UCLA Headlines October 15, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Childhood and Teen Obesity
Christian Roberts, associate research professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, was interviewed Thursday on Northeast Public Radio about his research on childhood and teen obesity and the various lifestyle factors, such as lack of exercise and poor diet, that can contribute to the condition.
 
Thermodynamics and Cancer
Domain-b reported Monday on a method of cellular analysis developed by Raphael Levine, UCLA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of medical and molecular pharmacology, that allows scientists to look at how cancer cells use energy when expressing critical genes that allow them grow. Levine was quoted.
 
Affirmative Action and College Admissions
An article in Monday's USA Today about the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging a ban on affirmative action at Michigan’s public universities cited admissions statistics for African-American freshmen at UCLA and other campuses in 2011.
 
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Tuesday on legal issues surrounding the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property in Westwood, where UCLA's baseball stadium is located. The piece highlighted UCLA's various programs for military veterans, including Operation Mend, which offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero was cited.
 
Medical Procedures on Credit
Shana Alex Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was interviewed Monday on CBS Radio about a growing trend of credit-card companies extending credit to cash-strapped patients for medical and dental procedures.
 
The Present Is Our Future
A piece in today’s New York Times highlighting scientists' and professors' predictions for the future featured a short column by Thom Mayne, UCLA distinguished professor of architecture and urban design, on today's megacities.
 
Chronic Back Pain Relief
Dr. Nader Pouratian, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Neuromodulation for Movement Disorders and Pain Program, was interviewed Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about spinal cord stimulators for chronic back pain.
 
 
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Dr. Angela Chen
Chen, UCLA assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted Monday in an article in Britain’s Daily Mail about women photographing their cervixes in an effort to determine where they are in their menstrual cycle.
 
James Gelvin
Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was cited Sunday in a PolitiFact “Truth-o-Meter” column about statements made by Rep. Paul Ryan about chemical weapons and Syria.
 
Jane Margolis
Margolis, a senior researcher at UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, was quoted Monday in a San Jose Mercury News article about efforts to introduce computer science and programming classes into public schools.
 
Michael Stoll
Stoll, professor of public policy and urban planning and chair of the public policy department at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in a MainStreet article about cities that offer the highest weekly wages.
 
Abigail Saguy
Saguy, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about the weight-loss struggles of William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States.
 
Eric Sussman
Sussman, senior lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Monday in a Downtown News article about the construction of low-rise buildings in downtown Los Angeles.
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