UCLA Headlines April 25, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
"Jane Austen, Game Theorist," a 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 was highlighted today by the Times of London, the BBC World Service's "World Update" and Scientific American; Wednesday by a New Yorker blog; and Tuesday by Slate and France’s Libération. Chwe was quoted in the coverage.
 
Boston and 'Lone Wolf' Terrorism
Jeffrey Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, was interviewed Wednesday on China Central TV about the recent Boston bomb attack and the growing prevalence of so-called lone wolf terrorists, who typically are not trained or funded by terrorist groups.
 
Monitoring Elusive Space Collisions
RedOrbit and R&D magazine reported Wednesday, and PhysOrg reported Tuesday, that space scientists led by Christopher T. Russell, a professor in UCLA's Department of Earth and Space Sciences, and Hairong Lai, a graduate student in Russell's lab, have developed a way to monitor previously undetectable collisions between asteroids and other objects in interplanetary space. Lai and Russell were quoted in the coverage.
 
Harnessing Excess Heat for Power
A KCET blog on Wednesday highlighted 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 they could harness the excess heat generated by computers and other devices to actually help power those devices.
 
'Beating' Hearts, 'Breathing' Lungs
CNN.com reports today on a clinical studies at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center testing experimental organ-preservation systems that allows donor hearts and lungs to function in a near-physiologic state outside the body during transport to a recipient. Dr. Abbas Ardehali, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the heart and lung transplantation program at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Same-Sex Couples and Immigration Reform
An Associated Press article published Wednesday about gay rights groups' support for immigration reform that would allow gay Americans to sponsor their foreign-born partners for green cards cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing there are approximately 28,500 such couples in the U.S.
 
Speeding up Search for Autism Drugs
The New York Times and KPCC-89.3 FM reported Wednesday, and an Examiner blog reported Tuesday, that UCLA has been awarded $9 million by the National Institute of Mental Health to lead a multi-center effort to rapidly study and assess promising new drugs that may help children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. James McCracken, a professor of psychiatry and director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted in the coverage.
 
How Jealousy Can Be Unhealthy
A column in Wednesday's U.S. News & World Report offering tips on how to avoid feelings of jealousy at work featured expert commentary by Dr. Judith Orloff, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and author of "Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life."
 
Link Between Traffic, Cancers in Kids
KNX-1070 AM reported Wednesday on research led by Julia Heck, an assistant epidemiology researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing a potential link between exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution and several rare childhood cancers.
 
Boston Bombers and Plight of Immigrant Kids
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a distinguished professor of education, was interviewed Wednesday on KPCC-89.3 FM about his research on how immigrant youth from around the world adjust socially and academically to life in the U.S.
 
Sexual Orientation and Workplace Discrimination
A Bloomberg editorial published Wednesday about workplace discrimination cited research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute that documented widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in both the public and private sector.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Ingrid Eagly
Eagly, acting professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal article about proposed legislation in the U.S. Senate that would increase the number of people who are prosecuted for illegally entering the U.S. along a stretch of the Arizona–Mexico border.
                                                                                               
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about a study suggesting that a blood test used to gauge the level of a certain compound in the stomach could also indicate a risk for heart attack and stroke.
 
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.
Gilliam, dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was quoted in a Bloomberg Businessweek report about Republican politicians’ changing rhetoric in the immigration debate.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences who holds the Parlow–Solomon Chair on Aging, was cited Wednesday in a Huffington Post article about how much time children should spend using technology.
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