UCLA Headlines February 19, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Cure for the Common Hangover
The development by researchers at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and colleagues of a new nanocapsule that mimics the action of the human liver and helps speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body, was covered Sunday by MIT Technology Review, the Scientist, Britain's Daily Mail and Gizmodo and Monday by Wired UK, Smart Planet, the New York Daily News, the Verge, the Irish Sun, Asian News International, the Digital Journal, Geekosystem and Britain's Metro. Yunfeng Lu, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Governments Fail to Support Children
A study by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, and colleagues that reveals how millions of children across the globe face conditions that limit their opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential was highlighted Wednesday by the Inter Press Service News Agency and Saturday by the New York Times. Heymann was quoted in the coverage.
 
Obama and Climate Change
Ann Carlson, professor of law and faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Saturday on Public Radio International's "Living on Earth" about President Obama's policy proposals for dealing with climate change.
 
Students Shake It for Charity
UCLA's annual 26-hour student dance marathon, which raises money for the UCLA AIDS Institute and several pediatric AIDS organizations, was covered Saturday by Phoenix's KPNX-Channel 12 and KABC-Channel 7 and Sunday by KTTV-Channel 11.
 
Mathematical Key to Happiness
Public Television's "Between the Lines" reported Sunday on research by Rakesh Sarin, the Paine Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, examining how to build a meaningful life by setting goals and making progress toward them. Sarin was interviewed.
 
LGBT Across the U.S.A.
Gary Gates, a senior research fellow with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Sunday on NPR and CBS Radio about a new poll by Gallup and UCLA offering a state-by-state breakdown of the percentage of individuals in the U.S. who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Florida's WFLA-970 AM reported on the findings Monday, and the Los Angeles Times reported on them Friday. Gates was quoted in the Times.
 
Black Students Expelled at Higher Rates
Daniel Losen, a researcher with Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was interviewed today on Las Vegas' KNPR-88.9 FM about a new study showing that African American students are suspended and expelled at disproportionately high rates in Nevada's Clark County School District.
 
Teachers Get Bullied Too
Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed today on NPR's "Morning Edition" about cyber-bullying targeting teachers and a new North Carolina law that makes it a crime to intimidate or torment teachers online.
 
Nerve Stimulation May Help Depression
Britain’s Telegraph reported Sunday on research by Dr. Christopher M. DeGiorgio, UCLA professor of neurology, and Dr. Ian A. Cook, the Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that mild electrical stimulation of a major nerve emanating from the brain can help reduce symptom severity in individuals suffering from depression. DeGiorgio was quoted.
 
Cyber-Bullying and the Dead Sea Scrolls
An article in Saturday's New York Times about a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar's son convicted for anonymously harassing academics who disagreed with his father's scholarship referenced Robert Cargill, former instructional technology coordinator at UCLA's Center for Digital Humanities and an adjunct professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures, who was one of the targets of the harassment and who played a central role in exposing the perpetrator. Cargill was quoted.
 
Fighting Crime Smarter
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald today highlights research by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, suggesting that instead of making criminal punishments more severe, authorities should focus on increasing the odds that given groups of criminals will be apprehended and punished quickly. Kleiman is quoted.
 
Learning From Past Societies
Australia's Age reports today on "The World Until Yesterday," a new book by Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, that explores what traditional societies can teach modern industrialized civilization in the way of health habits, social interaction and politics. Diamond is quoted.
 
Police Investigate Attempted Sexual Battery
The Westwood–Century City Patch reported Wednesday, and KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5 and KABC-790 AM reported Monday, that UCLA police are investigating an attempted sexual battery that occurred Feb. 8 in Westwood Village.
 
Seizure Surgeries Remove Half of Brain
Britain's Daily Mail reported Monday, and Huffpost Live reported Friday, on a young girl who underwent a cerebral hemispherectomy — the removal of half the brain — at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to treat her chronic seizures caused by Rasmussen's encephalitis. The girl's surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, was quoted and interviewed.
 
UCLA Course on Environment and Journalism
Two Discover blogs (1 | 2) on Thursday highlighted a course taught by Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor in the UCLA Department of History and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, called "Environmental Journalism, Science Communications, and New Media."
 
Drones in America
Sunday's Daily Beast featured an op-ed by Kal Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, about the potential use of drone aircraft as a tool for surveillance and targeted assassinations in the United States.
 
Library to Preserve Mideast Tweets
An article in Sunday's Boston Globe about how Mali's libraries have suffered during the recent civil war cited a UCLA Library project to digitize, preserve and provide public access to Facebook postings, tweets, smart-phone photos and other ephemeral media that illustrate life and politics in the Middle East, including the events of the Arab Spring.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Anne Coleman
Coleman, director of the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic and director of community outreach programs for the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Medscape Medical News article about the treatment of open-angle glaucoma.
 
Stacie Furia
Furia, a research sociologist with the Palm Center at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a Ventura County Star article about the lifting of the military’s ban of women serving in combat.
 
Jan-Christopher Horak
Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about how violence is portrayed in films around the world and how various cultures react to it.
 
Kenneth Klee
Klee, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a Washington Post blog article about challenges to the constitutionality of President Obama's Wall Street reforms.
 
Valorie Kondos Field
Kondos Field, UCLA head women's gymnastics coach, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about competition.
 
Jorja Leap
Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times story about her participation in Project Fatherhood, a support group for men living in the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts, Calif.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, is quoted today in a Washington Post article about rising taxes and California's economy.
 
Donald Shoup
Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in a Baltimore Sun article about parking problems in fast-growing Canton, Md.
 
Peter Sinsheimer
Sinsheimer, executive director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about the connection between the growing popularity of “organic” dry cleaners and neighborhood gentrification.
 
Paul Warren
Warren, an associate research geophysicist at the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about the discovery of “native” water on the moon.
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