UCLA Headlines February 20, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Crowdfunding Platform Launched
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about the growing use of online crowdfunding to support scientific research highlighted the newly launched UCLA Spark, a university website that aims to attract critical fundraising support for innovative projects by UCLA faculty and official student organizations. Edward Miracco, a UCLA postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry, was quoted.
 
School Suspensions of Black Students
A column in today's New York Times about bias against African-Americans in the criminal justice system and in public schools cited a study led by Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, showing that African-American students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts across the U.S.
 
Hollywood Not Keeping Pace With Diversity
LA Weekly reported Tuesday, and Britain's Daily Mail reports today, 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 was quoted in the Daily Mail.
 
UCLA, USC Students Join to Discuss Racism
KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KTTV-Channel 11, KPCC-89.3 FM and KNX-1070 AM reported Wednesday on a joint meeting held by students from UCLA and USC to discuss issues of racism after a racially insensitive and misogynistic flier was sent to Asian-American studies centers at both campuses. Maria Blandizzi, executive director of student services initiatives at UCLA, was interviewed on KPCC.
 
When Women Prefer 'Manly' Men
Tech Times reported Tuesday on a study led by Martie Haselton, UCLA professor of psychology and communication studies, that found that women tend to be more attracted to men with dominant behaviors and masculine body types during ovulation than during the rest of their reproductive cycle. Haselton was quoted.
 
And You Thought All the Shapes Were Gone
The discovery by Stan Schein, UCLA professor of cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience, and James Gayed, a UCLA behavioral neuroscience researcher, of class of convex, equilateral polyhedra — the first new class of shapes described in 400 years — was highlighted Tuesday by the Blaze, Monday by Britain's Daily Mail and Friday by the Conversation. Schein and Gayed were quoted in the coverage.
 
Making Artificial Heart Valves Safer
The Conversation reported Tuesday, and Britain's Guardian reported Wednesday, on research by UCLA scientists and colleagues showing that they can reduce the risk of blood clots in patients with artificial heart valves by coating the valves with a catalyst that uses the patient's own blood to make an anticoagulant.
 
Can Pollution Affect Babies' Head Size?
KNX-1070 AM reported Wednesday on a study led by Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences and chair of the epidemiology department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, showing that pregnant women living near busy freeways in Los Angeles are more likely to deliver babies with smaller heads. Ritz was interviewed.
 
Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks
Al-Jazeera America reported today on a study by Sander Greenland, professor of statistics and of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues showing that men over the age of 65 and men under 65 with a history of heart disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack after beginning testosterone therapy.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, was quoted Tuesday in a MedPage Today article about a new drug shown to reduce agitation in Alzheimer's patients.
 
Daniel Treisman
Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, is quoted today in a Toronto Star article about Russian President Vladimir Putin's political influence over Ukraine.
 
Dr. Paul Vespa
Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuro-intensive care unit, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about a family caring for a son who is in a persistent vegetative state.   
 
Adam Winker
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Washington Times article about three Second Amendment cases that could be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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