UCLA Headlines May 3, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Bill Clinton Speaks at UCLA
KTTV-Channel 11 and KTLA-Channel 5 reported Wednesday on former President Bill Clinton's speech at Royce Hall inaugurating the UCLA College of Letters and Science's Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership series.  
 
Celebrating 100 Years of Universal
A  Los Angeles Times blog today highlights the UCLA Film and Television Archive's new series, "Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years," which features 36 films made by the studio during the past century. Screenings begin Friday at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater.
 
Cinco de Mayo, Born in the U.S.A.
A new book by David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, exploring the California origins of the Cinco de Mayo holiday was highlighted today by the Huffington Post and Wednesday by the Associated Press. Hayes-Bautista was quoted in the coverage.
 
Gift to UCLA's Santa Monica Med Center
The Santa Monica Daily Press reports today that breast cancer survivor Barbara Kort has made a seven-figure donation to UCLA Medical Center–Santa Monica and the Women's Imaging Center at the hospital has been renamed in her honor. Dr. Anne Hoyt, director of the imaging center is quoted; Dr. Helena Chang, director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center and a researcher at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is cited.
 
Engineers Throw Cells Against Wall
MedGadget reported Wednesday that UCLA bioengineering researchers have created an instrument that slams thousands of human cells per second against a wall of fluid and uses the resulting deformations in these cells to diagnose cancer and other conditions Dino Di Carlo, assistant professor of bioengineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted.
 
Jobs Outlook Brightens for College Grads
Octavio Pescador, visiting assistant professor of Chicano studies and associate director of the UCLA Center for Community Learning, was interviewed Wednesday on Univision-Channel 34's “Despierta América” about the job market for graduating college students.
 
Brain Injury and Junior Seau Tragedy
Dr. Neil Martin, the W. Eugene Stern Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, was interviewed today on KTTV-Channel 11 and Wednesday on KTLA-Channel 5 about the death of former football player Junior Seau and the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which has afflicted many former athletes in high-contact sports. David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was interviewed about the subject Wednesday on KNX-1070 AM and San Francisco's KCBS-740 AM, and Martin, Hovda and Dr. Christopher Giza, UCLA associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology, were cited Wednesday in an Examiner blog article.
 
Americans Need More Sleep
Dr. Alon Avidan, UCLA associate professor of neurology and co-director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was interviewed Tuesday on KPPC-89.3 FM’s “Patt Morrison Show” about new research showing that nearly one in three Americans get less than six hours of sleep per night.
 
UCLA Physician Alleges Harassment
The Los Angeles Wave reported Wednesday that an associate professor-in-residence of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents alleging that he was harassed and discriminated against.
 
 
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Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Monday in a McKnight’s article about research showing that the odds of surviving a heart attack vary from hospital to hospital.
 
Dr. Wally Ghurabi
Ghurabi, medical director of the emergency department at UCLA Medical Center–Santa Monica, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about a college student who was forgotten in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for four days and drank his own urine.
 
David Hayes-Bautista
Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a new program offering health care to illegal immigrants in an effort to cut down on costly emergency room visits. 
 
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, is quoted today in an article in the  Singapore Straits Times about research showing that presidential incumbents have a big advantage in elections, especially when the economy grows during their term.
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