UCLA Headlines October 21, 2013

Scientist Uncovers New 'Biological Clock'
The discovery by Steve Horvath, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, of a "biological clock" embedded in our genomes that allows scientists to accurately gauge the age of diverse organs, tissues and cell types was highlighted today by the London Times, Nature World News, New Scientist, Pulse Today, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, Forbes, Red Orbit, Genome Web News, Counsel and Heal, Voice of Russia Radio, Ireland's "News Talk," Gizmodo, the Times of India, Asian News International, the U.S. and Arab Emirates' editions of Top News, Al Arabiya, Headlines and Global News, Science Codex, Medical News Today, International Business Times, News-Medical and R&D Magazine. The research was covered Sunday by NBC News.com, Fox News.com, the Guardian, Medical Xpress and Science Daily. Horvath was quoted in the coverage.
Soda Consumption up Among Teens
New York's Newsday reported Friday on a study by researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and colleagues showing that while the daily consumption of sugary drinks among California youth is declining, it has increased 8 percent among teens. Susan Babey, project director at the center, was quoted.
Are You Qualified to Use That Laser?
Reuters reported Wednesday on a study led by Dr. H. Ray Jalian, clinical instructor in the department of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that an increasing number of lawsuits stemming from skin-based laser treatments involve procedures performed by non-physicians. Jalian was quoted.
Regulating Climate-Altering Research
Edward Parson, professor of law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Sunday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about the lack of an international regulatory framework that would allow research on geoengineering — large-scale efforts to temper or reverse the effects of climate change — to move forward.
External Review Examines Policies for Bias Reports
The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press reported Friday, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed report today, on an external review of how the campus handles faculty reports of racial bias. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted in the coverage.
Immigration and the Economy
A column in Friday's New York Times about the Obama administration's approach to immigration reform cited research by Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor of Chicano studies and director of the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, on the effect immigration reform could have on the U.S. economy.
Asteroids on the Ceiling
Minnesota's Pioneer Press reported Sunday on a digital-projection art installation created by Jennifer Steinkamp, UCLA professor of design and media arts, at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
Recommended Stroke Treatments
MedPage Today reported Friday on research led by Dr. Gregg Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, showing that hospitals participating in the national Get With the Guidelines–Stroke program are more likely to provide nationally recommended guideline-based care for patients.
Hard-Wired to Connect Socially
Matthew Lieberman, a professor of psychology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral science at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, was interviewed Friday on NPR's "Science Friday" about his new book, "Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect," which explains why the need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food, water and shelter.
Legacy of Columbus' Voyages
Wednesday's Cleveland Plain Dealer featured a review of "Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination," a book by UCLA professor emerita of history Joyce Appleby that explores the intellectual consequences of Columbus' expeditions.
Exercise Keeps You Wise
The Oman Observer reported Sunday on research led by Dr. Cyrus Raji, a radiology resident at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that seniors who engage in regular aerobic activity have an increased amount of gray matter in their brains. Raji was quoted.
Consequences of the Government Shutdown
Franklin Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed Sunday on KTLA-Channel 5 about continuing negotiations in Congress over the debt ceiling and the federal budget and problems with the online implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Affordable Housing Near Transportation
KPCC-89.3 FM and KNX-1070 AM on Saturday highlighted research by Paul Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, identifying the best spots for developing affordable housing along transit corridors in Los Angeles County. Habibi was interviewed.
State of Unconsciousness
Counsel and Heal reported Friday on research led by Martin Monti, UCLA assistant professor of psychology and neurosurgery, on what happens to the human brain when it slips into unconsciousness. Monti was quoted.
Treating Back Pain
Dr. Nick Shamie, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the UCLA Spine Center, was interviewed today on NBC's "Today Show" about treating and preventing back pain.
Database of Brain Images for Chronic Pain
KPCC-89.3 FM reports today that the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress at UCLA will serve as the main hub for the first-ever international database for brain images and other key clinical information associated with chronic pain conditions.
Tips for a Safe Halloween
Sunday's Santa Monica Mirror offered tips from UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, on how to make Halloween safe and fun for children. Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the emergency department at the medical center, was quoted.
Docs 'Vacuum' Huge Clot From Patient's Heart
The Beverly Hills Courier reported Friday on a minimally invasive procedure performed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in which doctors used a new device to 'vacuum' a 24-inch blood clot from a patient's heart, sparing him from open-heart surgery. Dr. John Moriarty, an interventional radiologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Film Archive Pays Tribute to Employee
Friday's Los Angeles Times highlighted an upcoming film series by the UCLA Film and Television Archive that pays tribute to veteran archive employee Charles Hopkins, who died last summer. Robert Rosen, professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and Paul Malcolm, a programmer at the archive, were quoted.
M.V. Lee Badgett
Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the school's Williams Institute, was quoted Sunday in a New Jersey Star-Ledger article about the economic effect legalized same-sex marriage has had on New Jersey's wedding businesses.
Richard Hovannisian
Hovannisian, UCLA professor emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern history and chair of the Armenian Educational Foundation at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Chicago Tribune article about one of the last survivors of the Armenian genocide during World War I.
Donald Neuen
Neuen, professor of choral conducting and director of choral activities at UCLA, was quoted Friday in an article in China's Epoch Times about the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.
Dario Ringach
Ringach, UCLA professor of neurobiology and psychology, is quoted today in a Wisconsin State Journal article about his upcoming speech in Madison on ethical issues surrounding animal research.
Jeffrey Simon
Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, was quoted Friday in a Government Security News article about the possibility of dry ice "bombs" being used in terrorist attacks.
Kent Wong
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was quoted Saturday in an Agence France-Presse article about efforts by the United Auto Workers to unionize a Nissan plant in Mississippi.
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