UCLA Headlines October 2, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Gets Major Gift From Pritzker Family
A $20 million donation from the Pritzker Family Foundation to UCLA — including $15 million for environmental and sustainability research, $3 million to aid foster youth who are UCLA students, and $2 million to support arts programs for children and families — was highlighted today by the Los Angeles Times, City News Service, KNBC-Channel 4 and KABC-Channel 7. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted in the coverage.
 
Performance Art and Technology
The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on "Stardust," a new stage production by David Rousseve, professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, that mixes dance, projected text and spoken word. Rousseve was quoted.
 
Addressing Barriers to Learning
THE Journal today highlights a framework developed by Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor, co-directors of the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools, that helps schools to comprehensively address barriers to teaching and learning. The framework is currently being used by school districts in Georgia and Alabama. Adelman, also a UCLA professor of clinical psychology, is quoted.
 
Link Between Parkinson’s and Pesticides
An article published Tuesday in New Mexico's Las Cruces Sun-News about a New Mexico–based support group for individuals with Parkinson's disease highlighted studies by UCLA researchers from the Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease showing a link between exposure to certain pesticides and an increased risk of Parkinson's.
 
Challenges for LGBT Actors
A study by M.V. Lee Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the school's Williams Institute, and Jody Herman, a Williams Institute research fellow, showing that a majority of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors feel they have been discriminated against by directors and producers was highlighted Tuesday by KPCC-89.3 FM’s “AirTalk.” Herman was interviewed.
 
Link Between Bad Diet and Cancer
Science Codex reports today on a study led by Dr. Guido Eibl, associate professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that a high-fat, high-calorie diet led to a significant increase in pancreatic lesions known to be precursors to cancer in mice. Eibl is quoted.
 
Glasses Improve Kids' School Performance
A column in today's Los Angeles Times highlighted a study by researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health that found that low-income students in Los Angeles who received free eyeglasses through the Vision to Learn program showed significant improvement in school performance and self-confidence.
 
Hammer Museum Photo, Painting Shows
A column in Tuesday’s Huffington Post highlighted exhibitions at UCLA's Hammer Museum featuring works by photographer James Welling and artist Forrest Bess.
 
Cocaine Users May Be More Vulnerable to HIV
The Press Trust of India reports today, and Counsel and Heal reported Monday, on a study led by Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis, assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that cocaine can make human immune cells that are otherwise resistant to HIV infection more susceptible to the virus. Vatakis was quoted in the coverage.   
 
Is Shutdown the Result of 'Brinksmanship?'
Today’s Time features an op-ed by UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe arguing that using the word "brinksmanship" to define the strategy of House Speaker John Boehner in shutting down the U.S. government is inaccurate.
 
New Metabolic Pathway for Biofuels
R&D Magazine, RedOrbit and EcoSeed reported Tuesday on research led by James Liao, the Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and chair of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, that resulted in a highly efficient method for breaking down glucose for use in biofuels. Liao and Igor Bogorad, a graduate student in Liao's laboratory, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Telemedicine at UCLA Health System
A Fierce Health IT column on Monday highlighted a new e-book that features an interview with Peter Kung, director of strategic technologies for the UCLA Health System, about the system's advancements in telemedecine, including remote monitoring and remote consultations. Kung was quoted.
 
 
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James Gelvin
Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Tuesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Metro about recent developments in the relationship between the United States and Iran.
 
Dr. Susan Love
Love, UCLA clinical professor of surgery, was quoted Tuesday in a Huffington Post article about methods of reducing stress and maintaining health.
 
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