UCLA Headlines April 30, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
L.A. Riots, 20 Years Later
UCLA faculty members and students were interviewed for several stories on the 20th anniversary of the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. Chris Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was featured Saturday in a Los Angeles Times blog and Los Angeles Times article; Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, was featured Friday in an LA Weekly article; David Hayes-Bautista, professor of general internal medicine and health services research and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, was featured Saturday in a Bell Gardens Sun article; and David Leonard, a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts, was interviewed Sunday KTLA-Channel 5.
 
Debate Over Science Behind Online Dating
KABC-Channel 4 reported Tuesday on research by Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, and colleagues suggesting that the "matching algorithms" used by many online dating sites are not scientifically valid. Karney was interviewed.
 
Ackerman Restaurant Could Serve Beer
KCAL-Channel 9 reported Friday on an early proposal to build a fine dining restaurant in UCLA’s Ackerman Union that would be the first location on campus to serve beer and wine. Robert Williams, executive director of Ackerman Union for Associated Students UCLA, was interviewed.
 
With Ads, Your Brain Is Smarter Than You
Science reported Friday, and Forbes reported Saturday, 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 was quoted.
 
Dengue Fever a Growing Threat
Friday's Los Angeles Daily News featured a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the mosquito-borne tropical disease known as Dengue fever.
 
Keeping the Brain Sharp With Age
Sunday's Toronto Star featured a Q&A with Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, about brain function, dementia and his book “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.”
 
Cell Phone Fights Global Disease
CNET reported Friday on the development by Aydogan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a cell phone-based platform that can read and analyze disease tests in the field and, with the help of Google Maps, use the data to chart the spread of diseases throughout the world. Ozcan, who is also a member of the California NanoSystems Institute, was quoted.
 
UCLA Helps Iraq Cope With Drug Abuse
Lebanon's Daily Star reported Saturday on a partnership between Iraqi and Lebanese clinicians and UCLA psychologists and epidemiologists aimed at combating Iraq's growing drug abuse problem. Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Faculty Weighing General Ed Requirement
Inside Higher Ed reports today on a pending UCLA faculty vote on whether a course on communities and conflict should be added to the general education requirements. Kyle McJunkin, director of curriculum coordination and operations for the UCLA Division of Undergraduate Education; Michael Meranze, UCLA professor of history; Cameron Campbell, UCLA professor of sociology; and Matthew Malkan, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, were quoted.  
 
UCLA Film Archive and Universal Studios' 100th
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about 13 films being digitally restored as part of Universal Studios' 100th anniversary highlights the work of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which will be screening several of the restored films at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater beginning this Friday.
 
UCLA Film Archive Makes a 'Connection'
The New York Times reported Friday on the UCLA Film and Television Archive's restoration of filmmaker Shirley Clarke's 1961 film "The Connection," which screens in New York this week.
 
Left, Right and Media Bias
An article in Friday's Washington Post about media coverage of the U.S. presidential race highlighted “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind," a book by UCLA professor of political science Tim Groseclose examining political bias among news organizations.
 
Diabetes Drug and Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Nature reports today on a study led by Dr. Peter Butler, director of UCLA's Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center and chief of endocrinology at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, that found that a popular Type 2 diabetes drug may increase patients' risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Butler is quoted.
 
Arab-Israeli Author Speaks at UCLA
The Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported Friday on a presentation given at UCLA’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies by popular Arab-Israeli author Sayed Kashua. Gil Hochberg, UCLA assistant professor of comparative literature, was quoted.
 
 
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Laura Abrams
Abrams, associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about an unusual outcome in a local child custody case.
 
Robert Bjork
Bjork, distinguished professor of psychology and co-principal investigator at the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Scientific American article about what happens in the brain when individuals discover their strongly held beliefs are factually incorrect.
 
Dr. Andrew Drexler
Drexler, professor of endocrinology and director of the Gonda Diabetes Center at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Contra Costa Times article about a bike ride to raise money for diabetes research.
 
Dr. Jerome Hoffman
Hoffman, professor of emergency clinical medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Boston Globe blog article about a medical conference addressing the costs of malpractice.
 
Phil Kellman
Kellman, UCLA professor of cognitive psychology, is quoted today in a New York Times article about Elizabeth Spelke, a cognitive psychologist who studies infants.
 
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Landis, director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about a clothing line inspired by the costumes in the new film “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
 
Catherine Mogil
Mogil, director of training and intervention development for Project FOCUS at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and co-director of the child and family trauma psychiatry service at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in an MSNBC article about strategies used by families to cope with the overseas deployment of a parent in the military.
 
Dr. Larissa Rodriguez
Rodriguez, UCLA associate professor-in-residence of urology, was quoted Friday in a Reuters article about research indicating that coffee does not exacerbate urinary incontinence in women.
 
Pamela Rutledge
Rutledge, a psychology instructor with UCLA Extension, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about the online social networking site Pinterest.
 
David Shulman
Shulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Friday in a U.S. News & World Report article about U.S. gross domestic product growth.
 
Martin Wachs
Wachs, professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the extension of LA Metro's Expo Line to the Westside.
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