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Marching down the Pacific Coast Highway on the Alameda Street overpass, Native American leaders Grey Wolf, Shannon Rivers and Oslo Chiowani lead thousands of community members and activists to the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington Saturday. Tesoro is one of the largest independent refineries and marketers of petroleum products. The purpose of the march was to promote environmental awareness and clean energy in Wilmington, a neighborhood in Los Angeles with five oil refineries in nine square miles./ photo by Taylor Griffith

Marching for the environment

Marching down the Pacific Coast Highway on the Alameda Street overpass, Native American leaders Grey Wolf, Shannon Rivers and Oslo Chiowani lead thousands of community members and activists to the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington Saturday.

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Assistant Professor of Public and Health Administration Nikki Shipley explains current living conditions for chronic and newly homeless people on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Once homeless people get off the streets, they can begin to take care of themselves, including focusing on finding work and taking charge of their health care, Shipley said. Shipley’s talk, “There’s No Place Like Home:A Model for Reducing Homelessness,” Tuesday was part of the weekly faculty lecture series. / photo by Janelle Kluz

Professor dispels myths about homeless

Audience members filled out surveys identifying their role models, important people in their lives, and activities that are important to them and possessions that hold value for them. Nikki Shipley, assistant professor of public and health administration, instructed everyone to cross out one item on each list.

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Jack Meek, professor of public administration, presents his lecture “Metropolitan Systems and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems” Monday in the President’s Dining Room for the faculty lecture series. Following Meek’s lecture, Kevin Marshall, professor of law; Marcia Godwin, associate professor of public administration; and David Chappell, associate professor of physics, contributed to the topic by explaining rules for innovation, innovative cities and complex patterns. / photo by Emily Bieker

Los Angeles studied as a complex web

Jack Meek, professor of public administration, discussed the issues of complex systems in cities and analyzed his recent research on the topic in the faculty lecture “Metro­politan Systems and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems” Monday in the President’s Dining Room.

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