UCLA Headlines October 28, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Portraying Slavery in Film
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed Friday on KCRW-89.9 FM’s “To the Point" about the new film "12 Years a Slave" and how Hollywood's portrayal of slavery has affected the public's understanding of the subject.
 
Sleep Apnea More Harmful to Women
An Examiner blog reported Thursday on a study led by Paul Macey, assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, that found that that the body's ability to control blood pressure, heart rate and sweating is weaker in people with sleep apnea but is even more diminished in women.
 
Affordable Housing Near Transportation
Curbed LA reported Thursday on 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.
 
Economic Opportunities in the Arctic
An Economist column on Thursday highlighted research by UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith and Scott Stephenson, a doctoral candidate in geography, predicting that global warming will open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century. Smith’s book "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," was cited.
 
Politics of Food
Allison Carruth, assistant professor of English and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, was interviewed Sunday on Ohio’s WTVN-610 AM about the politics of food in society and literature.
 
Students Protest Affirmative Action
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Friday, and KTLA-Channel 5 reported Saturday, on a campus bake sale organized by students who oppose affirmative action in higher education. 
 
Concussions in Pro Athletes, Kids
A Friday CBS News.com article about brain injuries and the NFL highlighted the expertise of 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, who co-developed new guidelines for handling sports-related concussions. Giza was quoted Sunday in a New York Times article about kids and concussions.
 
Drought Trend to Continue
A column in Friday's Los Angeles Daily News about Southern California rain predictions for this winter cited climate research by UCLA scientists and colleagues.
 
Economics Will 'Green' China
The Chicago Tribune reported Friday on a prediction by Matthew Kahn, a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with joint appointments in economics and public policy, that economic developments in China will spur coastal cities to reduce pollution and become more "green."
 
Telemedicine Eases Veterans' Recovery
An article in Friday's Fierce Health IT about telemedicine at UCLA highlighted UCLA's Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service. The piece referenced the work of Chris Crisera, UCLA associate clinical professor of surgery.
 
Tracking Sunspots at Observatory
The Los Angeles Times reports today on efforts by the UCLA-operated Mt. Wilson Solar Observatory to track and map sunspots in order to predict solar flares. Roger Ulrich, UCLA professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
 
Keeping Hearts Healthy at UCLA
The Beverly Hills Courier reported Friday 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.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Alessandro Duranti
Duranti, dean of the social sciences division in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, was quoted Friday in a Santa Cruz Sentinel article about a UC Santa Cruz academic summit focused on confronting the social problems of the 21st century.
 
Michael Fanselow
Fanselow, professor of psychology and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article on the evolutionary benefits of fear.
 
Dr. Timothy Fong
Fong, associate professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Impulse Control Disorders Clinic, is quoted in a Nov. 5 Scientific American article about gambling addiction and the brain.
 
Dr. David Heber
Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about criticisms of the "alkaline" diet.
 
Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today New York Times blog article about members of Generation Y preferring neighborhoods that require more walking and less driving.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a New York Times article about the legalization of marijuana.
 
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 Sunday in Los Angeles Times and Washington Post articles and Monday in a Washington Post article about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
 
Christopher Tang
Tang, the Carter Professor of Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article on efforts by the mayor of Lancaster, Calif., to attract Chinese business and investment.
 
Chris Tilly
Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Saturday in a Contra Costa Times article about the effect that Bay Area Rapid Transit workers’ pay raises will have on wage-increase efforts by unions.
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