UCLA Headlines November 13, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors
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 military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service was highlighted Monday on NBC's "Today" show and Sunday by KTLA-Channel 5 and KCAL-Channel 9. Dr. Kodi Azari, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery and surgical director of the UCLA Hand Transplantation Program, was interviewed on KTLA.
 
More Women, Minorities in House
Lynn Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about gains made by women and minorities in the U.S. House of Representatives in the recent election.
 
Kids' Learning and the East-West Divide
James Stigler, UCLA professor of developmental psychology and chair of cognitive psychology, was interviewed Monday on National Public Radio about how Eastern and Western cultures perceive the importance of intellectual struggle among children differently.
 
Famed Rockers Start Teen Cancer Center at UCLA
Roger Daltrey was interviewed Monday on CSPAN about he Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the first such program launched in the U.S. by Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the Who.
 
Avoiding the 'Fiscal Cliff'
Mark Peterson, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and professor of political science, was interviewed Saturday on KCBS-Channel 2 about upcoming negotiations among President Obama, the Democrats and the Republican's over the "fiscal cliff."
 
Eating More Fish Keeps Brain 'Younger'
A column in Thursday's Oye! Times about health claims made for omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish oil highlighted a study by Dr. Zaldy Tan, a member of UCLA's Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research and a visiting associate professor of geriatrics, showing that lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were associated with smaller brain volume and poorer performance on tests of mental acuity among seniors.
 
Anderson's Global M.B.A. Program
An article in Monday's New York Times about international M.B.A. programs highlighted the UCLA–NUS Global Executive M.B.A., a collaborative program run by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore.
 
Assessing Jefferson's Legacy
Sunday's Washington Post featured a book review by UCLA professor emerita of history Joyce Appleby of Jon Meacham's “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power."
 
New Hope for Arthritis Sufferers
Internal Medicine News reported Monday on research led by Dr. Daniel Furst, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, on a new combination drug therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Furst was quoted.
 
Caring for the Caregivers
The Stockton Record reported Friday on the keynote address of Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, at a symposium focusing on caregivers for those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related disorders.
 
Gas From Comet Demolition Derby
Research led by Benjamin Zuckerman, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, suggesting that the large amount of gas observed orbiting a star in the constellation Cetus is due to carbon monoxide released during nearby comet collisions, which have been occurring about every six seconds for millions of years, was highlighted Monday by Space and Friday by Wired UK, RedOrbit and World Science. Zuckerman was quoted in the coverage.
 
Obama’s Social Sciences Dream Team
An article in today's New York Times highlighted the role of Craig Fox, professor of cognitive psychology and a professor of policy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, as a member of a team of social scientists that advised President Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign. Fox is quoted.
 
Legalization of Gay Marriage Could Boost Economy
Seattle's KING-TV reported today, and the Seattle Times and Portland's KATU-TV reported Monday, on research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law examining how the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland, Maine and Washington state could benefit those states economically.
 
In Vitro Fertilization and Birth Defects
VOXXI reported Thursday on research led by Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon, a general surgery resident at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, that found that IVF infants' odds of having birth defects are significantly greater than those of naturally conceived babies. Kelley-Quon was quoted.
 
Unique Device to Control Epilepsy
Britain's Telegraph reported Monday on research by Dr. Chris DeGiorgio, UCLA professor of neurology, showing that mild electrical stimulation of a major nerve emanating from the brain can help reduce seizures among those suffering from epilepsy. DeGiorgio was quoted.
 
Creativity in the Early Years
Charlotte Reznick, UCLA clinical professor of psychology, was interviewed Sunday on Connecticut's WTIC-AM about how to encourage creativity among toddlers and preschoolers.
 
 
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Bruce Carlin
Carlin, assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Monday in a New York Times blog op-ed about the power that credit-card companies exert over small businesses.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, was quoted Sunday in a Washington Post article about same-sex weddings.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a Bloomberg column about the passage of ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Friday in a Contra Costa Times article about growth in the job market in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Mark Sawyer
Sawyer, chair of the UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies, professor of political science and the director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, was quoted Monday in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Philadelphia's voting results in the presidential election.
 
Donald Shoup
Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the newly opened toll-road section of the 110 freeway.
 
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about changing cultural and racial voting demographics in the United States.
 
John Zaller
Zaller, UCLA professor of political science, was quoted Sunday in an Iowa City Press-Citizen article about political partisanship in the U.S. Congress.
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