UCLA Headlines October 4, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Link Between Bad Diet and Cancer
Phoenix’s KNXV-Channel 15 reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. Guido Eibl, associate professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that a high-fat, high-calorie diet led to a significant increase in pancreatic lesions known to be precursors to cancer in mice.
 
Buy Insurance or Pay the Penalty
Dylan Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Thursday on KNX-1070 AM about the fines that will be incurred by people who don’t purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act.
 
Shutdown: To Give in or Not Give In
Today’s Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed by UCLA professor of law Russell Korobkin urging President Obama not accede to the demands of the small group of conservative Republicans responsible for the federal government shutdown.  
 
College Students and Religion
An article in Thursday’s New York Times about a religion-centered college dorm in Alabama cited findings from the annual Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute on the percentage of college freshmen who frequently attend religious services.
 
Play Highlights Plight of Needy
Thursday’s Boston Globe highlighted “Who’s Hungry," a play with puppets by Dan Froot, associate professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, that addresses issues of hunger and food insecurity. Froot was quoted.
 
Cocaine Users May Be More Vulnerable to HIV
CBS News.com reported Thursday, and domain-b reports today, on a study led by Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis, assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that cocaine can make human immune cells that are otherwise resistant to HIV infection more susceptible to the virus. Vatakis was quoted in the coverage.
 
Multiple Causes of Woolly Mammoth Extinction
The October issue of Discover magazine reports on research by Glen MacDonald, director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, that found that woolly mammoths succumbed to a lethal combination of climate warming, encroaching humans and habitat change between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago. MacDonald is quoted.
 
Latinos and Health Insurance
David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, was interviewed Thursday on KNX-1070 AM about Latinos in California obtaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
 
How Health Care Works in U.S., U.K.
A column in today’s Los Angeles Times comparing the health care systems of the United States and Britain highlighted the experiences of a patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
 
Employment Non-Discrimination Act
A column in Thursday’s Huffington Post about proposed federal legislation aimed at ending workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans cited a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that states that already have LGBT non-discrimination laws on the books have not experienced spikes in litigation.
 
UCLA Gets Major Gift From Pritzker Family
An Examiner blog reported Thursday that UCLA has received a $20 million donation from the Pritzker Family Foundation — including $15 million for environmental and sustainability research, $3 million to aid foster youth who are UCLA students, and $2 million to support arts programs for children and families. Ann Philbin, director of the UCLA Hammer Museum, was quoted.
 
 
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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 Los Angeles Times article about how the current government shutdown could affect the recovery in the U.S. housing market.
 
David Paige
Paige, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about NASA giving the go-ahead to its MAVEN mission to Mars.
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