UCLA Headlines November 15, 2013

Life Scientists Discover Origin of Dogs
Research led by Robert Wayne, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, indicating that wolves likely were domesticated by European hunter–gatherers more than 18,000 years ago and gradually evolved into dogs that became household pets was highlighted Thursday by the New York Times, NBC News.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, CNN.com, Time, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” China's Xinhua News Service, National Geographic, the Economist, Discover, LiveScience, New Scientist, Discovery News, Science Daily, Phys.org, Newsy, Britain's Independent, Agence France-Presse, the Christian Science Monitor, Nature and the National Science Foundation and today by Fox News, Asian News International, the LA Weekly, the Times of India, United Press International, Smithsonian, Red Orbit, ScienceBlog,  KTTV-Channel 11, KFWB-980 AM, BBC Radio 4 and the Philippines News Agency among other outlets. Wayne was quoted in the coverage.
UCLA Takes on 'Grand Challenges'
The Los Angeles Times, Curbed LA and KNX-1070 AM report today on UCLA's major new environmental research project aimed at making Los Angeles a global model for sustainability. The project is the first of UCLA's six Grand Challenges, which seek to address pressing societal issues through multidisciplinary innovations and breakthroughs. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted in the L.A. Times and Mark Gold, adjunct professor and associate director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed on KNX.
Gay Marriage in Hawaii
An article in Thursday's Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating that 3,200 same-sex couples will marry in the state over the next three years.
Debate Over Evaluating Teachers
The Topeka Capital-Journal and the Associated Press today highlighted comments by James Popham, professor emeritus of eduation at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, urging education officials not to evaluate teachers based solely on their students' standardized test scores. Popham was quoted in the coverage.
Kids' Soda Consumption and Obesity
An op-ed in Thursday's San Luis Obispo Tribune about a California state senator's plan to introduce a tax on soda to curb childhood obesity referenced a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research looking at the percentage of California children who drink sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages daily.
Sheriff Ordered to Pay Jail Inmates
An article in Wednesday's Los Angeles Daily News about a federal jury ordering Sheriff's Department supervisors to pay damages to inmates beaten at Los Angeles' Men's Central Jail cited research by UCLA acting professor of law Joanna Schwartz on the awarding of punitive damages against law enforcement agencies.
Lloyd Brings Jazz Stylings to UCLA
Today's Los Angeles Times highlights an upcoming performance at UCLA's Royce Hall by musicians Charles Lloyd and Bill Frisell, part of the current season of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
Two-Step Method for Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
AzoNano reported Thursday on research in which scientists from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center used two different types of nanoparticles to fight hard-to-treat pancreatic cancer, with the first type clearing a path into tumor cells for the second, which delivers chemotherapy drugs. Dr. Andre Nel, professor and chief of the division of nanomedicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Huan Meng, adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the Geffen School, were quoted.
Treating Angina With Stem Cells
Bioscience Technology reported Wednesday on a study in which researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA injected stem cells into the heart muscle in order to improve blood flow in patients with angina. Dr. Jonathan Tobis, UCLA clinical professor of cardiology, and Dr. Ali Nsair, UCLA assistant professor of cardiology, were quoted.
Diversity and Admissions
USA Today on Thursday highlighted a video made by a group of UCLA students expressing concern about the low number of African-American male students on campus and the college admissions process. Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor for student affairs, was quoted.
Samuel Culbert
Culbert, professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Thursday in a CNBC.com article about employee performance reviews. He was quoted Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal article about corporations' employee-ranking systems.
Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
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 today in a New Zealand Times article about a recent conference exploring the effect of diet on the brain and health.
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times column about a cruise line refusing to refund the ticket of a man diagnosed with cancer several days before his scheduled trip.
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