UCLA Headlines September 15, 2008

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IN THE NEWS:
 
South L.A. Sees Change, Still Struggles
The Los Angeles Times and KCBS-Channel 2 reported Sunday on a UCLA School of Public Affairs report examining changes in South Los Angeles over the past 15 years. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., professor of political science and dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs, and Paul Ong, UCLA professor of urban planning, social welfare and Asian American studies, were quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Responds to Train Crash Tragedy
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday on efforts by the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center to recruit blood donors to help aid victims of Friday's Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, Calif. Linda Goss, the center's recruitment supervisor, was quoted.
 
Prof Says Preferential Admissions Harm Minorities
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and Diverse Issues in Higher Education report today on research by UCLA law professor Richard Sander on the “mismatch theory,” which suggests that preferential admissions policies disadvantage minority students who come from schools that do not adequately prepare them for college and university courses.
 
Alcohol Sales Linked to Children’s Injuries
United Press International and the Imperial Valley News reported Friday, and Medical News Today reported Sunday, on a study co-authored by UCLA School of Public Affairs researchers that found that neighborhoods with higher numbers of outlets selling alcohol experience more childhood injuries. UCLA assistant professor of social welfare and study author Bridget Freisthler was quoted in the coverage.
 
Study Shows How the Brain Remembers
Newsweek reported Sunday on a joint study by researchers at UCLA and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science that documented the activity of brain cells in the process of summoning a spontaneous memory. Study co-author Dr. Itzhak Fried, UCLA professor-in-residence of neurosurgery and psychiatry, was cited.
 
Are Angelenos Prepared for Major Disaster?
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on a survey conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that assessed Los Angeles residents' preparedness for a major earthquake or terrorist attack. Linda Bourque, professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health, was quoted.
 
U.S. Not in Recession
A column in Friday’s Washington Post cites a current report by Edward Leamer, Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, that suggests that the U.S. economy will only enter a recession if the economy worsens drastically.
 
The Brain in Love
Sunday’s Los Angeles Times highlighted research by Gian Gonzaga, UCLA adjunct assistant professor of psychology, and Martie Haselton, UCLA associate professor of communications studies and psychology, that examined why people in love are often blind to otherwise attractive members of the opposite sex. Gonzaga was quoted.
 
UCLA Elections Blog Featured
Today’s Los Angeles Times politics blog highlights "The Sprint," the UCLA Office of Media Relations' new faculty blog on the 2008 presidential election.
 
L.A. Sacred Music Festival Kicks Off
Friday’s Daily Breeze featured an article on the offerings at the World Festival of Sacred Music—Los Angeles, which runs from through Sept. 28 and is organized by the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance. Today’s Los Angeles Times features a review of Saturday’s opening performances at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Judith Mitoma, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures and director of the center, was cited in the coverage.
 
UCLA Doctors Help Victim of Landmine
The Sept. 22 edition of People magazine reports on a young patient whose face had been disfigured by a landmine who recently underwent reconstructive surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The UCLA surgeons, Dr. Keith Blackwell, professor of head and neck surgery, and Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, assistant clinical professor of head and neck surgery, were featured in the story.
 
Chinese Showbiz Moguls Get Tips From Hollywood
Sunday’s New York Times reports on recent seminars hosted by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in which Hollywood executives tutored rising Chinese film and television executives on how to succeed in the entertainment industry. Robert Rosen, the school's dean, was quoted.
 
Legacy of the Bush Administration
Today’s Washington Post cites a piece written earlier this month for the National Interest by Amy Zegart, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, in which she assesses the legacy of George W. Bush’s eight years as president.
 
Better Health Care Via Cell Phone
The Times of India reports today on research by led by Aydogan Ozcan, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Scienceand a member of the California NanoSystems Institute, on a lens-free, high-throughputimaging technique that will potentially allow individuals to perform blood tests using cell phones.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gill Cryer
Cryer, professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about Friday’s Metrolink train crash. Some accident victims are being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
 
Dr. Mark Morocco
Morocco, UCLA clinical instructor of emergency medicine, was quoted Friday in an Associated Press article about Friday’s Metrolink train crash. Some accident victims are being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
 
Dr. David Reuben
Reuben, professor and chief of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a San Francisco Examiner article on concerns about Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s age and health.
 
Dr. Brad Spellberg
Spellberg, assistant professor of medicine at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about a rare form of pneumonia triggered by a combination of the flu and a skin infection.
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