UCLA Headlines March 15, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Grad Schools Ranked Among Top in Country
U.S. News & World Report has released its 2013 rankings of the country’s best graduate schools, and many UCLA programs were included: the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture was ranked No. 4 in best fine art programs; the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies is No. 6 among the best education schools; the David Geffen School of Medicine is No. 10 among top medical schools in primary care and No. 13 among top medical schools in research; the UCLA School of Public Health is No. 10 in its category; the UCLA School of Law is No. 15 among best law schools; UCLA Anderson School of Management is No. 15 among the best business schools; and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is No. 16 among the best engineering schools.
 
UCLA’s International Renown Grows
Bloomberg reports today, and a Los Angeles Times blog reported Wednesday, that UCLA placed ninth on the London Times’ Higher Education 2012 World Reputation Rankings, which orders schools according to global prestige. UCLA climbed three spots from last year’s No. 12 ranking.
 
Professor Pearl Wins Turing Award
The Wall Street Journal and a New York Times blog report today that Judea Pearl, UCLA professor-in-residence of computer science, has been awarded the Turing Prize for his breakthrough research in computer science. Pearl is quoted in the coverage.
 
New Leopard Frog Species
An MSBNC blog, United Press International, LiveScience and Examiner reported Wednesday on the discovery in New York City of a new species of leopard frog by H. Bradley Shaffer, UCLA professor in the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and colleagues. Shaffer was quoted in the coverage.

Engineering Students Work on World’s Most Efficient Car
KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 reported Tuesday on three UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science students who are competing to make the world’s most fuel-efficient car in Shell’s Eco-Marathon.
 
Gen Y More Likely to Just Stay Home
Paola Giuliano, assistant professor of economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3’s “Patt Morrison Show” in a segment about American youths being less likely than previous generations to move out of the state where they were raised.
 
Freshman Financial Concerns Growing
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday on an upcoming report from the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) that will examine 45 years’ worth of data from HERI’s annual, nationwide Freshman Survey. John Pryor, director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at HERI, was quoted. 
 
Neurosurgeon’s Research on Memory Praised
Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and his research on individual neurons’ role in making and recalling memories are cited today in a Nature review of a new book. 
 
UCLA Astronomers Lead Effort to Catalogue the Universe
The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports today on NASA’s announcement of the “Sky Atlas,” a comprehensive look at the universe made possible by the 14-year Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission led by Principal Investigator Edward Wright, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. Wright is quoted.   
 
Proposed Cuts to NASA Could Hurt American Competitiveness
On Wednesday the San Gabriel Valley Tribune featured a letter–to-the-editor written by Dwight Streit, professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, arguing against proposed cuts to NASA’s budget that might end the American space program completely.
 
Media Notes Benefits of Yoga to Reduce Stress
Los Angeles Times blog reported Wednesday on a study conducted by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, that found that using yoga to engage in brief, simple daily meditation could lead to improved cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression for caregivers of patients with dementia. Lavretsky was quoted.
 
Reagan's Daughter Helps Alzheimer's Patients
Examiner and the City News Service reported Wednesday on the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program, the creation of which was spurred by Patti Davis, daughter of former President Reagan.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Smart Money piece about five mortgage relief programs that fell short of expectations.
 
Elizabeth Gong-Guy
Gong-Guy, director of UCLA Student Counseling and Psychological Services, was quoted Wednesday in an Inside Higher Ed story about a national survey from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.
 
Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, is quoted today in a Univision story about the Boyle Heights neighborhood having 77% more liquor stores than adjacent cities with higher populations.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Saturday in an Associated Press piece about the California job market.  
 
Beate Ritz
Ritz, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, was quoted Wednesday in a Reuters story about people taking statins having a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. 
 
Eric Sussman
Sussman, a lecturer in accounting and real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Wednesday in a Bloomberg piece about Asian buyers buoying the housing market in Orange County.
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