UCLA Headlines April 5, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Helping Foreign Doctors in the U.S.
A Thursday NPR “All Things Considered” segment about the challenges facing Latin American–trained physicians in the U.S. highlighted UCLA's International Medical Graduates program, a training program run through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine that assists bilingual graduates from Latin American medical schools in preparing to become family physicians in California. Dr. Patrick Dowling, chair of the department of family medicine, was interviewed.
 
The Challenges of Being L.A. Mayor
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed Thursday on NPR's "Morning Edition" about the Los Angeles mayoral race, the legacy of current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Latino politics in the city.
 
Opposition to Campus Conference Center
The Los Angeles Times reports today that critics of UCLA's plan to build the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference and Guest Center on campus, which will feature 25,000 square feet of meeting space and 250 guest rooms, have filed a lawsuit challenging the project's tax exemptions.
 
Turtle DNA May Hold Promise for Humans
The Canadian Press reports today that a team of scientists led by H. Bradley Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has decoded the DNA of the Western painted turtle in the hopes that their findings may lead to new treatments for hypothermia, strokes and heart attacks. Shaffer is quoted.
 
Overcoming Your Survival Instincts
The Toronto Globe & Mail on Thursday highlighted “Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You,” a new book by Dr. Marc Schoen, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, which argues that humans need to temper their evolutionary survival instinct in order to avoid inflammation and other physical ailments. Schoen was quoted.
 
UCLA Dentistry to Expand Care for Needy
The Westwood–Century City Patch reported Thursday that the UCLA School of Dentistry has received $11 million from the Los Angeles–based child advocacy and grant-making organization First 5 LA to expand access to dental care for young children and pregnant women in underserved communities in Los Angeles.
 
Government Sets Pace on Social Media
Wednesday's Huffington Post featured a column by UCLA Extension instructor Beverly Macy about how local governments and national agencies in the U.S. use social media.
 
UCLA Lets the Dogs Out
Wednesday's episode of the PBS dog-themed series “Shelter Me: Let’s Go Home” (trailer) featured 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, and Jack Barron, the former director, were featured.
 
A Cure for Meth Addiction?
CNN reported Thursday 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.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Carlos Amador
Amador, a project manager with UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Associated Press’ decision to stop using the term “illegal immigrant" in its news coverage.
 
Stephen Bainbridge
Bainbridge, professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a USA Today article about efforts to get public companies to disclose their political spending.
 
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, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about research that found that brisk walking is as beneficial for the heart as running. He was quoted Thursday in a HealthDay News article about Americans and high blood pressure.
 
Trevon Fuller
Fuller, a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA's Center for Tropical Research, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the spread of a new bird flu virus.
 
Jorja Leap
Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a white supremacist prison gang in Texas and the recent murder of two Texas prosecutors.
 
Ilan Meyer
Meyer, a senior public policy scholar at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, is quoted today in an Mlive article about recent statements made by a former Michigan state lawmaker regarding the LGBTQ community.
 
Rory Reid
Reid, a research psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a WebMD article about sex addiction.
 
Juliet Williams
Williams, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Gender Studies, was quoted Thursday in a Politico article on the controversy over President Obama's comments regarding California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
 
Gail Wyatt
Wyatt, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, was quoted Thursday in a Bloomberg article about a study showing that most women in the U.S. have lived with a partner without being married by the age of 30.
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