UCLA Headlines April 23, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Campus Goes Tobacco-Free
UCLA's ban on the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products on campus, which went into effect April 22, was covered Monday by KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTTV-Channel 11, KNX-1070 AM and an LA Weekly blog and today by KTTV-Channel 11, KNBC-Channel 4, the Associated Press and other outlets. Linda Sarna, professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and chair of UCLA's Tobacco-Free Steering Committee, was interviewed and quoted in the coverage.
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
The New York Times reported Monday on "Jane Austen, Game Theorist," a new book by UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe that argues that 19th-century author Jane Austen's novels explored in detail the strategic actions and manipulations that would become codified as "game theory" some 150 years later. Chwe was quoted.
 
History of Gun Control in America
An article in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about a panel discussion on gun control at the recent Los Angeles Times Festival of Books cited the participation of Adam Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, and highlighted his book "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America." Winkler was quoted.
 
Boston Bombers and the Plight of Immigrant Kids
Today's New York Times features an op-ed by Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a distinguished professor of education, and Carola Suarez-Orozco, UCLA professor of education, highlighting their research on how immigrant youth from around the world adjust socially and academically to life in the U.S.
 
Sailing the Arctic, Thanks to Global Warming
Research by UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith and Scott Stephenson, a doctoral candidate in the UCLA Department of Geography, predicting that global warming will open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century was featured Wednesday in a Smithsonian magazine article highlighting the 10 most surprising scientific findings since Earth Day 2012.
 
Harnessing Excess Heat for Power
R&D reports today, and South Africa's Quest reported Monday, on a study led by Kang Wang, the Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, in which researchers found that they could harness the excess heat generated by computers and other devices to actually help power those devices.
 
Freeway Pollution Stretches Far
Eco Earth and Tech Investor reported Monday on research led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, showing that roughly a quarter of Los Angeles residents are exposed to noxious freeway fumes almost every morning.
 
Fighting the Stigma of HIV
Botswana's Monitor reported Monday on a presentation of "Through Positive Eyes," a participatory photography project and play originally conceived by UCLA professor of world arts and cultures David Gere and photojournalist Gideon Mendel that encourages HIV positive individuals to share their stories. The project operates in conjunction with the UCLA Art and Global Health Center.
 
Minnesota Split on Gay Marriage
An article in Monday's Minnesota Daily about the debate over same-sex marriage in that state cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that 43 percent of Minnesotans are in favor of legalizing gay marriage.
 
Scientific Basis for 'Chemo Brain'
The Health Goes Strong blog on Tuesday spotlighted a study led by Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, demonstrating a strong link between poorer performance on neuropsychological tests and the cognitive and memory complaints — often called "chemo brain" — of breast cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
 
Sperm Move Along 'Twisting Ribbon'
South Africa's Quest reported Monday that a team led by Aydocan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has used a new imaging platform to record the three-dimensional swimming patterns of human and horse sperm cells.
 
Breast Cancer and Nanodiamonds
South Africa's Quest reported Monday on an experimental therapy developed by Dean Ho, professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry and co-director of the school's Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, and colleagues that uses nanoscale, diamond-like particles called nanodiamonds to help deliver cancer drugs to breast cancer tumors.
 
 
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David N. Myers
Myers, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of History, was quoted Monday in a New York Magazine article about ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey.
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