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Zika to hit poor women hardest

Françoise Girard warned that restrictions on women's reproductive rights were already worsening the impact of the Zika virus on poor women.

Brazilian economist Leonardo Bursztyn wins Sloan Fellowship

Three exceptional young UCLA professors, including Leonardo Bursztyn (from Brazil) are among 126 scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada to receive 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships.

UCLA professor’s book reaches audiences in Russia, Brazil and the Arab world

Originally published in 2012, The Oil Curse by Michael L. Ross has been translated into Russian, Portuguese and Arabic — all in the last year.

Verónica Cortínez wins prestigious Chilean literary award

Her two-volume work with Manfred Engelbert, Evolución en libertad: El cine chileno de fines de los sesenta, won the Premio Municipal de Literatura in the essay category.

The Southern Cone today

The consul generals of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay in Los Angeles spoke on their views of the Southern Cone at a recent lecture hosted by the UCLA Center for Southern Cone Studies.

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