UCLA Headlines September 13, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Anderson Forecast: Economy on Road to 'Normal'
The UCLA Anderson Forecast's latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies was highlighted Thursday by KCAL-Channel 9 and KABC-790 AM. Forecast senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg was interviewed on KCAL.
 
U.S. Cancer Care in Crisis
WebMD reported Thursday, and U.S. News & World Report reported Wednesday, on a report prepared by an Institute of Medicine committee chaired by UCLA's Dr. Patricia Ganz indicating that as the U.S. population continues to age, urgent changes are needed to boost the quality of care and improve outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer. Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted by U.S. News.
 
A Poet-Walker in the City
A column in Thursday's Los Angeles Times featuring recommendations for fall reading highlighted "Urban Tumbleweed: A Tanka Diary," a book of poetry by UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen.
 
Shapley Wins Golden Goose Award
A Chronicle of Higher Education blog reported Thursday that Lloyd Shapley, UCLA professor emeritus of mathematics and economics, has been named a recipient of the Golden Goose Award, which spotlights federally funded research that produced significant benefits despite once being viewed as impractical or obscure.
 
Organized Labor Rethinks Its Future
Victor Narro, project director at UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, was interviewed Tuesday on KCRW-89.9 FM's "Which Way, LA?" about the AFL–CIO convention in Los Angeles and the current state of organized labor in the U.S.
 
Jazz Comes to UCLA
Thursday's Los Angeles Times highlighted events taking place at UCLA as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival, a collaboration among the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Angel City Arts and the Jazz Bakery.
 
The Thing Formerly Known as Nature
Monday's Public Books featured a column by Ursula Heise, professor of English and a scholar at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, highlighting several new books dealing with nature.
 
Opening Blocked Carotid Arteries
KNX-1070 AM reported today on a minimally invasive procedure offered at UCLA that allows doctors to clear plaque blocking a patient's carotid artery and insert a stent directly through the neck, rather than using a catheter inserted through the groin. Dr. Wesley Moore, professor emeritus of vascular surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed.
 
 
Texting While You Sleep
Dr. Alon Avidan, professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Program, was interviewed Wednesday on KTLA-Channel 5 about the phenomenon of individuals texting on their smartphones while asleep, a form of parasomnia, or sleep disorder.
 
Cellphones and Health Care in Africa
A column in Thursday's Technology Review about the ways in which cellphones are transforming health care in Africa highlighted the development by Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA assistant professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, and colleagues at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science of a lens-free imaging technique that can transform cell phones into microscopes for use in global health care.
 
Schizophrenia Treatment
An article in the Sept. 16 issue of the New Yorker magazine cited a psychosis program for the treatment of schizophrenia developed by 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. Marder is quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Gal Bitan
Bitan, UCLA associate professor of neurology, was quoted Thursday in a Nature blog article about the discovery of distinct variants of amyloid-beta fibrils in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which may help improve disease diagnostics.
 
John Froines
Froines, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of UCLA's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about public health concerns over emissions from a battery-recycling plant in Vernon, Calif.
 
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, was quoted Wednesday in a MarketWatch article about getting a home mortgage.
 
Rajit Gadh
Gadh, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and director of the Smart Grid Energy Research Center, was quoted Thursday in a Fox Business article about "smart highways."
 
Michael Stoll
Stoll, professor of public policy and urban planning and chair of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a Houston Chronicle article about that city ranking No. 3 on a list of the most moved-to cities in the United States.
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