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Linda Liau, Ph.D. ’99, M.B.A. ’16

Linda Liau, Ph.D. ’99, M.B.A. ’16 was appointed chair of the department of neurosurgery, effective Aug. 21. Dr. Liau was selected for this position following a national search; she had been serving as interim chair since Jan. 1. Liau received her medical degree from Stanford University, completed residency training in neurosurgery at UCLA, and subsequently […]

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Melvin Orr ’93

Melvin Oden-Orr ’93 was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to the Multnomah County Circuit Court, effective Jan. 1. Oden-Orr was previously Chief Hearings Officer for the city of Portland, where he had worked since July 2016. In that role, he adjudicated land use disputes, city code violations, and other municipal matters. From 2005 to […]

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Elwin Svenson ’48, M.Ed. ’50, Ed.D. ’54

Elwin Svenson ’48, M.Ed. ’50, Ed.D. ’54, who served in a number of UCLA senior management positions — including vice chancellor for institutional relations from 1975 until his retirement in 1991 — died at age 91 in Sherman Oaks on Dec. 21 following an extended illness. Read the complete UCLA Newsroom obituary.

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Hana Kim, M.F.A. ’12

Hana Kim, M.F.A. ’12, was awarded the Center Theatre Group’s Richard E. Sherwood Award, honoring emerging artists in the Los Angeles theater community, for her work as a projection and set designer. Read the full Daily Bruin story.

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Michael Ching, M.Arch. ’93

Michael Ching, M.Arch. ’93, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Technical Director of Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture. Ching brings 26 years of experience to the position and has worked at D+B for 13 years as a Senior Project Architect. His professional project experience includes the California ISO Headquarters, San Joaquin RTD Regional Transportation Center, […]

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Richard Marston ’74

Richard Marston ’74 (Life Member) was named a Fellow in the American Association of Geographers (AAG), one of 20 in the inaugural class of Fellows. The AAG has over 12,000 members and no more than two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) of AAG membership (or approximately 20 Fellows) will be selected in any given year. The […]

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Hetty Chang ’00

NBC television’s Los Angeles affiliate, NBC4, has sent its own news crew – including reporter Hetty Chang ’00 – to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Chang, who reports breaking news and hard news for the NBC4 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m., will cover every angle on local athletes live on NBC4 […]

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Ruth Ramsey, M.A. ’81

Dr. Ruth (Sander) Ramsey ’81 was appointed dean of health and natural sciences at Dominican University of California on Jan. 4, after serving as the interim dean since Feb. 1, 2017. She was the founding director and chair of the university’s department of occupational therapy. Dr. Ramsey earned a master of arts degree in dance […]

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Priyank Patel ’14

Priyank Patel ’14 was awarded the 2018 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship by Banner & Witcoff, a national intellectual property law firm that procures, enforces and litigates intellectual property rights throughout the world. The scholarship program will provide Patel with $5,000 for his fall semester of law school at UCLA. Patel earned his B.S. degree […]

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Constance E. Norton ’83

Constance E. Norton ’83 (Life Member) has been named the Office Managing Shareholder in the San Francisco office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. Norton, an active litigator for nearly 30 years, defends employers in wage and hour class and PAGA-only actions, lawsuits involving claims of employment discrimination and […]

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Chukwuma Ekwueme, M.S. ’90, Ph.D. ’92, Ph.D. ’94

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti of the Los Angeles office announces that Principal Chukwuma Ekwueme, ‘90, ‘92, Ph.D., and ‘94, Ph.D. has been presented with The Masonry Society’s (TMS) 2017 Paul Haller Structural Design Award. He was selected by the organization’s Design Practices Committee for his outstanding contributions to structural masonry design and education. With […]

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