Number 40, Spring 2003


Few Latinos on prime-time

Most prime-time TV is planned and produced in Los Angeles – where 45 percent of the population is Latino – but TV cameras fail to capture Latinos in most prime-time programs, a recent study from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center shows.

Alison Hoffman’s “Looking for Latino Regulars on Prime-Time Television” finds that Latinos comprise 4 percent of TV characters and are absent in almost nine out of ten TV series. The study is available on the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Website.

Chair voted ‘outstanding’

Professor J. Edward Taylor, chair of the UC MEXUS advisory committee and the UC DAVIS department of agricultural and resource economics, won the campus-wide Outstanding Faculty Award for 2003-03.

Professor wins Latino award

Patricia Zavella, Latin America and Latino studies professor at UC Santa Cruz, and director of the Chicano/Latino Research Center, earned national recognition for research on U.S.-Mexico immigration issues, work, poverty and sexuality.

She shares the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar Award with UC Riverside's Richard Chabrán. The award honors lifetime contributions by Chicana/o studies scholars.

Anthropologist wins praise

Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, UCR anthropology professor and director of the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Bureau, received the 2003 Society for Applied Anthropology Bronislaw Malinowski Award in March. The honor goes to an outstanding social scientist dedicated to solving human problems by applying concepts and tools from the social sciences.

“(He) has contributed significantly to applied anthropology and particularly, to an understanding of the contemporary lives of Mexican and Mexican-American populations,” said Tom May, executive director of the Society for Applied Anthropology..

Guggenheim picks composer

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in June awarded a Latin American and Caribbean fellowship to composer UC Berkeley Music Professor Jorge Liderman in recognition of his exceptional artistic creativity.

Liderman plans to use the fellowship and a 2003 UC MEXUS grant to compose a new opera on the life of a seventeenth-century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz, a poet, playwright, and songwriter.