UCLA Headlines March 18, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
'Easy Button' for Measuring River Flow
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Monday on the development by UCLA geography doctoral student Colin Gleason and Laurence Smith, professor and chair of the UCLA Geography Department, of a new method for accurately estimating the volume of water running through rivers by using satellite images. Smith was interviewed.
 
Cure for the Common Hangover
An article in Monday's Scientific American about hangover cures highlighted the development by Yunfeng Lu, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and colleagues at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science of a nanocapsule that mimics the action of the human liver and helps speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body. Lu was quoted.
 
UCLA Extension and Health Care Management
Monday's New York Times highlighted UCLA Extension's certificate program in health care management, which has been updated and expanded to provide professionals with expertise on the Affordable Care Act. Dylan Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted.
 
Build Muscle and Live Longer
Agence France-Presse reports today on research by Dr. Preethi Srikanthan, assistant professor of endocrinology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Arun Karlamangla, associate professor of geriatrics at the Geffen School, indicating that greater muscle mass may be a more important factor in preventing premature death among older Americans than a good body mass index. Srikanthan and Karlamangla are quoted.
 
Cost Influences College Choice More Than Ever
The Associated Press reported Sunday on the nationwide Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which found that more college freshmen than ever before said cost and financial aid incentives were major factors in their choice of school. Kevin Eagan, assistant professor of education and interim director of UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, was quoted. Survey findings on the amount of homework high school seniors generally have were highlighted today by USA Today.
 
Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks
KABC-Channel 7 reported Monday on a study by Sander Greenland, professor of statistics and of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues showing that men over the age of 65 and men under 65 with a history of heart disease are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack after beginning testosterone therapy.
 
Breakfast in School Classrooms
Dr. William McCarthy, professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about the Los Angeles Unified School District's new mandatory policy requiring all schools to serve breakfast in class.
 
Kronos Quartet at UCLA
The Los Angeles Times reported Monday on recent performances by the Kronos Quartet and friends at UCLA's Royce Hall as part of the current season of UCLA Center for the Art of Performance.
 
Expansion of Larger Health Systems
The UCLA Health System was referenced Sunday in a Ventura County Star article about doctors in solo and small practices in Ventura County banding together to form their own groups as a larger health networks expand throughout Southern California.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
George Geis
Geis, adjunct professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a San Francisco Chronicle article about Google's recent foray into genomics research.
 
Dr. Sandra Loo
Loo, associate professor of psychiatry and director of pediatric neuropsychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in an NBC News.com article about research showing that drugs used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may increase patients' risk of becoming obese in their teens.
 
David Rapoport
Rapoport, UCLA professor emeritus of political science, is quoted today in a Reuters article about a California man arrested near the United States–Canada border on a terrorism charge.
 
Daniel Treisman
Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, was quoted Monday in a Newsweek op-ed about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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