UCLA Headlines June 24, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Supreme Court, Diversity and Affirmative Action
Today's Huffington Post features an op-ed by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block about the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas and the challenges and importance of maintaining racial and ethnic diversity at UCLA and other UC campuses in the wake of Proposition 209, which prohibited racial preferences in college admissions. UCLA's "holistic review" admissions process and its efforts to foster campus diversity were also highlighted today by KPCC-89.3 FM, the Oakland Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and Sunday by NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday." UCLA professor of law Adam Winkler was interviewed on KPCC.
 
Is Obesity Really a Disease?
Today's Time features an op-ed by Abigail Saguy, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology and author of the book, "What's Wrong With Fat?”, questioning the American Medical Association's recent decision to classify obesity as a chronic disease.
 
The Rise of the Neurotics
Investor's Business Daily reported Friday on research by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining the ways in which extroverts and introverts perform on team tasks. Bendersky was quoted.
 
Helping Rural Indian Women With HIV/AIDS
Asian News International reported Saturday on a UCLA-led pilot program in rural India that trains village women as social health workers to provide counseling and support to their peers with HIV and AIDS. Adey Nyamathi, distinguished professor and associate dean of international research and scholarly activities at the UCLA School of Nursing, was quoted.
 
Cleaner Beaches Keep Visitors Coming
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday on research led by Ryan Vaughn, visiting scholar at the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that improving the environmental quality of coastal areas through policy intervention increases beach attendance. Vaughn was quoted.
 
Millennials: A Selfish Generation?
A column in today's MarketWatch about the so-called "millennial generation," those born between 1982 and 2000, cites multiple findings from the nationwide Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute.
 
Health Care and Undocumented Immigrants
An article in Friday's New York Times about efforts by California lawmakers and advocacy groups to provide some type of preventive health care for undocumented immigrants in the state cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that approximately 2 million to 3 million people in the state will remain uninsured after the health insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.
 
LGBT Across the USA
A Saturday Associated Press article about sexual orientation among San Francisco's homeless population cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that in 2006, 15.4 percent of that city's population was lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. An article in Saturday's Orange County Register about Irvine Unified School District policies for working with LGBT students referenced a Williams Institute estimate that 920,000 U.S. residents are transgender.
 
Michael Jackson, Sleep and Drugs
Dr. Alon Avidan, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM and KNX-1070 AM about court testimony that Michael Jackson's drug use kept him in a coma and made it incapable for him to get REM sleep.
 
After-School Program Can Help Obese Kids
KNBC’s “Today in LA” reported today on a study led by Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, demonstrating that an after-school program that focused on increasing low-income children's opportunities for physical activity and healthy snacks, as well as their knowledge of nutrition and exercise, helped lower the proportion of students who were overweight or obese.
 
UCLA Screening Saves Newborn's Life
The Beverly Hills Courier reported Friday on the hospitals of the UCLA Health System routinely providing pulse oximetry screening, a non-mandatory newborn test that checks for a condition known as critical congenital heart disease. Dr. Jeffrey Smith, clinical professor of neonatology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted.
 
Seniors Struggle to Raise Grandkids
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday, and an Examiner blog reported Thursday, on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that grandparents raising grandkids in California may be among the most vulnerable residents in the state, due to the high cost of living and low levels of public assistance. D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a researcher at the center, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Photos and Fair Use Online
Saturday’s Forbes featured a column by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, about copyright infringement and photo-sharing on the Internet.
 
Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer
The Huffington Post reported Thursday on a study by Dr. Donald Tashkin, UCLA professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, that found that light to moderate marijuana use does not increase individuals' risk of lung cancer. Tashkin was quoted.
 
With Strokes, Time Equals Brain
Domain-b reports today 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; Dr. Gregg Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was cited.
 
Eric Garcetti to Take Reins
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed Sunday on KTLA-Channel 5 about the transition from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's administration to Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti's.
 
California on Rebound With Job Growth
Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed today by NPR News about unemployment and job growth in California. He was quoted on the subject Friday in the Los Angeles Times. William Yu, an economist with Anderson Forecast, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM about the jobs outlook in the state.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Gary Gardner, 69, Distinguished UCLA Theater Professor
Gardner, a longtime theater professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and mentor to numerous well-known actors, died June 15. See Saturday’s Hollywood Reporterand Broadway World.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Daniel Furst
Furst, professor of rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in an IMNG Medical News article about treatments for rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Mark Gold
Gold, an associate director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plans to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over a Superfund pollution site.
 
Dr. Wayne Grody
Grody, 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, was quoted Tuesday in a Scientist article about the Supreme Court's ruling that human genes cannot be patented.
 
Dr. Sanjay Kaul
Kaul, UCLA associate professor of medicine, was quoted Friday in a CNN Wire profile of the physician who discovered that low-dose aspirin could help prevent cardiovascular disease.
 
Jerome Siegel
Siegel, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Sleep Research at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Time article and Saturday in a Live Science article about court testimony that Michael Jackson's drug use kept him in a coma and made it incapable for him to get REM sleep.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Saturday in a Washington Examiner column about the First Amendment.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Sunday in a Business Insider article about the Supreme Court's Fisher v. University of Texas case and today in a Bloomberg article about other Supreme Court cases.
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