UCLA Headlines March 15, 2013

College More Than a 'Return on Investment'
Thursday's Washington Post featured an op-ed by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block about how higher education benefits society and the ways in which students and universities help serve the larger community.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
An article in the March issue of Los Angeles Magazine highlighted the research and activities of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), part of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Michael Irwin, professor of psychiatry and director of MARC and the Cousins Center, and Marvin Belzer, associate director of MARC, were quoted; Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at MARC, was cited.
Regulating Climate-Altering Research
The Boston Globe reported Thursday on a paper by Edward Parson, professor of law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, and a Harvard University colleague proposing a new international regulatory framework that would allow research on geoengineering — large-scale efforts to temper or reverse the effects of climate change — to move forward.
Higgs Boson Looks Like Higgs Boson
An article in the March 6 Los Angeles Times about the 2012 discovery by researchers working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) laboratory in Switzerland of what is likely the elusive the Higgs boson particle highlighted the work of UCLA professor of physics Robert Cousins, a member of one of the teams working at CERN. Cousins was quoted.
Med School Grads Squeezed
An article in Thursday's Wall Street Journal about an increasing number of medical school graduates having difficulty finding medical residency opportunities highlighted UCLA's International Medical Graduates program, a training program run through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine that assists bilingual graduates from Latin American medical schools in preparing to become family physicians in California. Dr. Patrick Dowling, chair of the department of family medicine, was quoted.
New Approach to Immigration Reform
The McClatchy-Tribune news service today features an op-ed by Alvaro Huerta, a visiting scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, urging President Obama to take concrete steps toward comprehensive immigration reform.
Roger Farmer
Farmer, UCLA distinguished professor of economics, was quoted Thursday in a Bloomberg Businessweek article about the relationship between the stock market and the economy.  
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting vitamin D supplements can help African Americans lower their blood pressure.
James Gelvin
Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about Syrian Americans' reactions to the ongoing strife in Syria.
Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon
Kelley-Quon, a general surgery resident at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Tuesday in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the first test-tube babies, who are now having children.
Victor Narro
Narro, project director at UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about labor violations at an upscale Beverly Hills restaurant.
Dr. Richard J. Shemin
Shemin, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at UCLA and surgical director of UCLA's Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the health of newly elected Pope Francis, who had a lung removed as a teenager.
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," was quoted Thursday in Australia’s The Age about the gun-control debate in the United States.
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