UCLA Headlines February 24, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Melanoma Drug Doubles Patient Survival Times
Agence France-Presse reported Thursday on a study by researchers from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues showing that a newly approved drug for metastatic melanoma nearly doubles the median survival time for patients with a common genetic mutation. Dr. Antoni Ribas, professor of hematology–oncology and a Jonsson Cancer Center researcher, was quoted.
 
'Nanoscience' Art on Display at UCLA
A New Scientist blog reports today on a UCLA Art|Sci gallery exhibition of art by Patricia Olynyk, whose work is influenced by microscopy and biomedical imaging technologies. The article references the UCLA Art|Sci Center + Lab, which operates the gallery.
 
UCLA, Motion Picture Fund Launch Geriatric Unit
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s new fundraising campaign highlighted a new geriatric psychiatric unit being launched by the fund and the UCLA Health System at the fund's Woodland Hills campus.
 
Helping Build UCLA's Library in the Early Years
A profile of the late poet and rare-book dealer Jake Zeitlin in Thursday's Echo Park Patch
referenced Zeitlin's role in helping build the collections of the UCLA Library in the 1920s and '30s. The article also cited former UCLA University Librarian Lawrence Clark Powell.
 
Using Polymer Film to Capture Cancer Cells
PhysOrg reports today on the development by UCLA researchers and colleagues of a nano-scale polymer film that can identify and capture circulating tumor cells — which play a crucial role in cancer metastasis — in the blood.
 
Surprising Link Between Head Injury, PTSD
PsychCentral reported Sunday on research by Michael Fanselow, professor of psychology and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and Maxine Reger, a UCLA psychology graduate student in Fanselow's lab, showing the first evidence of a causal link between traumatic brain injury and an increased susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder. Fanselow and Reger were quoted.
 
Fighting Childhood Obesity
The San Fernando Sun reported Thursday on research led by Dr. Wendy Slusser, UCLA associate professor of pediatrics and public health and director of the Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, showing that a new parent-training program was highly effective in reducing the risk of low-income Latino preschoolers being overweight and obese. Slusser and study co-author Fred Frankel, UCLA professor of psychiatry, were quoted.
 
Kid Develops Apps, Donates to UCLA
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Thursday on a former UCLA pediatric patient who has donated more than $20,000 in proceeds from sales of various iPhone apps he has developed to benefit pediatric cancer research and the Chase Child Life Program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Dr. Noah Federman, assistant professor of pediatric hematology–oncology and a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was interviewed.
 
Black Intellectuals Differ on Obama
Today's Huffington Post features a column by Mark Sawyer, associate professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, about a recent heated debate between two prominent African American scholars over the Obama presidency.
 
Students Shake It For Charity
Telemundo reported Thursday on UCLA's 11th annual 26-hour student dance marathon, which raised money for the UCLA AIDS Institute and other pediatric AIDS organizations.
 
Dentistry for Underprivileged Students
Dr. Bicuspid reported Thursday on the UCLA School of Dentistry’s ongoing efforts to make the dental profession and dental science available to students from underprivileged backgrounds. Dr. Marvin Marcus, chair of the school’s public health and community dentistry division, was quoted.
 
 
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Michael Chwe
Chwe, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Monday in a Newsweek article about the Republican presidential debates.
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