UCLA Headlines April 24, 2012

Election 2012: You Pick the Winner
A Washington Post blog today highlights an election-forecasting model designed by UCLA associate professor of political science Lynn Vavreck and colleagues that uses three variables to predict the likely outcome of U.S. presidential elections. Vavreck is quoted.
Can Lab-Grown Meat Save the Environment?
Today's Discover features a blog column by Christina Agapakis, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in chemistry and biomolecular engineering, about the prospect of growing meat for human consumption in vitro in laboratories instead of using livestock from factory farms.
Why Are We So Drawn to Fire?
Discovery reports today on evolution research by Daniel Fessler, UCLA associate professor of anthropology, suggesting that adults who are most fascinated by fire are those who never learned to start, maintain and use fire in childhood. Fessler is quoted.
Target Knows You’re Pregnant
CNN.com on Friday featured a column by Matthew Lane, a UCLA doctoral student in mathematics, about how companies mathematically analyze consumer data to make predictions about customers’ future shopping habits and needs.
Chancellor: Higher Ed 'Too Big to Fail'
The Huffington Post on April 17 featured an op-ed by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block about state budget cuts to public colleges and universities and the need for government to invest more in public higher education.
New Heart in an Older Body
A blog article in Monday's New York Times about older patients receiving heart transplants cited a program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in which patients over 72 receive hearts from older rather than younger donors. Dr. Abbas Ardehali, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical director of UCLA's heart and lung transplantation program, was quoted.
E. Richard Brown, 70, UCLA Professor, National Public Health Advocate
Brown, a longtime professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, died April 20. See Monday's Santa Monica Patch.  
James Catterall
Catterall, UCLA professor of education, was quoted Monday in an Associated Press article about an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities to use arts education in low-performing schools to increase student engagement.
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, is quoted today in a SmartMoney column about why real-estate open houses have become less important in the Internet age.
Dr. David Heber
Heber, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Wednesday in a Time blog article about some brides-to-be using a new feeding-tube diet to lose weight before their wedding day.
Paul Thompson
Thompson, professor of neurology and a member of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a WebMD article about research showing that kids exposed to violence and bullying may age faster than other children.
John Villasenor
Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Saturday in an article in Canada's National Post about how new technologies have made it easier for governments to conduct secret surveillance on citizens.
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