UCLA Headlines July 30, 2013

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UCLA Program for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The Santa Monica Daily Press reported Sunday on the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program, which links families with medical care and community-based support services to ensure patients receive comprehensive treatment. Dr. David Reuben, professor and chief of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
UCLA Geographer Talks Forbidden Zones
UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith was featured Monday in a Forbes column looking at the possibility that regions of the Earth could become uninhabitable due to climate change, environmental catastrophe, nuclear war or other disasters. The piece referenced Smith's book "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future."
 
Adoptees Fare the Same With Gay, Straight Parents
Boston's Edge reported Monday on a study by Abbie Goldberg, a visiting scholar at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing there is no difference in behavioral outcomes between adopted children raised in same-sex households and those raised by heterosexual couples. Goldberg was quoted.
 
Scientists ID Compounds That May Fight Alzheimer's
The Press Trust of India reported Monday on research by David Eisenberg, professor of chemistry, biochemistry and biological chemistry and director of the UCLA–Department of Energy Institute of Genomics and Proteomics, that used a structure-based approach to identify molecular compounds that inhibit the activity of amyloid fibrils, linked protein molecules in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's and other diseases.
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
The LA Weekly, KABC-Channel 7, Asian News International and Pacific Standard reported today and Monday on research led by Steven Cole, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, showing that although happiness can effect our genes, those whose happiness stems from a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life show a favorable genetic expression while those whose happiness comes from self-gratification show an adverse expression. Cole was quoted in the coverage.
 
U.S. Gays Launch Vodka Boycott
M.V. Lee Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the school's Williams Institute, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “Take Two” about members of the LGBT community in the U.S. organizing a boycott of Russian vodkas in response to Russia's discriminatory stance toward gay people and those who support them.
 
Making Movies With Google Glass
KABC-Channel 7 reports today, and the Ventura County Star reported Monday, that Google has provided student filmmakers at five colleges and universities, including UCLA, with its new Google Glass headsets to explore how the wearable computing device can be used to make movies.
Southland Squirrel Carrying Black Death
Dr. Mark 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 interviewed Friday on BBC Radio 5 Live about the recent discovery of a squirrel infected with bubonic plague in Southern California's Angeles National Forest.
 
 
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Dr. Gary Small
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, was quoted Thursday in an NBC News.com article about research showing that a certain type of blood pressure medication can help provide relief from Alzheimer's disease symptoms.
 
Susan Smalley
Smalley, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about celebrities protesting California prisons' use of solitary confinement to control gang violence.
 
Dr. Brad Spellberg
Spellberg, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was cited Monday in an article in Florida's Ocala Star-Banner about a bacterial outbreak in a burn unit at a Florida hospital.
 
Charles 'Chip' Stanish
Stanish, professor of anthropology and director of UCLA’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, was quoted Monday in a New Scientist article about research on a mummified child found in northern Argentina who was killed in an Incan sacrifice ritual some 500 years ago.
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