This May, UCLA gave me an amazing honor - the Recent Graduate Achievement award.
They give out a handful of awards to alumni every year, and I stood along side some amazing co-honorees like General John Daily, the Director of the NASA Museum, and Paul Terasaki, a scientist who made organ transplants available to millions of people with his tissue compatibility testing technology. The event was held outside Chancellor's (enormous) house on the UCLA campus, and theawards they gaveus were all hand-blown glass works of art.
(left to right: Prof. David Carlisle, Keenan Behrle, Prof. Paul Terasaki, Me, Dr. Timothy Miller, General John Dailey)
Paul is the one standing to the left of me, holding the glass bowl. I had to comment on his bowl... such an "unusual" shape for an award. He said he thought it must be for peanuts.
At the event, we each spoke to the crowd about how UCLA had shaped our careers and lives. I talked about how UCLA helped me take my love of entertainment and apply it to my second love, mathematics, and how I ended up writing math books as a result. I also talked about how UCLA helped me find a renewed sense of self, playing a pivotal role in my transition from being a child actor.
We each taped an intro video that was later shown at the awards ceremony, and they posted them! My segment is first - keep watching for the other nominees). Click here to learn more about the other nominees. It was a fun night!
Oh, so why did I wait this long to write this blog? Because I finally got the pictures from the event!