UCLA Headlines October 11, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Detecting Cancer Through Saliva
Science Codex reported Thursday, and the Huffington Post reports today, on research led by Dr. David Wong, the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, that identified biomarkers for pancreatic cancer in human saliva. Wong was quoted in the coverage.
 
Affordable Care Act in California
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed today on KCRW-89.9 FM about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California and state's health insurance marketplace.
 
Salmonella and Food Safety
Dr. Soniya Gandhi, UCLA assistant clinical professor of medicine and infectious diseases, was interviewed Thursday on KCAL-Channel 9 about a recent outbreak of salmonella resulting from contaminated chicken.
 
Testing New Drug for Brain Injuries
A Philadelphia Inquirer blog reported Thursday that UCLA has received $3 million from the U.S. Army to study the use of a new drug in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Marie-Francoise Chesselet, UCLA's Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology and chair of the UCLA Department of Neurobiology, and David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, were cited.
 
Exercise and 'Good' Cholesterol
Health Daily Digest reported Thursday on a study led by Christian Roberts, assistant researcher at the UCLA School of Nursing, that found that in men who don't exercise, HDL, or “good,” cholesterol has a greater tendency to be dysfunctional and less efficient than in men who exercise.
 
UCLA Gets Major Gift From Pritzker Family
The UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s blog on the Huffington Post reported Thursday that the institute has received a $15 million donation from the Pritzker Family Foundation to support research. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Glen MacDonald, director of the institute and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, were quoted.
 
'Apartheid' Schools in New Jersey
New Jersey's Bergen Record today highlights research co-conducted by Gary Orfield, director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA and professor of education, indicating that significant numbers of black and Latino students in New Jersey attend schools where whites make up 10 percent or less of the population.
 
Dispute Over Primate Center
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday on a continuing legal dispute between UCLA and Wake Forest University Health Sciences over the management of a jointly operated primate research center in Forsyth County, N.C.
 
Einstein on the Beach
The LAist reported Thursday on tonight’s performance of Philip Glass’ opera “Einstein on the Beach” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a collaboration between the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and LA Opera.
 
Confronting L.A.'s Climate Change
UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s blog on the Huffington Post reported Thursday on research by Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at the institute, and Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor of history and a member of the institute, examining how climate change will cause temperatures to rise in various neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Hall and Christensen were quoted.
 
 
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Edward Leamer
Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Thursday in an Orange County Register column about Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Reserve.
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