UCLA Headlines July 3, 2013

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UCLA and the Science of the Perfect Pie
Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, was highlighted today in a New York Times feature on the science of creating a pie. The piece references Rowat's UCLA course "Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat," in which students explore such topics as food's texture and flavor from a scientific perspective.
 
Growth, Not Size, Matters With Aneurysms
Research led by Dr. J. Pablo Villablanca, chief of diagnostic neuroradiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, indicating that brain aneurysms of all sizes — even small ones the size of a pea — are up to 12 times more likely to rupture if they are growing, was highlighted Tuesday by HealthDay News, Red Orbit, News Medical and Health Canal and today by Domain-b. Villablanca was quoted in the coverage.
 
'The Lone Ranger' and American Indians
Hanay Geiogamah, visiting assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was interviewed Tuesday on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the classic American Indian character Tonto in the new film "The Lone Ranger."
 
Why Alzheimer’s Drugs Rarely Help
Research led by Zhefeng Guo, assistant professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, suggesting that today's Alzheimer's disease medications have little effect because they fail to target early amyloid-beta clumps called oligomers, which appear years before amyloid plaques form in the brain, was highlighted Tuesday by Psych Central and Monday by Bioscience Technology, Investor's Business Daily, Science Codex and Medical Express
 
With Strokes, Time Equals Brain
The Hospitalist reports today on research led by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a director of the UCLA Stroke Center, examining how outcomes for stroke patients are influenced by how quickly they receive a common clot-busting drug. Saver is quoted.
 
Climate Change Reduces Southland Snowfall
The C40 Cities blog on Tuesday highlighted research led by Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, predicting that by midcentury, snowfall on Los Angeles–area mountains will decline by 30 to 40 percent as a result of climate change.
 
UCLA Anderson Students Help NZ Company
New Zealand's Bay of Plenty Times reported Tuesday on a project in which M.B.A. students from the UCLA Anderson School of Management will offer free consulting services aimed at helping a New Zealand–based a tourism strategy and technology firm break into the U.S. market.
 
Diversity and Prop. 209
Salt Lake City's Deseret News reported Tuesday 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 banned racial preferences in college admissions.
 
Job Market Getting Better, Steadily
David Schulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about job growth in the U.S. economy.
 
There Will Always Be a Job
Jason Wall, a research analyst at the UCLA Career Center, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about employment opportunities in industries like computer science, engineering, social networking, gaming and green technology.
 
 
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Daniel Fessler
Fessler, UCLA associate professor of anthropology, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about hunger striking and the effects of starvation on the human body.
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting that heart patients have their cholesterol checked too often, putting unnecessary burden on the health care system. He was also quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about a new drug for preventing blood clots.
 
Dr. Beate Ritz
Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Tuesday in a Reuters article about research examining whether warm weather is linked to birth defects of the heart.
 
Dr. Stephen Shew
Shew, associate clinical professor of surgery at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a USA Today article about a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who received two lung transplants and recently underwent surgery on her diaphragm.
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