UCLA Headlines November 7, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Launches Military Medicine Center
The Los Angeles Daily News reports today on a donation establishing the Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA, the first university-based military medicine center on the West Coast, 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 is quoted.
 
Tribute to Comedy Director La Cava
The Los Angeles Times reports today on an upcoming UCLA Film and Television Archive retrospective highlighting 14 films made in the 1930s by acclaimed Hollywood comedy director Gregory La Cava.
 
Database of Brain Images for Chronic Pain
Voice of America reported Thursday that UCLA's Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress will serve as the main hub for a first-ever international database of brain images and other clinical information associated with chronic pain conditions. Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine, physiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, associate professor of medicine at the Geffen School, were interviewed.
 
Danger of Liver Failure From Tylenol
Dr. Ronald Busuttil, executive chair of the surgery department and chief of the division of liver and pancreas transplantation at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed today on KTTV-Channel 11 about the potential for acute liver failure from taking too much acetaminophen.
 
Growth Careers for College Grads
Jason Wall, a research analyst with the UCLA Career Center, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about fields that offer good pay and job security for recent college graduates, including health care and social media.
 
Study Finds Brain Damage in NFL Players
ESPN, Aljazeera America and ABC’s “Good Morning America” report today on a brain-imaging study in which UCLA researchers found elevated levels of the Alzheimer's disease–related tau protein in the brains of retired football players who had suffered concussions.
 
Same-Sex Marriage and the Economy
Huffington Post and Associated Press articles on Wednesday about Illinois legalizing same-sex marriage cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating that same-sex weddings could inject up to $103 million into the state economy in the first three years.
 
Far Better Than Batteries
An American Public Media "Marketplace" story on Monday about "supercapacitors" highlighted the development by Richard Kaner, a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student in Kaner's laboratory, of a method for producing graphene-based supercapacitors — which can charge up to a thousand times faster than batteries — using a standard DVD burner. Kaner was interviewed.
 
Marijuana Legalization and Policy
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Wednesday on CNN's "The Lead With Jake Tapper" about marijuana legalization efforts in the U.S. and the implementation of policies to properly regulate and tax sales of the drug.
 
Freeway Pollution Stretches Far
An article in Wednesday's Digital Journal about the negative health consequences of living and working close to busy highways cited research led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, showing that roughly a quarter of Los Angeles residents are exposed to noxious freeway fumes almost every morning.
 
A Poet-Walker in the City
A Wednesday NPR blog highlighted "Urban Tumbleweed: A Tanka Diary," a new book of poetry by UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen. Mullen was quoted.
 
TV Producer to Chair Hammer Board
The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday that television producer Marcy Carsey will take over the chairmanship of the board of UCLA’s Hammer Museum in January 2014. Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer, was quoted.
 
Transforming Health Care
The November issue of The Hospitalist features a column by Dr. Nasim Afsar, associate chief medical officer for UCLA hospitals and executive director of quality and safety in the UCLA departments of medicine and neurosurgery, about the current state of the health care system in the U.S. and opportunities for reinventing the system.
 
Stars, Old and Young
The Daily Galaxy reported Wednesday on a study by Edward (Ned) Wright, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, and colleagues that sheds new light on the process of galaxy formation. Wright was quoted.
 
UCLA's Eclectic Organist
Tuesday's Arizona Republic featured a profile of Christoph Bull, UCLA’s university organist and an adjunct associate professor of music. Bull was quoted.
 
Public Health and the Built Environment
A column in today’s New Jersey Nutley Sun highlights research by Dr. Richard Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, focusing on the relationship between community health and the built environment. Jackson is quoted.
 
Ending Workplace Discrimination
A FactCheck.org article published today analyzing House Speaker John Boehner’s comments about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act cited a study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law showing that states with LGBT non-discrimination laws on the books have not experienced spikes in litigation, and another Williams Institute study that found that most of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies feel diversity policies benefit their business.
 
Nanolenses Image Single Virus Particles
Scientific Americanand the Big Think reported Wednesday on the development by UCLA researchers led by Aydogan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, of a method for imaging single virus particles in a sample by using nano-lenses that self-assemble around the particles like tiny magnifying glasses. Ozcan was quoted in Scientific American.
 
 
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Dr. David Heber
Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, is quoted today in a Detroit Free Press article about the nutritional content of "health" bars.
 
Andrea Letamendi
Letamendi, a postdoctoral scholar in the UCLA Department of Psychology, was quoted Wednesday in a Readwrite blog article about "selfies" and history of self-portraits.
 
Jeffery Simon
Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, is quoted today in an article in the print edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail about Wednesday's bomb attack outside Communist Party headquarters in Beijing.
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