UCLA Headlines June 7, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Bradbury Penned Masterpiece at UCLA
Obituaries for author Ray Bradbury published Wednesday and today by the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, NPR, the New York Times and other outlets referenced UCLA's Powell Library, where Bradbury wrote his most celebrated novel, "Fahrenheit 451," on a rented typewriter.
 
Anderson Aims for Self-Supporting M.B.A. Program
The Los Angeles Times reports today on the UCLA Legislative Assembly's upcoming vote on the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s proposal for a self-supporting M.B.A. program. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and chair of the Academic Senate; Steve Lippman, professor of management at UCLA Anderson; and Joseph Nagy, UCLA professor of English, are quoted.
 
Pot Dispensaries and Crime
U.S. News & World Report and Science Codex reported Wednesday on a study by Nancy Kepple, a doctoral student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Bridget Freisthler, an associate professor of social welfare at the school, suggesting that neighborhoods with medical marijuana dispensaries do not have higher crime rates than other neighborhoods. Kepple and Freisthler were quoted in the coverage.
 
How Cancers Resist Treatment
An article in Wednesday's OncLive about research on melanoma cited a study by Dr. Roger Lo, assistant professor of dermatology and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, that identified several ways in which a particular type of melanoma can become resistant to a promising experimental cancer drug. Lo was quoted.
 
Sex Steroid Genes and Aggressive Behavior
PhysOrg reported Wednesday on research by Barney Schlinger, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and colleagues examining how changes in sex steroid molecules can lead to aggressive behaviors in animals.
 
Bringing Outdoor 'Land Art' Indoors
An article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal about an exhibition on "land art" at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art cited Miwon Kwon, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Art History, who co-curated the show. Kwon was quoted.
 
Charter Schools Less Racially Diverse
An article in Wednesday's Education Week about school integration highlighted a study by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that charter schools in many metropolitan areas of the United States are less racially diverse than their traditional public school counterparts.
 
Arraignment in Lab Fire Case
KABC-Channel 7 reported today on charges filed against the UC Regents and a UCLA professor as a result of a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
Tough Votes for Unions, City Workers
David Lewin, professor of management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Wednesday on KCAL-Channel 9 about voters choosing to cut pension benefits for city workers in San Diego and San Jose.
 
Report Card on Patient Safety
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was cited Tuesday in Los Angeles Times and NPR.org articles about a nonprofit organization's recent report on patient safety at U.S. hospitals.
 
UCLA Launches Face Transplant Program
Wired reported Wednesday on the UCLA Health System's launch of the West Coast's first face transplantation program and on UCLA's Operation Mend, which offers free reconstructive surgery and other services to severely wounded military personnel. Dr. Kodi Azari, surgical director of the UCLA Hand Transplantation Program and associate professor of orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Donor Helped Establish Billy Wilder Theater
An obituary in Wednesday's Variety for Audrey L. Wilder, wife of the late filmmaker Billy Wilder, referenced her donation of $5 million to create UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, home to the UCLA Film and Television Archive's cinematheque.
 
Film School Gets New Department Chair
The Indiewire blog reported Wednesday that the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has appointed UCLA professor of film and television William McDonald chair of the school's department of film, television and digital media. Teri Schwartz, dean of the school, was quoted.
 
Music Mogul's Son Gets Athletic Scholarship
The awarding of a UCLA football scholarship to Justin Combs, son of entertainment mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, was highlighted Tuesday by Mediaite and Wednesday by Headline News' "Showbiz Tonight," the LAist and the Toonari Post.
 
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Dr. Antoni Ribas
Ribas, professor of hematology–oncology and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted Wednesday in a Nature article about an experimental drug that has been shown in clinical trials to help fight several types of cancer.
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