Forward Thinker


The Aesthete

Silvia Forni, the new director of the Fowler Museum, wants to prompt visitors to rethink their own views of the world.

An Idea to Dwell On

Exploring how to tame urban sprawl around the world, Vinit Mukhija finds an answer in our own backyard.

The Music Man

From the Count Basie Orchestra to BTS, Duane Benjamin is bringing a jazzy sensibility to modern music.

World Warrior

Rethinking the frontiers of international criminal law, Kate Mackintosh is finding new ways to bring war criminals to justice.

Deep Diver: Justin Dunnavant

The UCLA maritime archaeologist finds a new lens for exploring Black culture through the discovery of lost slave ships — and the secrets they carry.

Art as a Means of Getting Outside Ourselves

Charlene Villaseñor Black teaches her students that creative images can inspire empathy toward others, such as the immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Is One Really the Loneliest Number?

Professor Naomi Eisenberger, who studies how the brain and body react to relationships, looks at isolation during the pandemic.

Policy for the People

Sonja Diaz, the founding director of the Latino Policy & Politics Initiative, understands how research can directly result in legislation that serves society’s needs.

Forward Thinker: Move Along

Through UCLA’s Dancing Disability Lab, choreographer Victoria Marks brings international artists to campus to study and help shape the future of disability in dance.

Making Magic

In 1969, Leonard Kleinrock and one of his students sent the first computer-to-computer message, giving birth to the Internet.

Everything in Moderation

Sarah Roberts studies people who screen social media platforms for obscene and violent content and reveals the toll this work takes on their lives.

Law and Order

Professor Kelly Lytle Hernández’s groundbreaking research reveals the true cost of mass incarceration in Los Angeles.

Head and Heart

Professor Jeff Burke is melding technology with storytelling, artificial intelligence with live theater.

Climate and Community

Jon Christensen’s passion is for people and how they understand and are affected by the environment.

A Digital Difference

Ramesh Srinivasan wants to re-imagine our digital technology to better serve diverse users around the world.

Stage Presence

Professor José Luis Valenzuela stood up for multicultural theater, even when it meant living as a hostage for 11 days.
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