UCLA Headlines March 7, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Sailing the Arctic, Thanks to Global Warming
Research by UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith and Scott Stephenson, a doctoral candidate in the UCLA Department of Geography, predicting that global warming will open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century was highlighted Wednesday by Canada's CBC News Radio and Tuesday by an NPR blog, Canada's Nunatsiaq News and Nature World News. Smith was quoted in the coverage and interviewed by the CBC.
 
UCLA Law Gets $1M Gift for Scholarships
City News Service reported Wednesday that UCLA alumna and California appeals court judge Joan Dempsey Klein and her husband, Conrad Lee Klein, have given the UCLA School of Law $1.025 million to fund scholarships for students. Rachel F. Moran, dean of the law school, was quoted.
 
Zapping Zits With 'Friendly' Bacteria
Research led by Huiying Li, assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, showing that acne bacteria contain "bad" strains associated with pimples and "good" strains that may actually protect the skin against blemishes was highlighted today by the Digital Journal; Wednesday by an Allure blog; Tuesday by Nature World News; Monday by the Boston Globe and Dermatology Times; Friday by Ivanhoe Newswire, BioTechniques News, About.com and the Press Trust of India; and Feb. 28 by Medical Daily and Sweden's SVT Umea TV. Li was quoted in the coverage.
 
New Brain Scan IDs Alzheimer's Risk Gene
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Wednesday highlighted a study by Paul Thompson, UCLA professor of neurology and a member of the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), and colleagues that used DNA screening and an advanced type of brain-visualization scan to discover a new genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Neda Jahanshad, a graduate student researcher at LONI, was cited.
 
Governments Fail to Support Families
An NPR “Tell Me More” broadcast on Wednesday highlighted a study of nearly 200 countries by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, and colleagues that found that children and families across the globe face conditions that limit their opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.
 
Actress Valerie Harper's Terminal Cancer
Dr. Neil Martin, chair of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Wednesday on the syndicated TV program “Extra” about the type of brain cancer actress Valerie Harper is battling.
 
UCLA Ranks No. 2 for Film Animation
Animation Career Review on Feb. 28 ranked the Animation Workshop at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television the No. 2 program in the country for animation and game design.
 
Choosing the Right Hospital
An article in the March issue of Prevention magazine featured expert commentary by Tod Barry, director of quality assurance for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, on what patients should look for in choosing a hospital to perform elective or planned procedures.
 
UCLA Health and Physician Networks
An article in Monday's San Fernando Valley Business Journal about how hospitals are reconfiguring their relationships with physician groups in preparation for health care reform highlighted UCLA Health's recent expansion efforts in Southern California, including the opening of a new clinic in Thousand Oaks and plans for additional clinics in Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita and Calabasas. Dr. Matteo Dinolfo, medical director of UCLA Department of Medicine's community offices, was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
David Lewin
Lewin, the Neil H. Jacoby Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Wednesday in a Huffington Post column about the importance for employers of helping their workers achieve a healthy work–life balance.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Denver Post article about legislation in Colorado aimed at holding assault weapons manufacturers responsible for crimes committed by weapons purchasers.
 
William Yu
Yu, an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about Los Angeles voters' rejection of a city sales tax increase.
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