UCLA Headlines April 29, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Diabetes Among Latinos
Dr. Michael Rodriguez, professor and vice chair of research in the department of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Friday on Univision-Channel 34's “Primera Edicion” about high rates of diabetes among Hispanics in the U.S..
 
Technology and University Research
Friday’s Pando Daily featured a column by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, outlining the ways in which technology is changing faculty research at universities.
 
Does Your College Major Matter?
A blog column in today's New York Times about choosing an undergraduate major cited findings from the annual nationwide Freshman Survey, conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, showing that 90 percent of college freshmen believe it is important to find a major that is interesting, no matter how practical it is.
 
U.S. Koreans React to North Korea
Kyeyoung Park, a UCLA associate professor with joint appointments in the departments of Asian American studies and anthropology, was interviewed Sunday on NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" about Korean Americans' reaction to the recent bellicose rhetoric of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the possibility of war on the Korean peninsula.
 
When 'Cheating' Teaches Students More
Wednesday's Popular Science featured a column by Peter Nonacs, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, about how he let students in his behavioral ecology class "cheat" on their midterm to teach them more about game theory. Kotaku reported on Nonacs' unique approach on Saturday.
 
UCLA Lab Fire Case
The Associated Press, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, KTLA-Channel 5, KCAL-Channel 9, KNX-1070 AM and KPCC-89.3 FM reported Friday, and Nature and the National Law Journal report today, on the legal case against a UCLA professor stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
Songs to Buy By
Timothy Taylor, UCLA professor of ethnomusicology and musicology, was interviewed Friday on Reason TV about the use of popular music to sell products and his book "Sounds of Capitalism," which explores the history of music in American advertising.
 
LGBTQ Households in Hudson Valley
A column in Friday's Huffington Post about efforts to provide a supportive social structure for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in New York's Orange County cited statistics from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that in 2010, there were 572 same-sex households in that county.
 
Learning From Past Societies
Japan’s Kyodo News reported Friday on "The World Until Yesterday," a new book by Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, that explores what traditional societies can teach modern industrialized civilization in the way of health habits, social interaction and politics.
 
UCLA Celebrates Iranian Cinema
Iran’s Tehran Times reported Sunday on the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s "Celebration of Iranian Cinema" series, which ran from April 13 to 28 and featured works by both contemporary and veteran Iranian filmmakers.
 
New Mexico Support for Gay Marriage Rising
An article in Thursday’s Bloomberg Businessweek about the debate over same-sex marriage in New Mexico cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that the percentage of New Mexico residents supporting gay marriage rose from 38 percent in 2004 to 47 percent in 2012.
 
Speeding up Search for Autism Drugs
The Associated Press and KCAL-Channel 9 reported Friday that UCLA has been awarded $9 million by the National Institute of Mental Health to lead a multicenter 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 by the AP.
 
Housing Is the Problem and the Solution
An article in Friday's Atlantic about the opportunities and challenges faced by the so-called Millennial generation cited research by Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, on the role the housing market plays in recessions and recoveries.
 
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
KABC-790 AM reported Saturday on brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of five retired football players who had suffered one or more concussions.
 
Campus Goes Tobacco-Free
KCBS-Channel 2 reported Saturday, and the New York Times reports today, on UCLA's ban on the use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products on campus, which went into effect April 22.
 
The Rise of the Neurotics
KCBS-Channel 2 reports today on research by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining the ways in which extroverts and introverts perform on team tasks.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Dr. Antronette Yancey, health advocate and UCLA professor
Yancey, a professor of health services at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and a longtime public health advocate, died April 23. See Thursday's Los Angeles Times and Friday’s edition of KPCC-89.3 FM's "Off-Ramp."
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Peter Butler
Butler, director of UCLA's Hillblom Islet Research Center and chief of the UCLA endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension unit, was quoted Thursday in a Yahoo! News article about the discovery a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice.
 
Scott Cummings
Cummings, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Saturday in a Bakersfield Californian column about a possible conflict of interest in a Kern Country hit-and-run case.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Friday in an NBC News.com article about developing health and safety rules for the legal sale of marijuana.
 
David Lewin
Lewin, the Neil H. Jacoby Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Saturday in a New York Times article about employment recruiting and the new field of "work-force science."
 
Susan Perry
Perry, UCLA professor of anthropology, was quoted Friday in articles by the Christian Science Monitor and Science NOW about how animals, particularly monkeys and whales, can adapt to new cultural norms and traditions.
 
John Rogers
Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Santa Monica–Malibu School District's decision to redistribute a portion of funds raised by PTA groups at wealthier schools to poorer schools.
 
Dr. Brad Spellberg
Spellberg, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Toronto Star article about antibiotic-resistant infections.
 
Robert Wayne
Wayne, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plants to drop gray wolves from its endangered list.
 
Dr. Dennis Woo
Woo, UCLA associate clinical professor of pediatrics, was quoted Sunday in an NBC News.com article about the American Academy of Pediatrics' new set of guidelines for the care of infants born at home, rather than in the hospital.
 
Jerome Zack
Zack a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, is quoted today in a New York Times article about why some individuals seem to remain essentially unaffected by HIV.
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