UCLA Professor David Hayes Bautista

UCLA Professor David Hayes–Bautista


On Wednesday, September 18th UCLA Professor David Hayes –Bautista, was an honored guest and speaker at the Da Vinci School. A Professor of Medicine, primarily in epidemiological, demographic and cultural influences on health, Dr. Bautista’s specializes in researching the health of Latino populations, with attention to the Latino Epidemiological Paradox: While the Hispanic population generally has lower income levels and less access to healthcare and education, Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s research shows that illnesses often cited as the major causes of health-related death in other populations in the United States are less for the Hispanic population.

Our guest introduced himself to the students and faculty by recounting his educational journey over his adult life. After learning from our students how many were interested in engineering, he shared the fact that he had studied engineering at his father’s request, but later found his interest in medicine. Now, he proclaims to be a historian and an author.  His 2004 book, La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State recounts researching the historic epidemiology and demography of Latinos in the California Gold Rush and American Civil War. Dr. Hayes-Bautista’s message to our students was to keep an open mind to the myriad of possibilities and studies that they might find meaningful and ultimately devote their lives to.

The Da Vinci students and faculty gave Dr. Hayes-Bautista a tour of the school, showing him our labs, our award winning engineering program, and the robotics projects. Accompanying our guest was Dr. Carlos Yates, an Advisory Board Member and a steadfast supporter of our schools. We want to thank Dr. Yates for bringing Dr. Hayes-Bautista to our school for an informative and inspirational evening.

Guest Speaker: Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger

Guest Speaker: Ambassador (Ret.) Yoram Ettinger

On Wednesday, August 28th at 1:30 p.m. Da Vinci high school students had an opportunity to meet with a retired foreign Ambassador, Yoram Ettinger. They were given insight into the culture and economy of Israel. Students learned that much of the innovation in modern computer technology began in Israel by young Israeli researchers. In addition, Mr. Ettinger was asked his opinion about the timely events that are occurring in the Middle East today.

Ambassador Ettinger is an insider on US-Israel relations, Mideast politics and overseas investments in Israel’s high tech arena.

He is a consultant to members of Israel’s Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs US legislators and their staff on Israel’s contribution to vital US interests, on the root causes of international terrorism and on other issues of bilateral concern.

Ambassador Ettinger’s Op-Ed pieces have been published in Israel and in the US, and he has been interviewed on Israeli and American TV and radio.

Ambassador Ettinger – who did his graduate studies at UCLA and undergraduate at UTEP – served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel’s Embassy in Washington (with the rank of ambassador),  as Israel’s Consul General in Houston and as Director of Israel’s Government Press Office.  He is the editor of Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom and Boardroom, newsletters on issues of national security and overseas investments in Israel’s high-tech.

Inviting guest speakers and performers to Da Vinci is a great way of bringing the world to the classroom. Throughout the year, our students will benefit from speakers on many topics and performers with a variety talents and skills.