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The UCLA Rothman Family Institute for Food Studies is a dynamic hub that transforms our appreciation and understanding of food through high-caliber interdisciplinary research, teaching and co-curricular programs.
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Food Studies Curriculum

Food Studies minor uses food—its production, preparation, sharing, consumption, and disposal—as a lens for understanding individual, socio-cultural, and global issues. The study of food’s role in multiple complex aspects of life builds bridges across all areas of the academy, including: Arts, Anthropology, Environment and Sustainability, Folklore and Mythology, Geography, History, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, and other fields.

Through interdisciplinary courses and a capstone experience, students in the Food Studies minor will acquire a unique understanding of Food Studies and emerge with a new intellectual framework for understanding this expanding area of study.

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Semel Healthy Campus Initiative

In 2013, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI), a vision of Jane and Terry Semel and supported by them. As a result of Semel HCI’s success in fostering a culture of physical, emotional and social wellbeing, Chancellor Block announced on May 9th, 2018, the establishment of the Semel HCI Center at UCLA.

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Teaching Kitchen

The Teaching Kitchen was developed as an educational, interactive space to meet the needs of the campus community in areas of nutrition education, food insecurity, culinary skills, and community engagement. Through the Teaching Kitchen, the wellness and summer camp programs help us serve our community including medical school students, student groups, faculty, and staff.

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Librarian and Collections

In 2016, UCLA created the interdisciplinary food studies minor in the College of Letters and Science. An endowment was established to support scholarships and library collections. Funds allow undergraduate, graduate, and extension students, as well as faculty and researchers to use the vast resources of the UCLA library system to further their work in the growing field of food studies. 

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This multidisciplinary team consists of researchers with backgrounds in cell biology, physics, engineering, cancer progression, systems biology, and chemistry.

The Rothmans

For more than nine decades, the Rothman family’s commitment to and support of UCLA has had a lasting impact on the university. Truly a Bruin family, the Rothmans have provided ongoing support for both students and faculty in nearly every field of study through some 858 donations to 66 departments across campus.

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