UCLA Headlines May 1, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Science at UCLA Preschool
KPCC-89.3 FM reports today on the UCLA Early Care and Education Pathways to Science program, which teaches basic scientific concepts to preschoolers. Gay MacDonald, executive director of UCLA ECE, and April Wright, a teacher at UCLA ECE, were interviewed.
 
UC Patient-care Workers Vote on Strike
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Monday that the union representing nearly 13,000 patient-care workers at UCLA and other UC campuses was to begin voting Tuesday on whether to strike over a contract dispute. Dr. J. Thomas Rosenthal, chief medical officer for the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
How Could You Miss That?
A Forbes article published Tuesday about research on how people make decisions cited a study by Alan Castel, UCLA associate professor of psychology, that found that people often do not recall things they have seen — or at least walked by — hundreds of times. Castel was quoted.
 
UCLA Lab Fire Case
The Scientist reported Tuesday on the legal case against a UCLA professor stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
Stroke Care and Ambulances
Counsel and Heal reports today on a study by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, clinical professor of neurology and a director of the UCLA Stroke Center, showing that stroke patients who arrived at the hospital by ambulance instead of driving themselves are more likely to get there within the most critical time for receiving the care they need. Saver is quoted.
 
Kicking Meth Addiction Harder for Girls
The LAist reports today on a study led by Dr. Keith Heinzerling, a health sciences assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that teen girls have a harder time than boys quitting methamphetamine use.
 
Immigration Tied to Workers' Rights
The Huffington Post Tuesday featured a column by Victor Narro, project director at UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, urging that immigration reform also include greater workplace protection.
 
Poor Body Image Could Be 'Bad Brain Wiring'
An LA Weekly blog, Britain's Daily Mail and News Medical reported Tuesday on research led by  Dr. Jamie Feusner, UCLA associate professor of psychiatry, which found that people with body dysmorphic disorder have abnormalities in the underlying connections in their brains. Feusner was quoted in the coverage.
 
Suspensions of Minority, Disabled Students
Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on NPR’s "Tell Me More" about his research showing that African-American and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S.
 
Guidelines for Home Births
Dr. Dennis Woo, UCLA associate clinical professor of pediatrics, was interviewed Tuesday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Air Talk" about the American Academy of Pediatrics' new guidelines for the care of infants born at home.
 
Zapping Zits With 'Friendly' Bacteria
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Tuesday on 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. Li was quoted.
 
May Day Rallies
Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was interviewed by KNBC-Channel 4 about Los Angeles May Day rallies. 
 
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Bertha Viramontes
Viramontes, clinical cardiac nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted in an article in the May issue of Heart Insight about care for patients after they have left the hospital following heart procedures.
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