UCLA Headlines August 8, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Words We Use Reflect Our Shifting Values
A study by UCLA distinguished professor of psychology Patricia Greenfield that tracked the use of certain words in more than 1.5 million American and British books published between 1800 and 2000 to demonstrate how cultural values have changed over time was highlighted Wednesday by CBS News.com, Popular Science, Pacific Standard, Britain's Telegraph, United Press International, Science 2.0, Psych Central and Austria's Die Presse and today by Asian News International, Britain's Daily Mail, the Australian, Science Blog and RedOrbit. Greenfield was quoted in the coverage.
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
Britain's Metro reports today on research led by Steven Cole, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and 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 is quoted.
 
Latasha Harlins and the L.A. Riots
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed Wednesday on KPFK–90.7 FM’s "Four O’Clock With Jon Wiener" about her 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.
 
What Exactly Are Black Holes?
Andrea Ghez, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy who holds the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics, was interviewed today on NPR's "All Things Considered" about black holes and her role in the discovery of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
 
Dieters Likely Doomed to Fail
A column in today's Huffington Post outlining the reasons most diets tend to fail cites 2007 research by Traci Mann, (former) UCLA associate professor of psychology, and colleagues analyzing 31 long-term studies on dieting.
 
Juice Cleanses and Eternal Youth
Wednesday's Los Angeles Daily News featured a column by Claudia Grazioso, screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extension, exploring the motivations behind dieting fads and the juice-based "cleansing" craze in Los Angeles.
 
 
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David Hayes-Bautista
Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about efforts to inform and educate non–English-speaking Latinos in California about the Affordable Care Act.

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 Reuters article about research showing that African-Americans with heart failure are more likely to be hospitalized for their condition than their white counterparts.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a Washington Post profile of Nora Volkow, head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
 
Dr. Sande Okelo
Okelo, assistant professor of pediatric pulmonology at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, is quoted today in an NBC News.com article about research examining secondhand smoke exposure among asthmatic and non-asthmatic children in the U.S.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, the Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, was quoted Wednesday in a MedPage Today article about research showing that older adults with impaired blood flow in the brain showed cognitive improvement after drinking two cups of cocoa each day for a month.
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