UCLA Headlines August 15, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Uprisings are a Culmination of Decades of Struggle
Wednesday's New York Times featured an op-ed by James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, about the recent history of "Spring" uprisings in the Arab world.
 
Fish Oil for Children With Liver Disease
United Press International reports today on a study led by Dr. Kara Calkins, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics in the division of neonatology and developmental biology at UCLA, which found that fish oil is safe and effective in reversing liver disease in children with intestinal failure who require intravenous nutrition. Calkins is quoted.
 
Coca-Cola Defends Aspartame Use
Dr. David Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was interviewed Wednesday on NBC's "Nightly News" about an advertisement by Coca-Cola that defends its use of the sweetener aspartame.
 
On 'Stop-and-Frisk' in New York
Today's New York Times features an op-ed by Devon Carbado, Cheryl Harris and Kimberle Crenshaw, professors at the UCLA School of Law, about the recent judicial ruling that the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional.
 
Blogging Helps Cancer Patients
Red Orbit reported Wednesday on a study led by Dr. Annette Stanton, professor of psychology and of psychiatry and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, that found that women who chronicled their experiences with breast cancer online tended to experience a reduction in depressive symptoms, an increase in positive mood and enhanced appreciation for life. Stanton was quoted.
 
Same-Sex Marriage Boosts Economy
A Bloomberg article on Tuesday cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law on the economic benefits to states that allow same-sex marriage. Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the Williams Institute, and M.V. Lee Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the Williams Institute, were quoted.
 
Words We Use Reflect Our Shifting Values
Archinect reported Tuesday on research by UCLA distinguished professor of psychology Patricia Greenfield that tracked the use of certain words in more than 1.5 million American and British books published between 1800 and 2000 to demonstrate how cultural values have changed over time.
 
Seniors Struggle to Raise Grandkids
A Sacramento Bee article on Wednesday referenced a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that grandparents raising grandkids in California may be among the most vulnerable residents in the state, due to the high cost of living and low levels of public assistance. Study co-author Steven Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and chair of community health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted.
 
Home Sweet Chaos
An Orlando Sentinel column on Wednesday about how people use their garages cited a study by the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) examining in intimate detail the home lives and habits of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles. Jeanne Arnold, UCLA professor of anthropology and a CELF researcher, was quoted
 
UCLA Makes The Green Honor Roll
Environmental Leader reported Wednesday that UCLA is among 22 institutions listed on Princeton Review's 2014 Green Honor Roll, which measures the environmental friendliness of U.S. colleges and universities.
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday 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.
 
Charity Bike Ride Donates to UCLA Blood Center
Today's edition of The Acorn reports on a donation of more than $36,000 to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center from the 2013 Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride.
 
Basketball Star Visits UCLA Hospital Patients
The Los Angeles Daily News reported Tuesday on a visit by Jordan Farmar, the former UCLA student-athlete and current Los Angeles Laker, to patients at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Laila Ramji, a child life specialist at the Chase Child Life Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted.
 
Polarization of U.S. Environmental Policy
On Wednesday, Nature featured a review by Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor of history and a member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, of the book "The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future."
 
Dispute Over Primate Center
Wednesday's Winston-Salem Journal reported on a continuing legal dispute between UCLA and Wake Forest University Health Sciences over the management of a jointly operated primate research center in Forsyth County, N.C.
 
Star System Discovered Close to Sun
The Daily Galaxy reported Wednesday on the discovery by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) of a star system close to the sun. Edward (Ned) Wright, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and the principal investigator for the WISE satellite at UCLA, is quoted.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Asli Bali
Bali, acting professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Monday in an Inside Higher Ed column about protests surrounding the convictions of six Turkish scientists on terrorism-related charges.
 
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about home prices in Southern California.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a CNN Wire story about Americans' opinions on marijuana legalization.
 
Juan Matute
Matute, director of the Climate Change Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Tuesday in an Alaska Dispatch story about the proposed "hyperloop," a high-speed system that would allow passengers to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco in a capsule shooting down a low-pressure tube.
 
Dr. Nina Shapiro
Shapiro, associate professor of head and neck surgery and director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Salon column about the growing popularity of the anti-vaccination movement in wealthier neighborhoods.
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