UCLA Headlines October 23, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Fowler Receives $14M Gift of African Art
The Los Angeles Times and Artfix Daily reported Tuesday that collectors Jay and Deborah Last
have given the Fowler Museum at UCLA a gift of 92 African wood and ivory figures, masks, tools and spoons estimated to be worth more $14 million.
 
Concussions and High School Football
Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed  Monday on KCRW-89.9 FM's "Which Way, LA?" about the growing concern over concussions among high school football players and what is being done to protect them from traumatic brain injury.
 
Scientist Uncovers New 'Biological Clock'
California's Sierra Sun Times reported Tuesday on 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. Horvath was quoted.
 
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
Legal issues surrounding the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property in Westwood, where UCLA's baseball stadium is located, were highlighted Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press and City News Service and today by KCRW-89.9 FM and KABC-790 AM.
 
Charting Black LGBT Demographics
Georgia's GA Voice reported Tuesday on research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute estimating there are 1 million African-Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and that approximately 84,000 African-Americans are in same-sex relationships.
Gary Gates, a senior research fellow at the Williams Institute, and Angeliki Kastanis, a policy research fellow at the institute, were quoted.
 
War and Peace in Syria
Italy's Il Manifesto on Tuesday featured an interview with James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, about the ongoing civil war in Syria and possible international peace talks aimed at ending the violence.
 
UCLA Faculty Work to Restore Historic Cemetery
KLCS-Channel 58 aired a documentary Tuesday highlighting efforts by faculty members from UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology to restore the historic Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon, which includes graves dating back to the mid-19th century. Brian Damiata and Dean Goodman, research associates at the Cotsen Institute, were interviewed.
 
UCLA an Engine of Economic Growth
California's Sierra Sun Times reported Oct. 16 on a new analysis examining UCLA's economic impact on Southern California and the state as a whole. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Soniya Gandhi
Gandhi, UCLA assistant clinical professor of medicine and infectious diseases, was quoted Monday in a CBSNews.com article about the recent discovery in California of a type of mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases.
 
Dr. Stephen Shew
Shew, associate clinical professor of surgery at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Monday in an article on NBC's "Today" website about a research suggesting that bottle-fed babies are more likely to develop a certain type of stomach obstruction than breast-fed infants.
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