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December 29, 1988
The American Sociological Assn. has given Michael Mann, a UCLA professor of sociology, its 1988 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award for his work, "The Sources of Social Power, Volume I," published by Cambridge University Press. The book provides a new theoretical framework for interpreting the history of human societies. The second volume, which will trace the history of human power to modern times, is expected to be published in 1990. A third volume will present theoretical conclusions.
December 4, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Come New Year's Day, in Washington state and Colorado, marijuana will be legit, courtesy of two ballot initiatives. How do you create a legal business out of an illegal one? After 13 years of Prohibition, the country at least had an earlier legal liquor market to refer to. That's where Mark Kleiman comes in, the go-to expert on these matters. A UCLA professor of public policy and author and coauthor of books like "Marijuana Legalization," he's heard all the jokes about "hemperor" and "your serene high-ness.
December 26, 1988
Michael Mann, a UCLA professor of sociology, has received the American Sociological Assn.'s 1988 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award. It was given for Mann's "The Sources of Social Power, Volume 1", published by Cambridge University Press, a book providing a fresh theoretical framework for interpreting the history of human societies.
August 26, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
The criminal case against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran moved closer to trial Monday when a judge refused to dismiss four felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed a 23-year-old staff research assistant. Harran's trial could begin within 60 days of an Oct. 3 pretrial hearing - or roughly five years after Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji suffered severe burns when a plastic syringe she was using to transfer t-butyl lithium from one sealed container to another came apart, spewing a chemical compound that ignites when exposed to air. Sangji was not wearing a protective lab coat when she was burned over nearly half her body Dec. 29, 2008.
February 26, 1987
Lester E. Longman, professor emeritus of art and past chairman of UCLA's art department, died Jan. 27, at the age of 81. Longman came to UCLA in July, 1958, served as chairman of the art department and professor of art until 1962. He continued teaching art until his retirement in 1973. He also served as head of the art department at the University of Iowa for 22 years. A resident of Pacific Palisades, Longman is survived by his wife, Helen, and three sons, Kenneth, Stanley, and Richard.
October 14, 2010 | Los Angeles Times staff reports
Robert Trachinger, a longtime ABC television executive and professor at UCLA's school of theater, film and television, has died. He was 86. Trachinger died Sept. 19 of heart failure at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, his family said. He retired from ABC in 1985 as a vice president after a wide-ranging career with the network and its affiliate in Los Angeles, KABC. His titles included vice president and general manager of broadcast operations and engineering on the West Coast.
January 1, 1990
Donald Knight (D.K.) Wilgus, first chairman of UCLA's folklore and mythology program when it began in 1965 and a professor emeritus of English and music, died Dec. 25 at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. He was 71 and died after heart surgery.
March 31, 1987
A. Theodore Forrester, whose two inventions became cornerstones in the fields of quantum optics and satellite acceleration, died Sunday at his West Los Angeles home after a lengthy battle with cancer. The UCLA professor, scientist and engineer was 68. In the 1940s he invented a photoelectric mixing tube which enabled advances in quantum optics and in the 1950s perfected an ion engine for satellites. Both those contributions are on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
June 17, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Teshome H. Gabriel, a UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television professor and internationally recognized scholar of Third World cinema, has died. He was 70. The Ethiopian-born Gabriel died Monday of sudden cardiac arrest at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, said university spokeswoman Teri Bond . "He was a brilliant, gracious, elegant and generous man," Teri Schwartz, dean of the School of Theater, Film and Television, said in a statement Wednesday.
May 18, 1985
Theodore D. Holstein, 69, a UCLA professor of physics since 1965 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has died of an apparent heart attack. Holstein had established an international reputation for his theoretical research into atomic and solid state physics. He died May 8. He earned his doctorate degree at New York University in 1940 and while still a graduate student received recognition for his contributions to atomic theory.
May 4, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Theater director Peter Sellars, a UCLA professor of world arts and cultures, will be honored by the Santa Monica Museum of Art at its 25th-anniversary Precognito Gala on May 9. Why are you based in Los Angeles instead of New York, which has a larger arts community? For me, Los Angeles has always been the future and New York has always been the past. New York is the old power structure, and frankly, what's way more interesting is what's taking form in the 21st century in L.A. The future of America is happening right here.
April 26, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran was ordered Friday to stand trial on felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed staff research assistant Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji more than four years ago. Concluding a preliminary hearing that began late last year, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench denied a defense motion to dismiss the case, believed to be the first such prosecution involving a U.S. academic lab accident....
April 26, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran has been ordered Friday to stand trial on felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed staff research assistant Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji more than four years ago. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench denied a defense motion to dismiss the case, which is believed to be the first such prosecution involving a U.S. academic lab accident. Harran is charged with willfully violating state occupational health and safety codes and faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
April 25, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
For Dr. Antronette K. Yancey, a UCLA public health professor, exercise could be fun and done in short bursts in the workplace, schools and even places of worship. Her campaign to urge people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives led to a 2010 book about the topic - "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time. " Long before First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national conversation on physical fitness, Yancey was talking about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise, colleagues said.
July 27, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Criminal proceedings against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran took a bizarre turn Thursday when the defense alleged in court papers that the state's chief investigator in the accidental death of a lab worker committed murder as a teenager in 1985. The investigator, Brian Baudendistel, denied it. "It's not true," he told The Times earlier this week. "Look, it's not me. " Baudendistel, a senior special investigator for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, was instrumental in building the criminal case against Harran and UCLA with a 95-page report that blamed both in the death of 23-year-old Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji.
July 1, 2012 | Steve Lopez
"Hello Mr. Lopez, I would very much like to meet with you. I think you will find that I have some pertinent things to say. " The email was from Dr. Arthur Rivin, 89, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA. Rivin said he had been diagnosed in September 2009 with Alzheimer's disease, but then, something rare and amazing had happened. Using a program of therapy he developed himself, he claimed, he was now greatly improved. If I took the time to meet with him and hear all about it, Rivin suggested, together "we will do something big!"
July 21, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM
A UCLA English professor has been selected as the guest lecturer at Cal Lutheran University's 14th annual Harold Stoner Clark Lecture Series in early November. Katherine Hayles will speak on "Chaos Meets Narrative: The Literature and Science of Complex Systems" at 10 a.m. and "Chaotic Genius: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia" at 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Her lectures will focus on self-organizing systems for humans and machines.
April 18, 1985
A memorial honoring Ralph L. Beals will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the UCLA North Campus facility. Colleagues and friends of the late UCLA professor are invited, according to Dr. Walter Goldschmidt, professor emeritus of anthropology. Beals, who died Feb. 24 at 83, came to UCLA in 1936. In 1940 he established the department of anthropology and sociology and served as chairman during its formative years. Beals specialized in Latin America, studying the cultures and peoples of Mexico and Bolivia.
May 8, 2012 | Kurt Streeter
"Here we are - no, I mean there we were… Flash! The distant shipping in the Thames is gone. Whirr!… Dustheaps, market gardens, and waste grounds. Rattle!...Shock!...Bur-r-r-r! The tunnel…I am… flying for Folkestone…Bang!… Everything is flying. " -- "A Flight," by Charles Dickens, describing a rail trip from London in the journal "Household Words," 1851 :: Who knew that Charles Dickens, master scribe who brought us Scrooge, Copperfield and tale upon cautionary tale of hard 19th century life, was a transit aficionado with a story to tell traffic-snarled Angelenos about their plight?
April 12, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Wednesday granted a third — and final — defense request to delay the arraignment of a UCLA chemistry professor and the UC Board of Regents on felony charges stemming from a 2008 lab fire that killed a staff research assistant. Judge Shelly Torrealba ordered professor Patrick Harran and lawyers for the regents back into court June 7, effectively setting a deadline for them to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors on charges in the death of Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji.
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