UCLA Headlines February 21, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Exercise Your Brain by Searching the Web
Syndicated television program "America Now" reported Thursday on research led by Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, showing that in computer-savvy middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet triggers key centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.
 
Creating Opportunities in Entrepreneurship
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, will donate $3.5 million for a joint program at UCLA, USC and UC Irvine that will support hands-on training for students interested in creating their own companies.
 
Recognizing Prejudices in America
The McClatchy–Tribune News Service today published an op-ed co-written by Philip Atiba Goff, UCLA assistant professor of social psychology, about how race is perceived in America and the role such perceptions may have played in incidents like the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.   
 
Protests Against Animal Research
Thursday’s Huffington Post reported on anti–animal research activists protesting outside the homes of UCLA scientists and highlighted a UCLA fact sheet illustrating how the use of laboratory animals in research has improved our understanding of the human body and has resulted in the development of lifesaving procedures and medicines.
 
Treating Strokes During 'Golden Hour'
The Los Angeles Times reported Feb. 13 on a study led by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Stroke Center, that found that while intravenous magnesium does not improve outcomes for stroke patients, the ambulance-transport system the study set in place is quick and efficient enough to allow researchers to study other potential stroke-treatment agents that could be administered within an hour of the onset of symptoms. Saver was quoted.
 
UCLA Live-Tweets Brain Surgery
An article in Tuesday’s Healthcare Informatics about the ways in which health care providers and medical centers are using social media in new and innovative ways highlighted a brain pacemaker–implant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that was tweeted live, with pictures and video, by the surgical team and hospital staff.
 
US Policy on Ukraine
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, was interviewed Thursday on CNN about the current violence in Kiev, Ukraine, and what role, if any, the United States should take in the conflict.
 
 
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Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a Washington Times column on recent gun-control initiatives by Democrats in Congress.
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