UCLA Headlines October 22, 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 Scientist, the Pentagon Post, the Macedonian International News Agency, Canada's National Post and the National Monitor and Monday by Time, Nature, the Los Angeles Times, CBS News.com, HealthDay News, a Smithsonian blog, Science Recorder, io9, Science World Report, eMaxHealth, Louisiana's Bayou Buzz, Health Canal,  the University Herald, Inventor Spot and  KCBS-Channel 2. Horvath was quoted in the coverage.
Portraying Slavery in Film
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about the new film "12 Years a Slave" and how Hollywood's portrayal of slavery has affected the public's understanding of the subject.
UCLA Among Tops in Fundraising
An article in Monday's Los Angeles Times on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's survey of the top 400 American charities cited UCLA's ranking as the No. 13 university in the U.S. in fundraising and the 45th most successful charity.
1973 Oil Crisis, 40 Years Later
Michael Ross, professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, was interviewed Tuesday on SiriusXM Radio's "From Washington Al Mundo" about the 40th anniversary of the oil embargo imposed on the U.S. by oil-producing Arab states.
War and Peace in Syria
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Monday on Aljazeera America about the ongoing violence in Syria and possible peace talks aimed at ending the country's civil war.
Dealing With Pain Syndromes
Dr. Joshua Prager, assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology in the pain management program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was featured Monday on a CBS "The Doctors" segment about pain syndromes.
Are You Qualified to Use That Laser?
The Daily Journal and Palm Springs's KESQ-Channel 3 reported Friday, and Illinois's WICD-Channel 15 reported Monday, 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.
Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey
An article in today's Bergen County Record about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie deciding to abandon his court battle to delay gay marriages in his state cited statistics from the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute on the number of same-sex couples and LGBT residents of New Jersey who could benefit from the governor's decision.  
Internet Dating on the Rise
Jess Carbino, a UCLA doctoral candidate in sociology, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about a new Pew Internet Project study showing that online dating in the U.S. is becoming increasingly mainstream.
Soda Consumption up Among Teens
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 was highlighted Monday by San Francisco's KLIV-1590 AM, Sunday by Oakland's KTVU-Channel 2 and Friday by San Francisco's KRON-Channel 4. Susan Babey, project director at the center, was interviewed on KLIV.
External Review Examines Policies for Bias Reports
KCRW-89.9 FM reported Monday on an external review of how the campus handles faculty reports of racial bias. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was cited.
How to Talk Like a Programmer
The San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday highlighted an Internet course taught by Scott Friedman, a programmer-analyst with UCLA's Office of Information Technology, as part of General Assembly, a technology, entrepreneurship and design academy. Friedman was quoted.
Dr. Gregory Cole
Cole, professor of neurology and associate director of the UCLA Alzheimer Disease Research Center, was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about a study suggesting that older people who get less sleep are at greater risk for Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Medscape article on how the Affordable Care Act could affect the treatment of patients with heart failure.
Dr. Edythe London
London, UCLA professor of psychiatry and of molecular and medical pharmacology, is quoted today in an article in the Washington Post about the addictiveness of Oreo cookies.
Dr. Ivan Rokos
Rokos, UCLA assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about Kaiser Permanente seeking to improve care for heart attack patients.
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