UCLA recently announced the formation of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. The new school was made possible through a $30 million endowment gift from performer and producer Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall Alpert.
The Herb Alpert School of Music will focus on the global diversity of music performance and study, with courses centered on areas like world music, popular music, jazz and classical. There will also be classes on the music business, music in the public sector and music and health.
USC STUDIES CONNECTION BETWEEN AGE AND VISION
Researchers at the USC Keck School of Medicine conducted a study of more than 6,000 L.A. children and found that both cross-eyed and lazy eye symptoms are more common in older children than in younger children.
According to principal investigator Rohit Varma, both conditions can be detected by age three. Varma stressed the need for “early screening and intervention programs that could prevent lifelong impairments.”
The results of the study could impact future vision screening programs as well as health care policy.
ABET HONORS CAL STATE L.A. ENGINEERING
ABET, Inc., the national accreditation organization for engineering education, awarded Cal State L.A. its President’s Award for Diversity. The award was presented to Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology for its “extraordinary success in achieving … diversity and inclusiveness in the technological segments of our society.”
Cal State L.A.’s engineering department currently has the highest percentage of enrolled underrepresented students in California. USC’S TOUR OF THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
The USC School of Theatre Repertory Dance Company will put on a production of “Dancing Through the Chocolate Factory,” a tribute to author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), only with a contemporary, urban spin. The production will feature various dance styles that include jazz, hip-hop, tap and ballet.
“Dancing Through the Chocolate Factory” will be performed in the Bing Theatre on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. More information can be found at: www.usc.edu/spectrum.
UCLA FOOD DRIVE
UCLA has partnered up with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to collect food for the impoverished in Los Angeles County. Through Dec. 17, UCLA Transportation will be collecting non-perishable food items like canned meats, vegetables and fruits, rice, pasta, cereal and peanut butter and jelly. Personal care items such as laundry soap and diapers will also be collected.
To donate, simply drive up to any Information & Parking Kiosks throughout the UCLA campus and drop off the items. For more information, e-mail UCLA Transportation at: email@example.com.