UCLA Headlines February 19, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Understanding the Biology of Bipolar Disorder
Research led by Carrie Bearden, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, on the biology and genetics that underlie bipolar disorder was highlighted Friday by News-Medical, Saturday by Psych Central and Sunday by Health Central. Bearden was quoted in the coverage.
 
Syria: Is America Doing Enough?
UCLA professor of history James Gelvin was interviewed Monday on Al-Jazeera America about  Sen. John McCain's recent comments concerning United States' policy on Syria and about the outlook for an end to the ongoing civil war.
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How Brain Cells Process What We See
February's National Geographic magazine highlights research by UCLA's Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory aimed at unraveling how individual nerve cells in the brain process and store what the eyes see. A team led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was featured in the accompanying photos.
 
Better 'Door-to-Needle' Times for Strokes
MedPage Today reported Monday, and Healio reports today, that the American Stroke Association's "Target: Stroke" initiative led by Dr. Gregg Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, has helped to improve the quickness with which stroke patients are treated at the hospital following the onset of symptoms. Fonarow was quoted in the coverage.
 
Spirituality on Campus
Maryland's WBOC-Channel 16 today highlighted a study by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute examining college students' interest in religion and spirituality.
 
Robberies Near Campus
KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9 reported Saturday, and KNBC-Channel 4 and KTLA-Channel 5 reported Monday, on a recent string of off-campus robberies.
 
Asian-American Bias at US Colleges?
UCLA professor of law Richard Sander and UCLA visiting professor of law Nancy Leong were interviewed Tuesday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about whether Asian-American students, who tend to have high SAT scores but are rejected from highly selective universities at what may appear to be disproportionate rates, are victims of bias in admissions.  
 
Chores, Children and Romance
A Tuesday article in Time on how the division of household duties affects couples' sex lives referenced a study by the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families study that examined in intimate detail the home lives — and stress levels — of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles.
 
Restrictions on Concealed Weapons
Adam Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was cited Friday by KCAL-Channel 9 and Sunday by New York's WGDJ-1300 AM in segments about a federal appeals court overturning restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in California.
 
Rwanda President Speaks at UCLA Event
KPFK-90.7 FM reported Feb. 12 on an event sponsored by UCLA Center for World Health at which Rwandan President Paul Kagame discussed his country's progress in overcoming the horrific violence that divided it some 20 years ago. Dr. Thomas Coates, director of the center, was interviewed. 
 
Mom Meets Lifesaving Blood Donors
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported Monday 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.
 
Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Barbara Giesser, clinical professor of neurology and medical director of the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday in a Medpage Today video about the latest advances in therapy for multiple sclerosis.
 
Actress Is a Poet, Maybe
Brian Kim Stefans, UCLA assistant professor of English, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about a poem written by actress Kristen Stewart that was recently panned by many as perhaps the worst poem ever written.
 
 
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Elizabeth Gong-Guy
Gong-Guy, director of UCLA Student Counseling and Psychological Services, was quoted Feb. 11 in a Newsweek article about why mental health services at colleges and universities often fail students.
 
Rene Ong
Ong, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted Tuesday in an Arizona Central article about the construction of a $100 million observatory in Arizona.
 
Michael Prelip
Prelip, professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the licensed trucks that sell fresh produce and other items in Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, is quoted today in a Reuters article about a new drug shown to reduce agitation in Alzheimer's patients.
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