UCLA Headlines June 28, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
California's Crisis of Unpaid Wages
KCRW-89.9 FM reported Thursday 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.
 
'Friendly Skies' for Heart Attack Victim
KCAL-Channel 9 reported June 21 that three UCLA doctors on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas helped save a passenger who suffered a mid-flight heart attack. Dr. Jonathan Braun, chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Dr. Lynn Gordon, professor of ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute; and Dr. Brandon Evans, a UCLA neurosurgery fellow, were interviewed.
 
Airport Scanners Don't Pose High Risk
Canada's QMI news agency, eMax Health and Medical Daily reported Thursday on a study by Dr. Christopher Cagnon, professor of radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and chief of radiology physics at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and colleagues that found that full-body scanners at airports emit far less radiation than was assumed. Cagnon was quoted in the coverage.
 
Operation Mend Heals Wounded Warriors
NBC's “Nightly News” on Thursday highlighted the work of Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery and other medical care for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service. The piece also highlighted Operation Mend's "buddy" family program, which pairs wounded veterans undergoing treatment with Los Angeles–area families who provide comfort, care and support.
 
Creating a Brain 'Map' of Alzheimer's
Mayank Mehta, UCLA professor of neurophysics in the departments of neurology, neurobiology, and physics and astronomy, and Arthur Toga, professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, were interviewed Thursday in an Ivanhoe News video story about research aimed at understanding how brain structure and function affect and are affected by Alzheimer's disease.
 
Computer Exercises Can Help Seniors' Memory
A column in Thursday's Daily Mail about how crosswords and other puzzles may help seniors referenced research 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. 
 
 
Marriage Has Benefits for Gay, Straight Couples
A Thursday NBC News.com article about the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 cited a study by Richard Wight, a researcher in community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues that found that marriage is associated with an increase in psychological well-being among both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Wight was quoted.
 
Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage
Research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating the economic benefit to California of legalized same-sex marriage was highlighted today by the Modesto Bee; Thursday by KCAL-Channel 9, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Palm Springs Desert Sun; and Wednesday by the Advocate. Brad Sears, a lecturer at the UCLA School of Law and executive director of the Williams Institute, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Mixing Teaching Topics Gets Better Results
Today’s London Times Educational Supplement highlights research by Robert Bjork, distinguished professor of psychology and co-principal investigator at the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA, indicating that "interleaving" — mixing lesson topic areas together rather than focusing on a single topic at a time — helps students retain information better. Bjork was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Laura Abrams
Abrams, associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a New York Times article about sexual abuse in Georgia’s juvenile detention facilities.
 
Abeer Alwan
Alwan, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about Netflix’s new talking, human-like online interface.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was quoted Thursday in an Orlando Sentinel article about the effect recent Supreme Court decisions may have on same-sex marriage in Florida. Gates was quoted Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal article and Thursday in a Boston Globe article about how the decisions will affect federal rules on taxes and immigration for same-sex couples.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a Digital Journal article about the development of policies for governing Washington state's new legal marijuana industry.
 
William Newman
Newman, UCLA professor of planetary physics, astronomy and mathematics, was quoted Thursday in a Tech News World article about a robot that will converse with human astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a New York Times analysis of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court.
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