UCLA Headlines April 5, 2012

Study Identifies Genes Linked to PTSD
CNN reported today on a study led by Dr. Armen Goenjian, a research professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, linking two genes involved in serotonin production to a higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
Trucking Activity Down for Quarter
Market News International and Phil’s Stock World reported Wednesday on recent data from the Ceridian–UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks fuel purchases at interstate truck stops as a means of predicting economic changes in the U.S.
Legacy of Brazil's Escaped Slaves
Susanna Hecht, professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Wednesday on New Hampshire Public Radio about her recent National Geographic magazine article on the descendants of escaped slaves who live in the Brazilian rainforest.
Changing the 'Culture' of Education
An op-ed published Wednesday in Indiana's South Bend Tribune about poor school performance and civil rights issues highlighted research on the subject by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.
UCLA Financial Aid Mix-up
Business Insider reported Wednesday that a “duplicate error” in UCLA's Student Financial Services office resulted in thousands of students receiving financial aid payments twice. Over 99 percent of the duplicate payments were reversed or paid back within the first several days.
NCAA Funds UCLA Concussion Research
KPCC-89.9 FM reported Wednesday that the NCAA is funding a study by scientists from the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center and colleagues that will examine the effects of head injuries on student-athletes over the course of their college careers and beyond.
When Medical Tests Aren't Needed
Dr. Mark Morocco, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate residency director of emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was interviewed today on KTTV-Channel 11 about how physicians should avoid ordering unnecessary medical tests for their patients.
Anderson Forecast: State Economy to Grow Slowly
Money News reported Wednesday on the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies. Forecast senior economist David Shulman was quoted.
College Education May Stifle Marriage
The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday on a study by UCLA sociologists and colleagues that found that college graduates who come from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to marry than their non–college-educated peers.
Improved Health Through Urban Design
Illinois' Pantagraph reported Wednesday on the work of Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, whose research focuses on the links between public health and the design of cities. The article referenced Jackson’s PBS television series, “Designing Healthy Communities.”
Romney Heads Into Home Stretch
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed Wednesday on KTLA-Channel 5 about the Republican presidential race.
Stephen Aron
Aron, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Wednesday in a Reuters article about towns in Montana and Wyoming being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was cited Wednesday in a Washington Post column about the potential ramifications of drug legalization.
Lee Ohanian
Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was quoted Wednesday in a Bloomberg article about the financial plans of the new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dr. Wendy Slusser
Slusser, associate professor of pediatrics and public health and director of the Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in an article on the website of San Francisco's KQED-88.5 FM about children's health and eating right.
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