UCLA Headlines January 27, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Later Marriage Good for Men's Bones
Dr. Arun Karlamangla, associate professor of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Sunday on KNX-1070 AM about a study he co-authored showing evidence that men who marry for the first time after age 25 tend to have better bone strength than men who marry at a younger age.
 
Making the Grade in Food Sanitation
Phillip Leslie, associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Saturday on KTTV-Channel 11 about restaurant health inspections and his research showing that food-borne illnesses dropped nearly 30 percent in Los Angeles County after a letter-grading and display system was instituted.
 
Most Powerful Telescope in History
Andrea Ghez, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy who holds the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics, was interviewed Friday on San Francisco's KQED-88.5 FM about the Thirty Meter Telescope, the most massive telescopic device in the world.
 
Rail Alone Won't Reinvent L.A.
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Ethan Elkind, a climate policy associate at the UCLA School of Law, on the importance of promoting the development of housing and retail enterprises around new rail-transit projects in Los Angeles.
 
Harnessing the Power of the Sun
An article in Friday's Huffington Post about the dangers of fracking and the untapped potential of renewable energy resources referenced a study by UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation suggesting that developing 5 percent of Los Angeles County's rooftop solar potential would create nearly 30,000 jobs.
 
Racial Disparities in Thyroid Cancer
The Huffington Post reported Friday on a study led by Dr. Avital Harari, assistant professor of general surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that non-white and poor individuals with thyroid cancer were much more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage metastatic disease than other patients. Harari was quoted. 
 
Opportunities for Jazz Musicians
An NPR blog on Friday profiled Kenny Burrell, professor of music and ethnomusicology and director of jazz studies at UCLA, and highlighted his Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, a project aimed at helping graduates of UCLA's jazz program and other musicians in the Los Angeles area find jobs playing jazz music.
 
Stem Cells and Prostate Cancer
A column in Friday's Huffington Post about treatment for prostate cancer highlighted research by Dr. Owen Witte, director of UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center and a professor of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics, identifying a molecule that plays a key role in signaling pathways that aid the growth and spread of prostate cancer. Witte was quoted.
 
Paramount Ditches Film for Digital
Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, was interviewed Sunday onNPR's "Weekend Edition" about Paramount Pictures' decision to go completely digital and stop releasing movies on film.   
 
Why School Expulsion Is Not Effective
An op-ed in Saturday's Columbus Dispatch about expulsion policies in Ohio schools referenced a study by Daniel Losen, a researcher with Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, and colleagues on how to best deal with students with serious behavioral problems.
 
Obesity in Blue and Red Counties
Friday's Pacific Standard highlighted a study by William McCarthy, professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and UCLA professor of geography Michael Shin that found that Democratic, or "blue," counties enjoy lower obesity rates than "red" Republican counties, a difference the researchers link to the passage and adoption of policies designed to promote healthier food choices and increased physical activity by elected leaders in blue counties.
 
Exploring the Sociology of Gender
An article in Friday's Huffington Post about a new book exploring how the media covers transgender issues referenced research on gender conducted at UCLA in the 1960s.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. T. Warner Hudson
Hudson, director of UCLA's occupational health facility, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about the spread of the flu.
 
Dr. Michael Irwin
Irwin, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of UCLA's Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about the physical and mental health benefits of baths.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a New York Times op-ed about overcrowding in American prisons and alternate methods of sentencing and probation. He was also quoted Sunday in a Boston Globe column about different terms for "marijuana."
 
Jorja Leap
Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about Homeboy Industries, a gang rehabilitation and counseling program.
 
Dr. Emeran Mayer
Mayer, professor of digestive diseases, physiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive director of UCLA's Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, was quoted Sunday in a London Times article about the influence of food companies on scientific research.
 
Dr. Paul Vespa
Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted Sunday in an Associated Press article about a family caring for a son in a persistent vegetative state.    
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a Huffington Post article about a court ruling clarifying that bloggers have the same First Amendment rights as professional journalists.
 
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