UCLA Headlines November 19, 2013

UCLA Takes on 'Grand Challenges'
KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" reported Monday, and City News Service and KPFK-90.7 FM's "Pacifica Evening News" reported Friday 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.Mark Gold, adjunct professor and associate director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed on "Take Two" and "Pacifica Evening News"; Gold and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block were quoted by City News Service.
Astronomers Find 'Freakish' Asteroid
Illinois' Belleville News-Democrat reported Monday on 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. Jewitt was quoted.
Low-Fat Diet Helps Fight Prostate Cancer
City News Service, KNX-1070 AM and KFWB-980 AM reported Monday on research led by Dr. William Aronson, clinical professor of urology and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements had changes in their cancer tissue that may help prevent disease growth and recurrence. Aronson was quoted by City News Service.
Looking for Medicines for Nausea
An article in today's Washington Post about a lack of effective treatments for nausea cited research by Dr. Marlena Fejzo, assistant professor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that women with relatives who had experienced extreme morning sickness and vomiting were themselves at increased risk for the condition.
Diversity of Facial Colors in Primates
United Press International reported Monday on a study led by Michael Alfaro, UCLA associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggesting that the diversity of facial colors and patterns in Old World apes and monkeys evolved to help primates identify members of both their own species and other species. Alfaro was quoted.
Misconceptions About Buddhism
Monday's Tricycle featured a column co-written by Robert Buswell, distinguished professor of Buddhist studies and director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies, highlighting 10 common misconceptions about Buddhism. "The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism," co-written by Buswell, was cited.
Miyazaki Film Causes Controversy
Charles Solomon, visiting assistant professor of cinema and media studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was interviewed Monday on NPR's "Here and Now" about a new film by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki that tells the story of the Japanese engineer who designed a feared fighter plane used in World War II.
Diversity and Admissions
HLN reported Sunday on a video made by a group of UCLA students expressing concern about the number of African-American male students on campus.
State Audit: California University Assaults
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Monday, and KCRW-89.9 FM, KNX-1070 AM and San Diego's KNSD-Channel 39 report today, that UCLA will participate in a California state audit examining various universities' policies and procedures for handling reports of sexual assaults.
UCLA Works to Support Veterans
The Beverly Hills Courier reported Friday on 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. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted.
Guts and Brains
NPR's "Morning Edition" and an NPR blog reported Monday on research led by Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine, physiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, exploring how microbes in the human gut affect our brains and our mood. Mayer was interviewed and quoted.
Dr. Benjamin Ansell
Ansell, associate clinical professor of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Comprehensive Health Program, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about the controversy over an online calculator meant to gauge a patient's risk of heart attack and stroke.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Monday in a Newsday article about research suggesting statin drugs do not increase the risk of dementia and memory loss.
Till Von Wachter
Von Wachter, UCLA associate professor of economics, is quoted today in an article in Britain's Daily Telegraph article about a rise in student debt and drop in recent-graduate earnings when compared to college graduates of five years ago.
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