UCLA Headlines July 9, 2013

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How the Brain Creates 'Buzz'
Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was interviewed today on KPCC 89.3 FM’s “Take Two” about his recent research, which identified for the first time the brain regions associated with the successful spread of ideas. Lieberman's research was also highlighted Monday by Mashable and United Press International and today by Kurzweil Artificial Intelligence. Lieberman was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Floor Tiles Reveal Coded Message
Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about a hidden message in the floor tiles of UCLA's Boelter Hall paying tribute to Kleinrock and his team of UCLA computer scientists, who in 1969 sent the first host-to-host message over the fledgling Internet.
 
Preserving the Historic Watts Towers
KQED-88.5 FM's “California Report” reported Friday on the history of the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles and current efforts by engineers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and others to prevent the landmark from deteriorating.
 
Lesbians Living in Poverty
An article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer about the economic challenges facing lesbians highlighted research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law indicating that lesbian couples are more likely to be poor than gay male couples and that a greater proportion of lesbian women live in poverty than gay men, heterosexual men and heterosexual women.
 
Safe Haven for Child Sex Abuse Victims
The Los Angeles Times reports today on Stuart House, a program of UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center that provides help and legal support for sexually traumatized children and their families. Gail Abarbanel, founder and director of the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, was quoted.
 
'Medical' Home and Better Coordinated Care
The Napa Valley Register reported Sunday on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that found that Californians who jump from provider to provider rather than seeing a regular doctor who coordinates their care may be less likely to get the kind of preventive treatment that protects against the flu and flare-ups in their chronic conditions.
 
Surprising Mistake Newlyweds Make
Men’s Health reported Monday on a study led by Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral candidate in psychology, that found that while most newlywed couples optimistically predict their relationships will stay stable, marital satisfaction declines on average, and that wives with the cheeriest initial outlooks end up showing the sharpest drops.
 
Nutrition Program Helps Kids With HIV
Healio reported Monday on research led by Dr. Karin Nielsen-Saines, clinical professor of pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA AIDS Institute, showing that children in Africa with HIV who participated in a nutritional supplementation program lowered their viral loads and had significantly better outcomes.
 
Gay Marriage and Demographics
Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was interviewed today on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the challenges of determining how many gay and lesbian couples are legally married in the U.S.
 
Genetics and Low-IQ Autism
Futurity reported Monday on an analysis by researchers from UCLA and other institutions of children with autism who have an IQ of 70 or below, which found that many of these kids have received long runs of disease-associated DNA from both parents.
 
Socioeconomic Diversity and Race Relations
A column in today's Huffington Post about class-based affirmative action programs in education cited findings from the annual Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute showing that students interact more with peers of other races at colleges and universities where there is greater socioeconomic diversity.
 
Surgery to Removes Half of Boy's Brain
Oregon's Register-Guard reported Sunday on a young boy who will soon undergo a cerebral hemispherectomy — the removal of half the brain — at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to treat his chronic seizures. The boy's surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, was quoted.
 
Dispute Over Primate Center
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Monday on a continuing legal dispute between UCLA and Wake Forest University Health Sciences over the management of a jointly operated primate research center in Forsyth County, N.C.
 
Docs Remove Man's Heart, Give Him Artificial One
CBS’s “The Doctors” reported Monday on an October 2012 surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in which doctors removed a patient's diseased heart and replaced it with a total artificial heart powered by a backpack-sized device. Dr. Ali Nsair, assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Murray Kwon, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Geffen School of Medicine, were interviewed.
 
Marriage Benefits in the Workplace
David Codell, legal director of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed today on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about how the Supreme Court's striking down of a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act will affect workplace benefits in health care, retirement, family leave and other areas.
 
Growth, Not Just Size, Matters With Aneurysms
MedPage Today reported Monday on a study by Dr. Pablo Villablanca, chief of diagnostic neuroradiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that a brain aneurysm’s growth rate, not just its size, predicts its likelihood of rupture. Villablanca was quoted.
 
 
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Hanay Geiogamah
Geiogamah, visiting assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the classic American Indian character Tonto in the new film "The Lone Ranger."
 
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Monday in a Bloomberg article about the real estate ventures of private-equity firm Blackstone Group LP.
 
Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Monday in a Contra Costa Times column about global warming.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in a Huffington Post article about the debate over a proposed logo for legal marijuana products in Washington state.
 
Glen MacDonald
MacDonald, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted Sunday in an Arizona Daily Star article about global warming and the recent increase in wildfires in the southwestern U.S.
 
Victor Narro
Narro, project director at UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, was quoted Monday in a Freeman article about a California bill that would extend labor protections to nannies and home-care providers.
 
Linda Sarna
Sarna, professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and chair of UCLA's Tobacco-Free Steering Committee, was quoted Saturday in an article in the print version of the Los Angeles Times about the public debate over electronic cigarettes.
 
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 Monday in an Associated Press article about the benefits of cognitive exercises for seniors.
 
Alex Wang
Wang, UCLA acting professor of law, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about how pollution in northern China has led to a decrease in the life span of its residents.   
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