UCLA Headlines - March 9, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
U.S. Intervention in Syria
CNN on Thursday featured a column by Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, advising the U.S. against military intervention in Syria.
 
Romney and Campaign Spending
Octavio Pescador, visiting assistant professor of Chicano studies and associate director of the UCLA Center for Community Learning, was interviewed Wednesday on KMEX-Channel 34 about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign spending.
 
Kids and Dog Bites
Thursday’s Los Angeles Daily News featured a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the threat of dog bites, specifically to children.
 
OC Rejects “ObamaCare”
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed on KPCC-89.3 FM's “Patt Morrison Show” on Wednesday in a story on Orange County’s Board of Supervisors’ rejection of efforts by the county’s Health Care Agency to secure federal grants funded by the Affordable Care Act. Lavarreda’s research was also cited in an MSNBC story on Thursday about families without health insurance.
 
Tandem Solar Cells Set Record
Monga Bay reported Thursday that researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have developed layered polymer solar cells that have set a world record for efficiency in converting sunlight into power. Yang Yang, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, was cited, and researchers Jing-Bi You, Letian Dou and Gang Li were quoted. 
 
Rebuilding Japan
A Los Angeles Times article today on plans to rebuild Japan after the 2011 tsunami cited the restoration efforts of Hitoshi Abe, chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design and director of UCLA’s Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Abe is quoted.
 
UCLA Offers New Test for Diagnosing Genetic Disease
GenomeWeb reported Wednesday on the UCLA Clinical Genomics Center offering a faster way of testing patients for rare hereditary diseases. Called exome sequencing, the new approach searches the protein-coding regions in the genome to pinpoint the mutation causing a patient’s disorder and provide a definitive diagnosis. Dr. Stanley Nelson, vice chair of human genetics and professor of pathology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted. 
 
Men’s Response to Stress
A Medical Xpress article on Wednesday about men’s response to stress cited Dr. Eric 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, and his research on a gene linked to male development.
 
Central America and the Global Economy
Sebastian Edwards, the Henry Ford II Professor of International Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Wednesday in an Elsalvador.com article about Central America and the global economic environment.
 
Restoring Blood Flow in Stroke Patients
The Sun Chronicle (Maine) reports today on a study led by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, clinical professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Stroke Center, on a new device that shows marked benefits in restoring blood flow to the brain in stroke patients. Saver is quoted.
 
New CD by UCLA Professor Reviewed
Le Monde on Wednesday featured a review of “Black Bazar,” a new CD by Alain Mabanckou, UCLA professor of French and Francophone studies.
 
 
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Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a CNN blog about the cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients.
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