UCLA Headlines April 2, 2012

Study Identifies Genes Linked to PTSD
BBC News, Science Daily, RedOrbit and an Examiner blog report today on research led by Dr. Armen Goenjian, a research professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, linking two genes involved in serotonin production to a higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Goenjian is quoted in the coverage.
Major Increase in Autism Rates
Dr. Stanley Nelson, vice chair of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “Madeline Brand Show” about a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control showing a sharp increase in autism rates.
Growth of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Thursday's Los Angeles Daily News featured a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the increasing number of bacterial microbes that are resistant to antibiotics. Dr. Daniel Uslan, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases and director of the UCLA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, was quoted.
The Craft of Costume Design
Thursday's Contra Costa Times featured a profile of Deborah Nadoolman Landis, director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and a well-known Hollywood costume designer. Landis was quoted.
The Curse of Oil-Rich Countries
An article in Thursday's Huffington Post about the oil boom in Niger cited “The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations,” a new book by UCLA professor of political science Michael Ross that examines the ways in which oil riches can make nations more prone to dictatorships, insurgencies, and economic and gender disparities.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Early-Life Adversity
Asian News International reported Friday on a study by Dr. Lin Chang, professor-in-residence of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, indicating that patients with irritable bowl syndrome are more likely to have experienced adverse events early in life. Chang was quoted.
UCLA Traffic Reaches Lowest Point
The Associated Press and City News Service reported Sunday, and KCRW-89.9 FM reported today, on UCLA Transportation’s State of the Commute annual report, which shows that vehicle traffic on campus has dropped to its lowest level since the university began measuring in 1990.
Brain Cells That Recognize Celebrities
NPR reported Friday on research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor-in-residence of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that the same single brain cell in the hippocampus fires when an individual views images of, hears about or reads about a particular famous person. Fried was quoted.
Depression and Asian American Teens
An article in Sunday's New American Media about depression among young Vietnamese Americans cited research by Anna Lau, UCLA associate professor of clinical psychology, examining Vietnamese American teens' mental health and their relationships with their parents. Lau was quoted.
Art Education Improves Academic Achievement
The Associated Press reported Friday on research by UCLA professor of education James Catterall and colleagues showing that low-income students who had a rich arts education in middle and high school had, on average, higher test scores and were more likely to attend college than their low-income peers who had few arts courses.
Using Electricity to Make Alternative Fuel
Scientific American reported Friday on a study led by James Liao, the Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, demonstrating for the first time a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity. Liao was quoted.
Prof Gives Advice to Thai Film Industry
Thailand's Nation reports today on a lecture by Thomas Nunan, visiting assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, in which he urged educators at Thai film and television schools to bring in industry professionals to help students learn from working experience. Nunan is quoted.
Prof Reviews Evidence in Baby-Shaking Case
An article in Friday's Los Angeles Times about the case of a woman convicted of shaking her infant grandson to death in 1977 highlighted a new review of the evidence by Dr. Carol Berkowitz, UCLA professor of clinical pediatrics, and the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Berkowitz was quoted.
UCLA Students Arrested at Regents Protest
The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Associated Press reported Friday that three UCLA students were arrested at Thursday's San Francisco meeting of the University of California Board of Regents.
Bones Reveal History of Catalina
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about how the discovery of a long-lost archive detailing American Indian artifacts and human remains on Catalina may offer new insight into early life on the island references the Fowler Museum at UCLA, which houses many of the items. Wendy Teeter, curator of archaeology at the Fowler, is cited.
Fowler Show Looks at Barkcloth Art
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on “Second Skins: Painted Barkcloth From New Guinea and Central Africa," a new exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA featuring ceremonial barkcloth art from the Ituri rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the mountains of eastern Papua New Guinea. Roy Hamilton, curator of the Fowler's Asian and Pacific Collections, was quoted.
Google Looks to UCLA for New Hires
The Orange County Register reported Saturday that UCLA is one of Google's top spots for recruiting employees, along with UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Paul Crandall, 89, UCLA Neurosurgeon, Epilepsy Researcher
Crandall, who co-founded the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and pioneered surgical approaches to the treatment of temporal-lobe epilepsy, died March 15. See articles in Friday’s Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.
Tamar Apelian
Apelian, a psychiatrist at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, is quoted today in an article in Britain's Daily Mail about research showing that 10 percent of children with severe autism become "high functioning" by age 8. Apelian was quoted Sunday in an MSNBC blog article on the same topic.
Gary Blasi
Blasi, UCLA professor of law, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the challenges faced by individuals and families who live in RVs parked on public streets in Los Angeles.
Dr. Gregory Cole
Cole, professor-in-residence of medicine and neurology and associate director of UCLA's Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer Disease Research, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about so-called “superfruits,” which are high in antioxidants.
Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Thursday in a HealthDay News article about a new bedside genetic test used to determine if a particular blood thinner would be effective in heart patients.
Dr. Daniel Geschwind
Geschwind, UCLA's Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology and psychiatry, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about a recent Centers for Disease Control report showing a sharp increase in autism rates.
Dr. Sherwin Isenberg
Isenberg, the Gerber Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, was quoted Saturday in a Lodi News Sentinel article about a rare vision defect called optic-nerve coloboma.
Benjamin Karney
Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a U.S. News & World Report article about the growing number of one-person households in the U.S.
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times article about unemployment and temporary workers in California.
Richard Sander
Sander, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Sunday in a New York Times article about the ways in which some colleges have sought to increase minority enrollment in the wake of legal restrictions on affirmative action.
Don Ylvisaker
Ylvisaker, UCLA professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, was quoted Friday in a Wall Street Journal blog column about a bill in Congress that would make it voluntary for Americans to respond to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
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