UCLA Headlines June 21, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
'Sharpshooter' Drug Said to Target Cancers
A column in Thursday's Toronto Globe and Mail highlighted the development of an experimental drug by Dr. Dennis Slamon, professor of hematology–oncology and director of clinical and translational research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues that is purported to target an enzyme involved in a number of malignancies, including breast, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancers.
 
High Court Decides AIDS Funding Case
Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Thursday on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the Supreme Court ruling, on First Amendment grounds, that the government cannot force private health organizations to explicitly denounce prostitution in order to receive funding to fight HIV/AIDS overseas.
 
Durham Schools and Suspensions
North Carolina's Durham News reported Thursday that the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA's Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles and another organization have filed a complaint with a school district in North Carolina, alleging that African-American and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in the district.
 
Explaining Mysterious Radiation Ring
Asian News International reports today on new research by Richard Thorne, UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and colleagues explaining the surprising appearance and dissipation of a narrow third radiation ring between the two known rings of the Van Allen radiation belt that circles the Earth.
 
LAUSD's New Curriculum Plans
An article in Thursday's Los Angeles Daily News about new curriculum requirements for students in Los Angeles public schools referenced a report by Marisa Saunders, a researcher with UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, showing how many students graduating in 2011 met the requirements for admission to one of California's public universities.
 
Kicking Oil Addiction
The L.A. Streets Blog reported Thursday on research by Juan Matute, director of the Climate Change Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Stephanie Pincetl, director of UCLA's California Center for Sustainable Communities and an adjunct professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, that looked at car use, energy use and gasoline dependence in Caliornia. Matute was quoted.
 
Condoms and Pornography
Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, professor of infectious diseases and global health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on the FOX Business Network about a Los Angeles law that requires all porn actors to wear condoms.
 
 
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Susan Babey
Babey, a project director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Wednesday in a Chicago Tribune article about the American Medical Association's recent classification of obesity as a chronic disease.
 
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of urban planning and associate dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a Bloomberg article about public transportation and bike-friendly developments in Los Angeles.
 
Dr. John Mazziotta
Mazziotta, UCLA associate vice chancellor for health sciences and the Stark Professor of Neurology, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the development of a virtual 3-D brain model intended to help researchers around the world.
 
Jeffrey Schwartz
Schwartz, a psychiatry researcher at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in an io9 column exploring the possibility of engineering humans to be more empathetic.
 
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, is quoted today in an Orlando Sentinel article about a new compound that may help repair neurons damaged by Alzheimer's.
 
Dr. Arthur Toga
Toga, professor of neurology and director of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the development of a virtual 3-D brain model intended to help researchers around the world.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted today in a Miami Herald article about states increasingly adopting laws that purport to nullify federal law.
 
Jian Zhang
Zhang, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and applied Science, was quoted today in a KPCC-89.3 FM blog article on the safety of bridges in California.
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