UCLA Headlines April 26, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Launches Center for the Art of Performance
The Los Angeles Times reports today on the new Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, which replaces and expands upon the mission of UCLA's previous performance arts program, UCLA Live. Kristy Edmunds, the center's executive and artistic director, is quoted; Christopher Waterman, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, is cited.
 
With Ads, Your Brain Is Smarter Than You
Asian News International reports today on a study led by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, in which researchers imaged the brains of smokers while they were asked to rate the effectiveness of several anti-smoking ads, with surprising results. Lieberman is quoted.
 
UCLA Library's New Collection Has the 'Dirt'
The San Francisco Chronicle reports today on the UCLA Library’s acquisition of the Garry South Collection of Political Research, which includes private memos, secret campaign strategy plans and never-seen TV spots from a variety of California political campaigns. UCLA University Librarian Gary Strong is quoted.
 
CPR Gets a Tech Upgrade
Easy Reader News reported Wednesday that the Redondo Beach Fire Department has been trained by experts from UCLA and other institutions on how to use new state-of-the-art cardiopulmonary resuscitation technology. Dr. Baxter Larmon, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Center for Prehospital Care at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
L.A.'s Solar Workforce Ready
An op-ed in Wednesday's Los Angeles Daily News about a program that allows property owners to install solar panels on their roofs and sell the power generated back to the Department of Water and Power cited a report by UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation and USC indicating that Los Angeles has a trained workforce of thousands ready to perform clean-energy solar jobs.
 
The Pain of Addiction
HealthDay News reported Wednesday on a UCLA study that found that heroin addicts have an increased sensitivity to pain, which remains even when they are treated with methadone or other opioids.
 
State of the LGBT Movement
An article in the May issue of the American Prospect about the social, political and economic challenges faced by LGBT individuals cites research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute indicating that poverty is as prevalent in the LGBT community as in the broader world.
 
Controversy Over Prof's Posting
The LAist reported Wednesday on a UCLA professor who included links to a site promoting a boycott of Israel on his UCLA course website. Dr. Andrew Leuchter, chair of the UCLA Academic Senate and a professor of psychiatry, was quoted.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
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. Listen to Wednesday’s story on KPCC-89.3FM.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Laura Abrams
Abrams, associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in an Education Week article about young convicted criminals reintegrating into society after being incarcerated.
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Wednesday in a HealthDay News article about research on the connection between blood-thinning medications and stroke.
 
Darnell Hunt
Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, is quoted today in an LA Weekly article on the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots.
 
Francis Steen
Steen, UCLA associate professor of communication studies, was quoted Monday in a New Scientist article about the tendency toward playfulness among humans and other mammals.
 
Fabian Wagmister
Wagmister, associate professor of film and television at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Saturday in a La Opinión article about "Latino Earth Day" events in Los Angeles County.
 
Steven Wallace
Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and chair of community health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Friday in a La Opinión article about research showing that elderly Latinos are often unable to provide for their basic needs as a result of economic insecurity.
 
John Wasson
Wasson, professor of Earth and space sciences and of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, was quoted today and Wednesday in Associated Press articles about pieces of a meteor landing in areas of Northern California and Nevada.
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