UCLA Headlines March 8, 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 today by EcoSeed and India's Deccan Herald. Smith was quoted in the coverage.
 
Scientists ID New Alzheimer's Risk Gene
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 advanced brain-visualization scans to discover a new genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease was highlighted today by the Indo-Asian News Service and Thursday by Iran's Fars News Agency. Thompson was quoted in the coverage.
 
Peptide Linked to Positive Emotions
The Press Trust of India and the Indo-Asian News Service report today on a study led by Jerome Siegel, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Sleep Research at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that found that hypocretin, a peptide neurotransmitter in humans, is increased during positive experiences, suggesting it could be useful in potential treatments for depression. Siegel is quoted in the coverage.
 
Determining the Reason for Seizures
Dr. Marc Nuwer, professor of clinical neurology and a member of the UCLA Seizure Disorder Center, was interviewed Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about how doctors treat patients who have suffered unexplained seizures, like the one experienced recently by TV personality Kelly Osbourne.
 
UCLA's Focus on the Environment
An Examiner blog reported Thursday, and ClimateWire reports today, on the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's recent fundraising gala, which featured former Vice President Al Gore and other celebrities and raised more than $1 million for the institute.
 
 
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Francisco J. Buera
Buera, UCLA assistant professor of economics, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a large increase in U.S. service-sector jobs.
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