UCLA Headlines October 31, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA to Help Hyperloop Planning
KABC-Channel 7 and the Associated Press report today that students and faculty from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design will be partnering with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. to study the potential urban design aspects of entrepreneur Elon Musk's high-speed tube concept.
 
New Insights Into Concussion in Young Athletes
The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, NBC News.com and Britain's Daily Mail reported Wednesday on an Institute of Medicine study co-authored by Mayumi Prins, UCLA associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that looked at the high rate of concussions among young athletes. Prins was quoted in the coverage, and Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was interviewed by CBS.
 
Mural Celebrates Richmond’s History
The Contra Costa Times reported Wednesday on a mural created by Judith Baca, a professor in the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and co-founder of UCLA’s Social and Public Art Resource Center, depicting the history of Richmond, Calif.
 
Unraveling the Sound of Horror
An article in today's Irish Metro Herald about scary music highlights research by Daniel Blumstein, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Greg Bryant, UCLA assistant professor of communication studies, concluding that horror-film soundtracks tend to use non-linear vocalizations, similar to the distress cries animals use, to heighten tension.
 
Glimpse at 'Underground' Afghanistan
Down to Earth reported Wednesday on "Afghan Rumor Bazaar: Secret Sub-Cultures, Hidden Worlds, and the Everyday Life of the Absurd," a new book by UCLA International Institute lecturer Nushin Arbabzadah that looks at nonconformist, secret communities in Afghanistan, including gay and transgender individuals and secret converts to Christianity.
 
How Sugar Affects the Brain
An io9 article on Wednesday cited a UCLA study led by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, showing that a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats.
 
Kids and Bike Helmets
HealthDay News reported Saturday on a study led by Dr. Veronica Sullins, visiting assistant researcher in the surgery department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, showing that only 11 percent of Los Angeles County children treated for bicycle-related injuries between 2006 and 2011 were wearing helmets. Sullins was quoted.
 
Latasha Harlins and the L.A. Riots
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed Wednesday on KPFK 90.7 FM’s "Bibliocracy" about her new book, "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins," which explores the 1991 case of a 15-year-old African-American girl shot by a Korean-American shopkeeper in South Los Angeles and how that event helped spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
 
Hillary Clinton Making L.A. Connections
Franklin Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed Wednesday on KCBS-Channel 2 about the motivations behind Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to Los Angeles.
 
Persecutory Delusional Disorder
Dr. Stephen R. Marder, professor of psychiatry and director of the section on psychosis at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was cited Oct. 23 in an Orange County Register article about a college student suffering from persecutory delusional disorder.
 
Race and School Suspensions
A column in Thursday's Huffington Post referenced a report by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that minority students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S.
 
Same-Sex Marriage in Hawaii
Honolulu Civil Beat on Tuesday highlighted research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on the number of same-sex couples in Hawaii and the potential economic benefit to the state if same-sex marriage were legalized.
 
Plastic Waste Devastating Oceans
Colorado’s Summit County Citizens Voice reports today on a brief by researchers from the UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability recommending local and global policies for tackling the crisis of plastic litter in the world's oceans. Mark Gold, an associate director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Cara Horowitz, executive director of the Emmett Center, are quoted.
 
Education Problems and Obesity Linked
The website of First 5 LA on Monday highlighted research led by Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, that found that obese children are less socially competent and have more behavior problems than their non-obese peers. Slusser was quoted.
 
 
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Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was cited Tuesday in a Dallas Morning News article about the effects of long commutes on physical health.
 
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 Ventura County Star article about public reaction to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
 
Abigail Saguy
Saguy, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, is quoted today in a New Zealand Herald article about the newest teenage weight-loss craze.
 
Axel Schmitt
Schmitt, associate professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences, was quoted Wednesday in a New Scientist article about an ancient Turkish mural of a volcano, which may be the earliest depiction of a geological phenomenon.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Huffington Post article about the effects of increased Internet use on the brain.

Gail Wyatt
Wyatt, professor of psychiatry and director of UCLA's Sexual Health Program, is cited today in an Ebony column about ways for women to heighten their libido.
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