UCLA Headlines November 1, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA to Help Hyperloop Planning
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Thursday, and Curbed LA, Next Big Future and Socal Tech report today, that students and faculty from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design will be partnering with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. to study the potential urban design aspects of entrepreneur Elon Musk's high-speed tube concept.
 
Hard-Wired to Connect Socially
"Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect," a book by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, that explains why the need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food and shelter was highlighted today by the New York Times Book Review, Thursday by CNN.com and the Digital Journal, and Tuesday by the Atlantic, Lieberman was quoted in the coverage.
 
Exercise Strengthens Relationships
New Zealand’s Dominion Post reports today on research by Thomas Bradbury, UCLA professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, that found that couples who exercise together find it easier to lose weight, and they end up with stronger relationships. Bradbury is quoted.
 
Public Insurance Fills Health Coverage Gap
Science Codex and the California's Sierra Sun Times reported Wednesday on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that as large numbers of Californians lost job-based health coverage during the recent recession, an increasing number began receiving insurance through public programs. Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the center, was quoted.
 
Fowler Receives $14M Gift of African Art
Art Media Agency reported Thursday that collectors Jay and Deborah Last have given the Fowler Museum at UCLA a gift of 92 African wood and ivory figures, masks, tools and spoons estimated to be worth more than $14 million.
 
Melanoma Drug Can Treat Lung Cancer
Domain-b reports today on research by Dr. Edward Garon, director of thoracic oncology at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that an experimental melanoma drug also has early potential as an effective treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Garon is quoted.
 
Web Summit Vol. 2: Leonard Kleinrock
The Irish Times reported Thursday on a talk at the Dublin Web Summit by Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, in which he discussed the past, present and future of the Internet.
 
 
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Peter Shushtari
Shushtari, visiting assistant professor in the theater department at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in an Investor’s Business Daily article about actress Bette Davis. 
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in an Inc.com story about the ability of older brains to innovate.
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