UCLA Headlines August 9, 2010

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Bunche Center Book Looks at Black L.A.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities,” a new book of essays on the city's African American history and culture co-edited by Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Ana-Christina Ramón, the center's assistant director. Hunt and Ramón were quoted.
 
Discovery Could Help Fight Against Cancer
Asian News International reported Sunday on a study by UCLA researchers that uncovered the role played by a protein in transporting RNA from a cell's nucleus to its mitochondria, the cellular body that generates most of a cell's energy. The finding has implications for treating certain cancers that rely on cellular energy to grow and spread. Dr. Michael Teitell, professor of pathology and laboratory science and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Carla Koehler, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher, were quoted.
 
Vacation Gap Between Europe, U.S.
Friday's New York Times featured an op-ed by Peter Baldwin, UCLA professor of history and author of "The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike," comparing work hours, vacation time and stress levels among Americans and Europeans.
 
American Museums Face Challenges
Ann Philbin, director of the UCLA Hammer Museum, was interviewed for a Thursday New York Times feature in which museum directors, artists and business executives addressed the challenges facing New York's Brooklyn Museum and other U.S. museums in a difficult economic climate.
 
Prof Weighs in on National Economy
Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was interviewed Thursday on FOX Business News about the current state of the U.S. economy. The remote interview was conducted at the UCLA Broadcast Studio.
 
Lunar Rocks, Earth Rocks Much Different
The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday on a study in which UCLA researchers and colleagues analyzed the chemical composition of moon rocks and found them to be much drier than rocks from Earth.
 
Social Stress Causes Inflammation
The Times of India reports today on a study led by George Slavich, a postdoctoral scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Shelley Taylor, UCLA professor of psychology and sociology, that found that social stress and rejection can trigger inflammation that increases the risk of asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and other maladies.
 
Racism and Kids' Mental Health
The Chicago Daily Herald reported Sunday on a 2009 study by researchers from UCLA and the RAND Corp. that found that perceived racial or ethnic discrimination is not uncommon among fifth-graders and that it may have a negative impact on children's mental health. Dr. Tumaini Coker, clinical instructor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and an associate natural scientist at RAND, was quoted.
 
 
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Lawrence Doyle
Doyle, adjunct assistant professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Whittier Daily News article about a shortage of primary care physicians in low-income and minority communities.
 
Dr. Gregg C. 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 Los Angeles Times article about the potential side effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
 
Gerald Kominski
Kominski, professor of public health and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is quoted today in a San Bernardino Sun article about a new California health insurance program for people with pre-existing conditions.
 
Patricia McDonough
McDonough, professor of higher education and organizational change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, was quoted Saturday in a Dallas Morning News op-ed about developing a college-going culture in the U.S.
 
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Friday in a New York Times article about U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s proposal to amend the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to those born in the U.S.
 
Chon Noriega
Noriega, professor of film, television and digital media and director of UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about Dora the Explorer, the bilingual Latina children’s television character.
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a San Bernardino Sun article about efforts to increase the number of registered Latino voters in San Bernardino County.
 
Kal Raustiala
Raustiala, professor of law and director of UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, was quoted Thursday in a New York Times blog article about copyright protection in the U.S. fashion industry.
 
Dylan H. Roby
Roby, assistant adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and a research scientist with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Saturday in a Contra Costa Times article about hospitals' and physicians' increasing use of electronic medical records.
 
An Yin
Yin, UCLA professor of geology, was quoted Friday in a RedOrbit article about a study tracing the formation of the Himalayas through a genetic analysis of frogs.
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