UCLA Headlines February 25, 2013

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Restoring Hidden Mural at UCLA
KCAL-Channel 9 reported Friday on a student-led effort to restore a 40-year-old mural in UCLA's Ackerman Union that depicts African American activism and history and that has been covered by a wall since renovations in the early 1990s. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.,dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed.
 
What Causes High Calcium Levels?
The Indo-Asian News Service reports today on a study led by Dr. Michael W. Yeh, associate professor of surgery and endocrinology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that unusually high calcium levels in the blood can almost always be traced to primary hyperparathyroidism, an undertreated, underreported condition that affects mainly women and the elderly. Yeh is quoted.
 
Grounding Boeing's Dreamliner
A column in today's Toronto Star about Boeing's decision to ground its 787 Dreamliner aircraft in response to mechanical problems cited research by Christopher Tang, the Carter Professor of Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining Boeing's decision to outsource most of the developmental work on the plane.
 
Weak Economic Recovery in L.A.
An article in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times examining Los Angeles' budget problems in the run-up to the mayoral election referenced research by the UCLA Anderson Forecast on employment opportunities in the city. William Yu, an economist with the Forecast, was quoted.
 
Mission Brings Smiles to India
An article in today's Times of India about an international medical team providing free cleft lip and palate surgery to Indian children highlighted the work of team member Dr. Henry Kawamoto, clinical professor of plastic surgery and surgical director of the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic. Kawamoto is quoted.
 
Thief Targets UCLA Library
KNBC-Channel 4 and KABC-Channel 7 reported Friday that UCLA police have identified a suspect in recent burglaries at UCLA's Powell Library.
 
Using 'Velcro' to Capture Cancer Cells
The Medical Quack blog reported Friday on work by Dr. Hsian-Rong Tseng, associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the UCLA Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, and colleagues on an innovative Velcro-like nanodevice that identifies and "grabs" circulating tumor cells in the blood for analyses of cancer metastasis.
 
Student Filmmaker Has Oscar Moment
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Saturday on Tatenda Mbudzi, a graduate student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television who was one of six winners of the Oscar Experience College Search for aspiring filmmakers and was preparing to help deliver Oscar statuettes to ceremony presenters onstage at Sunday's Academy Awards. Mbudzi was interviewed.
 
Seals Sleep While They're Awake
Britain's Daily Mirror reported Saturday 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.
 
Science and Sponsorship at UCLA
A column in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times highlighted contributions made to UCLA's Center for Human Nutrition and UCLA medical researchers by the nutritional supplement firm Herbalife. Dr. David Heber, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition; Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Dr. Jenny Kim, associate professor of dermatology and director of the UCLA Clinic for Acne, Rosacea and Aesthetics; and Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, were cited.
 
Dispute Over Primate Center
The Associated Press reported Sunday on a legal dispute between UCLA and Wake Forest University Health Sciences over the management of a jointly operated primate research center in Forsyth County, N.C.
 
Drone Surveillance at Home
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Friday on KCET’s SoCal Connected about the future of expanded drone-aircraft surveillance in the United States and its implications for privacy and civil liberties.
 
A Cure for the Common Hangover?
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.
 
Confronting the Doctor Shortage
A KPCC-89.3 FM blog article about how the anticipated shortage of primary care physicians in the United States will affect consumers, particularly with the expansion of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, cited the views of several medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
UCLA Opens Field Station for Conservation Studies
The Topanga Messenger reported Thursday on the opening of UCLA's new La Kretz Center Field Station in the Santa Monica Mountains, which provides a new headquarters and center of operations for the university's La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. Brad Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was quoted.
 
 
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Dr. Andrew Da Lio
Lio, clinical professor and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a USA Today article about Americans and cosmetic surgery.
 
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.
Gilliam, dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about the upcoming Los Angeles mayoral election.
 
Dr. Jody Heymann
Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a New York Times article about maternity, family and medical leave in the United States.
 
Don Nakanishi
Nakanishi, director emeritus of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times obituary for philanthropist and longtime UCLA supporter George Aratani.
 
Donald Shoup
Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a Toronto Star article about residential development and parking in Toronto.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," was quoted Sunday in a New York Newsday article about a recent spike in gun applications in New York's Long Island.
 
Dr. Lorraine Young
Young, clinical professor of medicine and co-chief of clinical dermatology services at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about what types of soaps to use and avoid when washing your hands.  
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