UCLA Headlines July 31, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
New Encryption Stymies Hackers
The development by Amit Sahai, professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a mathematical encryption system that allows software program to be used as intended while preventing any hacking of the code behind them was highlighted Monday by Science Daily and Tuesday by Asian News International, Engineering and Technology Magazine, GigaOM, RedOrbit, Threat Post and Quartz. Sahai was quoted in the coverage.
 
Legal Case That Helped Spark L.A. Riots
Today's Los Angeles Times features a Q&A with Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, about her new book, "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the LA Riots," and the parallels between the Harlins case and the Trayvon Martin case.
 
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
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, demonstrating that individuals 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 was highlighted Monday by Medical Xpress; Tuesday by CNN.com, Canada's QMI News Agency, Health 24 and California's Sierra Sun Times; and today by India’s Free Press Journal. Cole was quoted in the coverage.
 
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
A blog in Tuesday's Nation about sexual harassment highlighted 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."
 
Transparent Solar Cell Breakthrough
Clean Technica and KCET's “Rewire” blog reported Tuesday that researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have doubled the efficiency of electricity-generating organic polymer solar cells they created last year. Yang Yang, professor of materials science and engineering at UCLA Engineering and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, was quoted in "Rewire."
 
Home Sweet Chaos
A column in today's Irish Times about household clutter referenced a study by researchers at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) that examined in intimate detail the home lives of 32 middle-class families with children in Los Angeles and found that mothers' stress hormones spiked when dealing with clutter and belongings.
 
Same-Sex Couples Raising Kids
An article in today's Baltimore Sun about diversity training for child care providers in Maryland cites research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute estimating that 20 percent of same-sex couples in the Baltimore region are raising children.
 
Knocked on the Noggin? Sit It Out
NFL.com reports today on new guidelines for handling sports-related concussions co-developed by Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Giza is quoted.
 
UCLA Eye Institute's New Affiliation
An Examiner blog reported Tuesday that the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA is planning a long-term affiliation with the Doheny Eye Institute.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg articles about the U.S. housing market.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted in an article in the current issue of Reason magazine about regulating the new markets for legal marijuana in Colorado and Washington state.
 
Dr. Clifford Ko
Ko, professor of general surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is quoted today in a Reuters article about the quality of surgical care at U.S. hospitals.
 
Jorja Leap
Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Tuesday in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article about why Irvine, Calif., consistently ranks as America's safest city.
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