UCLA Headlines May 31, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Prof Wins Astrophysics Prize
The New York Times reports today that David Jewitt, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of UCLA's Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, has received the Kavli Prize in astrophysics for his research on the early stages of planet formation.
 
Music Mogul's Son Gets Athletic Scholarship
The awarding of a UCLA football scholarship to Justin Combs, son of entertainment mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, was highlighted today by NBC's "Today Show" and Fox News and Wednesday by KABC-Channel 7, Headline News, the Digital Journal and the blog Rhymes With Right.
 
How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
Fox News.com reported Wednesday on a UCLA study showing that a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats — and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted.
 
UCLA Physician Alleges Harassment
KABC-Channel 7 reported Wednesday on an associate professor-in-residence of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who has filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents alleging he was harassed and discriminated against.
 
The Curse of Oil-Rich Countries
The blog Marginal Revolution on Tuesday highlighted "The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations," a new book by Michael Ross, professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, which examines the ways in which oil riches can make nations more prone to dictatorships, insurgencies, and economic and gender disparities.
 
UCLA Launches Face Transplant Program
Tuesday's Medgadget featured a Q&A with Dr. Reza Jarrahy, assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the UCLA Health System's launch of the West Coast's first face transplantation program.
 
 
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Shlomo Benartzi
Benartzi, professor of accounting at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal article about ways to improve one’s stock portfolio.
 
Dr. Charles Flippen II
Flippen, UCLA associate clinical professor of neurology, was quoted Wednesday in a CBS News.com article about the different types of headaches people suffer from.
 
Jan-Christopher Horak
Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times blog article about German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
 
Uday S. Karmarkar
Karmarkar, the L.A. Times Professor of Technology and Strategy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the school's business and information technologies project, was quoted May 24 in a CNN Money article about Internet television providers like Hulu creating original content.
 
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, UCLA professor of law, is quoted today in a New York Times article about students urging President Obama to press Congress to pass the Dream Act.
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