UCLA Headlines July 5, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Clue to the Cause of Narcolepsy
Medical Daily reported Wednesday, and NPR reported Thursday, on research led by Jerome Siegel, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Sleep Research at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, showing that human narcoleptics have nearly 65 percent more histamine-containing brain cells than individuals without the disorder. Siegel was quoted in Medical Daily.
 
California and the Civil War
UCLA professor of history Joan Waugh and UCLA doctoral candidate in history Daniel Lynch were interviewed Wednesday on KPCC 89.3 FM’s “AirTalk” about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the little-known history of the Civil War in Southern California.
 
The World in 2050
A column in the June 28 issue of Maclean’s about the benefits of living in Canada cited research by Laurence C. Smith, UCLA professor of geography, suggesting that climate change and other global pressures will make Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern United States formidable economic powers and migration magnets in the coming decades.
 
A Rational System for Selling Marijuana
Wednesday's Tacoma News-Tribune highlighted research by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, aimed at developing rules and policies to help Washington state properly regulate and tax its market for legal marijuana. Kleiman was quoted.
 
Ovarian Cancer and Genetics
Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was interviewed Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” about the death of actor Pierce Brosnan's daughter from ovarian cancer and the existence of a hereditary predisposition to the disease.
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe was interviewed Wednesday on American Public Media's “Freakonomics Radio” about his book "Jane Austen, Game Theorist," which argues that 19th-century author Jane Austen's novels explored in detail the strategic actions and manipulations that would become codified as "game theory" some 150 years later.
 
Airport Scanners Don't Pose High Risk
A study by Dr. Christopher Cagnon, professor of radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of radiology physics at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and colleagues that found that full-body scanners at airports emit far less radiation than was assumed was highlighted Wednesday by a New York Times blog, Sunday by India’s News Times and Saturday by Asian News International and the Business Standard. Cagnon was quoted in the coverage.
 
Climate Change and Health
The Contra Costa Times reported Wednesday on research by Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, linking climate change to potentially adverse public health outcomes. Jackson was quoted.
 
Improving Sanitation in Fiji
The Fiji Times reported Thursday that a team of UCLA doctoral students led by Eric Hoek, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has arrived on a volunteer mission to improve water and wastewater treatment in the island nation. Hoek was quoted.
 
Neurosurgeon Honored for Epilepsy Work
News Medical reported Thursday that Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, has been honored by the International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy for his contributions to epilepsy research and treatment in children.
 
Probiotic Yogurt Alters Brain Function
Merinews on Thursday highlighted 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.
 
Improving Nurse-Doctor Communication
Today's Hospital Impact features a column by Courtney Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, about efforts to improve communication between physicians and nurses and a UCLA program that integrates students at the School of Nursing and the David Geffen School of Medicine.
 
Self-Supporting M.B.A. Program Approved.
An article in Thursday's Los Angeles Times about potential fee hikes for students in some UC graduate and professional degree programs referenced UC President Mark Yudof's approval of a proposal by the UCLA Anderson School of Management to convert its full-time M.B.A. program from state-supported to self-supporting.
 
 
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Henry Ansgar Kelly
Kelly, UCLA professor emeritus of English, was quoted Wednesday in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story about the late Pope John Paul II’s path to sainthood.
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