Good bones: Geologist moves from the classroom to the museum

January 02, 2018

Like many other children growing up in Southern California, Lori Bettison-Varga, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’91, was scared of earthquakes. Learning what caused them sparked a lifelong interest in geology that set the course of her career. This fall she became president and director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The museum, which the county says is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, comprises three sites, including the La Brea Tar Pits.

Voices of the Change Generation

January 02, 2018

These four alums have at least two things in common besides being Aggies: They’re fearless in their pursuit of societal change, and they’re using technology to amplify their messages and reach more audiences than ever before.

This is the “Change Generation.” Its members are tackling global challenges like social inequity, cultural differences, hunger and domestic violence. In the process, they are inspiring others to join the conversation and seek opportunities to improve the world around them.

A First-of-its-Kind Idea

January 02, 2018
Sara Margulis ’97 runs Honeyfund, a nationwide wedding registry that specializes in honeymoon and experiential gifts, with her husband, Josh Margulis.

Learning Artful Innovation

January 02, 2018
As a student at UC Davis, Parker Lee was a drum major for the Cal Aggie Band-Uh, a head student Resident Advisor, editor of a school publication, founded a student madrigal group, delivered The Cal Aggie paper and, somewhere in between all that, he found time to get elected and serve as ASUCD President.