Department of Education alumnus Levi Maaia (Ph.D., '18) and his business partner Noah Mark were named as Top 10 entertainment figures in Los Angeles to watch in 2023. Maaia's recent film Pathways to Invention – produced with major funding from The Lemelson Foundation – is already making waves, taking home Best Documentary Feature at both the L.A. Independent Film Festival (LAIFFA) Awards and the SoCal International Film Festival, along with more than a dozen other festival nods.