UCLA Headlines August 5, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
New Encryption Stymies Hackers
The development by Amit Sahai, professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a mathematical encryption system that allows software program to be used as intended while preventing any hacking of the code behind them was highlighted Wednesday by Wired UK and Silicon India. Sahai was quoted in the coverage.
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
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 was highlighted Thursday by United Press International, Friday by North Carolina's Charlotte News and Observer and Science World Report, Saturday by MSN New Zealand, and Sunday by KABC-Channel 7. Cole was quoted in the coverage; Dr. Michael Irwin, director of UCLA's Cousins Center, was interviewed on KABC.
 
Gene Mutation Increases Schizophrenia Risk
San Francisco's KCBS Radio reported Sunday on research by Dr. Nelson Freimer, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, and colleagues showing a biological link between schizophrenia and Fragile X syndrome, a disorder associated with intellectual impairment and autism. Freimer was interviewed.
 
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
Ireland's The Journalist reported Saturday a study led by Nicole Prause, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that examined brain responses to sex-related pictures in individuals who could be considered to be suffering from a sexual "addiction." Prause was quoted.
 
Uncovering the Brain’s GPS
Research by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues showing that the human brain contains a navigational system made up of "grid" cells was highlighted Sunday by the New York Times, Israel’s All Voices, Science Daily and Laboratory Equipment and today by the Times of India, Science World Report and Medical Xpress. Fried was quoted in the coverage.
 
Selling Pot the Right Way
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed today on Seattle's KOMO-1000 AM about regulating the new market for legal marijuana in Washington state. Kleiman was quoted Friday in a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. article about marijuana legalization in Uruguay.
 
Zapping Zits With 'Friendly' Bacteria
New York's Buffalo News reported Saturday on research led by Huiying Li, assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, showing that acne bacteria contain "bad" strains associated with pimples and "good" strains that may actually protect the skin against blemishes. Li and Dr. Noah Craft, UCLA assistant professor of dermatology and a researcher at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, were quoted.
 
U.S. Military and Transgender Soldiers
Articles in Thursday's Advocate and Saturday's Riverside Press-Enterprise about the struggles of transgender military personnel cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law on the number of transgender individuals who have served in the armed forces and the number of those discharged for their sexual orientation.
 
Film Archive Spotlights Stanley Kramer
The Los Angeles Times reports today on the UCLA Film and Television Archive's retrospective series celebrating the films of producer and director Stanley Kramer, which begins Friday at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater. Shannon Kelly, head of programming for the archive, and archive director Jan-Christopher Horak are quoted.
 
Threat Closes U.S. Embassies
Jeffrey Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, was interviewed Friday on KABC-Channel 7 about the U.S. State Department issuing a global travel alert following terrorist threats against U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.
 
U.S. Still Needs to Work on Race
Saturday's Sacramento Bee featured an op-ed by Patricia Turner, UCLA dean and vice provost for undergraduate education and a professor of African-American studies and world arts and cultures, about President Obama's tenure and the work that still needs to be done to overcome racial bigotry and discrimination in the United States.
 
UC Research Now Open-Access
UCLA was referenced in Friday's Chronicle of Higher Education and Saturday's Nature in articles about the University of California's Academic Senate adopting a policy that will make all research articles freely available to the public. Christopher Kelty, UCLA associate professor of information studies and anthropology and chair of the UC system's Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, was quoted extensively in the articles.
 
World's Most Advanced Telescope
California's Sierra Sun Times reported Friday on the recent signing of a "master agreement" for the Thirty Meter Telescope, destined to become the most advanced and powerful optical telescope in the world, which researchers at UCLA the University of California will help to develop and use for research.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Jasper Kok
Kok, UCLA assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, was quote Friday in a Physics article about new research showing that midair collisions between grains of sand drastically increase the strength of sandstorms.
 
David Leaf
Leaf, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Musicology, was quoted Saturday in a Huffington Post article about what people thing are the best songs from the past 50 years based on their melodies.
 
John Rogers
Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, was quoted Saturday in a Torrance Daily Breeze article about three Southern California schools that will reopen after sweeping changes as a result of the state’s “parent-trigger” law.
 
Richard Sander
Sander, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a National Public Radio blog article about racial diversity at the nation’s universities.
 
Dr. Bert Thomas
Thomas, chief of the joint replacement service at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in an NBC News.com article about knee-replacement surgery.
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