UCLA Headlines August 2, 2013

Latasha Harlins and the L.A. Riots
Thursday’s Los Angeles Times featured a review of "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins," a new book by Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, that explores the 1991 case of a 15-year-old African-American girl shot by a Korean-American shopkeeper in South Los Angeles and how that event helped spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Fighting Crime With Math
An article in Thursday's Monterey Herald about a rash of shootings in Salinas, Calif., referenced the "predictive policing" work of UCLA researchers, who have applied sophisticated mathematics to urban crime patterns to help police determine which areas are likely to become crime "hotspots" and which of those areas will most likely be affected by intensified police actions.
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
An Economist blog reported Thursday 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.
Race and School Suspensions
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported Wednesday that Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, has been hired by the Syracuse, N.Y., school district to analyze the district's suspension trends. The article references a Civil Rights Project Report showing that minority students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S.
Immigrant Students Get Lesson in Rights
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about a summer program aimed at helping high school students, most of them immigrants, to understand immigrant rights and improve their neighborhoods and schools cited “Underground Undergrads,” a 2009 book issued by the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education that tells the stories of several undocumented immigrant students at UCLA.
Nation's Top Film Schools
The Huffington Post reports today that UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television has been ranked the No. 1 public film school in the United States and No. 4 overall in the Hollywood Reporter's annual survey.
Debate Over Pot and Cancer Risk
An article published today in Canada's National Post about a study suggesting that heavy marijuana smoking may increase an individual's lung cancer risk cited research by Dr. Donald Tashkin, UCLA professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, that found that light to moderate marijuana use does not increase the risk of lung cancer. Tashkin is quoted.
Putting Emotional Intelligence to the Test
An article published today in London's Times Educational Supplement about teaching "emotional intelligence" in schools highlighted a study by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, and Michelle Craske, professor and vice chair of clinical psychology and director of UCLA's Anxiety Disorders Research Center, demonstrating that honestly expressing emotions at stressful times can help individuals reduce their feelings of fear and anxiety.
Don't Dismiss Obama’s Economic Plan
Wednesday's U.S. News and World Report featured an op-ed by David Shulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, urging Republicans to consider President Obama’s recently introduced economic plan, which includes corporate tax reform coupled with increased spending infrastructure and job training programs.
More Eligible for Medi-Cal in State
A KPCC blog reported Thursday on research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research indicating that due to the current state of California’s economy, more state residents than previously expected may be eligible for Medi-Cal when the program expands in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Film Archive Presents Pasolini Films
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday on the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s new retrospective of the films of Italian director and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, which begins today at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.
New Diet: Eat Some Spicy Peppers
An article published Thursday in New Mexico's Las Cruces Sun-News about the health benefits of chile peppers cited a study led by Dr. David Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, that found that capsaicin, the chemical that gives spice to hot peppers, may prompt the body to expend more energy and burn more calories.
Recession Hit State's Baby Boomers Hardest
A Sacramento Bee blog reported Wednesday on research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found that middle-aged, low-income workers living in California’s rural areas were the group most likely to lose their jobs and health insurance when the recession struck in 2007. Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the center, was quoted.
Woman Turns Disease Into Educational Art
The Jewish Journal reports today on an art exhibition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA that features works by a woman with multiple sclerosis and is aimed at helping future doctors understand disease through the patient’s experience. LuAnn Wilkerson, UCLA senior associate dean for medical education, is quoted.
UCLA Tops in Pell Grant Recipients
An article in Wednesday's Salt Lake City Deseret News about financial aid and a lack of socioeconomic diversity at U.S. colleges and universities spotlighted UCLA as the leader among elite colleges in the nation in the percentage of students receiving federal need-based Pell Grants.
Prof Discusses History of Capitalism
Joyce Appleby, UCLA professor emerita of history, was interviewed Thursday on PBS’s “Between the Lines” about her research on economic history and her book “The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism.”
Quality of Surgical Care at U.S. Hospitals
Dylan Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Heatlh, was interviewed Thursday on San Francisco’s KCBS-740 AM about a new survey ranking the quality of surgical care at U.S. hospitals.
Dr. Alice Chen
Chen, UCLA assistant clinical professor of internal medicine, was quoted Thursday in a Huffington Post article about the ways in which primary care physicians can provide information to their patients about the Affordable Care Act.
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