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At UCLA, we hold a passionate belief that every viewpoint should be heard. The Optimist videos underscore UCLA’s commitment to the open exchange of ideas and constructive dialogue. The conversation series brings together the university’s renowned scholars, world-class scientists and accomplished alumni for in-depth discussions on the topics of the day.

Valorie Kondos Field, Dr. Alex Korb, and Carol Bakhos

Three Voices on Gratitude

UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, neuroscientist Alex Korb and Professor and chair in the Program of the Study of Religion Carol Bakhos discuss the spirit and science of gratitude.

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Dr. Adriana Galván, Roman Phifer, and Dr. John DiFiori

Three Voices on Sports Concussions

Associate Professor of Psychology Adriana Galván, Super Bowl champion Roman Phifer and UCLA Head Team Physician Dr. John DiFiori discuss the experience and science of sports concussions.

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UCLA is made up of people who take on any challenge and find solutions to any problem. People for whom excellence is a way of life. We call them Optimists. And every day, our lives are made better by something they have discovered, improved, invented or created. Here are just some of their stories.