UCLA Headlines January 28, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Israel's Sharon Shows Brain Activity
The Associated Press, the New York Times, CNN, CBS online and the Voice of Russia report today, and Agence France-Presse, Reuters and Britain's Telegraph reported Sunday, that a team of American and Israeli brain scientists using state-of-the-art MRI techniques developed by Martin Monti, UCLA assistant professor of psychology and neurosurgery, found subtle signs of consciousness in former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a vegetative state for seven years. Monti, who took part in the examination of Sharon, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Mayoral Candidates to Debate at UCLA
Keith Parker, UCLA assistant vice chancellor for government and community relations, was interviewed Sunday on KNBC-Channel 4 about tonight's Los Angeles mayoral debate at Royce Hall and about UCLA's interest in and service to the local community.
 
'Cool' Kids Bully More in Middle School
Research by UCLA professor of developmental psychology Jaana Juvonen showing that bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students was highlighted today by Live Science, Discovery, Science Blog and the website of the National Science Foundation; Saturday by Chile's La Tecera; and Friday by PsychCentral. Juvonen was quoted in the coverage.
 
Anti-Fat Prejudice Can Harm Patients
Friday's Washington Post featured an op-ed by Abigail Saguy, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, on discrimination against overweight people by the general public and medical professionals. A National Public Radio blog reports today on Saguy's new book, "What's Wrong With Fat?", which contends that our current negative view of obesity obscures other important issues associated with being overweight. Saguy is quoted.
 
Not Your Mother's Photography
Sunday's Los Angeles Times featured a profile Catherine Opie, UCLA professor of art, highlighting her new series of photographic portraits and landscapes. Opie was quoted.
 
Housing Market Still Unpredictable
An article in Sunday's New York Times about fluctuations in the U.S. housing market cited a study co-authored by Stuart Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, examining the causes of rate movements and declines in home ownership.
 
Smartphones and Parkinson’s Disease
An article in Saturday’s Huffington Post about current research on Parkinson's disease highlighted a UCLA study that used the accelerometer in iPhones to detect tremors in Parkinson's patients.
 
Web Searching Boosts Brain Function
Saturday’s Toronto Star highlighted research by Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that searching the Internet stimulates areas of the brain controlling decision-making and complex reasoning in middle-aged and older adults. Small was quoted.
 
Breast Pumps Fully Covered by Insurance
Linda Rosenstock, dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Friday on NPR's “All Things Considered” about an Affordable Care Act provision that makes breast pumps free for nursing mothers.
 
Debate on Public Nudity
Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about the First Amendment issues surrounding public nudity and the history of court rulings on the issue.
 
More Guns Sold, But Not More Gun Owners
Adam Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM about research showing that while gun sales have gone up recently, most of those buying already own at least one firearm.
 
Learning From Past Societies
Sunday's Washington Post reported on "The World Until Yesterday," a new book by UCLA professor of geography and physiology Jared Diamond that explores what traditional societies can teach modern industrialized civilization in the way of health habits, social interaction and politics.
 
Robbery Near UCLA Campus
KNBC-Channel 4 and KCAL-Channel 9 reported Saturday, and KABC-Channel 7 reported Sunday, that UCLA police are investigating a robbery that occurred near the UCLA campus early Saturday morning.
 
Expert in Science, Nerdiness
A blog column in Sunday's Scientific American about science in popular culture cited UCLA professor and vice chair of physics and astronomy David Saltzberg, who serves as a scientific consultant to the popular TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory."
 
American, Japanese Economies
Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was interviewed Friday on KABC-790 AM's "Larry Elder Show" about Obama's economic policies and about the Japanese economy.
 
 
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Edward Leamer
Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Sunday in a San Francisco Chronicle article about California’s economy.
 
Tamara Levitz
Levitz, professor and vice chair of graduate studies for the UCLA Department of Musicology, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about the centennial of Igor Stravinsky's 1913 ballet "The Rite of Spring."
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about inaccurate statistics provided by the San Jose school district on the success of its college-preparatory program.
 
Dr. Brad Spellberg
Spellberg, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Huffington Post article about antibiotic-resistant infections.
 
Kent Wong
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, is quoted in today in a New York Times blog article about a recent report showing on overall decline in U.S. union membership.
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