UCLA Headlines January 17, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Gambling on an Oscar Nomination
The Washington Post and the Indo-Asian News Service reported Thursday on 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" and determined the average amount of box-office boost movies get when they receive Oscar nominations. Rossman was quoted in the coverage.
 
Are We Ready for the Big One?
An article in Wednesday's San Bernardino Sun about Southern California's ability to respond to a catastrophic earthquake cited findings from a 2008 statewide earthquake-preparedness survey conducted the UCLA School of Public Health and highlighted the UCLA Health System's emergency planning. William Dunne, director of emergency preparedness and security services for the health system, and Linda Bourque, professor of public health and founder of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, were quoted.
 
Utah and Same-Sex Marriage
Scott Barclay, a senior public policy scholar at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was interviewed Thursday on Salt Lake City’s KUER-90.1 FM about the Supreme Court's recent stay on same-sex marriages in Utah and changing attitudes toward gay marriage in that state and nationwide.
 
Gene Therapy for Vision Loss
Dr. Steven Schwartz, the Ahmanson Professor of Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of the retina division at UCLA's Stein Eye Institute, was interviewed Thursday on the CBS "Evening News" about the potential for gene therapy to improve sight in those with genetic vision loss, age-related macular degeneration and other disorders.
 
Trick Yourself Into Being Responsible
A column in Wednesday’s Huffington Post about how humans and capuchin monkeys approach risks and rewards cited research by Shlomo Benartzi, professor of accounting at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, comparing organ-donation sign-up systems and organ donation rates in Austria and Germany.
 
Respiratory Risks From Wildfire
Dr. Mark 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 interviewed Wednesday on KTTV-Channel 11 about potential respiratory problems related to the Colby wildfire, particularly for those with asthma or heart disease.
 
Helping Those With Schizophrenia
Dr. Keith Nuechterlein, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Wednesday on KABC-790 AM about what parents can do to help their adult children with schizophrenia.
 
                                              
Robots Make Patient Care Easier
The winter edition of the Robb Report highlights Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's new remote-controlled robot, dubbed EVA, which allows doctors to remotely monitor patients in their hospital rooms. Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the medical center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Jeffrey Klausner
Klausner, professor of infectious diseases and global health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a MedPage Today article about a new drug being tested for treatment of herpes simplex 2.
 
Jonathan Stewart
Stewart, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Thursday in an Associated Press article about the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake.
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