UCLA Headlines October 25, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Tiny Capsules Kill Cancer Cells
Inside Science TV reported Thursday on a study led by Yi Tang, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, in which researchers developed a degradable nano-scale shell that can carry a therapeutic cargo to cancer cells, stunting the growth of tumors without damaging healthy cells. Tang and Muxon Zhao, a student at UCLA's Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory, were interviewed.
 
Health Insurers Dropping Customers
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Thursday on the "CBS Evening News" and today on KNX-1070 AM about health insurance companies that are terminating individuals' current policies and requiring them to enroll in new plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act.
 
New Cinematographer-in-Residence at TFT
Variety reported Thursday that Guillermo Navarro, the director of photography on films like "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Pacific Rim," has been selected as this year's Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.
 
Keeping Hearts Healthy at UCLA
An Examiner blog reported Wednesday that Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has received a Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. Dr. Gregg Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted.
 
Hard-Wired to Connect Socially
Matthew Lieberman, professor of psychology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science and professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" 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.
 
The Fed's Next Move
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Stephen Oliner, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast and a senior fellow with the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, about the policy challenges facing the Federal Reserve.
 
Knocked on the Noggin? Sit It Out
The October edition of Bay Area Parent highlights new guidelines co-developed by 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, for handling sports-related concussions in teens and younger children. Giza is quoted.
 
Portraying Slavery in Film
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed Thursday on NPR's "On Point With Tom Ashbrook" about the new film "12 Years a Slave" and how Hollywood's portrayal of slavery has affected the public's understanding of the subject.
 
Rain Is Barrier to Giraffe Mixing
A Smithsonian blog on Wednesday highlighted a study led by Henri Thomassen, senior researcher at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, demonstrating that three species of giraffe that live in close proximity to one another in eastern Africa do not interbreed because their mating habits are tied to slight difference in seasonal rainfall in their local environments.
 
Charting LGBT Family Demographics
The Advocate reported Thursday on research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that large numbers of same-sex couples raising children live in states that tend to limit the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Gary Gates, senior research fellow at the institute, was quoted.
 
Dangers of Drunk Biking
Dr. Mark Morocco, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate residency director of emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was interviewed Thursday on the syndicated TV program "America Now" about the dangers of riding a bicycle while intoxicated.
 
Transgender and in Prison
An article in the Nov. 11 print edition of the New Republic about transgender prison inmates cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating the number of self-identified transgender people in the U.S. The piece also quotes UCLA professor of law Sharon Dolovich on the topic of medical care in prisons.
 
 
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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. Listen to today's KPCC-89.3 FM story.
 
 
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Alex Wang
Wang, UCLA acting professor of law, was quoted Thursday in a New York Times article about actions taken by Chinese officials to address pollution problems in that country.
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