UCLA Headlines July 10, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Law's Williams Institute Gets $5.5M
City News Service and CBS–Los Angeles reported Tuesday that the UCLA School of Law has received a $5.5 million gift to support the school's Williams Institute, which is dedicated to the study of sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Rachel F. Moran, dean of the school, and Brad Sears, a lecturer at the school and executive director of the Williams Institute, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Latasha Harlins and the L.A. Riots
The LA Weekly today highlights "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins," a new book by Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, that explores the 1991 case of a 15-year-old African-American girl shot by a Korean-American female shopkeeper in South Los Angeles and how that event contributed to sparking the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
 
Brain Surgery While Strumming Guitar
NBC's “Today Show” today profiled Brad Carter, who recently underwent a brain pacemaker–implant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that was tweeted live, with pictures and video, by the surgical team and hospital staff. Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed.
 
Seniors Struggle to Raise Grandkids
The Stockton Record reported Tuesday on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that grandparents raising grandkids in California may be among the most vulnerable residents in the state, due to the high cost of living and low levels of public assistance.
 
How to Properly Evaluate Teachers
A column in Tuesday's Huffington Post about methods for evaluating teacher performance highlighted "Evaluating America's Teachers: Mission Possible?", a new book by W. James Popham, professor emeritus of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, that lays out an alternative, non–test-based system for assessing teachers' performance.
 
Black, White and Vitamin D
A Tuesday HealthDay News article about research showing possible link between race and the heart risks posed by vitamin D deficiencies cited an editorial on the research written by Dr. Keith Norris, associate professor of general medicine and health services at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Norris was quoted.
 
Commercial Real-Estate Optimism in SD
Today's U-T San Diego highlights findings from the latest Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast commercial real-estate survey showing that rental rates are expected to rise and vacancies to fall for the next three years in San Diego. Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the Forecast, is quoted.
 
Plane Crashes and Fear of Flying
Emanuel Maidenberg, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Clinic at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “AirTalk” about people's fear of airplane flight and how they can effectively manage their anxiety.
 
Is the Housing Recovery for Real?
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, was interviewed Tuesday on KNX-1070 AM about the budding recovery in the U.S. real estate market.
 
UCLA Lets the Dogs Out
The syndicated “Dr. Oz Show” reported Tuesday on UCLA's People–Animal Connection, an animal-assisted therapy program for patients at UCLA medical facilities. Erin Rice, director of the program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and 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, were featured.
 
UCLA Health System Among 'Most Wired' in U.S.
The current issue of Hospitals and Health Networks magazine highlights the UCLA Health System as one of the "most wired" hospital systems in the U.S. for its forward-thinking implementation and use of information technology in its health care delivery.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Alon Avidan
Avidan, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was quoted Tuesday in an article in Britain's Daily Mail about why couples who have a poor night’s sleep are more likely to argue.
 
Aaron Bittel
Bittel, UCLA ethnomusicology archivist, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about the resurgence in popularity of vinyl records in Southern California.
 
James Gelvin
Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Tuesday in a Huffington Post article about violence in the Middle East during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the law school, was quoted Tuesday in an article in Salt Lake City's Deseret Morning News about efforts by governments around the world to regulate pornography.
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