UCLA Headlines August 20, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA's Efficient Transportation System
An LA Weekly blog today reports on UCLA's success in encouraging students and employees to take advantage of alternative transportation options. A recent study found that only about half of UCLA employees drive to campus alone.
 
Student Entrepreneur Pays Bills and Fights Hunger
The San Francisco Chronicle Monday highlighted UCLA student Steven Ng, who has started companies that sell bracelets, sunglasses and wallets. In addition to helping him pay tuition, a portion of the profits from one of the firms supports an organization that provides meals to people in developing countries.
 
Anti-discrimination Legislation
A Battle Creek Enquirer article Sunday, which covered a proposed ordinance that would ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender residents and workers in Battle Creek, Mich., cited a 2011 report by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute which found that all but two of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies included sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies.
 
Electric Car Research
Monday's India West reported on Rajit Gadh, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, whose research on electric vehicles is providing data for the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center, of which he is director.
 
Blogging Helps Cancer Patients
A HealthDay News article reported Monday 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.
 
Public Health and the Built Environment
Urban Land included coverage Monday of a presentation in Washington, D.C., by Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, to a group of experts on land use, urban design, and community development.
 
Stanley Fish
The Sept. 2 issue of The New Republic features a column by Russell Jacoby, professor-in-residence in the UCLA history department, about the career and writings of legal scholar and literary theorist Stanley Fish.
 
 
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Dr. Nina Shapiro
A column by Shapiro, associate professor of head and neck surgery and director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, about the growing popularity of the anti-vaccination movement in wealthier neighborhoods, is cited in today's Berkshire Eagle.
 
John Villasenor
Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a column in The Atlantic on Google's plan to use a fleet of high-altitude unmanned aircraft to make the Internet accessible to developing regions of the world.
 
Dr. Colin Wells
Wells, assistant professor of radiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Bloomberg article about the implications of a recent paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which argued that, as a result of better screening, certain non-life-threatening forms of cancer are being over-diagnosed.
 
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