UCLA Headlines April 4, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Preserving the Historic Watts Towers
Ertugrul Taciroglu, associate professor of environmental and civil engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Monday for a KCRW-89.9 FM "Which Way, L.A.?" segment on the history of the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles and current efforts to prevent the landmark from deteriorating.
 
California and the Affordable Care Act
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Tuesday on KPCC-89.3 FM “AirTalk” about how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California will affect senior citizens. Kominski was quoted March 28 in a Los Angeles Times article about how health reform could affect individuals of various income levels in the state.
 
UCLA Lets the Dogs Out
The Malibu Times reported Wednesday that an upcoming episode of the PBS dog-themed series "Shelter Me: Let's Go Home" will feature dogs and their handlers from the UCLA People–Animal Connection, an animal-assisted therapy program for patients at UCLA medical facilities. Erin Rice, director of the program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted.
 
Shedding Light on L.A. Electricity Use
The development by researchers at UCLA's California Center for Sustainable Communities of an interactive electricity-use map that lets residents see how much electricity each of Los Angeles' neighborhoods uses and how energy use relates to income level and other factors was highlighted Monday by an LA Weekly blog and the Venice Patch. Jacki Murdock, a researcher at the center and a graduate student in urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Stephanie Pincetl, director of the center and an adjunct professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Investing in Rental Properties
Eric Sussman, senior lecturer at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Tuesday for an Interest.com podcast on the benefits and challenges of buying and managing investment property. 
 
GoDaddy vs. the Oscars
An article in Wednesday’s Hollywood Reporter about a legal copyright battle pitting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences against Internet domain-registration company GoDaddy.com referenced a report prepared for the case by Carol Scott, professor emeritus at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Scott was quoted.
 
UCLA Brings Noir out of Shadows
An article in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times about the American Cinematheque's annual film noir festival cited several films in the festival that were restored by preservationists at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The article also references the UCLA archive's Festival of Preservation, a biennial screening of newly restored films,
 
A Cure for Meth Addiction?
The Huffington Post reported Wednesday on a clinical trial led by Dr. Aimee-Noelle Swanson, research director of the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, testing an experimental new drug for methamphetamine addiction. Swanson was quoted.  
 
Adoptees Do Equally Well in Gay, Straight Families
An article in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal about social-science research on same-sex families highlighted a study by Jill Waterman, UCLA adjunct professor of psychology; Letitia Anne Peplau, UCLA distinguished research professor of psychology; and Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral candidate in psychology, showing that high-risk children adopted from foster care do equally well when they are placed with gay, lesbian or heterosexual parents.
 
Far Better Than Batteries
Electronics Weekly reported Wednesday on the development by Richard Kaner, a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student in Kaner's laboratory, of a method for producing graphene-based "supercapacitors" — which can charge up to a thousand times faster than batteries — using a standard DVD burner.
 
You Don't Act Your Race
Today’s Huffington Post features a column co-written by Devon Carbado, professor at the UCLA School of Law, about his new book, "Acting White: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America," which explores how racial judgments are based not just on skin color but on how a person conforms to behavior stereotypically associated with a certain race.
 
Series Highlights Burt Lancaster Centennial
Tuesday's Los Angeles Times highlighted a new UCLA Film and Television Archive series featuring 25 films with actor Burt Lancaster. The retrospective begins Friday at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.
 
Housing, Parking and Downtown L.A.
LA Curbed reported Wednesday on research by Michael Manville, a postdoctoral scholar at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and an adjunct assistant professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, showing that it is cheaper for developers to provide housing in downtown Los Angeles if they don't have to also provide on-site parking for each unit. Manville was quoted.
 
 
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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 Wednesday in Health Day News and NBC News.com articles about new research indicating a possible link between coronary heart disease and male balding.
 
David Shulman
Shulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Tuesday in an article in Canada's Maclean’s magazine about the economic recovery in the U.S.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article surveying various gun-control and gun-rights bills being introduced in different states across the country.
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