UCLA Headlines February 22, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Forget History, We Want Emotion
Today's USA Today features an op-ed by Richard Walter, professor and chair of the screenwriting program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, arguing that in films based on real-life historical events, it is more important for filmmakers to convey sincere emotion than accurate facts.
 
Long Line for U.S. Naturalization
Hiroshi Motomura, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Thursday on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about immigration reform and the long waiting periods some immigrants face in the process of becoming legal U.S. residents.
 
Student Filmmaker Gets Oscar Moment
The Associated Press and KTTV- Channel 11 reported Thursday that Tatenda Mbuzdzi, a graduate student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is one of six winners of the Oscar Experience College Search for aspiring filmmakers and will help deliver Oscar statuettes to ceremony presenters onstage at Sunday's Academy Awards.
 
Opera Conductor Named UCLA Lecturer
An article in Thursday's Los Angeles Times about conductor James Conlon's work with the Los Angeles Opera referenced the fact that Conlon has been selected as a UCLA Regents Lecturer and will speak on the subjects of Verdi and Wagner on campus.
 
Something Fishy About Labels
William McCarthy, adjunct professor of psychology and of health services at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Thursday on KCAL-Channel 9 about the widespread mislabeling of seafood in Southern California, which can pose a risk to pregnant women.
 
Do You Really Need a Blood Test? 
Kavita Patel, UCLA adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM's “Air Talk” about an initiative aimed at reducing unnecessary medical procedures by health care providers.
 
Far Better Than Batteries
Domain-b and Australia's Courier Mail report today that UCLA researchers have developed a method for producing graphene-based "supercapacitors" — which can charge up to a thousand times faster than batteries — using a standard DVD burner. Richard Kaner, a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials science and engineering, and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student in Kaner's laboratory, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Cure for the Common Hangover
The Toronto Globe & Mail reports today, and the Big Think blog reported Thursday, on the development by researchers at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science of a new nanocapsule that mimics the action of the human liver, helping speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body. Yunfeng Lu, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Seals Sleep While They're Awake
Britain's Independent reported Thursday on a study by Jerome Siegel, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and colleagues revealing the brain chemistry that allows seals to remain half-awake and half-asleep at the same time. Siegel was quoted.
 
 
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Mary Marfisee
Marfisee, medical director of the UCLA School of Nursing's Health Center at the Union Rescue Mission, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about an outbreak of tuberculosis in Los Angeles' skid row area.
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