UCLA Headlines June 18, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Climate Change Reduces Southland Snowfall
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 was highlighted today by KCBS-Channel 2 and KFI-640 AM; Monday by KCRW-89.9 FM's “Which Way, L.A.?”, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Latinos Post, the Science World Report and the French Tribune; and Sunday by the Imperial Valley News and Headlines and Global News. Hall was quoted in the coverage and interviewed on KCRW.
 
Law May Pop Google's Balloons
Sunday’s Forbes featured a column by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, about the legal issues surrounding Google’s Project Loon, which aims provide Internet access to underserved areas through a network of high-altitude balloons.
 
U.S. Steps up Aid to Rebels in Syria
Today’s New York Times featured an op-ed by Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, about the Obama administration's decision to provide greater assistance to Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and possible solutions to the conflict.
 
Probiotic Yogurt Alters Brain Function
The Huffington Post reported Monday on 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. Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, associate professor of medicine at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, was quoted.    
 
Bringing Westwood Back
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about efforts to turn Westwood Village into an arts and cultural hub cited revitalization studies and projects by UCLA Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the cityLAB think tank in UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design.
 
Segregation and Schools
An article in Monday’s Huffington Post about school segregation cited research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA on the racial and economic makeup of U.S. schools.
 
Teacher Training Programs
The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies is cited today in stories by the Los Angeles Times, KCRW-89.9 FM, KNX-1070 AM, KNBC-Channel 4 and KTTV-Channel 11 about a report issued by a controversial policy group assessing U.S. teacher-training programs. Megan Franke, professor of education and chair of the UCLA Department of Education, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times and interviewed on KNX.
 
UCLA Graduation Ceremonies
The Imperial Valley News reported Sunday on the UCLA College of Letters and Science's dual commencement ceremonies at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted. Patricia Turner, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education; Alessandro Duranti, dean of social sciences; Joseph Rudnick, dean of physical sciences; Victoria Sork, dean of life sciences; David Schaberg, dean of humanities; and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, were cited.
 
Anatomical Diversity and Evolution
Space Daily reported June 7 on a study led by Michael Alfaro, UCLA associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, examining rates of species formation and anatomical change in fish.
 
 
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Jeff Abramson
Abramson, UCLA associate professor of physiology, was quoted Monday in a Chemical and Engineering News article about new research on the structure of aquaporin, a protein that transfers water across cell membranes.
 
Joyce Appleby
Appleby, UCLA professor emerita of history, is quoted today in a Boston Globe article about questions regarding the nomination and induction process for members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about the dangers of taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs with certain antibiotics.  
 
Bridget Freisthler
Freisthler, associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a Boston Globe article about plans to license medical marijuana shops in Massachusetts and fears of increased crime.
 
Aimee Hunter
Hunter, visiting assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Time article about how brain imaging can help determine the best course of treatment for people with depression.
 
Elizabeth Laugeson
Laugeson, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Help Group–UCLA Autism Research Alliance, is quoted today in a Chicago Tribune article about a computer-based social skills program for children with autism.
 
David Lewin
Lewin, the Neil H. Jacoby Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Monday in a CNBC.com article about a recent increase in lawsuits filed by workers against their employers over overtime pay.
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