What’s Current November 2023

November 2023


Dear Anderson Community:

Welcome to the November edition of What’s Current! The last month was packed with events and celebrations, many of which we highlight below.
In honor of Veterans Day, I want to give a special shout out to the many veterans and active military at Anderson whose service and leadership enrich our community. And as we head into December, I also want to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. While we have a few busy weeks yet ahead, I hope you all are looking forward to a much-deserved break and happy times with family and friends!

Dean Tony Bernardo

A Veterans Day Message from
Captain Ryan Hayes (EMBA ’24)

As he transitions to a civilian career, the third-generation U.S. Navy helicopter pilot continues his family’s legacy of service — to his country, UCLA Anderson and beyond

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The Venture Accelerator’s Innovation Showcase Put UCLA’s Entrepreneurial Fire Power on Display

Anderson is boosting campuswide entrepreneurship by offering pitch opportunities to diverse founders in every discipline and department

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Dr. Katherine Loi (FEMBA ’25)
Disproves Stereotypes

The Association of Veterans at Anderson’s VP of FEMBA says people are surprised she’s a veteran — and a practicing dentist

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Professor Wes Yin Is Appointed Chief Economist in the White House OMB

He will help President Biden’s administration meet U.S. policy, budget and management objectives

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Don and Sherie Morrison’s Generosity to UCLA Continues to Inspire

Their new gift, valued at $15.4 million, benefits Anderson’s Morrison Center along with UCLA Athletics, Faculty Club and Life Sciences

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Four Anderson Faculty Recognized for Scholarship and Expertise in Their Fields

We congratulate Professors Tyler Muir, Eugene Caruso, Mark Garmaise and Cassie Holmes on the contributions that earned them new chair appointments

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Anderson Celebrated Diwali All Over the World — and Right at Home

Anderson students around the globe reveled in Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and across the diaspora. From the UCLA-NUS gathering in Shanghai to local, at-home joy, the worldwide Anderson community lit diyas to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and feasted on sweets. On campus, the highlight of the holiday was the annual Diwali Andernoons, one of Anderson’s most colorful and upbeat events. Shubh Deepawali!

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Technology, China and the Bay Area Economy

UCLA Anderson Forecast and UC Law San Francisco teamed up to discuss geopolitics and the future of trade

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Our RBA, EA and JBSA Presidents Tell You What You Might Not Know about Fashion Mogul Stuart Weitzman

Anderson MBA students and Bruin undergraduates met the man behind the luxury brand

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Ziman’s Accelerated Training Program Graduates Largest Class Yet

The Ziman Center conducted its sixth annual Levine Affordable Housing Development Program (LAHDP), graduating its largest class yet. Thanks to the generosity of Ziman’s long-time collaborator and supporter Thomas Safran (’78), two students received full scholarships.

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Unmasking Data’s Healing Powers

The Morrison Center and MSBA collaborated to investigate how the transformative use of analytics is shaping the future of health care

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Acknowledging the Traditional Land Caretakers of Tovaangar Among Us

UCLA underscores respect for the contemporary presence of American Indians in California as well as their historic culture

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How Low Corporate Taxes and Tax Sheltering Put the Nation in a Bind

As Gonzalo Freixes explains, lobbyists from the largest U.S. companies have prevented lawmakers from putting a fair burden on big business

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Huge Spending — but Little Sharing of Research Results — on Cancer Drugs

Anderson's Jennifer Kao, in ongoing pharma research, finds federal mandates on transparency widely ignored

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Anderson in the News

November highlights in the global press

Meet the newest Forbes 30 Under 30
Forbes includes Assistant Professor of Finance Shohini Kundu among its 2023 influencers, recognizing her research that exposes systemic risks from collateralized loan obligations securities.

NBC Los Angeles
Validation voided: Customers complain about parking problems at popular L.A. shopping mall
Consumer behavior expert Aimee Drolet Rossi calls a confusing policy that leads to unexpected parking prices “counterintuitive”: “You’re effectively punishing consumers for staying longer.”

South China Morning Post
How US’ anti-China supply chain strategy risks hurting American consumers
Christopher Tang explains how foreign firms looking to diversify their supply chains away from China could inadvertently create negative outcomes for the environment and consumers.

The Mercury News
California gas prices likely to drop by end of the year
California’s gasoline prices are traditionally higher for several reasons. UCLA Anderson Forecast economists remind us that the state’s economy is growing faster than the nation’s.

Is that $35 Apple watch real?
Brett Hollenbeck warns that misleading videos by TikTok influencers could become the next big headache for the e-commerce platform.

Financial Times
Deglobalization and the global business degree
Associate Dean Gonzalo Freixes stresses the integration of ESG content into the UCLA-NUS EMBA. “Despite the challenges of globalization, I think there is still tremendous value in helping educate and advance the global leaders of tomorrow.”