UCLA Headlines September 10, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Moves Up in U.S. News University Rankings
The Los Angeles Times, an LA Weekly blog, City News Service, KCBS-Channel 2, the website of KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KTTV-Channel 11 and KNX-1070 AM report today that UCLA has been ranked the No. 23 university in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of top colleges in the U.S.
 
Operation Mend's 'Buddy' Program
A story that aired Sunday on KNBC-Channel 4 about UCLA's Operation Mend, which offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service, highlighted Operation Mend's "buddy" family program, which pairs wounded veterans undergoing treatment with Los Angeles–area families who provide comfort, care and support.
 
Specificity Means Reliability
Investment News reported Monday on a study by Daniel Oppenheimer, associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, that found that financial advisers who use specific numbers rather than rounding up or down when speaking with clients are more likely to be judged as reliable sources and to be tapped by others for advice. Oppenheimer was quoted.
 
An Expert in Science, Nerdiness
A Q&A in Monday's New York Times with a writer of the popular TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" referenced David Saltzberg, UCLA professor and vice chair of physics and astronomy, who serves as a scientific consultant to the show.
 
How the White House Was Won
Blogcritics and the New York Journal of Books reported Monday on "The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election," a new book co-authored by Lynn Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, that argues that the presidential race was influenced more by the economy than any other factor.
 
Protecting Brains of Athletes, Soldiers
Vijay Gupta, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Friday on KABC-Channel 7 about his development of a polymer that could diminish the force of helmet-to-helmet contact on a football field or shockwaves from explosive devices on a battlefield.
 
State of Labor Unions
Chris 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 interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “Take Two” about the AFL–CIO convention currently underway in Los Angeles.
 
Younger Women and Breast Cancer
Dr. David Baron, executive director of UCLA's Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, was interviewed Monday on KNX-1070 AM about the best age for women to begin regular screenings for breast cancer.
 
Name Change for Buddhist Texts
An article published Wednesday in Korea’s Kyunghyang Shinmun highlighted efforts by Robert Buswell, distinguished professor of Buddhist studies and director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies, to rename the Tripitaka Koreana, a 13th-century collection of Buddhist texts engraved on wood blocks, because the current name does not accurately reflect the scope of the collection. Buswell was quoted.
 
Sexless in Sacramento
Sacramento’s KOVR-Channel 13 reported today on results of the California Health Interview Survey, conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, showing that one in five middle-aged Sacramento adults did not have sex during the previous year.
 
 
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Bruno Peault
Peault, professor of orthopedic surgery and a member of UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, is quoted today in an Irish Times article about the risk of unproven medical treatments that use stem cells.
 
Paul Weiss
Weiss, director of UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials science and engineering who holds UCLA's Fred Kavli Chair in Nanosystems Sciences, was quoted Monday in a Chemical & Engineering News article about nanotechnology.
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