UCLA Headlines August 6, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Personal TV and the Communal Experience
An article in Monday's Wired about the social consequences of people viewing media alone on mobile devices rather than together featured the expert commentary of Patricia Greenfield, distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children's Digital Media Center at UCLA, and cited a study by Greenfield that looked at the changing attitudes of high school students during the recent recession.
 
Uncovering the Brain's GPS
The Press Trust of India reported Monday on 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. Fried was quoted.
 
Selling Pot the Right Way
An article in Monday's Seattle Times about the legalization of marijuana in Washington state featured expert commentary by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, on how Seattle's City Council can develop sensible regulations for pot-growing operations in the city.
 
UC Research Now Open-Access
The Contra Costa Times reported Monday that the University of California's Academic Senate has adopted a policy making 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.
 
World's Most Advanced Telescope
The Imperial Valley News reported Sunday 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.
 
Home Sweet Chaos
A column in Monday's Pacific Standard about how the Internet and other technologies have made it easier to perform many tasks from home cited a study by the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) examining in intimate detail the home lives and habits of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles. Jeanne Arnold, UCLA professor of anthropology and a CELF researcher, was quoted.
 
Social Security: To Wait or Not to Wait
An article Monday’s U.S. News and World Report about how young people can start saving for retirement referenced research by Suzanne Shu, assistant professor of marketing at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, on factors that determine the age at which retired people decide to claim their Social Security benefits.
 
Selling Guns on the Internet
Adam Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Monday on San Francisco’s KCBS Radio about individuals buying firearms over the Internet without having to undergo background checks.
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
Britain's BioNews reported Monday 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.
 
L.A.'s Hit-and-Run Epidemic
Madeline Brozen, director of the Complete Streets Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “AirTalk” about ways in which Los Angeles can crack down on the high number of hit-and-run accidents in the city.
 
More Eligible for Medi-Cal in State
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Monday on research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research indicating that due to the current state of California’s economy, more state residents than previously expected may be eligible for Medi-Cal when the program expands in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act.  
 
 
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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, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about research showing that monitoring your blood pressure at home can help control hypertension.
 
Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson
Laugeson, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Help Group–UCLA Autism Research Alliance, was quoted Monday in an Atlantic article about dating among people with autism.  
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