UCLA Faculty Women’s Club General Meetings, 2016-17
Spring Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
UCLA Faculty Center
Join us at our Annual Spring Luncheon for a talk by Lorraine Flint, research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the California Water Science Center in Sacramento. She will discuss her current research focusing on California’s drought (is it over?), water supply and landscape stress, and comment on climate change and the global water crisis.
Flint has a Ph.D. in soil physics from Oregon State University and has been with the USGS since 1986. Her current studies investigate the influence of climate change on snow processes and water availability, and on landscapes, forests, and ecosystems in California, the western U.S., and in locations throughout the globe. Projects include the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, the Tigris-Euphrates River system, South Korean ecosystems, Central America pollinators, and Iranian gazelles.
Flint’s research involves downscaling future climate projections for input to models to estimate hydrologic response to climate at a fine spatial scale to assess watershed and landscape conditions. She works alongside natural resource managers to develop state-of-the-art, scientifically-based information upon which to base water management and landscape resources planning for changes in climatic extremes and associated changes in water availability, wildfire risk, biodiversity, and conservation. Analysis of these data help managers understand areas where the effects of climate change are expected to be the most profound or most resilient. These studies also address how the environment is likely to change—and how certain the scientific community is about these changes.
Fifth General Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
UCLA Faculty Center
Join us as we honor UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez, our 2017 FWC Woman of Distinction. Click here for details.
Join us for the UCLA Faculty Women’s Club 2017 Annual Scholarship Dinner, celebrating the achievements of 12 accomplished UCLA students and our organization’s support of their skills and talents.
Dr. Verna Porter, UCLA Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Neurology, directs clinical programs in Alzheimer’s Disease research at UCLA.
Our keynote speaker for this year’s celebration is Dr. Verna Porter, UCLA Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Neurology and Director of Clinical Programs at the Mar S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA. Dr. Porter, who earned her B.S. and M.D. from UCLA and was also trained there, was once an FWC scholarship recipient.
Dr. Porter will discuss advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and current approaches to treating neurodegenerative diseases of the brain. She will review some basic principles of cognitive neuroscience, share her experiences of becoming involved in the field, and report on discoveries from current investigations into the brain and how it is affected by degenerative diseases.
Tickets are $39 and are available at Eventbrite. No refunds after January 24, 2017.
Second General Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
UCLA Faculty Center
Join us on Tuesday, November 15, when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original “Star Trek” series with Peggy Alexander, Curator for Performing Arts, UCLA Library Special Collections. She will share her experience of curating the Gene Roddenberry Collection, which includes artifacts from the culturally resonant show. Peggy has explored “the final frontier” in her work with this treasure trove of primary sources from the production of the seminal TV series.
The collection, which includes story outlines, treatments and various drafts of scripts, shooting schedules, cast lists, and other memoranda, reveals the backstory of those who brought “Star Trek” to life, as well as fans’ correspondence, In particular, “Mr. Spock,” as portrayed by Leonard Nimoy, is revealed to have been quite the heartthrob!
Peggy has been at UCLA for 11 years in the Library, and has held other positions including Curator of the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College, City University of New York, and Archivist at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Peggy is a graduate of Queens College, City University of New York, where she earned her master’s of library and information studies and her bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration on flute performance. She studied flute extensively with William Hebert of the Cleveland Orchestra, and with flutist, composer and innovator, Robert Dick. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, and the American Society for Theatre Research.
Peggy’s talk, “Star Trek: Where Very Few Have Gone Before,” will be presented in the Sequoia Room at 1:30 p.m. We hope to see you there! In the meantime, Live Long and Prosper!
First General Meeting, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
UCLA Faculty Center
Join us to catch up on old friends—and make new ones—as we begin another exciting year of programs and section activities. Our first speaker for 2016-17 is world-renowned cardiologist Dr. John G. Harold, who will speak of hearts, aging, and—mummies! He reaches to antiquity for his talk, “Is Atherosclerosis Fundamental to Human Aging? Lessons from Ancient Mummies.”
The program also features our annual observance of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which the FWC commemorates each year in October by joining the global network of concerts designed to use the power of music to promote tolerance and humanity. Ray Dewey, a Grammy-nominated writer, composer, producer, and arranger, will join us again to perform for our 14th annual tribute to Daniel Pearl.
Dr. Harold, clinical professor of medicine at both Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the DGSOM, is chair of the World Heart Federation Partners Council, a board member of the World Heart Federation, past president of the American College of Cardiology, and a trustee on the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. He travels the world discussing his areas of expertise—cardiovascular disease, critical care medicine, geriatrics, and internal medicine—including addressing the World Health Organization and the United Nations General Assembly.
Throughout his career, the heart of Dr. Harold’s work has been to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease, the most prevalent non-communicable disease. He has been an advocate in moving from political declaration to action on lessening the global burden of cardiovascular diseases, focusing on innovation and channeling the strengths of an army of outstanding volunteers and staff in support of the American College of Cardiology’s mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health.
Mr. Dewey’s lengthy discography includes record, radio, TV, and movie arrangements across all music genres, from R&B and reggae to Motown and the standards. His extensive list of credits includes years with “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
Daniel Pearl World Music Days were established in 2002 to honor Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and murdered by extremists in Karachi, Pakistan. The international network of artists now includes more than 13,900 performances in 140 countries. The FWC’s annual celebration is proud to be among them.