UCLA Headlines May 23, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
The Science of Food at UCLA
The Los Angeles Times reports today on "Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat," a course taught by Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, in which students explore such topics as food's texture and flavor from a scientific perspective. As part of the course, Rowat also hosts public "Science and Food" events featuring top chefs. Rowat is quoted.
 
The Map Inside Our Heads
The Atlantic reports today 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 is quoted.
 
Autism and the African-American Community
Dr. Daniel Geschwind, UCLA's Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Wednesday on KNBC-Channel 4 about his research on the genetic factors underlying autism in African-Americans and individuals of European descent.
 
Analyzing 'Healthy' Fast Food
The Franchise Herald reported Tuesday on 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 and the average number of calories in meals consumed by teens at Subway and McDonald's restaurants. Lesser was quoted.
 
Auto Exhaust Turns Good Cholesterol Bad
The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday on a study led by Dr. Jesus Araujo, associate professor of medicine and director of environmental cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 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. Fen Yin, a researcher in the division of cardiology at the Geffen School of Medicine, was quoted.
 
ACA and Health Insurance in California
An op-ed in Tuesday's Oakland Tribune about the upcoming implementation of provisions of the Affordable Care Act in California cited a study by UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley showing that 3 million to 4 million Californians are likely to remain uninsured under the law.
 
How Many Pot Shops in L.A.?
An article in Tuesday's Huffington Post about a Los Angeles ballot measure aimed at regulating the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city cited research by Bridget Freisthler, associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, showing there were far fewer pot shops open for business in Los Angeles than city officials originally claimed.
 
Cities With Most Gay Parents
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that the Salt Lake City metropolitan area has the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children in the country. Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the institute, was quoted.
 
How Animals Comfort People
An MSN News article published Tuesday about dogs sent by relief organizations to help soothe victims' suffering after major disasters referenced a 2005 UCLA study that found that hospital patients visited by trained dogs experienced a decrease in anxiety levels. The article also cited UCLA's People–Animal Connection, an animal-assisted therapy program for patients at UCLA medical facilities. 
 
Climate Change and Species Interaction
E! Science News reported Wednesday on research by Van Savage, UCLA assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and of biomathematics, and former UCLA postdoctoral researchers Anthony Dell and Samraat Pawar examining how climate change will affect the ways in which species interact with each other and the stability and functioning of ecosystems.
 
Drugs for Treating Schizophrenia
Clinical Psychiatry News reported Wednesday on research by Dr. Stephen R. Marder, professor of psychiatry and director of the section on psychosis at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, examining new drugs aimed at treating the non-psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia that impair patients’ daily functioning. Marder was quoted.
 
Race and College Admissions
UCLA professor of law Richard Sander was interviewed today on Fox Business News about his book "Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It."
 
Getting to the Bottom of Benghazi
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, was interviewed Wednesday on KABC-790 AM about the continuing investigation by congressional lawmakers into the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
 
UC, UCLA Hospital Workers Go on Strike
The two-day strike by members of a patient-care workers union and another union at UCLA hospitals and UC medical centers was highlighted Tuesday and Wednesday by KCBS-Channel 2, KCAL-Channel 9, Los Angeles Times and other outlets. 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 and interviewed in the coverage.
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