UCLA Headlines February 21, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA's Role in Kidney-Transplant Chain
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's major role in a living-kidney transplant chain — the longest ever in the U.S., involving 60 people and 30 kidneys — was highlighted Sunday by the  New York Times and today by BBC News. Dr. Jeffrey Veale, assistant professor-in-residence of urology and director of UCLA's donor exchange program, was quoted in the Times.
 
Panel Examines Future of Football in L.A.
A panel organized by UCLA and Zócalo Public Square addressing the possibility of a National Football League franchise returning to Los Angeles was highlighted Saturday in two Los Angeles Times articles (1 | 2). Panel members included UCLA football coach Jim Mora; UCLA alumnus and former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman; Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics; and Los Angeles Times sports columnist Sam Farmer.
 
Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgeries
HealthDay News reported Monday on research led by Dr. Marc Nuwer, UCLA professor of clinical neurology, suggesting that the spinal cord should be more closely monitored during spinal and chest surgeries to reduce the chances of paralysis or loss of muscle function. Nuwer was quoted.
 
Israeli Strike on Iran Could Mean Disaster
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Dalia Dassa Kaye, a fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, cautioning against an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. 
 
Cell Asymmetry Sheds Light on Tissue Formation
An Examiner blog reported Friday on a UCLA study that found that migrating vascular cells in the body prefer to turn right when encountering changes in their environment, shedding light on how tissue is formed and organized in the body. Dr. Linda Demer, professor of medicine, physiology and bioengineering and executive vice chair of the department of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Ting-Hsuan Chen, a graduate student researcher in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, were quoted.
 
Medical Schools Revive Art of Stethoscope Use
An article in Sunday's Baltimore Sun about students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine learning how to properly use their stethoscopes cited the work of Dr. J. Michael Criley, UCLA professor emeritus of cardiology, who developed an online stethoscope tutorial. Criley was quoted.
 
UCLA Brings Latino Docs to Underserved Areas
NBC Latino.com reported Friday on UCLA's International Medical Graduates program, a training program run through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine that assists bilingual graduates from Latin American medical schools in preparing to become family physicians in California. Dr. Michelle Bholat, executive director of the program and vice chair of UCLA's family medicine department, was quoted.
 
Students Shake It for Charity
KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 reported Sunday on UCLA's 11th annual 26-hour student dance marathon, which raised money for the UCLA AIDS Institute and other pediatric AIDS organizations.
 
Stroke Association Honors Prof
The Ventura County Star reported Saturday that Dr. Jeffery Saver, clinical professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Stroke Center, has received the William Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke from the American Stroke Association at the group's 2012 international conference.
 
UCLA’s Successful Fundraising
An article in Sunday's Seattle Times about the Council on Aid to Education's recently released statistics on college fundraising cited UCLA's fundraising campaign as the most successful among public universities.
 
Trucking Activity Drops in California
The Arizona Republic reported Saturday on recent data from the Ceridian–UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks fuel purchases at interstate truck stops as a means of predicting economic changes in the U.S. Index co-creator Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted.
 
Seizure Surgery Removes Half of Brain
The Oregonian reported Friday on a toddler who underwent a cerebral hemispherectomy — the removal of half the brain — at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to treat his chronic seizures.
 
Film Tax Credit Helps California
A column in today's Tacoma News-Tribune highlights a study by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment showing that California’s film tax credit is helping to create jobs and generate revenue for the state.
 
Higher Education and Minorities
The Los Angeles Times reports today on research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA on the state of higher education for minority students and community college students. Gary Orfield, director of the Civil Rights Project and a professor of education, is quoted.
 
Why Happy Couples Divorce
The Huffington Post reported Saturday on a study by Thomas Bradbury, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, and Justin Lavner, a UCLA graduate student in clinical psychology, examining the reasons for divorce among seemingly happy couples.
 
Stem Cell Therapy Helps Improve Vision
A Houston Chronicle blog reported Friday on preliminary results from clinical trials in which Dr. Steven Schwartz, the Ahmanson Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of the retina division at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, and colleagues are testing therapies derived from human embryonic stem cells for the treatment of Stargardt’s macular dystrophy and dry age-related macular degeneration.
 
Astronomers Solve 'Vanishing Electrons' Mystery
Scientific American reported Friday on UCLA research showing that high-energy electrons in Earth’s outer radiation belt are carried away by solar winds caused by heighted solar activity. Drew Turner, an assistant researcher at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, was cited.
 
Asian American Studies Center Gives Award
Los Angeles' Rafu Shimpo reported Friday that the UCLA Asian American Studies Center has awarded USC history student Yuko Konno the Amerasia Journal Lucie Cheng Prize, named for the late UCLA sociologist, director of the Asian American Studies Center, and founder of the UCLA Center for Pacific Rim Studies.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Steven Clarke
Clarke, UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times column about the purported health benefits of vitamin C.
 
Hilary Godwin
Godwin, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about lead poisoning affecting California children.
 
Carole Goldberg
Goldberg, the Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and UCLA vice chancellor for academic personnel, was quoted Monday in an Associated Press article about American Indians tribes and civil jurisdiction.
 
David Hovda
Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted Monday in a Sacramento Bee article about a proposed facility for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in San Diego’s historic Old Town neighborhood.
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Monday in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about possible school redistricting in Atlanta.
 
Dr. David Reuben
Reuben, professor and chief of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a USA Today article about research on how to determine life expectancy for seniors. 
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article about California gun owners seeking concealed weapons permits.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Saturday in a McClatchy Newspapers article about whether lies are protected speech under the First Amendment.
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