UCLA Headlines July 25, 2013

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Opening Blocked Carotid Arteries
KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 reported Wednesday on a new, minimally invasive procedure being offered at UCLA that allows doctors to clear plaque blocking a patient's carotid artery and insert a stent directly through the neck, rather than using a catheter inserted through the groin. Dr. Wesley Moore, professor emeritus of vascular surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed.
 
Still Struggling for Equality
The Moyers and Company website on Wednesday featured a column by Gary Oldfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, highlighting the accomplishments of the 1960s civil rights movement in the U.S. and outlining the work that still needs to be done to combat racial, economic and educational discrimination.
 
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
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 pictures in individuals who could be considered to be suffering from a sexual "addiction" was covered Tuesday by Time magazine, HealthDay News and Live Science and Wednesday by the Washington Post and the New York Post. Prause was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Scores High in New Ranking
Forbes magazine's ranking of the 650 top colleges in the U.S. — in which UCLA was listed at No. 34 — was highlighted today by KNBC-Chanel 4 and Wednesday by KABC-790 AM, KPCC­-89.3 FM and KNX-1070 AM.
 
Legal, Economic Questions on Gay Marriage
Research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law was cited Tuesday in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about Pittsburgh requiring city contractors to offer benefits to employees' same-sex spouses; Tuesday in a Christian Science Monitor article about a federal judge granting marriage rights to a married same-sex couple living in a state that doesn't recognize such unions; and Wednesday in a Minnesota Pioneer Press article about how Minnesota will benefit economically from gay marriage.
 
The Right System for Selling Pot
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Wednesday on the BBC's "Business Daily" about the process of developing rules and policies to help Washington state and Colorado properly regulate and tax their new markets for legal marijuana.
 
Celebrity Held for Psychiatric Evaluation
Dr. Timothy Fong, associate professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Impulse Control Disorders Clinic, was interviewed Tuesday on KTTV-Channel 11 about actress Amanda Bynes being arrested by sheriff's deputies and held for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation. Dr. Mark DeAntonio, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of adolescent inpatient services at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Health Bistro article about Bynes' mental health issues.
 
Geneticist Explains Supreme Court Ruling
Dr. Wayne Grody, professor of human genetics, pediatrics, and pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory, was interviewed Monday on Florida’s Bay News-Channel 9 about a recent Supreme Court ruling against a private company’s patenting of human genes.
 
 
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Shana Alex Lavarrada
Lavarrada, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angles Times article about complaints by unions, cities and other big employers over Kaiser Permanente's latest health-insurance rate hikes.
 
Albert Mehrabian
Mehrabian, UCLA professor emeritus of psychology, was quoted Tuesday in an Agence France-Presse article about the process of choosing a name for the baby born to Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.
 
Shelley Taylor
Taylor, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology, was cited Wednesday in a CNN.com article about why New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s wife has stayed with him despite his sexting scandals.
 
Richard Walter
Walter, professor and chair of the screenwriting program at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the dangers of actors and writers paying agents upfront, rather than on commission, to represent them.
 
Paul Weiss
Weiss, director of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samuel School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Tuesday in a Science article about a new nanomanufacturing technique called polymer pen lithography.
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