UCLA Headlines December 4, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Fighting the Stigma of HIV
Alabama.com reported Tuesday on a presentation of "Through Positive Eyes," a participatory photography project conceived by UCLA professor of world arts and cultures David Gere and photojournalist Gideon Mendel that encourages HIV positive individuals to share their stories. The project operates in conjunction with the UCLA Art and Global Health Center.
 
Banning Discrimination in Workplace
An op-ed published Monday in Louisiana's Shreveport Times about the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act highlighted a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that a majority of Americans in every U.S. congressional district support laws banning employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
 
What's the Best Way to Sell Marijuana?
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was featured today in a Los Angeles Times article and video highlighting his expertise on drug policy in the U.S. and his work on developing rules and policies to help Washington state properly regulate and tax its market for legal marijuana.
 
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
An Associated Press article published today about former players suing the NFL over head injuries cited a brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of retired football players who had suffered concussions.
 
Kidney Chain Saves Lives, Forms Bonds
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on a reunion of individuals who participated in a kidney transplant chain initiated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that involved more than a dozen donors and recipients. Dr. Jeffrey Veale, assistant professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of UCLA's donor exchange program, was quoted.
 
Docs 'Vacuum' Huge Clot From Patient's Heart
Wisconsin’s WFRV-Channel 5 reported today on a minimally invasive procedure performed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in which doctors used a new device to "vacuum" a 24-inch blood clot from a patient's heart, sparing him from open-heart surgery. Dr. John Moriarty, an interventional radiologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed.
 
Hidden High Tax Rates
Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was interviewed today on KABC-790 AM's "Larry Elder Show"  about a 2012 Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he argued against President Obama's plan to raise taxes on wealthy Americans.
 
Rare Heart–Liver Transplant
New York’s WCBS-Channel 2 and the Fresno Bee reported Friday, and the Visalia Times reported Saturday, on a woman who received a rare double heart–liver transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Abbas Ardehali, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of UCLA's heart and lung transplantation program; Dr. Ronald Busuttil, executive chair of the surgery department and chief of UCLA's division of liver and pancreas transplantation; and Dr. Mario Deng, professor of cardiology and medical director of the UCLA Advanced Heart Failure–Mechanical Support–Heart Transplant Program, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Where Goes California...
Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor of history and a member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was featured in the Nov. 25 episode of the Al Jazeera series "Empire," which looked at how developments in California, New York and Texas influence the rest of the U.S.
 
UCLA, Cedars Partner on Rehab Facility
An Examiner blog reported Tuesday that the UCLA Health System, Cedars–Sinai Medical Center and health care company Select Medical are partnering to open a 138-bed medical rehabilitation facility in the former Century City Hospital. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted.
 
Making Movies With Google Glass
The International Digital Times reports today that Google has provided student filmmakers at five colleges and universities, including UCLA, with its new Google Glass headsets to explore how the wearable computing device can be used to make movies. Jeff Burke, assistant dean for technology and innovation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted.
 
 
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Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times article about younger homebuyers increasingly turning to condos as single-family home prices rise.
 
Elizabeth Roth-Johnson
Roth-Johnson, a doctoral candidate in molecular biology who runs UCLA’s "Science and Food" blog, was quoted Tuesday in an NPR "The Salt" blog article about the science behind baking cookies.
 
Howard Suber
Suber, professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Tuesday in a Bloomberg article about the death of actor Paul Walker and the future of the “Fast and the Furious” film franchise.
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