UCLA Headlines August 29, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Reforming California's Prisons
Sharon Dolovich, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Wednesday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about the evolution of California's prison system since the mid-1940s and current efforts at prison reform.
 
Fixing Traffic by Changing the Way We Drive
An article in today's Slate about new software-based technologies that aim to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gasses and traffic jams by changing the ways in which drivers commute in metropolitan areas cites a 2006 report by Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, showing that 30 percent of traffic in large cities is caused by drivers looking for parking spaces.
 
'I Have a Dream' 50 Years Later
An article in Wednesday’s Huffington Post about the legacy of the historic 1963 March on Washington highlighted research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that one out of every six black students in the U.S. attends a high-poverty school with almost no white students.
 
Protecting Brains of Athletes, Soldiers
Medgadget reports today on the development by Vijay Gupta, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a polymer that could diminish the force of helmet-to-helmet contact on a football field or shockwaves from explosive devices on a battlefield.
 
Diabetes Meds Also Slash Heart Disease Risk
E! Science News reported Tuesday on a study by Dr. Karol Watson, associate professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues showing that two treatments that slow the development of diabetes also may protect people from heart disease.
 
UCLA Health's Integrated Provider Network
The Physicians News Network reported Aug. 18 that as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act nears, independent doctors in Los Angeles County have expressed interest in affiliating with UCLA through an integrated provider network that would not require them to give up their own practices. Dr. Patricia Kapur, executive vice president of the UCLA Health System and CEO of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, was quoted.
 
UCLA Health's Patient-Centered Care
Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was interviewed Aug. 19 in a Hospitals and Health Networks videoabout the UCLA Health System's organizational strategies and unique patient-centered approach.
 
How Ideas Become Innovations
Wednesday’s Becker’s Hospital Review featured a roundtable discussion with Dr. Molly Coye, chief innovation officer for UCLA's Institute for Innovation in Health, and Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, addressing issues of innovation within the UCLA Health System.
 
 
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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 Wednesday in a HealthDay News article about research showing that seniors at risk for heart disease could benefit by taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, senior research fellow at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article about Wal-Mart's announcement that next year it will begin offering health benefits to married and unmarried same-sex partners of all full-time employees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
 
Anja Kunze
Kunze, a postdoctoral bioengineering researcher at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Wednesday in an MIT Technology Review article about Viennese scientists who used stem cells to grow three-dimensional human brain tissues.
 
Dr. Andrew Leuchter
Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior and Pharmacology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about research showing that major depression may be much more common in men than previously assumed.
 
Lee Ohanian
Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about low-wage fast-food workers across the U.S. rallying for an increase in the minimum wage. He was quoted last Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about how the recent success of the Los Angeles Dodgers has given a boost to local businesses.
 
Kal Raustiala
Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, was quoted Wednesday in a CNN.com article about a potential U.S. military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a New York Times article about the growing phenomenon of "nullification," in which states enact laws that defy the power of the federal government.
 
Kent Wong
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was quoted Tuesday in an Orange County Register article about a new ordinance in Costa Mesa, Calif., that will lend more transparency to negotiations between the city and employees associations.
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