UCLA Headlines February 4, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Pesticides, Genes and Parkinson's
HealthDay News and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Monday, and Michigan's WJBK-Channel 2 reported today, on a study led by Dr. Jeff Bronstein, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Movement Disorders Program, identifying a gene variant that greatly increases the chances of developing Parkinson's disease among individuals who have been exposed to high levels of pesticides. Bronstein was quoted.
 
Boosting Productivity Growth
Monday's Wall Street Journal featured an op-ed co-written by Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, offering advice on how to reverse the recent decline in U.S. productivity growth.  
 
Alleviating Drought With Seawater
Yoram Cohen, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Monday on KCBS-Channel 2 about efforts to create viable large-scale desalination plants in California.
 
Improving Patient Care With Telemedicine
An Examiner blog reported Monday on recent research co-authored by Dr. Molly Coyle, chief innovation officer for the UCLA Health System, highlighting how telemedicine and personal health technologies will help make health care delivery more efficient and cost-effective for both patients and doctors.
 
State of the Economy
Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed Monday on KQED-88.5 FM's "Forum" about the current state of the U.S. economy.
 
Claim Filed Against UCLA Police
The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, City News Service, the Chronicle of Higher Education, KCBS-Channel 2, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KFWB-980 AM, KPCC-89.3 FM and KCRW-89.9 FM reported today and Monday that a judge has filed a claim against UCLA police.
 
Boosting Diversity in Hollywood
Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and a professor of sociology, was interviewed today for a KPCC-89.3 FM story about a partnership between Black List, an online service that ranks the top unproduced scripts and pilots in Hollywood, and several television networks that aims to increase the visibility of projects by minority screenwriters.
 
Pomegranate Product Research Explored
Today's Chronicle of Higher Education highlights David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA research on the potential health benefits of pomegranate products and the connection between researchers and a pomegranate products company. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted; Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the Geffen School, and Dr. David Heber, professor at the Geffen School and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, were cited. An accompanying CHE article profiled the UCLA School of Law's Resnick Program for Food and Law Policy and its executive director, Michael T. Roberts. Roberts was quoted.
 
Same-Sex Couples and Children
An article in today's New York Times profiling a lesbian couple from Bronx, N.Y., who have cared for more than 20 foster children cited research by Gary Gates, senior research fellow at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that black and Hispanic same-sex couples are more likely to have children than similar white couples. Gates is quoted.
 
California's Crisis of Unpaid Wages
The Stockton Record on Monday highlighted a study by researchers at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and colleagues showing that thousands of workers in California have been unsuccessful at collecting unpaid wages from their employers, even when state authorities have ruled in their favor and ordered the employers to pay.
 
Al Jazeera Reports on Aging Heart
Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center and assistant clinical professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Sunday on Al Jazeera America about aging, the human heart and potential treatments for heart disease.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Scot Brown
Brown, UCLA associate professor of history, was quoted Monday in a USA Today article about an upcoming VH1 documentary exploring funk's influence on the development of popular music.
 
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Washington Post article about groups calling for President Obama to halt deportations of undocumented immigrants.
 
Dr. Shaun Hussain
Hussain, assistant clinical professor of pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Friday in an Orange County Register column about the relationship between physicians and the pharmaceutical industry.
 
Dr. Ronald Swerdloff
Swerdloff, UCLA professor of endocrinology, is quoted today in a New York Times article about the potential cardiovascular risks of testosterone therapy.
 
Dr. Kristen Tillisch
Tillisch, associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the neuroimaging core at UCLA's Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, was quoted Sunday in an NBC News.com article about research indicating that individuals' differing reactions to pain may be linked to the amount of grey matter in the brain.
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