UCLA Headlines May 17, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
How the Damaged Brain Rewires Itself
The Press Trust of India, United Press International and the Digital Journal reported Thursday, and Science Codex and Bioscience Technology reported Wednesday, on a study led 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 were quoted in the coverage.
 
Auto Exhaust Turns Good Cholesterol Bad
An LA Weekly blog, RedOrbit and Zimbio reported Thursday on a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues showing that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in "good" HDL cholesterol, altering its protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries. Dr. Jesus Araujo, associate professor of medicine and director of environmental cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors
Wednesday’s New York Times featured a blog column by injured military veteran Mark Wise that highlighted his treatment by UCLA’s Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, which offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service.
 
Water Quality at Topanga Beach
Thursday's Topanga Messenger highlights research led by Jennifer Jay, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, aimed at identifying the sources of high bacteria levels in the water at Topanga Beach.
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
A PBS "NewsHour" blog on Thursday featured a column by UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe highlighting his new book, "Jane Austen, Game Theorist," which 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.
 
Living in Marriage-Equality States
A blog column in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle highlighted research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that approximately one-fifth of all gays and lesbians in the U.S. live in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
 
Gay Marriage Boosts Economy
A story that aired Wednesday on Minneapolis' WCCO-Channel 4 about Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage referenced research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating that some 5,000 same-sex couples will marry in Minnesota over the next three years, injecting $42 million into the sate and local economies.
 
Keystone Molecules Structure Ecosystems
E! Science News reported Thursday on research by Richard Zimmer, a UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, that found that naturally occurring "keystone" molecules that have powerful behavioral effects on diverse organisms often play large roles in structuring ecosystems.
 
UCLA Brings Noir out of Shadows
An article in Thursday's Palm Springs Desert Sun about the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival referenced several films restored by preservationists at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Todd Wiener, a film archivist with the archive, was quoted.
 
 
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Stephen Aron
Aron, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about an exhibition at the Autry National Center highlighting the history of Jews in Los Angeles.
 
Dr. James Byrne
Byrne, assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology and a member of UCLA's Institute for Molecular Medicine, was quoted Wednesday in a Science News article about stem cells and cloning.
 
Neil Malamuth
Malamuth, UCLA professor of communication studies and psychology, was quoted Thursday in an article in India's Hindu about pornography and the risk of violent behavior among men.
 
Tia Martinez
Martinez, a research analyst with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a Wall Street Journal article about the Los Angeles Unified School District ending its policy of suspending students for "willful defiance." 
 
Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Mitchell, professor emeritus of management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor emeritus of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a Sacramento Bee article about personnel policies for California state agencies.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a Bloomberg article about a federal appeals court case considering whether "liking" posts on Facebook is constitutionally protected speech.
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