UCLA Headlines July 19, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Can Religion Contribute to Obesity?
Asian News International reports today, and Medical Xpress reported Thursday, on a study led by Dr. Nazleen Bharmal, assistant professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that among Indian immigrants in the U.S., Hindus and Sikhs — but not Muslims — who are highly religious appear to be at increased risk of obesity. Bharmal was quoted in Medical Xpress.
 
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
KCBS-Channel 2 reported Thursday, and Milwaukee’s WDJT-Channel 46 reports today, on a study led by Nicole Prause, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that examined brain responses to sex-related stimuli in individuals who could be considered to be suffering from a sexual "addiction." Prause was interviewed on KCBS.
 
Detroit Declares Bankruptcy
An article in Thursday's Detroit Free Press about the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy highlighted the expertise of Kenneth Klee, professor at the UCLA School of Law, who predicted it will take three years for the city to emerge from its bankruptcy filing. Klee was quoted.
 
Genetic Screening of Babies Breeds Anxiety
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Stefan Timmermans, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, about how full genetic screening of newborns can create uncertainty and anxiety for parents whose children may test positive for risk factors for certain diseases and disorders.
 
Economic Development and Disasters
A blog column in Thursday's Wall Street Journal about the disparity between India and China in damage done by recent floods cited research by Matthew Kahn, a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with joint appointments in economics and public policy, demonstrating a strong correlation between poverty and deaths from natural disasters.
 
Marmots Have Personalities
Daniel Blumstein,UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was interviewed today on National Public Radio about his ongoing research examining personality development, social interaction and other topics among yellow-bellied marmots, a type of mountain rodent.
 
Falling Back on Good Habits Under Stress
Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday on a study by researchers at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and colleagues showing that when individuals are faced with stress or tiredness, they are just as likely to revert to learned healthy habits as they are to bad habits.
 
This Cell Only Looks Like the 405
PhysOrg reported Thursday on a study led by Marcus Roper, UCLA assistant professor of mathematics, that was the first to measure and explain the dynamic movement of multiple nuclei through the cells of a fungus. Roper was quoted.
 
Studying Myth of Fingerprints
An episode of public television's "Frontline" that aired Thursday highlighted a National Institute of Justice–funded study by UCLA professor of law Jennifer Mnookin and colleagues aimed at assessing error rates in latent fingerprint evidence.
 
Junk the Performance Review
An editorial in today’s Times Educational Supplement  highlights "Get Rid of the Performance Review!", a book by Samuel Culbert, professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, which argues that the common corporate job performance review damages employees' morale and stifles creativity.
 
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 Wednesday in a Nature World News video about the Thirty Meter Telescope, the most massive telescopic device in the world.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Dr. David Solomon, Pioneering Geriatric Specialist at UCLA
Solomon, who created UCLA's geriatrics program and was the first board-certified endocrinologist in Los Angeles, died July 9 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 90. See Thursday's Thousand Oaks Acorn.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Kimberle Crenshaw
Crenshaw, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about a poll gauging the attitudes of African Americans concerning their treatment in society since the reelection of President Obama.
 
Vijay Dhir
Dhir, dean of the UCLA Henry Samuel School of Engineering and Applied Science, is quoted today in a KQED blog article about the current state of university engineering programs in the U.S.
 
Khaled Abou el Fadl
Fadl, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Thursday in an Arab American News column about the political turmoil in Egypt.
 
Frank D. Gilliam Jr.
Gilliam dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about a poll gauging the attitudes of African Americans concerning their treatment in society since the reelection of President Obama.
 
Dr. James Hu
Hu, associate professor of urology and director of minimally invasive surgery in the urology department at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal article about a company that makes robotic-surgery systems.
 
Shana Alex Lavarreda
Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Thursday in a San Jose Mercury News article about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act across the nation.
 
Sandra Loo
Loo, associate professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article about the use of an electroencephalogram device for diagnosing children with ADHD.
 
Vickie Mays
Mays, professor of psychology and director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, was quoted Thursday in a Live Science article about how Nelson Mandela’s positive attitude and time spent helping others may have contributed to his long life.
 
David J. Miklowitz
Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted July 8 in an Everyday Health column about adolescents with mental disorders who stop taking their prescribed medications.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Christian Science Monitor article about Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement that he would be looking at "stand your ground" statues in several states.
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