UCLA Headlines February 13, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Hollywood Not Keeping Pace With Diversity
NPR reported today, and the Hollywood Reporter, an NPR blog and KCRW-89.9 FM’s “Which Way, L.A.?” reported Wednesday, on research led by Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and a professor of sociology, and Ana-Christina Ramon, assistant director of the Bunche Center, showing that when it comes to influential positions in the entertainment industry, minorities and women are represented at rates far below what would be expected given their percentage of the general population. Hunt and Ramon were quoted in the coverage; Hunt was interviewed on NPR.
 
UCLA No. 1 in Financial Donations
The Los Angeles Times reports today that UCLA ranked first among public universities and 11th among all universities in the U.S. in 2012–13 private giving, according to a Council for Aid to Education survey.
 
Taking Gray Wolves Off Endangered List
An article in Wednesday's Toronto Globe and Mail about a federal proposal to lift endangered-species protections on gray wolves across most of the U.S. highlighted the work of Robert Wayne, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who serves on a scientific review panel that has criticized the science behind the proposal. Wayne was quoted.
 
Tea, Morphine and Women in Art
Today’s Los Angeles Times highlights a UCLA Hammer Museum exhibition of materials drawn from a promised gift to the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts that include six-dozen prints and related ephemera dealing with women's consumption of tea and morphine in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
Exercise Strengthens Relationships
UCLA psychology professors Benjamin Karney and Thomas Bradbury, co-directors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, were interviewed Tuesday on KCRW-89.9 FM's "Press Play" about their new book, "Love Me Slender," which explores why couples who exercise together find it easier to lose weight and end up with stronger relationships.
 
UCLA’s African-American Legacy
A Los Angeles Times supplement on Wednesday included an article highlighting UCLA's connections with the African-American community and several of the campus's well-known black alumni, including Arthur Ashe, Tom Bradley, Ralph Bunche, James Lu Valle, and Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel.
 
Health Insurance and the Undocumented
Nadereh Pourat, director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about a bill in the California Senate that aims to provide health insurance and health insurance subsidies for the state's undocumented immigrants.
 
Transgender Discrimination and Suicide
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported Sunday on a study by researchers from the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute and colleagues that found that transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are at "exceptionally high" risk of attempting suicide, especially after experiencing physical or sexual discrimination or violence.
 
Students Raise Diversity Issues
An article in Tuesday's USA Today about the challenges faced by African-American students on major college campuses referenced a video made by a group of UCLA students expressing concern about the low number of black male students on campus and university admissions policies. Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor for student affairs, was quoted.
 
Predictive Policing Helps Fight Crime
Tuesday's Pasadena Star-News highlighted "predictive policing" technology based on research by UCLA professor of anthropology P. Jeffrey Brantingham and colleagues. The method applies sophisticated mathematics to urban crime patterns to help police determine which types of crime "hotspots" are most likely to be affected by intensified police actions. Brantingham was quoted.
 
Using Telemedicine to Improve MS Care
The Bakersfield Californian reported Wednesday that UCLA, Kern Medical Center and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are launching a telemedicine program that will help bring specialty multiple sclerosis care and resources to uninsured and underinsured patients. Dr. Barbara Giesser, clinical professor of neurology and medical director of the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Women Rise Against Violence
Wednesday’s Washington Times Reporter highlighted the efforts of Kimberlé Crenshaw, UCLA professor of law, in organizing the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, an international movement that raises awareness about domestic and sexual violence by encouraging victims to tell their stories through speech, dance and gatherings on Feb. 14. Crenshaw was quoted.
 
African-Americans in Law School
The Color Lines website on Monday featured a video made by black students at the UCLA School of Law outlining the challenges they face both in and out of the classroom.
 
Dealing With Cracked Teeth
Monday’s Wall Street Journal featured a Q&A with Dr. Edmond Hewlett, professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, about the causes of chipped teeth and what individuals should do after they have cracked a tooth.
 
Mom Meets Lifesaving Blood Donors
The Palisadian Post reports today, and the Malibu Times reported Feb. 6, on a reunion organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center at which a mother who almost died after hemorrhaging during childbirth at UCLA met the donors whose blood and platelets helped saved her life.
 
System Keeps Donor Lungs 'Breathing'
NPR reported Monday, and the New York Daily News reported Tuesday, on a unique organ-preservation system being used at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that allows donor lungs to function in a near-physiologic, breathing state outside the body during transport to a recipient. Dr. Abbas Ardehali, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the heart and lung transplantation program at UCLA, was quoted and interviewed.
 
Healthy Dining at UCLA's Bruin Plate
Food Management on Wednesday highlighted Bruin Plate, UCLA's newest and largest dining hall and one of the first health-themed university dining halls in the country. Daryl Ansel, director of food and beverage for UCLA Dining Services; Dolores Hernandez, nutrition education coordinator for UCLA Dining Services; Kevin Aiello, Bruin Plate’s executive chef; and Guadalupe Morales, Bruin Plate’s general manager, were 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 Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Southern California real estate market.
 
Warren Mori
Mori, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and of electrical engineering, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about physicists creating nuclear fusion reactions.
 
Peter Nonacs
Nonacs, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about efforts to make beekeeping legal in residential areas of Los Angeles.  
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