UCLA Headlines July 2, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Health Care Reform in California
An article in Sunday's MedPage Today about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California featured expert commentary by Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, and Dr. Robin Clarke, medical director of quality for the UCLA Faculty Practice Group and an assistant clinical professor of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
Diversity and Prop. 209
The Los Angeles Times reported Monday on how UCLA and other UC campuses have attempted to maintain racial and ethnic diversity in the wake of California's Proposition 209, which in 1996 prohibited racial preferences in college admissions.
 
Probiotic Yogurt Alters Brain Function
An article in today's South China Morning Post examining health claims made for probiotics cited a study by researchers at UCLA's Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and the UCLA Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center showing that ingesting probiotic bacteria can affect brain function in humans.
 
Can 'Cleanses' Harm the Body?
Dr. David Heber, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, was interviewed Monday on NBC's "Today" about the new juice-based "cleansing" trend, which proponents claim rids the body of toxins.
 
The Future of Criminal Justice
A column in today's Huffington Post about social research by law enforcement officials and the development of innovative criminal-justice programs cited a study co-conducted by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, examining a probation program for drug offenders in Hawaii.
 
Affirmative Action and College Admissions
Louisiana's Town Talk on Monday featured an op-ed co-written by Richard Sander, professor at the UCLA School of Law, on affirmative action in higher education and the Supreme Court's decision in the Fisher v. University of Texas case.
 
Brains, Computers and Intelligence
BBC Radio 4 reported Sunday on research by James Gimzewski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, aimed at developing robotic systems that mimic the structure and function of the human brain. Gimzewski was interviewed.
 
Doctors Fall Short With Advice on Supplements
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Monday a study led by Dr. Derjung Tarn, assistant professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA,  that examined the content of doctor–patient conversations about dietary supplements and found that, overall, physicians are not particularly good at conveying important information concerning these supplements.
 
New Face for L.A. School Board
John Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about the leadership of the Los Angeles School Board and the board's upcoming presidential election.
 
 
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Gary Blasi
Blasi, UCLA professor of law, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the U.S. Justice Department ordering Los Angeles County, Lancaster and Palmdale to pay residents who the federal government found were victims of harassment by law enforcement.
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