UCLA Headlines October 7, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Competing for Fitness
An article in Friday's Pasadena Star-News about several Southern California cities competing to see whose residents can achieve their health and fitness goals cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on obesity rates in those communities.
 
Urban Agriculture in L.A.
An NPR blog on Friday highlighted a study by students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, who charted and mapped 1,200-plus urban farms throughout Los Angeles County in an effort to provide information for policymakers, growers and entrepreneurs.
 
Retirement Funds: To Wait or Not
An MSN Money column on Friday highlighted research by Suzanne Shu, assistant professor of marketing at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, on the factors that determine the age at which people decide to claim their Social Security or other retirement benefits.
 
Philanthropy Through Software Gifts
An article in Sunday's Washington Post about companies making software donations to schools, nonprofits and other organizations referenced free care-management software being offered to breast cancer survivors and their doctors by a group that includes the UCLA Cancer Survivorship Center.
 
Breastfeeding at Work
Today's Ottawa Citizen features an op-ed by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, about policies in the U.S. and Canada pertaining to paid maternity leave, paid family leave and breastfeeding in the workplace.
 
Childhood Abuse Linked to Adult Health Problems
HealthDay News reported Friday on a study led by Judith Carroll, a postdoctoral scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing a correlation between abuse in childhood and severe health problems later in life. Carroll was quoted.
 
Surrender of Suspect in Attempted Assault
KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KTTV-Channel 11 and KNX-1070 AM reported Sunday that a suspect in an attempted sexual assault on the UCLA campus surrendered to police. Lt. Mark Littlestone of the UCLA Police Department was interviewed on KTLA and KNX.
 
Link Between Bad Diet and Cancer
Asian News International 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.
 
UCLA Gets Major Gift From Pritzker Family
Philanthropy News Digest, the Beverly Hills Courier (Page 8), Chicago Business and L.A. Biz reported Friday 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, and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block were quoted in the coverage.
 
Creolization Celebration
Africa's Mail and Guardian reported Friday on research by Francoise Lionnet, professor of French and Francophone Studies and director of the African Studies Center at UCLA, about creolization — the development of new forms of language under colonization — globalization and culture.
 
UCLA Prof to Receive Research Award
The Westwood–Century City Patch reported Friday that Paul Simon, associate adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, will receive an award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
 
Australian Dance Troupe's 'Weather'
The LAist reported Thursday on a performance of "Weather" Lucy Guerin's contemporary dance company at UCLA's Royce Hall. The performance was preceded by an interactive presentation by UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies.
 
Cocaine Users May Be More Vulnerable to HIV
The Imperial Valley News reported Sunday, and the Parent Herald reported Thursday, 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.
 
Free Admission at the Hammer
The Los Angeles Times, NBC–Southern California, LA Observed, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and an L.A. Magazine blog report today, and the New York Times reported Saturday, that the UCLA Hammer Museum will start admitting visitors free of charge beginning in February. Hammer director Ann Philbin was quoted in the coverage.
 
Mystery of the Vanishing Birds
Birds News reported Friday on research by Thomas Smith, director of the UCLA Center for Tropical Research and a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Kristen Ruegg, assistant adjunct professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, that solved the mystery behind the decline of a sub-species of the Wilson's Warbler. Smith and Ruegg were quoted.
 
Same-Sex Latino Couples in Florida
Today's Miami Herald highlighted research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that the Miami–Dade County area is No. 6 in the nation in the number of same-sex Latino households.
 
The Ownership of Ink
Sunday's Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed co-authored by Kal Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, about legal issues surrounding the copyrighting of tattoos.
 
Glasses Improve Kids' School Performance
A study by researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health that found that low-income students in Los Angeles who received free eyeglasses through the Vision to Learn program showed significant improvement in school performance and self-confidence was highlighted today by Bakersfield's KGET-Channel 17.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gregory Cole
Cole, professor of neurology and associate director of the UCLA Alzheimer Disease Research Center, was quoted Sept. 30 in a HealthDay News article about former NFL players having an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
 
Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Sept. 30 in a HealthDay News article on the effectiveness of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids in preventing heart failure.
 
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 on the relative nutritional value of different snack and health bars.
 
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 Monday in a Bankrate article about changes to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 
 
Chon Noriega
Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and a professor of film and television at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times obituary of artist and poet Jose Montoya.
 
Dylan Roby
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 quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about the Affordable Care Act and the website of California's health benefit exchange.
 
Dr. Catia Sternini
Sternini, professor of medicine in the divisions of digestive diseases and neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted in an October Prevention article about the effects of soda carbonation and artificial sweeteners on the brain. 
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