UCLA Headlines November 12, 2013

UCLA Works to Support Veterans
Several stories this weekend highlighted services and programs at UCLA that serve veterans, active-duty military personnel and student-veterans:
  • A story that aired Monday on KCAL-Channel 9 and other CBS affiliates across the country highlighted student-veterans attending UCLA on the GI Bill and UCLA's Veterans Resource Center.
  • An op-ed in Monday's Huffington Post referenced research by David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of UCLA's Brain Injury Research Center, aimed at better diagnosing and treating brain injuries on the battlefield.
  • UCLA's Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service was highlighted Monday by NBC's "Today Show," Massachusetts' New Braintree Telegram, the New Orleans Advocate, New Orleans' WWL-Channel 4 and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • The new Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA, where faculty will partner with the armed forces to address the unique challenges of healing and caring for the nation's most critically wounded warriors was highlighted Monday by MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Saturday by Veterans Resources and Thursday by the Sierra Sun Times.
Force Behind Chair in Holocaust Studies
Obituaries of Samuel Goetz in Sunday's Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times highlighted Goetz's efforts to create a chair in Holocaust studies at UCLA — the first of its kind at a public university in the U.S. Saul Friedlander, a professor of history who holds UCLA's 1939 Club Chair in History, and David N. Myers, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of History, were quoted in the coverage.
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
Legal issues surrounding the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property in Westwood, where UCLA's baseball stadium is located, were highlighted Friday in a City Watch LA article and Monday in a Los Angeles Times editorial. The Times highlighted UCLA's longtime service to veterans and the military community.
UCLA Remains Top International Choice
KTTV-Channel 11 reported Monday on a new national report showing that nearly 8,500 international students called UCLA home during the 2012–13 academic year, making it the sixth most popular college destination in the U.S. for foreign students.
Urban Humanities at UCLA
The Chronicle of Higher Education on Monday highlighted the "urban humanities" program at UCLA, a multidisciplinary initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that seeks to connect the humanities, architecture, urban studies and other fields to address contemporary urban problems. Dana Cuff, UCLA professor of architecture and urban design and head of the program; Jonathan Crisman, UCLA visiting assistant researcher in architecture and urban design; and William Marotti, associate professor of history and a scholar with the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, were quoted.
Ending Workplace Discrimination
An article published Friday in Pennsylvania's Allentown Morning Call about the U.S. Senate's approval of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act cited a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that 48 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies have policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and that most said these policies benefited their business.
Social Rejection and Physical Pain
A column in Friday's Huffington Post about children and social ostracism referenced research by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, showing that the brain processes "social" pain the same way that it does physical pain.
UCLA's Pioneering Internet Heritage
A column in Friday's Irish Times about scientific and technological innovation highlighted the work of Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, who led the team of UCLA computer scientists that in 1969 sent the first host-to-host message over the fledgling Internet. Kleinrock was quoted.
Meditation and the Brain
The Huffington Post on Monday highlighted research led by Eileen Luders, assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology, showing that meditation may strengthen the brain's connections and stave off age-related brain atrophy, and that people who meditate have, on average, more folds in the brain's cerebral cortex, which has been linked to improved information processing, memory formation and decision making.
Ocean Weather and Snowfall
Asian News International reported Monday on a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues aimed at understanding how "atmospheric river" storms from the Pacific Ocean may help predict major winter snowfall that hits the West Coast of the U.S.
Astronomers Find 'Freakish' Asteroid
The discovery by David Jewitt, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and colleagues of an unusual asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it was highlighted Thursday by the Ottawa Citizen; Friday by USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Digital Journal, the Authint Mail and Sci-News.com; Saturday by Maryland's WBAL-1090 AM; and Monday by Space Daily. Jewitt was quoted in the coverage and interviewed by WBAL.
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
A brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of retired football players who had suffered concussions was highlighted Friday by San Francisco's KCBS-740 AM and Sunday by Headline News and CNN's "Sanjay Gupta, M.D."
School Suspensions in Maine
Maine's Bangor Daily News reported Sunday on a study by Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, examining the rate of school suspensions of students with disabilities in Maine's largest cities. Losen was quoted.
Gay Rights and the Winter Olympics
An article in Saturday's Foreign Policy about Russia's anti-gay laws cited a study of Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality conducted by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute.
Diversity and Admissions
The Huffington Post reported Friday, and Inside Higher Ed, MSNBC and KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 reported Monday, on a video made by a group of UCLA students expressing concern about the number of black students on campus. Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor for student affairs, was quoted by the Huffington Post and Inside Higher Ed and was cited in the KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 and MSNBC stories.
Gene Block
Block, UCLA chancellor, was quoted today in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about the National Institutes of Health's peer-review system for awarding grants. He was also quoted today by the Washington Post and Monday by the Huffington Post and Associated Press in articles on the effect federal budget sequestration could have on UCLA's research funding.
Samuel Culbert
Culbert, professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Thursday in a Bloomberg Businessweek column about the effectiveness of performance reviews.
Philip Atiba Goff
Goff, UCLA assistant professor of social psychology, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the NFL bullying scandal involving two Miami Dolphins players.
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a New York Post article citing a New Yorker piece on marijuana legalization. Kleiman was quoted Saturday in a CNN.com article about the legalization of marijuana.  
Shana Alex Lavarreda
Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article about President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Teryl Nuckols
Nuckols, assistant professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the FDA placing tighter restrictions on opioid painkillers like Vicodin.
Tanya Stivers
Stivers, UCLA associate professor of sociology, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about how the question word "huh" is present in nearly every language.
Howard Suber
Suber, professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Monday in an article in The Wrap about how the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy continues to be felt in film and television, in movies like "The Conversation" and TV shows like "24" and "Homeland."
Richard Walter
Walter, professor and chair of the screenwriting program at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Sunday in an Agence France-Presse article about movies and books dealing with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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