UCLA Headlines February 22, 2012

Hyperactive Brain Networks and Depression
USA Today, the Daily Beast and San Francisco's KCBS-106.9 FM reported Tuesday on research by Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that the multiple symptoms of depression may be linked to malfunctions in brain networks rather than problems in individual areas of the brain. Leuchter was quoted in the coverage.
Virginia Bill Could Deny Children Homes
A Reuters article published Tuesday about legislation in Virginia that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to make placement decisions based on religious and moral beliefs cited research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute estimating that 40,000 lesbians and gay men in Virginia may be prospective adoptive parents.
Tandem Solar Cells Set Record
Technology Review reports today that researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have developed layered polymer solar cells that have set a world record for efficiency in converting sunlight into power. Yang Yang, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, was quoted.
Stamping out Meth a Difficult Task
A column in today's Oregonian assessing Oregon's effort to combat methamphetamine production and use cites a study by Mary-Lynn Brecht, adjunct professor of nursing and a researcher with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, and colleagues examining production processes used by Mexican manufacturers of the drug.

Debate on Controversial Michigan Law
An article in Wednesday's Detroit News about a Detroit forum examining Michigan’s controversial emergency manager law cited the participation of UCLA professor of law Kenneth Klee. Klee was quoted.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Tuesday in a Reuters article about a new study examining heart attack symptoms in men and women.
Jane Shen-Miller
Shen-Miller, a researcher with the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was quoted Tuesday in a Christian Science Monitor article about the successful regeneration of a living plant from 30,000-year-old plant tissue.
Kent Wong
Wong, director of UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the unionization of carwash workers in Los Angeles.
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