UCLA Headlines November 20, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Tortoises and Marines
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on a program developed by the U.S. Marine Corps and researchers at UCLA aimed at breeding and protecting desert tortoises at the Marine base at Twentynine Palms. Kenneth Nagy, UCLA professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted.
 
Log on to Fight Alzheimer's
A blog article in today's New York Times about online registries for Alzheimer's disease patients looking to participate in clinical studies cited Alzheimer's research studies at UCLA.
 
Putting Cities Under the Microscope
An article in today's Nature about the growing field of urban ecology highlighted a study led by Stephanie Pincetl, adjunct professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, looking at the pros and cons of tree-planting in urban environments.
 
Prof Serving on Fracking Panel
An article in Monday's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about an expert panel appointed to review New York state's environmental report on hydraulic fracturing cited Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, who is one of three individuals on the panel.
 
Housing Market Sees Mixed Recovery
Articles in Monday's San Francisco Business Times and today's Riverside Press-Enterprise about California's housing market highlight a report by Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, on the factors affecting housing markets across the state. Nickelsburg was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Lab Fire Case
A Science blog reports today, and the Associated Press reported Monday, on the legal case against a UCLA professor stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on the UCLA campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
Testosterone in Your Deodorant
Web Chronic Prostatitis reported Nov. 13 on a study led by Dr. Christina Wang, professor of endocrinology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, examining the benefits of a new topical testosterone-replacement therapy that is applied under the arm. Wang was quoted.
 
Gaza: Looking Back, Forward
Russell Burgos, lecturer at the UCLA International Institute, was interviewed Monday on SoCal Connected about the history of the conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza.
 
Stock Market Rally
David Shulman, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed on Monday on CNBC about the recent surge in the Dow.
 
Obama’s Social Sciences Dream Team
An article in Monday's Forbes 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.
 
Israel-Palestine Conflict Escalates
Steven Spiegel, professor of political science and director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, was interviewed Nov. 13 on KNX-1070 AM about the escalating violence between Israel and militants in Gaza and the chances for a ceasefire.
 
Transparent Solar Cell Breakthrough
An article published today in India's Economic Times about solar energy highlighted electricity-generating organic polymer solar cells developed by Yang Yang, professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA, and colleagues.
 
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Dr. Jeffrey D. Klausner
Klausner, professor of infectious diseases and global health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the importance of routine HIV screening.
 
Leonard Kleinrock
Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was cited today in a Bloomberg article about the court battle between Verizon and the Federal Communications Commission.
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is quoted today in a Washington Informer article about a federal appeals court ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action is unconstitutional.
 
Paul Weiss
UCLA's Fred Kavli Professor of Nanosystems Sciences and director of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Bloomberg article about a new nanotechnology that creates steam from sunlight.
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