UCLA Headlines June 27, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage
Research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law was cited today in a KNBC-Channel 4 story about the potential economic benefit to California of legalized same-sex marriage. Several UCLA faculty members were interviewed about the Supreme Court's decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8:
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed today on San Francisco’s KGO-810 AM and Wisconsin’s WTMJ-620 AM.
 
David Codell
Codell, legal director of the Williams Institute, was interviewed Wednesday on KCRW-89.9 FM’s “To the Point” and was quoted today in the Sacramento Bee.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow at the Williams Institute, was interviewed Wednesday on Bloomberg Television and American Public Media's "Marketplace," and his demographic research was cited today by the Boston Globe.
 
M.V. Lee Badgett
Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the Williams Institute, was interviewed today on BBC Radio 4 and was quoted Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times.
 
Affirmative Action and College Enrollment
A column published today in Pennsylvania's Greene County Democrat about the Supreme Court’s decision to send the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case back to a lower court highlighted research by Patricia Gandara, professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, examining how the elimination of affirmative action programs affects African-American college enrollment. Gandara is quoted.
 
Supreme Court Rules on Voting Rights Act
Wednesday’s Orange County Register featured expert commentary by Adam Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, on the implications of the Supreme Court striking down a key tenet of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
 
Get Rid of Polyps, Keep Your Colon
Domain-b reported Wednesday on research led by Dr. James Yoo, assistant professor of surgery and chief of the colon and rectal surgery program for the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, examining the effectiveness of a new minimally invasive technique for removing large and hard-to-reach polyps from the colon without removing part of the colon itself.
 
California's Crisis of Unpaid Wages
The Los Angeles Times reports today on a study by researchers at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and colleagues showing that thousands of workers in California have been unsuccessful at collecting unpaid wages from their employers, even when state authorities have ruled in their favor and ordered the employers to pay.
 
Mapping Children's Chances
BBC News.com on Wednesday highlighted a series of maps produced in conjunction with research by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, showing the conditions children and families face across the globe face that either limit or enhance their opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential. Heymann was quoted.
 
Self-Supporing M.B.A. Program Approved
The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg Businessweek reported Wednesday, and the Financial Times and the Sacramento Bee report today that UC President Mark Yudof has approved a proposal by the UCLA Anderson School of Management to convert its full-time M.B.A. program from state-supported to self-supporting. UCLA Anderson dean Judy Olian was quoted in the coverage; UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was cited.
 
UCLA Anderson 'Thinks in the Next'
Today's Bloomberg Businessweek features a Q&A with Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, about UCLA Anderson's recent rebranding campaign.
 
'Curing' HIV in Infants
Nature reported Wednesday on an upcoming clinical trial to be conducted by Dr. Yvonne Bryson, professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues testing whether HIV-positive infants can be "cured" when aggressive drug treatment is administered immediately after birth. Bryson was quoted.
 
Computer Exercises Can Help Seniors' Memory
New York's News 12 Long Island reports today on a study led by Karen Miller, associate clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Prabha Siddarth, a research statistician in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute, showing that older adults who regularly used a computerized brain-fitness program demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills. 
 
Music Therapy for Alzheimer's Patients
Joshua Grill, director of the Sidell–Kagan Alzheimer’s Treatment Development Program in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was interviewed today on KCBS-Channel 2 about a program in which Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are provided with iPods containing their favorite music.
 
 
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Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about research showing that individuals who worry that stress is affecting their health are nearly twice as likely as their peers who don't worry to suffer a heart attack.
 
Paavo Monkkonen
Monkonnen, assistant professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a Christian Science Monitor article about housing issues in Mexico.
 
Joan Silk
Silk, UCLA professor of anthropology, was quoted Wednesday in a Nature article about research on the survival benefits of friendship among Barbary macaques.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Washington Times article about the Supreme Court rejecting the arguments of the Obama administration in a number of recent high-profile cases.
 
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