UCLA Headlines February 26, 2014

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Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA. C. Cindy Fan, UCLA professor of geography and Asian American studies and interim vice provost of the UCLA International Institute, was quoted.  
 
Tylenol and the Risk of ADHD
A study coauthored by researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health showing that children of mothers who take the painkiller acetaminophen during pregnancy have a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral issues was reported today by Reuters, Tuesday by Al Jazeera, North Dakota's KVRR-Channel 19 and Mississippi's WJTV-Channel 12, and Monday by CNN and numerous TV and radio stations nationwide. Dr. Beate Ritz, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the Fielding School, was interviewed on KVRR and quoted by CNN.
 
Measuring Pollution
KPCC-89.3 FM reported today on a device, mounted on the roof of a house near a local Valero oil refinery, that will collect data on air quality. Some of the data will be used by UCLA researchers as part of a study on the link between air pollution and breast cancer. 
 
New Compensation Models
An op-ed on performance-based compensation by David Lewin, the Neil H. Jacoby Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, appeared in Monday's New York Times.
 
Same-Sex Parenting
A Detroit Free Press article Monday about a Michigan court case on same-sex marriage cited statistics from studies by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute.
 
Mexican Drug Kingpin Arrested
Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies, was interviewed Tuesday by KTTV-Channel 11 about the capture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
 
Brains, Computers and Intelligence
KCBS-Channel 2 on Tuesday highlighted a Los Angeles Times feature of James Gimzewski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. The Times article described his research on developing robotic systems that mimic the structure and function of the human brain.
 
'Chick Flicks' and Your Marriage
Missouri's KTVI-Channel 2 reported Monday on a study by Thomas Bradbury, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, and colleagues that found that newlywed couples who regularly watched romantic comedies together and then discussed the films' themes were less likely to get divorced within three years than other couples.
 
Marijuana and Cancer
Dallas' WBAP-820 AM cited a UCLA study that found no correlation between light use of marijuana use and lung cancer, and inconclusive results for those who are heavier users of pot.
 
Students Encourage Hispanic Teens to Pursue Medicine
A health fair organized by second-year students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to motivate local high school students to consider careers in health care was covered Feb. 19 by Impacto USA and Tuesday by the EFE news wire. The wire report was syndicated by several outlets including MSN Latino. Dr. Arthur Ohannessian, clinical instructor at the UCLA Family Health Center, and several medical students were interviewed by EFE.
 
Hollywood Not Keeping Pace With Diversity
LA Biz reported Friday on research led by Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and a professor of sociology, and Ana-Christina Ramon, assistant director of the Bunche Center, showing that when it comes to influential positions in the entertainment industry, minorities and women are represented at rates far below what would be expected given their percentage of the general population. Hunt was quoted.
 
Success of L.A.'s Mexican-Americans
An article in Tuesday's Time referenced a study co-authored by Min Zhou, UCLA professor of sociology, that found that Mexican-Americans are Los Angeles' most successful immigrants.
 
 
Locked Out of Computer Science?
A Tuesday article in the Contra Costa Times on the lack of women in STEM professions cited examples from a book co-authored by Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.
 
'80s Throwback at the Hammer
Monday's Los Angeles Times highlighted "Take or Leave It: Institutions, Image, Ideology," an exhibition at UCLA's Hammer Museum. The show looks at the intersection of appropriation and social critique in the art of the 1980s.
 
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Dr. Tanya Altmann
Altmann, assistant clinical instructor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed today on KTLA-Channel 5 about the appearance of a virus with polio-like symptoms that has affected more than 20 children in California.
 
Jacob Bortnik
Bortnik, an assistant researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, is quoted today in an IEEE Spectrum article about humans' ability to control phenomena in space.
 
Dr. Camelia Davtyan
Davtyan, clinical professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KABC-Channel 7 about a New Zealand study on the value of vitamin D supplements for prevention of certain chronic diseases.
 
Mark Gold
Gold, associate director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was quoted Monday in The Atlantic in an article on California's water issues.
 
David Heber
Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Tuesday in a San Bernardino Sun article about the dispute concerning recommendations of vitamin E and beta-carotene to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer.
 
Dr. Paul Krogstad
Krogstad, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Monday on, KTLA-Channel 5 about the appearance of a virus with polio-like symptoms that has affected more than 20 children in California.
 
Lee Ohanian
Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was interviewed today on CNBC and quoted in Sunday's Columbus Dispatch on the effectiveness of the 2009 economic stimulus package on U.S. productivity growth.
 
Dr. Karol Watson
Watson, associate professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in a Monday NBC News article on the risk of heart attacks among people who have recently suffered the loss of a spouse or significant other.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Tuesday in a Fox News article about Attorney General Eric Holder's 2011 decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Today's San Diego Union Tribune referenced an op-ed penned by Winkler on the recent overturn of a San Diego gun restriction.
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