UCLA Headlines February 3, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Mom Meets Lifesaving Blood Donors
KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KTTV-Channel 11, Univision-Channel 34 and Spanish-language wire service EFE reported Friday on a reunion organized by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center at which a mother who almost died after hemorrhaging during childbirth at UCLA met the donors whose blood and platelets helped saved her life.
 
When Good Cholesterol Goes Bad
Dr. Andrew Watson, associate professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on KABC-Channel 7 about recent study findings showing that HDL or "good" cholesterol can turn "bad" when it attaches to artery walls, leading to coronary artery disease.
 
Enlarging Your Home With Robotics
Computer World reported Friday on a project run by the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design's Suprastudio program in which graduate students are focusing on designing intelligent robotic buildings that would be able to change their configuration to adapt to their owners' needs. Julia Köerner, a UCLA architecture and urban design lecturer, and Greg Lynn, professor of architecture and urban design and Suprastudio program director, were quoted.
 
Pump Keeps Girl's Heat Beating
Dr. Juan Alejos, clinical professor of pediatric cardiology and medical director of the pediatric heart transplant program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on
Univision's "Primer Impacto" about a 15-year-old UCLA patient who has been transplanted with an artificial pump to keep her heart beating while she waits for a heart transplant.
 
Assessing California's Drought
Glen MacDonald, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, was interviewed Friday on NBC's "Nightly News" about the historical significance and potential impact of the current drought emergency in California.
 
Women Rise Against Violence
Kimberlé Crenshaw, UCLA professor of law, was interviewed today on the syndicated radio program "Democracy Now" about women's activism around the globe the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, an international movement that raises awareness about domestic and sexual violence by encouraging victims to tell their stories through speech, dance and gatherings on Feb.14.
 
The Developing Adolescent Brain
Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-founder of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, was interviewed Sunday on  Pennsylvania's WHYY-90.9 FM about his book "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain," which explores teenage behavior and the development of the adolescent brain.
 
California Flu Deaths Increase
Dr. Suzanne Donovan, UCLA associate clinical professor of infectious diseases, was interviewed Friday on KCBS-Channel 2 about deaths from the flu, which in California have already reached 147 — significantly more than last year.
 
Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks
KABC-Channel 7 and KNX-1070 AM reported Sunday on a study by Sander Greenland, professor of statistics and of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues showing that men over the age of 65 and men under 65 with a history of heart disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack after beginning testosterone therapy.
 
'Chick Flicks' and Your Marriage
The Huffington Post reported Sunday 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. 
 
Bringing Movies Back to Hollywood
An article in Sunday's Politico about state legislation aimed at offering tax breaks to lure more Hollywood productions back to California referenced a UCLA study showing that under the state's current tax-credit program for film production, every dollar spent brings in $1.04.
 
Scientific Pride and Prejudice
Sunday's New York Times featured an op-ed by Michael Chwe, UCLA associate professor of political science, about bias and the selective use of data in scientific studies and the lessons "hard science' researchers may be able to learn from scholars in the humanities.
 
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Nurse.com reported Friday that Salpy Akaragian, clinical education specialist and director of international nursing programs in the UCLA Department of Nursing Research and Education, was honored with a 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM Award for her volunteerism and service. Dr. Akira Ishiyama, UCLA professor of head and neck surgery, was quoted.
 
A Stronger Putin Welcomes Olympics
Today's CNN.com features an op-ed by Daniel Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, outlining how Russian President Vladimir Putin has bounced back from political challenges and rejuvenated his leadership, both domestically and globally, over the past two years.
 
Free Admission at the Hammer
The LAist reported Friday that the UCLA Hammer Museum will start admitting visitors free of charge beginning Feb. 9.
 
The Rise of the Neurotics
The New York Times reported Saturday on research by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining the ways in which extroverts and introverts perform on team tasks. Bendersky was quoted.
 
Dangers of Childhood Obesity
The Atlanta Black Star reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. Neal Halfon, professor of pediatrics, public health and public policy and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, that found that obese children are at far greater risk for a variety of other immediate health problems than was previously thought. Halfon was quoted.
 
 
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Timothy Fong
Fong, associate professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Impulse Control Disorders Clinic, was quoted Thursday in a Washington Post article about casinos attempting to appeal to an Asian clientele.
 
Dr. Nelson Freimer
Freimer, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, was quoted Thursday in an article in Britain's Guardian about the difficulties of recreating human brain disorders in animal test subjects.
 
Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Mitchell, professor emeritus of management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor emeritus of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a USA Today article about political disagreements between governors and state lawmakers from their own party.
 
Dr. Mark Morocco
Morocco, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate residency director of emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Friday in an ABC News.com article about hypothermia and a woman who was trapped outdoors overnight after getting her hand stuck underneath the hood of her car.
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