UCLA Headlines May 13, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Pampering Moms of Hospitalized Children
KCBS-Channel 2 reported Thursday on a Mother's Day-themed event held by Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to provide makeup, manicures and haircuts for moms of hospitalized children.
 
'Sacred Lotus' May Hold Secrets to Longevity
The Business Standard reports today and Science World Report and Asian News International reported Saturday that a team of scientists from the U.S., China, Australia and Japan have sequenced the genome of the "sacred lotus," which may hold secrets to healthy aging. Jane Shen-Miller, a senior scientist with UCLA's Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, and Crysten Blaby-Haas, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar in chemistry and biochemistry, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Stem Cells Used to Model Disease
Doctor Tipster reported Sunday on research by Dr. Peiyee Lee, UCLA postdoctoral scholar in molecular, cell and developmental biology, and Dr. Richard Gatti, UCLA professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and of human genetics, that used induced pluripotent stem cells to create a laboratory model of the rare genetic disorder ataxia telangiectasia. Both Lee and Gatti are members of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center.
 
An iPad App for Choosing Birth Control
Health Canal reported Thursday on an iPad app developed at UCLA that helps women select the birth control method that's best for them. The app was created by Dr. Aparna Sridhar, a clinical fellow in family planning in the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who was quoted.
 
Understanding Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria
R&D and News Medical reported Friday that a new study by researchers at UCLA, Northwestern University and the University of Washington could shed light on how to treat bacterial infections that don't respond to antibiotics.
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
Blogs on the Forbes and Guardian websites reported Friday on "Jane Austen, Game Theorist," a book by UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe that argues that 19th-century author Jane Austen's novels explored in detail the strategic actions and manipulations that would become codified as "game theory" some 150 years later. Chwe was quoted in the coverage. Chwe also was interviewed Wednesday by the One Thing New blog.
 
Q&A With 'Zoobiquity' Author
Saturday's New York Times featured a profile of Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, clinical professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, director of imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and author of "Zoobiquity," which examines the species-spanning nature of illness.
 
Using 'Velcro' to Capture Cancer Cells
Co.Exist reported Friday that researchers at UCLA have used a Velcro-like nanoscale technology to detect and isolate single cancer cells from patient blood samples for analysis.
 
Few Women, Minorities in TV Writing
Free Speech Radio News reported Friday on a new Writers Guild of America–West study authored by Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies, which found that despite recent gains, female and minority television writers still lag behind their white male counterparts in employment. Hunt was interviewed.
 
Fighting Crime With Math
Canada's Edmonton Journal reported Saturday on research by Andrea Bertozzi, director of computational and applied mathematics at UCLA and a professor of mathematics, and colleagues that applies sophisticated mathematics to urban crime patterns to determine which types of metropolitan crime "hotspots" are most likely to be affected by intensified police actions. Bertozzi was quoted.
 
UCLA Scientists to Study Tiger Salamanders
Long Island Newsday reported Thursday that a grant from philanthropist Andrew Sabin will enable UCLA scientists to perform field and genetic studies of tiger salamander breeding pools and habitats at a site in Riverton, N.Y.
                                             
Analyzing 'Healthy' Fast Food
A study led by Dr. Lenard Lesser, a former physician with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, comparing nutritional data for meals eaten by teens at Subway and McDonald's restaurants was highlighted Sunday by Asian News International, Saturday by the French Tribune and Huliq, and Friday by Australia’s News. Lesser was quoted in the coverage.
 
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
An article in Sunday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the death of former football player Junior Seau and the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy cited a brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of five retired football players who had suffered one or more concussions. Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center and a professor of psychiatry who holds UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Chair on Aging, was quoted.
Suspensions of Minority, Disabled Students
A study by Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, showing that African-American and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S. was highlighted today by USA Today, Sunday by the Detroit Free Press and Friday by the Huffington Post. Losen was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Neuroscientists Move to USC to Establish New Institute
KABC-790 AM, KCRW-89.9 FM and KPCC-89.3 FM reported Friday that Dr. Arthur Toga, professor of neurology and director of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) in the UCLA Department of Neurology, and LONI member Paul Thompson, UCLA professor of neurology, will move to the USC Keck School of Medicine next fall.
 
Inside Scoop on Valley Fever
Friday'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 spread of "Valley Fever" in California.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Stephen Bainbridge
Bainbridge, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a New York Times article about hedge funds’ efforts to give financial incentives to nominees to company boards.
 
Dr. Karim Chamie
Chamie, visiting assistant professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a HealthDay News article about new research suggesting marijuana may be less likely to cause bladder cancer than cigarettes.
 
Benjamin Karney
Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in an Augusta Chronicle article about military families’ use of social media.
 
Stuart Kirk
Kirk, professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a USA Today article about criticisms of the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Tuesday in a New Republic article about the abuse of heroin and other "needle" drugs.
 
Lee Ohanian
Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was quoted Friday in a Washington Post article about the research and predictions of economist John Maynard Keynes.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about preventing unnecessary medical tests and treatments.
 
Wendy Teeter
Teeter, curator of archaeology for the Fowler Museum at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about a museum exhibition on Catalina island examining the life of Ralph Glidden, who excavated local Native American bones and relics for sale, trade and display in the 1930s.
 
Jerome Zack
Zack professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, was quoted Sunday in a China Daily article about new developments in the treatment of HIV and AIDS.
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