UCLA Headlines March 13, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Anderson Forecast: Economy Ramps Up
The UCLA Anderson Forecast's latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies was highlighted today by KABC-Channel 7, KNX-1070 AM, the Los Angeles Times and the Contra Costa Times. Forecast senior economists Jerry Nickelsburg and David Shulman were quoted in the coverage; Edward Leamer, director of the Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed on KNX-1070 AM.
 
Seismic Study of Watts Towers
The Los Angeles Times reports today that professors from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are assessing the seismic stability of the historic Watts Towers in South Los Angeles. Ertugrul Taciroglu, a UCLA associate professor of environmental and civil engineering, is quoted.
 
Building the 'Smart Grid' of the Future
Rajit Gadh, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center, was interviewed Monday for an EE Times video about his research on smart-grid electrical systems.
 
Dental School Gets $5M for New Center
The Napa Valley Register reported Monday that the UCLA School of Dentistry has received a gift of $5 million from Dr. Mick Dragoo and his wife, Mary, to establish a clinical research center in periodontology and implantology — specialized areas of dentistry related to tooth-supporting structures and tooth replacement. Dr. No-Hee Park, dean of the dental school, was quoted.
 
Wasserman Fund Pays It Forward
A column by a UCLA undergraduate in Tuesday's Huffington Post highlighted the Edith and Lew Wasserman Fund for Undergraduate Support at UCLA, which provides research scholarships to promising undergraduates. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Patricia Turner, UCLA dean and vice provost for undergraduate education, were cited.
 
Will Universal Preschool Raise Standards?
An op-ed in Tuesday's Business Investor’s Daily about President Obama’s universal preschool proposal cited a 2008 study by UCLA researchers and colleagues that examined how preschool teachers' level of education, class size and teacher-to-student ratios contribute to children's development.
 
CPR Denied to Dying Elderly Woman
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed co-written by Kevin Dirksen, the Arny and Anne Porath Senior Clinical Ethics Fellow at UCLA Health's Ethics Center, about an attendant at an independent living facility in Bakersfield, Calif., who refused to administer CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman.
 
Debate Over Same-Sex Schools
An op-ed in Monday’s Baltimore Sun about same-sex schools cited a study by Linda Sax, professor of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, that found that female graduates of single-sex high schools demonstrated higher levels of academic engagement, SAT scores and confidence in mathematical ability and computer skills than girls at other schools.
 
UCLA Grad Schools Rank High
KNX-1070 AM reported Tuesday that several UCLA programs have been included in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the nation's best graduate schools.
 
Home Sweet Chaos
Time for Kids magazine on Monday highlighted a study by researchers at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) that examined in intimate detail the home lives of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles. Elinor Ochs, professor of anthropology and director of CELF, and Jeanne Arnold, professor of anthropology and a CELF researcher, were interviewed.
 
Doctors and Drug Endorsements
An article in today’s Contra Costa Times about doctors endorsing the benefits of certain pharmaceuticals cited UCLA’s guidelines on the matter.
 
 
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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, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting that a widely prescribed antibiotic may slightly raise the risk of death in patients with heart problems.
 
Jonathan Kuntz
Kuntz, visiting associate professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Friday in a Bloomberg article about the new film "Oz the Great and Powerful."
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is quoted today in a Slate article about schools in New York, Washington, D.C., and other cities making honors classes more inclusive.
 
John Villasenor
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Wednesday in a Daily Beast article about "doxxing," in which individuals post the private information of celebrities and public figures online.
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