Loyola; Brad Kaaya, Chaminade; Brandon Dawkins, Oaks Christian; Josh Stanton, Valencia; Shau'He Hardy, Huntington Park; Zaire Andre, Mister Jackson, Dejon Cash, Inglewood; Donyae Brown, Michael Wood III, Otis Ricks, James Griffin, Fredrick French, Locke.
January 7, 2014 |
Under normal circumstances, an up-and-coming academic might be pleased to have his work cited by a leading politician in the heat of a major policy debate. Not so Rand Ghayad, who will shortly be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University, and whose research on unemployment was cited admiringly by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in a recent essay about why extending unemployment insurance is a bad thing. The problem, Ghayad wrote in a piece for the Atlantic, is that his research implies just the opposite . Ghayad's research indicates that employers discriminate against the long-term unemployed.