UCLA Headlines May 16, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
LGBT Across the U.S.A.
Gallup Politics today features an article co-written by Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, highlighting a survey by the institute and Gallup that offers a state-by-state breakdown of the percentage of individuals in the U.S. who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The research was cited Wednesday in an Advocate article about Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage.
 
How the Damaged Brain Rewires Itself
Asian News International reports today on a study by Michael Fanselow, professor of psychology and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and Moriel Zelikowsky, a graduate student researcher in Fanselow's lab, showing how alternate regions of the brain take over the process of learning and memory when the hippocampus is damaged. Fanselow and Zelikowsky are quoted.
 
The Map Inside Our Heads

The Conversation reported Wednesday on research by Mayank Mehta, a professor of neurophysics in UCLA's departments of neurology, neurobiology, and physics and astronomy, that used virtual reality to demonstrate how environmental stimuli and brain rhythms allow our brains to generate maps of the outside world. Mehta was quoted.

 
Groups Bid for St. John's Hospital
Articles published Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times and the Santa Monica Daily Press about several groups bidding to purchase St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica referenced a group that includes the UCLA Health System.
 
Same-Sex Couples and Green Cards
An article in Wednesday's Huffington Post about the immigration hurdles faced by same-sex couples in which one partner is not a U.S. citizen cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing there are approximately 28,500 such couples in the U.S.
 
Facelifts and Facebook
Healio reports today on research led by UCLA associate clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery Dr. Reza Jarrahy, Dr. Andrew Vardanian of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and colleagues examining the use of social media among plastic surgeons to promote their practices and educate patients.
 
Gay Marriage Boosts Economy
A column in Wednesday's Huffington Post highlighting the benefits of same-sex marriage for the U.S. and state economies referenced research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating the potential economic boost of same-sex marriage for the states of Maine, Maryland and Washington.
 
 
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Dr. Daniel Uslan
Uslan, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases and director of the UCLA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, was quoted Tuesday in a CNN.com article about research showing that covering key hospital surfaces with copper can help reduce hospital-acquired infections.
 
John Villasenor
Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Thursday in a CBS News.com article about state and federal efforts to limit the use of aerial drones by law enforcement.
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