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UCLA Students Leader Training for Resident Halls Assistants / Drake Stadium

Last Thursday, September 7, a group of UCLA students, undergoing rigorous Resident Hall leadership training, joined Master Peter Asco on top of Drake Stadium where they were introduced to the fine points of Tai Chi practice for a much needed mind expanding brake.

Resident Halls Assistants at Drake Stadium

IESE Eurovision - UCLA Anderson School of Management / Sculpture Garden

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Master Peter Asco had the pleasure of teaching an international group of Eurovision executives to the art of developing equilibrium through Tai Chi.

IESE Eurovision in Sculpture Garden

Fowler Museum Tai Chi Part II

September 8, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm

Master Peter will conduct the second Tai Chi & QiGong group session in celebration of the power of the spirit at the beautiful Fowler Museum inner courtyard.

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 221 Westwood Plaza off Sunset Blvd
$3/hr or max $12/day


UCLA Med 180: Introduction to Integrative East-West Medicine 2017

Master Peter Asco had, once again, the honor to participate on Dr. Ka-Kit Hui's Med 180: Introduction to Integrative East-West Medicine.

Through this exceptional yearly summer course, Dr. Hui, a pioneer and leader in the field, and his wonderful staff, continue to provide a unique opportunity for local and international undergraduate/pre-med students to be thoroughly informed and educated on these fast advancing integrative modalities.

Participants were attentive, responsive and fully engaged during Mr. Asco's lecture and interactive workshop on the scientifically validated arts of Tai Chi & Qigong as health and self-developing practices. "After meeting such an eager and open minded group, I was re-assured about the promising direction of medicine"

UCLA Med 180: Introduction to Integrative East-West Medicine 2017

Fowler Museum | Free Admission. Easy Parking. | Workshop: Tai Chi and Tea

Aug 11, 2017, 11:30am-12:30pm

Originating from ancient Chinese Daoist principles, Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art form that helps create a healthy balance of Yin-internal energy with Yang-external energy. Master Peter Asco leads free Tai Chi lessons with basic training in Chi-Kung followed by tea in the Courtyard and gallery viewing of How to Make the Universe Right. No experience necessary.

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 221 Westwood Plaza off Sunset Blvd
$3/hr or max $12/day

Event information

Workshop: Tai Chi and Tea

Consumers Report & Tai Chi - Article & Video - June, 2017 Issue

Mr. Asco's senior, and exemplary student, Thomas Sells, a Purple Heart recipient Vietnam veteran, interviewed on how he has been able to manage to change his life and health issues without meds through alternative therapeutic practices.

Please click on link: http://www.consumerreports.org/back-pain/the-better-way-to-get-back-pain-relief/


Outstanding Instructor 2017

On May 21, 2017, Mr. Asco was presented with the Outstanding Instructor Award, for his UCLA Martial Arts Program achievements.

Outstanding Instructor 2017

Veterans recharge through UCLA recreational therapy classes

Peter was recently featured in an article in the UCLA Newsroom regarding his Tai Chi/Qi Gong class.

Read about it here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/veterans-recharge-through-ucla-recreational-therapy-classes

Veterans in a Tai Chi/Qi Gong class.
UCLA Recreation instructor Peter Asco, second from the left, leads veterans in a Tai Chi/Qi Gong class.

UCLA 2016 MED 180 Summer Course

Introduction to Integrative East-West Medicine for Health & Wellness

On June 28th, Master Peter Asco ran an interactive "Experiential Tai-Chi & QiGong" workshop for the local and international undergraduate/pre-med student population at UCLA.

The pre med students were attentive, receptive and very eager to learn, and did very well during QiGong & Tai Chi practice. They remained in the classroom for an additional 45 minutes and were obligated to clear only because I had to tend to my next class. The future of Integrative Medicine is in good hands.

MED 180 Group Picture
MED 180 Group Picture

Tai Chi for the Homeless Veterans

On May 11, 2016 Master Peter Asco will commence a new UCLA/VA sponsored Tai Chi program at the New Welcome Home facility on WLA VA campus. The program's main goal is to support and benefit the Homeless Veterans population, it'll be none the less open to ALL Veterans.

UCLA Recreation Classes for Veterans

UC Fit Conference 2016

On Sunday, May 1st, Master Peter Asco will be presenting Adapt Tai-Chi / the Science Behind The Practice at UC Fit Con 2016. For more details please open the link http://www.ucfitcon.com/schedule.html

Join Peter to discover the fundamental technics, and laws, for effortless and efficient Tai-Chi practice. Learn how to integrate and use these basic principles as tools to enhance performance and outcome on all physical, mental and spiritual activities. This presentation will include an overall view on the many positive effects of the practice, including joint, ligament and tendon injury prevention, as well as the latest American research outcomes indicating the preventive and/or post-traumatic health benefits of regular practice, such as improved Immune System Response, Cardiovascular, and Cognitive Function.

Check out the flyer below!


Ambassadors of Peace / China Journey 2015

This past July, Master Peter Asco took part on a very special incursion into Mainland China as a member of the first UCLA Martial Arts Team to visit this country as Ambassadors of Peace organized by UCLA Martial Arts Director Paul McCarthy.

Master Asco participated in several demonstrations taken place at key Martial Arts training facilities such as the Beijing Sports University, PKU and Shaolin Temple where the group received training on Qi Gong and Seven Stars Shaolin Kung Fu from high ranking masters. He also assisted Sifu Dong Xi from the Beijing Sports University on a series of early morning group Tai Chi classes in Beijing. One of Asco's main instructors, Zhao Yu-Lin, a Chinese San-Da champion, was a graduate of said institution. The entire team team experience a serendipitous moment when while walking along an open training field at BSU, Peter came face to face with Wang Shouxin, Yu-Lin's former coach, meeting his teacher's teacher.

The journey also included a presentation at the China-US Leader Forum: Martial Arts and World Peace for 650 Chinese high school leaders in attendance.

There was the challenging climb of the Great Wall, and visits to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and the Long Men Grotto at Luo Yang where Master Asco had a chance meeting with a Lama from Lhasa. An event of personal significance was an unscheduled visit to the Main Hall and peaceful grounds of the Zhongyue Taoist Temple, a World Heritage Site with 2300 years of continuous history as a working Taoist monastery.


VA NEW DIRECTIONS for VETERANS

Starting on June 10, 2015 Master Peter Asco will be running a new Tai Chi program for Veterans on GLA, VA campus under a UCLA/VA joined effort.

Photo with UCLA Ms. Erin Gray, Mr. Asco, and New Directions Mr. Dominic Montoyer
UCLA Ms. Erin Gray, Mr. Asco, and New Directions Mr. Dominic Montoyer

UCLA Innergy Event

On April 29, 2015, Mr. Asco will be introducing UCLA students to the basic philosophy and particular elements and techniques for effective Tai Chi Chuan & Qigong practice at Innergy, Conscious Living Community, created for students and by students, one of the best things on campus, providing self-efficacy tools for the true challenges of life.

UCLA Innergy Event

Masters Hall Of Fame

In a special ceremony on June 22nd, 2013, Master Peter Asco was inducted into the Masters Hall Of Fame and presented with a Life Achievement Award for excellence and great contributions to the Martial Arts.


VA TeleHealth / CVT Live Tai Chi Broadcasting

On October 2012 Peter Asco started the first VA long distance live broadcasting for Veterans to Santa Maria VA.

This pioneering effort, an unprecedented two way interactive televised group practice sessions for patients, has been a total success. Since then, another session was added due to patients requests.

Please check the schedule for additional information.

VA TeleHealth

New Tai Chi Clinics for Female Veterans

Mr. Asco has began the first Tai Chi program exclusively for female veterans. These clinics are held at both GLA, WLA VA & Sepulveda VA. Please check the Summer 2012 schedule for additional information.


Health and healing in a new VA rose garden

Mr. Peter Asco was recently featured in a LA Times article about the new Historic Women Veterans Rose Garden:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-va-rose-garden-20111212,0,4903673.story


Staff Tai Chi Program

Greater LA West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
July 13, 2011

Mr. Peter Asco is currently running a pioneering Tai Chi program he has developed for GLA, Veterans Administration Medical Center. The aim of the program is to introduce employees to the fundamentals of Tai Chi practice for personal wellness, and provide them with sound essential techniques to apply Tai Chi as a therapeutic modality in their interactions with patients.


KABC Channel 7 News - Tai Chi and Insomnia/ UCLA Dr. Michael Irwin

Below is a news piece that aired this on Channel 7 ABC. It is a very good video on Dr. Irwin's research on Tai Chi for insomnia that features Peter Asco.

Link: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health/your_health&id=7514258


Learn @ Lunch: Health Benefits of Tai Chi

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Grab your comfortable clothes and shoes to participate in a hands-on demonstration of Tai Chi presented by Peter Asco, UCLA Recreation's own Tai Chi & Qi Gong instructor since 1998 and recipient of the FitWell Impact Award!

Enjoy a lecture by the renowned Dr. Michael Irwin, whose current research shows the health benefits of Tai Chi -- improves overall health functioning in older adults, boosts immunity, augments vaccine responses, enhances sleep quality, and reduces depressive symptoms.

Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Location: Semel Institute Auditorium

Come learn how this practice can improve overall wellness for people of all ages!

Sign up today at http://www.recreation.ucla.edu/iworkout


Fowler Museum at UCLA Presents: Sunset Qi Gong/Tai Chi

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Unwind at the end of the day on the Fowler Museum?s terrace with a Qi Gong and Tai-Chi session led by instructor Peter Asco. This hour-long FREE workshop includes gentle movements and breathing techniques and focuses on building physical and mental strength and wellbeing. Come for any and all classes.

Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27 6:00 to 7:00pm
Open to all. (310) 825-4361
www.fowler.ucla.edu


The Amazing Medical Benefits of Tai Chi & Qi Gong / Nitric Oxide & Qi

Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis Ignarro and Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peter Asco Thursday, April 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pardee Gym, John Wooden Center, UCLA

Join Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis Ignarro and Tai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor Peter Asco for a very rare opportunity to learn why and how these ancient mind/body movement systems improve health and prevent disease.

Dr. Louis Ignarro's work identified the Endothelium-Derived Relaxing Factor (EDRF) produced in the vasculature as the elusive gas Nitric Oxide (NO), work that was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Louis Ignarro also located the NO producing nerves in the corpus cavernosum that led to the discovery of what is commonly known as Viagara. Dr. Louis Ignarro will cover these topics and reveal why movement and exercise is his natural method of choice to enhance levels of Nitric Oxide for health and wellness.

Mr. Asco will disclose correlations of No and Qi that came to light while comparing notes with Dr. Louis Ignarro. He will expand with recent research studies, as well as experiential evidence, confirming the powerful preventive/regenerative effects of Tai Chi/Qi Gong practice.

The presentation will close with a demonstration of Tai Chi/Qi Gong principles engaging the audience in a basic practice session.


First Center for Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Rehab Medicine (C-ARM) Inauguration

Veterans Administration

March 5, 2009, will mark a "ground braking" date for the Veterans Administration with the inauguration of the first center for complementary medicine (C-ARM) at GLA, WLA, VA Medical Center. After a short ceremony, Mr. Asco will begin training patients in Qi Gong & Tai Chi as part of a permanent program of clinical complementary medicine.


UCLA Impact Award 2008

Elisa Terry & Peter Asco

On May 21st, 2008 Mr. Asco received the UCLA Impact Award during an special ceremony at Pauley Pavilion "...for teaching and spreading the healing wonders of Tai Chi / Qi Gong to the UCLA community, like a wave over campus healing employees and students..." Elisa Terry, NSCA-CSCS UCLA FitWell Program Director.

UCLA Impact 2008 Award Certificate

Tai Chi For Veterans

Greater LA West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

On July 23rd, 2008 Mr. Asco began running his Tai Chi program for war Veterans at Greater LA West Los Angeles VA Medical Center under the umbrella of MOVE/Optimal Healing Environment Initiative directed by Sandra Robertson, RN, MSN, CNS.


Wellness Qigong Program

Starting on May 5th and immediately following the completion of the Wellness Qigong Program the UCLA Transportation group was granted a continuation of this program to include Tai Chi. The group has been diligently participating in Mr. Asco's Tai Chi Chuan Program designed to complement their initial Qigong training.

On June 14th Mr. Asco will present his Qigong/Tai Chi Chuan Wellness Program to UCLA Housing and Hospitality group.


UCLA FITWELL QI GONG PROGRAM

February 27, 2007

Mr PETER Asco is presently running a Qi Gong Pilot Program for UCLA's FITWELL services. This program is being run as part of the new "UC Living Well...Making Wellness a Priority" initiative intended to provide faculty and staff easy access to practices and information capable of supporting and enhancing their health and well-being.

Mr. Peter Asco (center) at the Fitwell Qi Gong Pilot Program site with a smiling Transportation Department, the first UCLA group to participate and experience the benefits of this program.

UCLA Wellness Fair 2007 / Medical Center

On May 10th Mr. Asco introduced attendees from the Medical Center to his Qigong/Tai Chi Chuan Wellness Program.


July 21-23, 2006 - UCLA / OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

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Nature Photography in Sequoia National Park

Camping, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Photography


Come explore Sequoia National Park with your own eyes and capture all the magical beauty through your camera lens. You will use nature photography as a tool for promoting awareness and inner tranquility while applying meditation to enhance your photographic skills.

During this weekend, you will learn simple methods to develop a higher state of awareness that will help you see and capture that special moment. Peter Asco has been a Chi-Kung & Tai-Chi instructor - and always a student - for UCLA Recreation in the Chinese systems for healing and martial arts for the past twenty years.

Please join Peter and other great Outdoor Adventure staff for a relaxing photography weekend. Trip includes van transportation, wilderness permits & camping fees, two dinners, great guides and all related group camping gear. Participants must supply their own camera (any camera will do-disposables too!) film and related gear.

Don’t miss the mandatory pre-trip meeting!!!

Pre trip meeting location: John Wooden Center, Friday, July 14th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Trip: Friday-Sunday 7/21 thru 7/23

Fees: Students $173 Staff: $207 Others: $258

For information visit www.recreation.ucla.edu
Or call (310) 825-3701

Click here to view photos and information from last year's trip.


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LOS ANGELES COMMITTEE - WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY

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From left to right: Gifted volunteer Daryl Riley, Committee members Dan Paik (NTCCA), Master Marvin Quon & daughter, volunteer & Senior Wen Mei-Yu's student) Annabelle Nye, Committee Chairperson Grandmaster Wen Mei-Yu and Committee member Peter Asco.

 

Spirit of the Mountains 2004 Photo Contest

Mr. Peter Asco has been chosen as a member of the judging panel for the Spirit of the Mountains 2004 Photo Contest sponsored by the National Park Service.

Photo Content Flyer & Application

 

November 7 , 2004 - 28th Annual OTAC Conference, Pasadena

Mr Peter Asco, as a consultant for the VA Medical Center will be a guest speaker at the 28th Annual Occupational Therapy Association of California Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center.

For more information visit OTAC Online.

 

October 7, 2004 - 6th Annual County of Los Angeles Health Fair and Senior Festival

Mr. Peter Asco, Tai Chi program developer for the VA Medical Center, will be speaking about the health benefits of Tai Chi @ 10:00 am.

The event is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, and it will take place at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

 

July 23-25, 2004 - UCLA / OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Nature Photography in Sequoia National Park
Camping, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Photography

Join UCLA Tai Chi & Chi Kung instructor and nature photographer Peter Asco on this revealing, relaxing, and revitalizing experience. Underneath the canopy of a giant Sequoia or in a blooming alpine meadow, discover the best in yourself and in nature and their undeniable link.

All levels welcome, no experience necessary, any camera format. The adventure includes van transportation, camping gear, our own cooks, guides, camping and permit fees and instruction.

Don’t miss the mandatory pre-trip meeting!!!

Pre trip meeting location: John Wooden Center, Tuesday 7/20/04 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Trip: Friday-Sunday 7/23 thru 7/25/04.

Fees: Students $134 Others $184

For information visit www.recreation.ucla.edu
Or call (310) 825-3701


SPIRIT OF THE MOUNTAINS 2004 ART EXHIBIT
Sponsored by The National Park Service Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Mr. Peter Asco has been exploring and photographing the Santa Monica Mountains since 1981. His work will be on display as part of a group show at the NPS Visitor Center.

The Art Exhibit will run from June 5-30, 2004
*extended through July 23rd
401 West Hillcrest Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 370-2301

http://www.nps.gov/samo/


May 1-2, 2004 - Photo Seminar & Field Trip
Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains


Mr. Asco will conduct a photo seminar and field trip for the National Park Service on the 25th anniversary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the largest urban park in America.

Seminar: Saturday, May 1, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: National Park Service Vistor Center
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thoudsand Oaks, California

Field Trip : Sunday, May 2, 8:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Solstice Canyon
Call (805) 370-2394 for more information

National Park Service - Santa Monica Mountains
http://www.nps.gov/samo/


April 24, 2004 - World Tai-Chi / Chi-Kung Day - Los Angeles 2004
April 24, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Brookside Park, Pasadena
More information will be posted at a later date.
For general information about this intenational event for world unity, visit www.worldtaichiday.org
 

As part of the TaiChi QiGong Day organizing committee, Mr. Peter Asco will oversee Media and Promotions for the 2004 event.


Left to Right:
Anguang, Sun ( TAI-JI CLUB) / Doria, CN - TAO (Instructor)
Master Wen-Mei Yu (Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame)
Dan Paik (TAI CHI ASSOCIATION) and Peter Asco

 

March 13, 2004 The Peter Asco Show

Scientific Evidence / Physiological Effects of Tai-Chi / Chi-Kung

Latest American & International findings of scientific research, and evidence of the deep physiological effects/benefits of Tai-Chi/Chi-Kung practice.

Special Guest:
Shin Lin, Ph.D., University of California at Irvine, Biomedical Initiatives, Office of Research & Graduate Studies Professor of Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Lin has served as Chairman of Biophysics at the John Hopkins University, and Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor at UC Irvine, and assocaited with Susan Samueli Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Lin is Founding Director, International Alliance on Mind/Body Signaling and Energy Research.

World Tai-Chi / Chi-Kung Day - Los Angeles 2004

Members of the LA 2004 World Tai-Chi/Chi-Kung Organizing Committee talk about this unique world-wide event and present demonstrations on Tai-Chi.

Special Guests:
Dan Paik, President, National T'ai Chi Chuan Association
Anguang, Sun, Founder, TaiJi Club of Los Angeles
Doria Cook Nelson, Founder/Instructor of DCN TAO

The Peter Asco Show airs Saturday, March 13, 4:30 pm on Adelphia, Public Access:

  • Channel 98
  • Channel 3, Marina Del Ray
  • Channell 37, Beverly Hills
  • Channel 77, Santa Monica
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    February 7, 2004 - CHI-KUNG & TAI-CHI FOR TOTAL HEALTH
    Connecting to the Source

    What & When:

    Introductory Seminar / Workshop February 7, 2:00 - 3:30pm
    Twelve Session Program - Runs February 7 - April 24
    Saturdays 2:00 - 3:30pm - 18 hours total

    Where:

    FOUNDATION - 1720 Main Street, Venice

    For more information click here
    Call: (310) 474-4959 or email info@ascoart.com


    Jan 6 , 2004 - What is Chi-Kung?

    Origins/History - Components/Practice - Benefits
    Tuesday January 6, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    UCLA - John Wooden Center (310) 825-3701
    www.recreation.ucla.edu
     

    October 9 , 2003 - Los Angeles Health Fair and Senior Festival

    Mr Peter Asco, as a consultant for the VA Medical Center will be a guest speaker at the fifth annual County of Los Angeles Health Fair and Senior Festival.
     

    July 24 , 2003 - Americal Kinesiotherapy Conference 2003

    Mr Peter Asco will be giving a special lecture and demonstration on Chi-Kung and Tai-Chi and their clinical applications at the Americal Kinesiotherapy Conference 2003.
     

    March 29, 2003 - Essential Chi-Kung Seminar/Workshop
    Join Mr Peter Asco for this self-empowering session. Learn the basics of this complete training system developed by Peter Asco, which consists of a series of gentle movements combined with breathing and meditation techniques designed to harmonize body, mind and spirit.

    Saturday March 29th 9:00AM to 1:00PM
    Westwood Recreation Center
    1350 Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Please call to register: (310) 474-4959 (limited seating available)

    March 8, 2003 - Meet the Psychics, Meet the Healers

    Peter Asco will be giving a special presentation at the Learning Annex sponsored event, "Meet the Psychics, Meet the Healers". The event will take place Saturday March 8th from 10AM to 4PM. For more information or to register online, visit The Learning Annex.
     

    February, 2003 - Introductory Chi-Kung Seminar/Workshop

    Program developer for Greater L.A.-West L.A. VA Medical Center, Mr. Peter Asco will reveal the essential elements of his simple and highly effective system for total health. Emphasis will be placed on personal tangible results, developing a solid foundation of experiential evidence.

    Specially suited for health practitioners, but open to all in search of an accessible and practical program for healing and self-empowerment, the sessions will focus on chi cultivation and application through the ancient arts of CHI-KUNG and TAI-CHI. Join Mr Asco, recipient of "UCLA's Instructor of the Year Award" on this exciting journey of self discovery and mastery. Heal yourself, then heal the world.

    What & When:

    Introductory Seminar / Workshop February 7, 2:00 - 3:30pm
    Twelve Session Program - Runs February 7 - April 24
    Saturdays 2:00 - 3:30pm - 18 hours total

    Where:

    FOUNDATION - 1720 Main Street, Venice

    Fee:

    Seminar / Workshop: $25
    Entire Program: $225 pre-registered
    REGISTER EARLY. Limited Enrollment.

    Send check or money order to:

    PETER ASCO
    P.O. Box 64576
    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    January 7, 2003 - Nature Photography in Sequoia National Park

    Photos from the July chi-kung and photography trip have been posted! Click here to launch the site.

    September 19, 2002 - Los Angeles Health Fair and Senior Festival

    Mr Asco will be presenting "Tai-Chi for the Prevention of Falls" at the fourth annual County of Los Angeles Health Fair and Senior Festival, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Commission on Aging.
     

    June 11, 2002 - Rehibilitations Symposium 2002

    Mr Asco will be giving a lecture and presentation on his Tai-Chi and Chi-Kung program developed for the Greater Los Angeles - West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.
     

    May 30, 2002 - UCLA Instructor of the Year Award

    Peter Asco was presented with UCLA's Instructor of the Year Award.

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