UCLA Headlines December 6, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Remembering Nelson Mandela
Several UCLA faculty members were interviewed about the death of Nelson Mandela, among them:
 
Edward Alpers, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Thursday by KCBS-Channel 2, KCRW-89.9 FM, San Francisco's KKSF-910 AM, a KPCC blog, the Boston Herald and other outlets about his work with representatives of the African National Congress and his memories of seeing Mandela at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1990.
 
Edmond Keller, a research professor in political science, director of UCLA's Globalization Research Center–Africa and former director of UCLA's James S. Coleman African Studies Center, was interviewed Thursday on KCBS-Channel 2, KFWB-980 AM and other outlets about Mandela and the 1980s protests against apartheid at UCLA.
 
William Worger, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Thursday on Al Jazeera America about his personal meetings with Mandela and Mandela's life and legacy. Worger was also quoted in an NPR blog on Mandela.
 
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about film portrayals of Nelson Mandela.
 
Anderson Forecast: 'Tepid' Growth This Quarter
KCAL-Channel 9, KPCC-89.3 FM and San Francisco's KCBS-740 AM reported Thursday on the UCLA Anderson Forecast's latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies. Forecast senior economists Jerry Nickelsburg and David Shulman were quoted in the coverage.
 
Neglected Kids and 'Indiscriminate Friendliness'
Thursday's Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register; Wednesday's News Medicalt; Tuesday's Sierra Sun Times, Asian News International and the Business Standard; and Monday's Science World Report and Medical Daily highlighted research by Dr. Aviva Olsavsky, a resident physician in psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Dr. Nim Tottenham, a UCLA associate professor of psychology, that found that children who have experienced profound neglect are more prone to a behavior known as "indiscriminate friendliness," characterized by an inappropriate willingness to approach adults, including strangers.
 
Affordable Care Act in California
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed Thursday on San Francisco's KCBS-740 AM about the estimated number of uninsured Californians who will sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
 
Same-Sex Marriages
An Associated Press story on Thursday about the number of same-sex marriages in the state of Washington during the past year cited statistics from the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute.
 
Long-term Health Concerns About Adderall
Dr. Karen Miotto, professor of psychiatry and director of the Addiction Medicine Service in the
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about the increasing non-prescription use of the ADHD drug Adderall by people to enhance their cognitive skills.
                  
UCLA, Cedars Partner on Rehab Center
The Los Angeles Daily News 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.
 
Diverticulosis Progression
MedPage Today reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. Brennan Spiegel, associate professor of digestive diseases and gastroenterology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that colonic diverticulosis progresses to acute diverticulitis more rarely than previously thought, especially among older patients.
 
Words and Music With Meaning at UCLA
Today's Los Angeles Times highlights two upcoming events at UCLA's Royce Hall: composer Mohammed Fairouz's epic "Symphonic Prayers and Poems" and a lecture by French philosopher Alain Badiou.  

 
QUOTABLE:
 
Shana Alex Lavarreda
Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times story about California's health insurance exchange struggling to keep pace with customer demand.
 
Richard Walter
Walter, professor and chair of the screenwriting program at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in an Agence France-Presse story about a recent increase in explicit sexual content in cable TV shows like "Masters of Sex."
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