UCLA Headlines March 7, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
First-Ever Glimpse of Asteroid Disintegrating
Research led by David Jewitt, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, using the Hubble Space Telescope to document for the first time the breakup of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter was highlighted today by CBS News.com, Space, CBC News, the Huffington Post UK, China's Xinhua News Service and Cool Age and Thursday by NBC News.com, the Associated Press, Britain's Daily Mail and Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Time, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, CNET, the Indo-Asian News Service, Universe Today, PhysOrg, the International Business Times, KNBC-Channel 4 and other outlets. Jewitt was quoted in the coverage.
 
Cost Influences College Choice More Than Ever
Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education, KABC-Channel 7, KCRW-89.9 FM, Ohio’s WRBL-Channel 2, Georgia’s WYAY-106.7 FM and other outlets reported Thursday on the annual nationwide Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which shows that more college freshmen than ever before say 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 in the coverage.
 
Hillary Clinton on Campus
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's March 5 visit to UCLA to deliver the Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership and participate in a Q&A with associate professor of political science Lynn Vavreck was highlighted today by the Huffington Post and Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Reuters.
 
UCLA Among Tops in 'Reputation' Rankings
BBC News reported Wednesday, and the Irish Times, Times Higher Education and KCRW-89.9 FM reported Thursday, that UCLA has been ranked the No. 10 overall university in the world — and the No. 2 public university — in London's Times Higher Education annual survey, which is based on schools' reputation for excellence in research and teaching among scholars around the globe.
 
Potential Cure for HIV in Infants
Dr. Yvonne Bryson, professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was cited Wednesday by Agence France-Presse, HealthDay News and the New York Times in stories about a new treatment technique that appears to have "cured" two infants born with HIV.
 
Helping Homeless LGBT Youth
An article in Thursday’s Philadelphia Daily News about two friends' efforts to help homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth cited a study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute that found that among homeless LGBT kids, roughly half ran away from home because of a feeling of rejection by their families, while half were kicked out.
 
Computing and Energy Efficiency
The EE Times reported Friday that researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have made major advances in computer-processing energy efficiency using an emerging class of magnetic materials called multiferroics. Kang L. Wang, UCLA’s Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Pedram Khalili, UCLA adjunct assistant professor of electrical engineering, were quoted.
 
Preserving UCLA's Pioneering Internet Heritage
Britain's Daily Mail reported Thursday, and Gizmodo reported Wednesday, on the opening of UCLA's Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site, which commemorates the efforts of the team of UCLA computer scientists led by Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA distinguished professor of computer science, that sent the first host-to-host message over the fledgling Internet on Oct. 29, 1969. Kleinrock was quoted in the coverage.
 
Ukraine, Russia and Crimea
Daniel Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, was interviewed Wednesday on BBC News about sanctions being considered against Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
 
 
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Dr. Liana Apostolova
Apostolova, an associate professor of neurology and a member of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was quoted Thursday in a WebMD article about a study showing that the death toll from Alzheimer’s may be much higher than previously thought.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about changing demographics in West Hollywood, long considered a gay neighborhood.
 
Carol Jago
Jago, co-director of the California Reading and Literature Project at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, was quoted Thursday in a Huffington Post article about the recently announced overhaul of the SAT.
 
Matthew Lieberman
Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was quoted Thursday in a New York Times column about the near identical neurological origins of physical and social pain.
 
Chris Tilly
Chris Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a Reuters article about the outlook for of an area of Los Angeles designated a "Promise Zone" as part of President Obama's poverty-reduction program.
 
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