UCLA Headlines March 22, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Alternative Medicine May Ease Sinusitis
HealthDay News reported Wednesday on a study led by Dr. Jeffrey Suh, assistant professor-in-residence of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, suggesting that alternative medicinal treatments such as acupuncture can provide significant relief for patients with sinusitis when combined with standard Western medicine. Suh was quoted.
 
Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
Asian News International reports today on a study co-authored by Dr. Lee Goodglick, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that a cancer-causing agent in cigarette smoke affects a protein involved in cell functioning, even when the smoke is secondhand. Goodglick is quoted.
 
'Hunger Games' Similar to Japanese Film
Anne McKnight, a visiting lecturer in the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, was interviewed Wednesday on NPR's “All Things Considered” about the similarities between the upcoming film “The Hunger Games” and the Japanese film “Battle Royale”
 
UCLA Student Honored at White House
City News Service and the LAist report today that UCLA student Cameron Hajialiakbar will be honored at a White House ceremony as a “Champion of Change” for his work as a founder of UCLA’s chapter of Coaching Corps, which puts volunteer coaches in after-school programs for low-income youths, encouraging them to exercise and live healthy lives.
 
Prof Studies 'Seasickness Syndrome'
An article published today in Britain's Daily Mail about mal de debarquement syndrome, an uncommon balance disorder that leaves sufferers feeling seasick, highlighted research on the syndrome by Dr. Yoon-Hee Cha, UCLA assistant professor-in-residence of neurology. Cha is quoted.
 
Dawn Spacecraft Closes in on Vesta
A blog published today in Nature about NASA’s Dawn spacecraft taking pictures of the protoplanet Vesta includes expert commentary by Christopher Russell, UCLA professor of geophysics and space physics and the Dawn mission’s principal investigator.
 
Doc Investigates Woman’s Strange Malady
Dr. Quinton Gopen, assistant professor-in-residence of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was featured this week in a CBS Newspath segment about a woman who underwent surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to cure a rare disorder that caused her to hear her heartbeat and other sounds echoing in her ears. The story aired Monday and Tuesday on CBS affiliates in more than 30 markets.
 
 
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Dr. Christopher C. Giza
Giza, UCLA associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology, was quoted Tuesday in a MedPage Today article about head trauma in soldiers.
 
David Hovda
Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was quoted Tuesday in a Nature blog article about how traumatic brain injuries may influence soldiers’ decision-making processes and actions.
 
Aimee Hunter
Hunter, visiting assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Time magazine article about using electroconvulsive therapy to treat depression.
 
Lew Hunter
Hunter, professor of film and television at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in an Omaha World-Herald article about whether the new film “The Hunger Games” may be too violent for children.
 
Dr. Stephen Marder
Marder, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, was quoted Wednesday in an Associated Press article about brief reactive psychosis.
 
Gerald Schubert
Schubert, professor of Earth and space sciences and a researcher at the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics , was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about NASA’s Messenger spacecraft finding evidence of inner layers and craters on Mercury.
 
Terrence Tao
Tao, a professor of mathematics who holds the James and Carol Collins Chair in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted Wednesday in a Science article about the winner of the 2012 Abel Prize for mathematics.
 
Dr. Eric Vilain
Vilain, professor of human genetics, urology and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, is quoted today in an Atlantic magazine article about whether heterosexuals are “born straight.”
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