UCLA Headlines February 2, 2009

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Former Chief of Willed Body Program Sentenced
The Associated Press reported Saturday on the sentencing of Henry Reid, former director of UCLA's Willed Body Program, for illegally selling cadavers donated to UCLA for medical research between 1999 and 2004.
 
Did FDR Make the Depression Worse?
Today’s Wall Street Journal features an op-ed piece co-authored by Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, suggesting that poor economic policy decisions by President Franklin D. Roosevelt prolonged the Great Depression and stifled a strong economic recovery.
 
Documenting the Struggle of the Undocumented
The Los Angeles Times reports today on the challenges faced by an undocumented immigrant student enrolled as an undergraduate at UCLA. Thomas Lifka, UCLA associate vice chancellor for student academic services, and Charles Alexander, UCLA associate vice provost for student diversity and director of UCLA's Academic Advancement Program, are quoted.
 
Prof Is Sitcom’s Go-To Expert
David Saltzberg, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, was interviewed Saturday on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” about his role as a science consultant for “The Big Bang Theory,” a television sitcom that revolves around two physicists who lack social skills. Saltzberg was also featured Thursday in a Christian Science Monitor article about the accuracy of science in television shows and movies.
 
Prof Evaluates Autism Intervention Programs
A column in Friday's Orange County Register highlighted the work and research of Connie Kasari, professor of psychological studies in education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, whose most recent study examined the effectiveness of school intervention programs for children with autism.
 
Low Circumcision Rates Could Mean Greater HIV Risk
The Boston Globe reports today on a study by Arleen A. Leibowitz, professor of public policy and a researcherwith the UCLA AIDS Institute, that found that hospitals instates where Medicaid does not pay for routine male circumcisionare only about half as likely to perform the procedure, and that this disparity could lead to an increased risk of HIV infection among lower-income children later in life.
 
Household Chemicals May Be Linked to Infertility
KABC-TV Channel 7 reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. Jorn Olsen, professor and chair of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, that found that perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, may be linked to infertility in women. Olsen was interviewed.
 
Conference on U.S.–China Relations
China's Sing Tao Daily, People's Republic Daily, China Press and Chinese Daily News reported Sunday on a Jan. 30 conferenceat UCLA sponsored by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and the UCLA Asia Institute that examined the future of U.S.–China relations under the new Obama administration. KSCI-TV Channel 18 reported on the conference Jan. 30.
 
UN Racism Conference Prepares for Controversy
Today's Canberra Times (Australia) features an opinion piece by Hilary Charlesworth, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law, about the upcoming United Nations Durban Review Conference in Geneva, a follow-up to the UN's controversial 2001 conference on racism held in South Africa.
 
Most Heart Attack Patients Had 'Safe' Cholesterol Levels
USA Today reported Sunday on a study by Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, showing that nearly three-fourths of patients hospitalized for a heart attack had cholesterol levels that would indicate they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event.
 
Telling Tales Through Tango
Sunday’s Los Angeles Times reports on UCLA Live’s upcoming presentation of “Tango, Historias Breves,” a performance by Argentina's Guillermina Quiroga Dance Company.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Timothy Fong
Fong, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Impulse Control Disorders Clinic, was quoted Sunday in a Sacramento Bee article about Super Bowl betting and gambling addicts.
 
Marco Iacoboni
Iacoboni, professor-in-residence of psychiatry and director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at UCLA's Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, was quoted Saturday in a Kansas City Star article about neuroscientific research that may explain why people enjoy watching sports.
 
Ronald Johnson
Johnson, director of the UCLA Financial Aid Office, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about a decision by the California state controller to postpone distribution of income tax refunds, Cal Grants for college students, welfare checks and other payments as a result of the state budget crisis.
 
Edward Leamer
Leamer, Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan.
 
Daniel Lowenstein
Lowenstein, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Saturday in an Associated Press story about the legal battle over one of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats.
 
Daniel Nathanson
Nathanson, visiting associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times question-and-answer column about obtaining venture capital funding for Web start-ups.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Saturday in a Sacramento Bee article about predictions by economists as to how long the recession will last. Nickelsburg was also quoted Saturday in a CNNMoney.com article about California’s budget crisis.
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