UCLA Headlines August 27, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Health Care for California's Poor
An article in today's San Francisco Chronicle about a California statewide program that provides health insurance to more than half a million low-income residents cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimating that Alameda County's version of the program has covered nearly 49,000 individuals. Gerald Kominski, the center's director and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted.
 
Preserving Biodiversity in Cameroon
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Thomas Smith, director of the UCLA Center for Tropical Research and a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, about efforts by UCLA and other organizations to help preserve Cameroon's biodiversity as the country develops its timber, oil and natural gas industries.
 
'I Have a Dream' 50 Years Later
A story broadcast Monday on NPR's "Here and Now" comparing racial, social and economic issues in the U.S. today with those of 50 years ago, during the historic 1963 March on Washington, highlighted 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.
Digital Surveillance and Syria's Government
A Monday Fox News.com article about the ways in which the Syrian government oversees and regulates international humanitarian relief efforts cited a 2011 paper by John 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, on how the decreasing cost of data storage has made it easier for authoritarian regimes to monitor and store phone and Internet communications involving individuals and organizations. Villasenor was quoted.
 
UCLA Lab Fire Case
KPCC–89.3 FM reported Monday, and the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and KTTV-Channel 11 reported today, on the legal case against a UCLA professor stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
An App for Your Kidneys
BioSpectrum and Laser Focus World reported Monday on the development by Aydogan Ozcan, professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a lightweight, field-portable device that can conduct kidney tests and transmit data to health professionals through a smartphone attachment.
Ozcan was quoted in the coverage.
 
States, Feds Could Agree on Pot Policy
Washington's Olympian reports today 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.
 
The 'Trickle Down' of School Suspensions
An article in Monday's American Prospect on the challenges of young minority males finding employment referenced a study by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that suspensions of ninth-grade students can lead to a series of events that tend to reduce high school graduation rates.
 
 
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Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about a new wireless implantable defibrillator for heart patients.
 
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 Monday in a Florida Today article about efforts by the Obama administration to help Florida recover from its housing bubble.
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