UCLA Headlines July 18, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Crazy for Cronuts
Allison Carruth, assistant professor of English and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, was interviewed Saturday on NPR's "Weekend Edition" about the cronut, a deep-fried croissant–donut hybrid that has become a new food craze.
 
Brain Injuries and Football
A Chronicle of Higher Education article on Wednesday references research led by Gary Small, the Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, in which researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of five retired football players who had suffered one or more concussions.
 
Taking Control over Brain Health
Separately, research led by Small concerning the relationship between brain health among aging adults and a healthy diet, regular exercise and not smoking, was highlighted in a News Max Health article on Wednesday.
 
Nobel Laureate's Message: Persistence Pays Off
The Korea Times reported Wednesday on a mentoring program created by Nobel laureate Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. According to the article, Ignarro told students, in part, that "passion for your study and constant effort" are essential for success as a researcher.
 
Far Better Than Batteries
An article in today's USA Today highlights the development by Richard Kaner, a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student in Kaner's laboratory, of a method for producing graphene-based "supercapacitors" — which can charge up to a thousand times faster than batteries — using a standard DVD burner.
 
The Art of the 'Animal House' Costumes
Canada's National Post today profiles Deborah Nadoolman Landis, director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, about her creation of the costumes for the film comedy "Animal House," which was released 35 years ago this month.
 
Seniors Struggle to Raise Grandkids
An article in Tuesday's Los Angeles Daily News referenced 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. Study co-author Steven P. Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and chair of community health sciences at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted.
 
Fowler Highlights Mandela, Apartheid
CNN today reports on "Mandela for President," an exhibit at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Betsy Quick, director of education and curatorial affairs at the Fowler, gave the guided video tour.
 
 
 
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Stuart Gabriel
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, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a surge in Southern California home prices.
 
Tamara Levitz
Levitz, professor and vice chair of graduate studies for the UCLA Department of Musicology, is quoted today in a New York Times article about a new essay that asserts composer Igor Stravinksy had several homosexual relationships.
 
Dr. Mario Mendez
Mendez, UCLA professor-in-residence of neurology, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about an American man who, after being discovered unconscious in a Palm Springs hotel, could only speak Swedish when he woke up.
 
Dr. Mark Morocco
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 quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about California prison inmates staging hunger strikes.
 
Kal Raustiala
Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, was quoted Wednesday in a Korea Times article about the jury's verdict in Apple's patent claims against Samsung.
 
John Rogers
Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, was quoted about Proposition 39's potential effects on public planning and charter schools in a Calitics blog post on Wednesday.
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