UCLA Headlines February 27, 2014

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Measuring Pollution From Refineries
An article in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times about a project to measure and report the amount of pollution coming from a Southern California oil refinery cited a study by researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that will look at levels of benzene, a carcinogenic compound, in the neighborhood surrounding the refinery.
 
Kidney Chains Save Lives
Dr. Jeffrey Veale, assistant professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of UCLA's donor exchange program, was interviewed Wednesday on the syndicated program "The Doctors" about a kidney transplant chain initiated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that involved more than a dozen donors and recipients.
 
Tylenol and the Risk of ADHD
The Press Trust of India reports today on study by researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and colleagues 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. Study author Zeyan Liew, a UCLA doctoral student in epidemiology, was cited.
 
Who Uses Public Transportation?
An article in Wednesday's Governing magazine highlighting the socioeconomic differences that separate riders of public transportation from car drivers cited research by Brian Taylor, director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, on income-level differences that exist among riders of different forms of public transportation.
 
Health of the LGBT Community
An article in Wednesday's Riverside Press-Enterprise about health disparities affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Riverside, Calif., cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found that LGBT individuals in Riverside had higher rates of asthma, cancer, depression and other ailments.
 
Introducing the Organ
The Ventura County Star reported Tuesday on an organ-related event for children at which Christoph Bull, UCLA's university organist and an adjunct associate professor of music, played and spoke.
 
Questions of Risk in Diabetes Drugs
An article in Wednesday's New York Times about studies showing little correlation between diabetes medications and pancreatic inflammation highlighted research led by Dr. Peter Butler, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of UCLA's Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center, that had initially addressed these concerns.
 
Prof to Testify in Gay Marriage Case
The Associated Press reports today that Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, will testify today in a trial to determine the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.
 
Gambling on an Academy Award
An article published today in Star News Online about this year's Academy Awards best picture nominees referenced findings from a study by UCLA associate professor of sociology Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke, a UCLA doctoral candidate in sociology, in which the researchers developed an algorithm to calculate a film's "Oscar appeal."
 
UCLA: Big Bang for Your Buck
Nerdwallet reported Tuesday that it had ranked UCLA No. 1 on its list of California colleges that offer the best education at the most reasonable price.
 
Ups and Downs of Real Estate
Paul Habibi, lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Tuesday by the Burbank Leader and the Glendale News-Press about the real estate market in those two areas.
 
 
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Greg Bryant
Bryant, UCLA assistant professor of communication studies, was quoted Wednesday in an Inside Science article about animals responding to rhythm.
 
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 HealthDay News article  about research showing blood transfusions during angioplasty may boost the risk of heart attack, stroke or death.
 
Brenda Stevenson
Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was quoted Wednesday in a Reuters article about the Academy Award–nominated film "12 Years a Slave."
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, is quoted today in an Arizona Republic article about a bill in Arizona that would have protected business owners who refused to serve gay customers on the grounds that it would conflict with their religious beliefs.
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