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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
A! er spending countless hours looking at magazines and trying to pick out the ones that had clean and profesionally looking designs I settled on using GQ as the inspiration for this particular magazine. " e academics section usually always covers the same topics over and over again, so this year I decided to change things around. We added feature stories that would be of interest to read such as the libraries page and the academic cheating page. " e majority of this section consist of professor and student highlights. We selected to do ten cover stories, # ve professors and # ve students. " ree students were selected for north campus and two for south campus. Out of the # ve professors highlighted, two were from north campus and three were from south campus. I would like to thank all the professors who participated in making this section happen. " ank you for taking the time to do an extensive interview and photoshoot. As for the students, we tried to give coverage to as many di$ erent types of students and hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoyed learning about them.
~Jose Fredi Hernandez
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Julianne Cheng, Lauren YangTung X. Dao, Alan WongEvelyn Ho, Melissa Huang
Iris Chiu, Evan Freethy, Vincent Ho and Kirstie Je$ ries
Jaskirat Dhanoa, Elana Gurney, Michael Lee, Justin Lin, Natalie Michaud, Bhavik Patel, Amy Qiu and Jimmy Tsao
Andrew Chen, Alan Nguyen, Alexander Siu, Deanna Traubel, Jennifer Wang, Marianna Walther, Steven Liu and Ti$ any Yeh
Fritz Batiller, Karen Chu, David Hsiung, Hong Le, Terence Lee, Kathryn Lin, Jonathan Nguy, Yan Ruan, Ashwin Sundar, Kevin Tseng, Charlie Wang and Ruby Wang
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jose Fredi Hernandez
Young Research Library and
UCLAs Top Libraries
Careers & Graduate School
North Campus Division
Ethnomusicology: Kevin Willoughby
English: Megan Beauchamp
Art History: J abob Patterson
Department Chair of Spanish and Portuguese: Professor Teofilo Ruiz
Department Chair of French and Francophone Studies: Professor Dominic Thomas
North Campus Division
Department Chair of Neuroscience: Scott Chandler
Physics Professor: Katsushi Arisaka
Chemsitry Professor: Neil Garg
Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics: Adrina Kocharian
Nursing: Judy Li
Photograph byDavid Hsiung
Cover Concept created by Jose Fredi Hernandez. This cover and the entire magazine is inspired by GQ magazine.
Cover model, Kevin Willoughby. Read his story on page 166.
Exclusive Interview with Gene Block
The 11 Chancellors that Make the School and Commit to Excellence, Collegiality, and Diversity
Gene Block tells BruinLife his life struggles, dealing with the budget cut and plans for the future.
by Jimmy Tsao
Photo by David Hsiung
With a life story more engaging than that of anyone else, our chancellor was more than just the face of UCLA. Dr. Gene Blocks life stretched far beyond being the head of our institution. His professional accolades included holding numerous administrative positions and heading many research laboratories; his personal achievements encompassed a vast collection of vacuum-tube radios and raising two children. A family man as well as an in! uential researcher, Chancellor Block was committed to making UCLA as great as it can be.
BruinLife: Is there any one speci" c moment in your career that stands out above the rest?Chancellor Block: Probably the most exciting time was scienti" c breakthrough with a group of students in my laboratory when we " rst demonstrated that single neurons can act as biological clocks. Id say the excitement was that I had undergraduates and graduate students involved as well as post-grads and myself. It was a great educational experience, but it also was a sense of great scienti" c accomplishment. I think it brought everything that is great about a university together: undergraduates and graduate students, along with scienti" c discovery.
BL: Is there anything in your career that has been particularly di# cult?CB: As chancellor, trying to make our universities our student body and faculty more diverse, trying to make certain that we best represent America. $ ats been very hard.
BL: But doesnt UCLA pride itself on diversity?CB: Absolutely. Weve achieved in many areas and we have to be very proud. On the other hand, if you look at historically underrepresented groups African-American, Latino students we still dont have the numbers that would be representative of California.
BL: Weve all felt the impact that the state budget cuts have had on the UCLA community. What can students do to help?CB: As advocates, students can be very e% ective. Part of our budget comes from the state; the legislature needs to hear from students about the importance of supporting the University of California. Students can also be mindful about costs and resources; just being energy e# cient, for example, can help us keep our energy bills down.
BL: What made you decide on circadian biology?CB: A class I took at Stanford on comparative animal behavior. Part of our discussion was about biological clocks and I was fascinated because it permeates all of biology; almost all processes go through 24-hour ! uctuations.
It is a very broad " eld and impacts all organisms.
BL: What is the impact of your research on the community?CB: My hope is, for example, to allow humans to undertake safe shi& work. Its to help elderly people who dont sleep well sleep better. Its trying to minimize the e% ects of phenomena such as jet lag, which isnt a serious disease, but is still dangerous.
BL: What are some goals that you would like to accomplish by the end of your term?CB: I would like to leave the university " scally stable, with a sense of purpose as a public university and with a clear academic trajectory. Were an extraordinarily good university; we can always be better. And we can look back at the end of my term here and see that weve actually even improved on our academics here which are already quite stellar.
BL: What are some of the common topics that come up during your student o# ce hours? CB: [Students] are usually telling about their experiences at UCLA. I ask them if they enjoy UCLA, what they like, if they live on campusI try to learn more about their lives and what problems they face.
BL: Why do you think its important to hold these o# ce hours?CB: It keeps me better in touch with students. Its a lottery, [and] not a perfect system, but it does connect me with them.
BL: Considering all your responsibilities, how do you " nd time for recreational activities?CB: Fortunately, I have grown children. (Laughs) Plus, my wife does many things with me. A lot of our socializing is connected with our university activities: ballgames, cultural events, lectures. $ ere are many things to do as a family, but I do think having children [in addition to this job] would be very challenging.
BL: How do you think others perceive you, and how would you like others to perceive you?CB: I hope they perceive me as a good listener. Universities are " lled with bright people and you can learn a lot by listening. We have to form opinions and make decisions as leaders, but we want to make informed decisions and theres no better way than listening. $ at means not just listening to those within your local environment, but listening carefully to students and faculty and their concerns. I hope Im viewed as a good listener, and I hope I am a good listener.
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ACADEMICSby Jaskirat Dhanoa
Cheating was always a hot topic of discussion in every school. Especially at UCLA, a highly competitive university, cheating was n