UCLA Headlines August 26, 2013

'I Have a Dream' 50 Years Later
An NPR blog article published Saturday comparing racial, social and economic issues in the U.S. today with those of 50 years ago, during the historic 1963 March on Washington, cited research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that three-quarters of all black students attend schools that are majority non-white, and more than a third attend schools where white students make up 10 percent or less of the school population.
Drug Substitutions Mean Medicare Savings
PhysBizTech reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. O. Kenrik Duru, associate professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that substituting generic or therapeutic alternatives for brand-name drugs could result in significant savings for Medicare patients, health plans and the government.
Freeway Pollution Stretches Far
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about monitoring pollution from Los Angeles freeways cited research led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, showing that roughly a quarter of Los Angeles residents are exposed to noxious freeway fumes almost every morning.
Iron May Be Culprit in Alzheimer's
Britain's Daily Mail reported Thursday, and Medpage Today reported Friday, on a study led by Dr. George Bartzokis, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, in which researchers used an advanced MRI technique to show that elevated iron levels in the hippocampus are associated with tissue damage in the brain characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Bartzokis was quoted by the Daily Mail and interviewed in a Medpage video.
Latasha Harlins and the L.A. Riots
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about her new book, "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins," which 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.
Economic Opportunities in the Arctic
Today's Strategy + Business features an op-ed co-written by Laurence C. Smith, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Geography and author of "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," looking at how global warming could open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century — and the economic, cultural and environmental pros and cons this presents.
When the Brain Prefers One Eye
Research led by Joshua Trachtenberg, associate professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, examining how a critical part of the brain works during visual development — with possible implications for treating amblyopia, in which the brain ignores one eye in favor of the other — was highlighted Sunday by Science Codex, Science Daily and Health Canal and today by Asian News International, Medical Xpress, News Medical, Red Orbit, Med India and Net India 123. Trachtenberg was quoted in the coverage.
UCLA Ranks High in 'Social Good'
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the Washington Monthly has rated UCLA No. 10 in its nationwide ranking of colleges and universities that do the most good for the country by improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
The New York Times Magazine reported Sunday 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.
Film Archive's Material in Movie Festival
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about the Cinecon Classic Film Festival, which features rare and obscure movies, highlighted the work and collections of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Dispute Over Primate Center
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Friday 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.
Trustworthiness and 'False Consensus'
India's Economic Times reported Friday on research by Paola Giuliano, assistant professor of economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that trustworthy individuals tend to think that others are like them and therefore form overly optimistic trust beliefs, which can hurt them financially in the long run.
Bradley Manning Is Chelsea Manning
A Friday CBS News.com on the announcement by Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private convicted on espionage charges, that he is transgender cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating there are approximately 700,000 self-identified transgender adults in the United States.
Homeboy Industries a Success
A CNN.com article published Friday about Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles–based gang rehabilitation and counseling program, cited research by Todd Franke, associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at the Luskin School, examining recidivism rates among Homeboy Industry's clients.
Pay-for-Stay Jail Policies
Sharon Dolovich, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Sunday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about "pay-for-stay" policies at jails in the United States, which require inmates to pay for pants, blankets, toilet paper and other necessities.
Spirituality and Terminal Illness
Dr. Margaret Stuber, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Saturday on Philadelphia's WDDE–91.1 FM about how spirituality and a sense of purpose in life can help people with chronic or terminal illnesses cope.
States, Feds Could Agree on Pot Policy
Seattle's KUOW-94.9 FM reported Friday on a proposal by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, that the federal government enter into contracts with the states of Washington and Colorado that would allow those states to freely operate their voter-approved legal marijuana systems in return for assurances that they will prevent interstate shipments of pot.
Neurons, Aging and Learning
Research by Joshua Trachtenberg, associate professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues indicating that inhibitory neurons in the brain can begin to impede our cognitive function and ability to learn as we get older was highlighted Sunday by Medical Express and today by Asian News International.
Octogenarian Motorcyclists Zoom to UCLA
A visit to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center made by a group of Taiwanese octogenarian motorcyclists to promote a documentary about themselves and to combat stereotypes about aging was highlighted Friday by KCBS-Channel 2, KABC-Channel 7 and KCAL-Channel 9; Saturday by China's Xinhua News Agency and People's Daily; and Sunday by the Chinese News Agency. Shannon O'Kelly, chief operating officer for UCLA Health System, was quoted by Xinhua and the CNA.
UCLA Archive's Rare Football Clips
Ohio's Columbus Alive reported Thursday on a screening of rare football footage in Columbus, Ohio, that featured some materials culled from the UCLA Film and Television Archive's collections.
Amander Clark
Clark, associate professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology and a researcher at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, was quoted Friday in a Nature World News article about an advance in infertility treatment.
James Gelvin
Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Sunday in Hong Kong's Ming Pao about the current political and religious turmoil in Egypt.
Dr. David Heber
Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about people who attempt to manage their calorie count by avoiding eating food during the day so that they can drink alcohol at night.
Dr. Gary Mathern
Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, was quoted Friday in an NBC News.com article  about the effectiveness of cerebral hemispherectomies — the removal of half the brain — in treating chronic seizures.
Kieta Mutepfa
Mutepfa, outreach coordinator for the UCLA CARE Center, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about Ladies of Diversity, a federally funded program that helps HIV-positive women of color stay connected to needed medical services.
Robert Samuels
Samuels, a lecturer with UCLA's Writing Programs, was quoted Friday in an Inside Higher Ed article about President Obama's proposal that federal aid for higher education be tied to a rating system for universities.
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in an op-ed in Vermont's Brattleboro Reformer about flag burning and the First Amendment.
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