UCLA Headlines May 8, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Heart Disease Has Many Faces
KTTV-Channel 11 reported Monday on the diversity of patients being treated for heart disease at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Karol Watson, assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed.
 
Charles Dickens and L.A. Transit
A column in today's Los Angeles Times examines Los Angeles transit services in light of UCLA associate professor of English Jonathan Grossman's new book “Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel,” which explores the ways in which transportation innovations during Dickens' lifetime informed the author's works. Grossman is quoted.
 
Bullies Are (Unfortunately) Confident, Cool
An LA Weekly blog reports today on research by Jaana Juvonen, UCLA professor of developmental psychology, showing that, contrary to common assumptions, schoolyard bullies tend to have unusually high self-confidence and are generally thought of by teachers and fellow students as popular and cool.
 
Bill Clinton Speaks at UCLA
A Los Angeles Magazine blog reported Monday on former President Bill Clinton's recent speech at Royce Hall inaugurating the UCLA College of Letters and Science's Luskin Lecture for Thought Leadership series. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted.
 
With Ads, Your Brain Is Smarter Than You
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday and Wednesday on a study led by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, in which researchers imaged the brains of smokers while they were asked to rate the effectiveness of several anti-smoking ads, with surprising results.
 
Study Identifies Genes Linked to PTSD
Genome Web reported Friday on a study led by Dr. Armen Goenjian, a research professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, linking two genes involved in serotonin production to a higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
Nurses: Advocating, Learning, Caring
The May issue of Working Nurse magazine highlights Cathy Ward, director of nursing at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and the UCLA Health System’s award for high-performing nurses who are strong patient advocates.
 
Brain Cancer Drug May Cause Secondary Tumors
Medscape reported April 30 on research by Dr. Isaac Yang, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, indicating that a drug commonly used to treat malignant, recurrent brain tumors may increase the risk of secondary cancerous growths. 
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a CNN.com article about how our dependence on technology can inhibit memory formation.
 
Frederick Zimmerman
Zimmerman, professor and chair of health services at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about a correlation between kids’ TV watching habits and their diets.
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