UCLA Headlines April 12, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Blocking Immune Protein Suprisingly Helps Body
Research by David Brooks, assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA College of Letters and Science, showing that temporarily blocking a protein critical to immune response actually helps the body clear itself of chronic infection, was covered today by Asian News International and the Indo-Asian News Service and Thursday by an Examiner blog, the Scrubs Report, Science Daily, E! Science News and Scicasts. Brooks was quoted in the coverage.
 
Struggles of Migraine Sufferers
Dr. Andrew Charles, UCLA's Meyer and Renee Luskin Professor of Migraine and Headache Studies and director the headache research and treatment program in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about the characteristics and possible causes of migraines and the struggles faced by migraine sufferers in underserved communities.
 
Travel: From Westwood to Havana
KCBS-Channel 2 reported Thursday on UCLA-led cultural-exchange trips to Cuba. Christel Pailet, senior director of alumni travel programs for UCLA's Alumni Relations, and Bonnie Taub, adjunct assistant professor of community health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health and a faculty adviser for the UCLA interdepartmental program in Latin American studies, were interviewed.
 
What Jackie Robinson Learned at UCLA
A column published today on the Zocalo Public Square website highlights baseball great Jackie Robinson's experiences while a student–athlete at UCLA in the 1940s and how those years  prepared him for the challenge of integrating major league baseball. The piece also references the important role of Jackie's wife, Rachel Robinson, a UCLA alumna.
 
Better Health Care Through Cell Phones
United Press International reported Thursday on the development by Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA assistant professor of electrical engineering, and colleagues at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science of a lens-free imaging technique that can transform cell phones into microscopes for use in global health care. Ozcan was quoted.
 
Strategies for Saving for Retirement
A column in Tuesday’s Bloomberg about saving for retirement referenced research by Shlomo Benartzi, professor of accounting at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that company payroll savings plans in which employees' retirement contributions are automatically increased each time they get raise help people save more than they would otherwise.
 
The Rise of the Neurotics
A column in Thursday's Forbes highlighted research by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining the ways in which extroverts and introverts perform on team tasks. Bendersky was quoted.
 
How the Brain Navigates New Environments
Mayank Mehta, professor of neurophysics in UCLA's departments of neurology, neurobiology, and physics and astronomy, was featured Thursday in a live Los Angeles Times web chat during which he discussed his research showing the fundamental role that the imprinting of place plays on how we remember major moments in our lives, and how the brain learns and navigates unfamiliar environments. 
 
 
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Sharon Dolovich
Dolovich, professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Pro Publica article about race-based policies at California state prisons.
 
Debra Greenfield
Greenfield, a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA's Center for Society and Genetics, was quoted Wednesday in a USA Today article about the civil liberties issues involved in the patenting of human genes by private companies and research institutions.
 
Arthur Toga
Toga, professor of neurology and director of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was quoted Wednesday by the Associated Press and today by Science in articles about the development by Stanford scientists of see-through mouse brains that allow researchers to clearly observe anatomical and chemical brain processes in real time.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a New York Times blog article about an attendant at an independent living facility in Bakersfield, Calif., who refused to administer CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman. He is quoted today in an Associated Press article about the gun-control debate in the U.S.
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