UCLA Headlines June 20, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
With Strokes, Time Equals Brain
KABC-Channel 7, HealthDay News, Everyday Health, Health Canal and Science Codex reported Tuesday, and ABC News.com, Nurse, Senior Journal, Only My Health and other outlets reported Wednesday, on research led by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a director of the UCLA Stroke Center, examining how outcomes for stroke patients are influenced by how quickly they receive a common clot-busting drug. Saver was quoted in the coverage; Dr. Neil Martin, co-director of the UCLA Stroke Center and professor and chair of neurosurgery, was interviewed on KABC.
 
Blame Your Genes for Weight Gain
A video in today's Florida Palm Beach Post highlights a UCLA study by Brian Parks, a postdoctoral researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Jake Lusis, a professor of medicine and human genetics and of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the Geffen School, showing that the amount of body fat mice gained after being fed a typical fast-food diet for eight weeks was determined primarily by genetic factors.
 
How to Sell Marijuana Properly
Wednesday's Seattle Post Intelligencer featured a Q&A with Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, about rules and policies Washington state can implement to properly regulate and tax the market for legal marijuana.
 
Probiotic Yogurt Alters Brain Function
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday 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.
 
Predictive Policing Helps Fight Crime
An article in today's New York Times about predictive policing techniques referenced the work of UCLA professor of anthropology P. Jeffrey Brantingham and colleagues, who have applied sophisticated mathematics to urban crime patterns to help police determine which types of crime "hotspots" in Los Angeles and other cities are most likely to be affected by intensified police actions.
 
Gay Couples Battle for Equal Benefits
An article in Wednesday's Huffington Post about the Supreme Court case challenging a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denies certain benefits to married same-sex couples cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing how much more the average same-sex couple pays in health care–related taxes than heterosexual couples.
 
The Less We Know, the Surer We Are
Bloomberg Businessweek reported Wednesday on a study by Craig Fox, UCLA professor of cognitive psychology and professor of policy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues showing that people tend to hold more extreme positions on complex policies and political issues when they don’t know very much about them.
 
Aesthetics Driven by Data
A blog article in today's New York Times about how art can be used to present complex data in new ways highlighted a project by Casey Reas, UCLA professor of design and media arts, that artistically visualized how proteins communicate within a cell and how this signaling changes in cancer cells. 
 
No Patenting Genes, High Court Rules
Wednesday's Jewish Journal featured a profile Dr. Wayne Grody, a professor of pathology, pediatrics and human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the diagnostic molecular pathology laboratory at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, highlighting his role as an expert witness in the recent Supreme Court case dealing with the patenting of human genes. Grody was quoted. Also, Dr. Lee Hilborne, professor of pathology at the Geffen School and medical director of care coordination for the UCLA Health System, was interviewed about the case by CBS Newspath for a segment that aired Sunday on “CBS Morning News," KCAL-Channel 9 and other stations nationwide.
 
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 Friday by a KCRW-89.9 FM blog, Science Newsline and Newsroom America; Saturday by RedOrbit; and Monday by Climate Wire. Hall was quoted in the coverage.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Madeline Brozen
Brozen, director of the Complete Streets Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Tuesday in a Bloomberg article about public transportation and bike-friendly developments in Los Angeles.
 
Dr. Gregory Cole
Cole, professor of medicine and neurology and associate director of UCLA's Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer Disease Research, was quoted Wednesday in a U-T San Diego article about a new compound that may help repair neurons damaged by Alzheimer’s.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a column in Connecticut's Hartford Courant criticizing a recently released ranking of the 25 most dangerous cities in the U.S.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Business Insider article exploring possible outcomes of the Supreme Court case on the Defense of Marriage Act.
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