UCLA Headlines October 24, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Archive Celebrates 'American Werewolf' Director
The Los Angeles Times reports today on an upcoming UCLA Film and Television Archive screening of director John Landis' 1981 film "An American Werewolf in London" and his 1983 music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at the UCLA Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater. Paul Malcolm, a programmer at the archive, is quoted.
 
Measures Gas Temperature Inside Catalytic Reactors
Research by Louis Bouchard, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute, and UCLA chemistry graduate student Nanette Jarenwattanonon that used MRI techniques to better measure the temperature of gases inside catalytic reactors was highlighted Wednesday by PhysOrg, Chemistry World, the National Science Foundation, R&D, Health Canal, Nanowerk News, RedOrbit and E! Science News.
 
Dysfunctional State of the Nation
Wednesday's U.S. News and World Report featured an op-ed by UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist David Shulman criticizing Republicans in Congress and President Obama for the recent government shutdown and for their handling of important economic issues.
 
Monitoring Racial Profiling
Philip Atiba Goff, UCLA assistant professor of social psychology, was interviewed Wednesday on MSNBC's "The Cycle" about receiving a National Science Foundation grant to establish a new national database that tracks racial profiling by law-enforcement agencies.
 
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 MedPage Today, Australia's Perth Now, Science World Report and Women Citizen; Wednesday by Voice of America, Singularity Hub, Babble, Catholic Online and Medical Daily; Tuesday by the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News and the Inquisitr; and Monday by BBC Radio's "Up All Night" and Yahoo! News. Horvath was quoted.
 
Study Looks at Link Between Drugs, HIV
The Body reported Tuesday that researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have received a $7 million grant to study how drugs and alcohol may directly interact with the HIV virus to increase health risks among minority men who have sex with men. Pamina Gorbach, professor of epidemiology at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health and professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Steven Shoptaw, professor of family medicine at the Geffen School and director of the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, were cited.
 
 
Exhibition of Destructive Art
The New York Times reports today on "Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950," a Smithsonian exhibition curated by Russell Ferguson, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Art, that highlights various destructive impulses in art. Ferguson is quoted.
 
Smart, Funny and Way Too Shy
A column in today's Washington Post about extreme shyness among young adults cited "The Science of Making Friends," a book by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Help Group–UCLA Autism Research Alliance, as a helpful tool for overcoming shyness.
 
Recommended Stroke Treatments
Medscape reported Wednesday 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. Fonarow was quoted.
 
Affordable Housing Near Transportation
Tuesday's Globe St. highlighted a study by Paul Habibi, 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 quoted.
 
Why the Elderly Get Scammed
Ohio's Times-Reporter on Oct. 11 highlighted research by UCLA distinguished professor of psychology Shelley E. Taylor and UCLA psychology graduate student Elizabeth Castle showing that a brain region involved in discerning untrustworthy faces is less active in older adults, making them more susceptible to fraud.
 
Investing in LGBT-Friendly Companies
An article in Wednesday's Huffington Post about financial services company Credit Suisse developing an investors' index of companies that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees cited a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law evaluating the business impact of workplace policies that support LGBT individuals.
 
Potential Economic Benefit of DREAM Act
A column in Wednesday's Huffington Post about immigration reform and the DREAM Act cited a study by Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda,associate professor of Chicano studies and director of the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, estimating that DREAM Act beneficiaries of the legislation would generate between $1.4 trillion and $3.6 trillion in income over the next four decades.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Vladimir Keilis-Borok, 92, UCLA Professor and Quake Predictor
Keilis-Borok, a UCLA seismologist and mathematical geophysicist who developed a method intended to predict earthquakes months in advance, died Oct. 19. See Wednesday's Los Angeles Times and today's Associated Press.
 
 
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Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, is quoted today in a Market Watch article about rising housing costs. 
 
Gerald Kominski
Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Tuesday in a Stockton Record article about recent problems with the online implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
 
Tony Padilla
Padilla, director of patient affairs and volunteer services at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Wednesday in a California Report article about Affordable Care Act provisions linking hospital payments to patient satisfaction levels.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Pasadena Star-News article about how tightly school boards can regulate what their members post on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Gail Wyatt
Wyatt, professor of psychiatry and director of UCLA's Sexual Health Program, was quoted Wednesday in a CBSnews.com article about chronic health problems faced by victims of domestic abuse.
 
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