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Volume 20 Number 3 1 Spring 2011


Message from the Dean

Graduate Quarterly a publication of the UCLA Graduate Division

Contents Spring 2011

Interim Vice Provost, Graduate Education Interim Dean, Graduate Division

Dear Graduate Student, It’s become well recognized among the faculty that if you want to keep up with what is happening in the digital world, you should pay attention to your students and what they do. And that doesn’t just apply to social networking. The world of scholarship and publishing is in a rapid state of flux. A powerful movement has grown up around the goals of “open access” to scholarly publications; and it is no surprise that graduate students are heavily involved. Here at UCLA, our students have led the nation in creating high quality, specialized, on-line, open access journals that offer cutting edge scholars an opportunity to get their ideas out to their peers easily and inexpensively. This issue of the Quarterly highlights the graduate students who’ve taken the lead on this and offers some insights into what they are trying to do, and some well deserved recognition of how much they have already accomplished. An interview with Professor Christine Borgman of the Department of Information Studies puts it in a broader context and gives some idea of where the world of scholarly communication is heading. Read it and get an idea of how this movement will shape the careers of today’s graduate students. With this issue dedicated to graduate student publications and the new technology used to disseminate them, it is timely to announce that the Graduate Quarterly itself is going electronic! This will be our last print issue. In addition to saving trees and money, we hope that this new format will allow the Quarterly to be more widely-read and disseminated over the internet, and that the stories about UCLA graduate students will reach an even-broader audience. Look for the new Graduate Quarterly on the Graduate Division web site, and in your in-box this fall. Of course, the Quarterly is brimming over with what UCLA’s graduate students have been doing these past few months. Besides the “normal” awards, publications and presentations, there has been a national women’s conference at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, and the announcement of the Best TA Awards for 2010-2011. Read all about it… and welcome to spring.

Michael S. Goldstein Interim Vice Provost, Graduate Education Interim Dean, Graduate Division

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Graduate Studies

Samuel Bersola Associate Dean

Carlos V. Grijalva Associate Dean

Ross Shideler

G R AD U A T E Q U ARTERLY Spring 2011


Associate Dean

M. Belinda Tucker Assistant Dean, Graduate Admissions/ Student and Academic Affairs

Daniel J. Bennett



Director, Graduate Budgets and Personnel


Christine Wang Director, Graduate Student Support

Ana Lebon Director, Information Technology

Christopher Testa Director, Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars

April de Stefano Manager, Fellowships & Summer Programs



Chérie Francis Manager, Outreach & Diversity Initiatives

Karen Ravago


Editor, Photographer, and Designer

Mary Watkins Senior Writer

Jacqueline Tasch Proofreaders


Chérie Francis Janice Love Ellen Stolzenberg

Publication Revolution UCLA graduate student journals editors usher in a new age of scholarship.


Women in Math Symposium UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) sponsored the Women in Mathematics Symposium, a forum for encouraging and supporting women preparing for and embarking