UCLA Headlines November 4, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Plastic Waste Devastating Oceans
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Mark Gold, an associate director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Cara Horowitz, executive director of the UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, recommending local and global policies for tackling the crisis of plastic litter in the world's oceans.
 
L.A. Aqueduct, 100 Years Later
Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor of history and a member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about the centennial of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and what the city's water supply will look like in the next 100 years. Christensen and Mark Gold, an associate director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, were interviewed Sunday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about the aqueduct.
 
'Zoobiquity' Benefits People and Animals
The Associated Press reported Friday, and Massachusetts' WBZ-1030 AM reported Saturday, on the "Zoobiquity" conference, launched by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, clinical professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, at which physicians, veterinarians and researchers compare physical and mental disorders in animals and humans and examine the species-spanning nature of illness. Natterson-Horowitz was quoted by the AP.
 
Fowler Celebrates 50th, Receives $14M Gift
KTLA-Channel 5 on Sunday highlighted a series of exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The Beverly Hills Courier reported Friday that collectors Jay and Deborah Last have given the museum a gift of 92 African wood and ivory figures, masks, tools and spoons estimated to be worth more than $14 million. Marla C. Berns, the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director of the Fowler Museum, was quoted in the Courier.
 
LAX Shooting and Treatment of Patients
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's treatment of three individuals involved in Friday's shooting at LAX Airport was highlighted Friday by the Washington Post, USA Today, Bloomberg, CNN, NPR the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, KNBC-Channel 4 and hundreds of other outlets throughout the country. Dr. Lynne McCullough, medical director of the medical center's emergency department, was interviewed and quoted in the coverage. Dr. Mark Morocco, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate residency director of emergency medicine at the medical center, was interviewed Friday on KTTV-Channel 11 about the UCLA trauma unit's role in treating the injured.
 
LAX Shooting and Airport Security
Jeffrey Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, was interviewed Sunday on KTLA-Channel 5 and was quoted Friday in the Orange County Register about security at LAX Airport and Friday's shooting.
 
Secret Math of Plants
RedOrbit reported Thursday on research led by Lawren Sack, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Grace John, a UCLA doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, uncovering the mathematical rules that govern leaf design. Sack, John and Christine Scoffoni, a UCLA doctoral student, were quoted.
 
Melanoma Drug Can Treat Lung Cancer
Asian News International reports today on research by Dr. Edward Garon, director of thoracic oncology at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that an experimental melanoma drug also has early potential as an effective treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
 
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday on legal issues surrounding the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property in Westwood, where UCLA's baseball stadium is located.
 
Exhibition of Destructive Art
The Washington Post reported Friday on "Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950," a Smithsonian exhibition curated by Russell Ferguson, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Art, that highlights various destructive impulses in art.
 
Blame Your Genes for Weight Gain
An article in Friday's Huffington Post about research on genetics and obesity highlighted a UCLA study that found that the amount of body fat mice gained after being fed a typical fast-food diet for eight weeks was determined primarily by genetic factors. Brian Parks, a postdoctoral researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
UCLA's Advances in Nanotechnology
Michigan's WWJ-950 AM reported Sunday on nanoscience and nanotechnology research taking place at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, was interviewed.
 
Future for LASUD Superintendent
Tyrone Howard, UCLA associate professor of education, was interviewed Saturday on KCBS- Channel 2 about the Los Angeles Unified School District's extension of Superintendent John Deasy's contract and the challenges he will face in the future.
 
 
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Jan-Christopher Horak
Horak, director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is scheduled to open in Los Angeles in 2017.
 
Darnell Hunt
Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and a professor of sociology, was quoted Saturday in an Associated Press article about the lack of black women in the cast of "Saturday Night Live."
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Friday in a Wall Street Journal column about how the low wages of fast-food workers affect the overall economy. 
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