UCLA Headlines March 11, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA REMAPs Downtown L.A. Park
A Monday KCBS-Channel 2 story on downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park highlighted digital resources and wireless applications developed by the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP) at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television that allow members of the public to interactively explore the 34-acre site's nature, history and culture using wireless devices.
 
Smartphones and Not-So-Smart Parenting
Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, was interviewed Monday on KABC-Channel 7 about new research examining how  parents' use of smartphones in the presence of their kids affects parent–child communication.
 
Wired Classrooms and Student Assessment
An article in Monday's Education Week about whether new digital learning technologies can help teachers better track how and how much students are learning featured the expertise of Margaret Heritage, assistant director for professional development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. Heritage was quoted.
 
Indian Casinos and Childhood Obesity
Dr. Neil Halfon, professor of pediatrics, public health and public policy and director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, was interviewed Monday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about research showing that Native American communities with casinos tend to have higher household incomes and lower rates of childhood obesity. 
 
 
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Dr. Alon Avidan
Avidan, professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was quoted Monday in a Washington Post article about the health risks of regularly sleeping for nine or more hours a night, rather than the physician-recommended seven to nine.
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Saturday in a Pediatric News article about heart failure patients who have a syndrome known as ejection fraction.
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