UCLA Headlines July 8, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
How the Brain Creates 'Buzz'
Research by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, and Emily Falk, a former UCLA doctoral student in Lieberman's lab, that identified for the first time the brain regions associated with the successful spread of ideas was highlighted Friday by Science Daily, Medical Xpress, EarthSky, Science Blog and Marketing Pilgrim; Saturday by Forbes, Asian News International, an Examiner blog, RedOrbit and News-Medical; Sunday by the Press Trust of India; and today by PsychCentral, the Upstart Business Journal and Scientific Forefront. Lieberman and Falk were quoted in the coverage.
 
Real-World Lessons for Law Students
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on a new program at the UCLA School of Law designed to give students real-world legal experience by having them write friend-of-the-court briefs for cases involving nonprofit groups and other causes. Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the law school, was quoted.
 
UCLA Reaches Deal With Glaxo
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Wednesday that UCLA has reached an intellectual property agreement with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline that will allow UCLA researchers to participate in a Glaxo-sponsored drug-discovery competition. Brendan Rauw, associate vice chancellor and executive director of the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research, was quoted.
 
Global Network of Bruins
The China Post reported Saturday that UCLA Chancellor Gene Block attended a UCLA alumni reception held in Tapei, Taiwan, with the aim of forging stronger ties with UCLA alumni groups around the world. Block was quoted.
 
UCLA Strengthens Ties in Asia
China's Central News Agency reported Friday, and Taiwan Today reports today, that UCLA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan's ministry of culture to help promote Taiwanese arts and culture. The Taiwan Today article also referenced UCLA Chancellor Gene Block's meeting with the president of the Republic of China in Taiwan and cited the number of Taiwanese students who attend UCLA. Block was quoted in the coverage.
 
Social Problems in Polygamist Communities
A column in Friday's Iowa Ames Tribune about the Supreme Court's ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and what the decision may mean for polygamists in the U.S. cited research by UCLA professor of anthropology Robert Boyd and colleagues showing that cultures that permit polygamy tend to end up with an increasing number of young men without female partners.
 
Markets and the Irrational Mind
Futurity reported Friday on a study by Craig Fox, professor of cognitive psychology and professor of policy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues suggesting that markets are not immune to apparent irrationality in human behavior.
 
Cambodia and Pol Pot's Legacy
Cambodia's Phnom Penh Post on Friday featured a Q&A with UCLA professor of sociology Patrick Heuveline highlighting his research on the death toll of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979 and his studies of how Cambodian families who lost loved ones to the mass killings have fared.
 
Self-Supporting M.B.A. Program Approved
Inside Higher Ed reported Tuesday on 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. UCLA Anderson dean Judy Olian was quoted; UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was cited.
 
Clue to the Cause of Narcolepsy
Asian News International reports today 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.
 
Future of Democracy in Egypt
Sunday's New York Times featured an op-ed by UCLA professor of law Khaled Abou El Fadl about the Egyptian military overthrowing democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi and what Morsi's ousting might mean for democracy Egypt. Bloomberg TV today highlighted About El Fadl's op-ed.
 
UCLA Hospitals' Newborn Screenings
KCBS-Channel 2 reported Friday on the UCLA Health System's longtime use of pulse oximetry screening, a previously non-mandatory and now mandatory newborn test that checks for a condition known as critical congenital heart disease.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Ann Carlson
Carlson, professor of law and faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a National Law Review article about a regulatory case dealing with renewable energy projects.
 
Daniel Jacobs
Jacobs, a visiting scholar at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was quoted Saturday in an article in Britain's Guardian about compensation claims stemming from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010.
 
Dr. Royce Johnson
Johnson, adjunct professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Digital Journal article about California moving state prison inmates away from areas where the fungal disease Valley Fever is spreading.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Saturday in a Bakersfield Californian article about the challenges of implementing the Affordable Care Act in California.
 
Jose Luis Valenzuela
Valenzuela, professor of theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the Latino Theater Network/Los Angeles.
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