UCLA Headlines August 1, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
The Atlantic reports today, and HealthDay News reported Wednesday, on research led by Steven Cole, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, showing that individuals whose happiness stems from a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life show a favorable genetic expression while those whose happiness comes from self-gratification show an adverse expression. Cole was quoted in the coverage.
 
New Encryption Stymies Hackers
The development by Amit Sahai, professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a mathematical encryption system that allows software program to be used as intended while preventing any hacking of the code behind them was highlighted Tuesday by United Press International and Wednesday by Mobile Indian, New Zealand's IT Web and EFY Times. Sahai was quoted in the coverage.
 
Nearly 4 Million Californians Face Hunger
An article in Wednesday's Central Valley Business Times about hunger among residents of California’s San Joaquin Valley cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that an estimated 3.8 million California adults could not provide adequate food for themselves or their families during the recent recession.
 
Genetic Development of Mice and Men
Hispanic Business reported Tuesday on a study led by Guoping Fan, professor of human genetics and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, in which scientists used an RNA sequencing technique to track the genetic development of human and mouse embryos at an earlier stage than ever before. Fan was quoted.
 
Race and Student Achievement Gaps
An article in Wednesday's American Prospect about research showing that lawmakers are more likely to introduce "teacher quality" legislation when achievement falls among white students than among black students cited research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA examining school diversity in Maryland.
 
Teaching Future Computer Scientists
A story that aired Wednesday on NBC's "Today" about a nonprofit organization helping to teach computer programming and coding in public schools highlighted the Exploring Computer Science program, a partnership between Los Angeles public schools and Center X at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, which instructs students in computer science.
 
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Crime
An article in Wednesday's Denver Post about a slight increase in crimes committed near pot dispensaries in Denver cited a study by Nancy Kepple, a doctoral student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Bridget Freisthler, an associate professor of social welfare at the school, showing that Sacramento neighborhoods with medical marijuana dispensaries do not have higher crime rates than other neighborhoods.
 
Schools, Race and Segregation
An article in Wednesday's New York Times about diversity and segregation in Missouri schools referenced research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that in many U.S. cities, African American and Latino students attend public schools where less than 10 percent of their classmates are white.
 
Health Insurance: Recession Hits Boomers Hard
The Los Angeles Daily News reported Wednesday, and the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports today, on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that during the recent recession, middle-aged Californians lost their jobs and the health benefits that came with those jobs in greater numbers than other age groups. Shana Alex Lavarrada, director of health insurance studies at the center, was quoted in the Daily News.
 
Big Data and Computer Science
A column in Wednesday's Forbes on massive computing and big data analytics in business cited the work and research of Judea Pearl, professor emeritus of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
 
Junior Neuroscientists Do Brain Training
KABC-Channel 7 reported Tuesday on UCLA’s Junior Neuroscience Training Program, a two-day course sponsored by the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and UCLA's Brain Injury Research Center, which uses hands-on activities to teach teenagers about the brain and inform them about neuroscience careers. Mayumi Prins, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed. 
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about a study suggesting that wide swings in blood pressure may be associated with cognitive decline in older adults at high risk for heart disease.
 
David Heber
Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about grapes genetically bred to taste like cotton candy.
 
Doug Lichtman
Lichtman, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Washington Post article about disputes over software patents.
 
Dr. Daniel Silverman
Silverman, associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a New York Times blog article about Medicare and Alzheimer's testing.
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