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Puliafito was the public face of the Keck School of Medicine.
Puliafito was the public face of the Keck School of Medicine. (Getty Images / Associated Press)

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Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was the only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, has died. She was 40.

In 2014, Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complex geometry and dynamic systems.

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Researchers have received a $3.26-million federal grant to study the effectiveness of online academic credit recovery programs — the kind that allow students to make up failed classes and graduate on time — in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The grant, from the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will pay for the American Institutes for Research, a nonprofit research group, to study how online makeup courses for Algebra 1 and ninth-grade English compare with retaking the class in person.

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Puliafito, speaking at a USC gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in October 2015, was a prodigious fundraiser.
Puliafito, speaking at a USC gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in October 2015, was a prodigious fundraiser. (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages via Associated Press)

In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university.

There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.

During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

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Phalaen Chang, an incoming junior at California School of the Arts, writes about the importance of both STEM and humanities courses.

Last semester, we had a seemingly simple assignment: research a career you would be interested in pursuing and write an annotated bibliography to go along with the research. As a bunch of teenagers who barely plan past the next test date, many of us were stuck on the very first step: picking a profession.

“Well… on a career test I took, I was told I would best be suited for being a lumberjack,” my friend deeply involved with dance said, confused. “Do I just do mine on a lumberjack then?”

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The University of California regents on Thursday stepped up their financial oversight of the president’s office, approving its $800-million spending plan only after engaging in deeper discussion and asking for more detailed data than ever before.

The scrutiny was prompted by a critical state audit in April that found the president’s office had used “misleading” budget practices and amassed an undisclosed surplus of $175 million.

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The University of California regents on Thursday stepped up their financial oversight of the president’s office, approving its $800-million spending plan only after engaging in deeper discussion and asking for more detailed data than ever before.

The scrutiny was prompted by a critical state audit in April that found the president’s office had used “misleading” budget practices and amassed an undisclosed surplus of $175 million.

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Police responded to a bomb threat at a UCLA recreation center Wednesday night, and university officials evacuated several residence halls at the Westwood campus.

A UCLA Bruin Alert — the campus emergency notification system — was issued about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, announcing that the threat was unfounded and students could return to their dorms.