UCLA Headlines June 14, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Climate Change Reduces Southland Snowfall
The Los Angeles Times, KTLA-Channel 5 and KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" report today on research led by Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, predicting that by midcentury, snowfall on Los Angeles–area mountains will decline by 30 to 40 percent as a result of climate change. Hall was quoted and interviewed in the coverage.
 
Chaos at the Dinner Table
The Toronto Globe & Mail reported Thursday on a study by researchers at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) that examined in intimate detail the home lives — including meal habits — of 32 middle-class families with children in Los Angeles and found that most working families no longer eat dinner together and families that rely heavily on prepackaged "convenience" foods for dinner save little time, compared with those who prepare meals from scratch. Elinor Ochs, professor of anthropology and director of CELF, was quoted.
 
The 'Dark Side' of the Internet
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 current cybersecurity issues and the history of the Internet.
 
California Mending Slowly
An article in Thursday's Riverside Press-Enterprise about California's Inland Empire highlighted research by Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, examining the state's economic recovery. Nickelsburg was quoted.
 
No Patenting Genes, High Court Rules
An article in Thursday's Los Angeles Times about the Supreme Court's ruling that human genes cannot be patented cited the work of Dr. Wayne Grody, professor of pathology, pediatrics and human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, highlighting his research with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's diagnostic molecular pathology lab. Grody is also quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article on the ruling.
 
Turtle DNA May Hold Promise for Humans
Texas' Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that a team of scientists led by H. Bradley Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has decoded the DNA of the Western painted turtle and that their findings may one day lead to new treatments for hypothermia, strokes and heart attacks. Shaffer was quoted.
 
Economics of a College Education
A Wednesday MSNBC.com article about the rising cost of a college education cited findings from the annual nationwide Freshman Survey, conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, showing that 43 percent of current freshmen cited cost as a major factor in their choice of college.
 
The Science of Face Transplantation
An article in the June 4 issue of The Verge about face transplantation highlighted Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as one of just five institutions in the U.S. either performing face transplants or actively recruiting their first patient. Dr. Kodi Azari, chief of reconstructive transplantation and associate professor of orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
LGBT Community Slowly Gaining Acceptance
Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was interviewed Thursday on PBS's “NewsHour” about the results of a survey by the Pew Research Center looking at the evolving attitudes of Americans toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Gates was quotedThursday in a Huffington Post article on the survey.
 
UCLA Export Champions Program
Thursday’s National Journal reported on UCLA’s Export Champions Program, designed to help Southern California companies go global. Program co-founder Robert Spich, a senior lecturer in management and international business at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was cited.
 
 
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Patricia Gandara
Gandara, professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article about the state of Nevada's efforts to improve programs for English-language learners in public schools.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a Business Insider article about the 25 most dangerous cities in America.
 
Gerald Kominski
Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about efforts by California’s insurance commissioner to bar Anthem Blue Cross from participating in the state’s new health insurance exchange for small businesses.
 
Dr. Andrew Leuchter
Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal article about a new brain-scan test that may help doctors quickly determine whether patients are responding to antidepressants.
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is quoted today in an article in New York's Democrat & Chronicle about the Supreme Court's Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case.
 
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