UCLA Headlines September 19, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Docs 'Vacuum' Huge Clot From Patient's Heart
The Huffington Post reported Wednesday on a minimally invasive procedure performed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in which doctors used a new device to 'vacuum' a 24-inch blood clot from a patient's heart. Dr. John Moriarty, an interventional radiologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Back Pain That's Not From the Back
CNN.com on Wednesday featured a column by Dr. Nick Shamie, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the UCLA Spine Center, about back pain caused by the deterioration of the sacroiliac joints that connect the lower spine to the pelvis. The piece highlights a UCLA procedure in which tiny titanium implants are used to stabilize these joints.
 
Cellphone Microscope Images Nanoscale Objects
The development by Aydogan Ozcan, professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a lightweight, field-portable microscope device that can attach to a cellphone to detect viruses and bacteria was highlighted today by the Times of India and Forbes, Wednesday by Fast Company and Britain's Engineer, and Tuesday by Wired UK. Ozcan was quoted in the coverage
 
Microgrids and L.A.'s Electricity
Fierce Energy reported Wednesday that Tsu-Chin Tsao, professor and chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been awarded $150,000 by the California Energy Commission to support research designed to make the state's electrical grid safer and more efficient.
 
Nanodiamonds May Aid Dental Implants
Azo Nano reported Wednesday on a study led by Dean Ho, professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry and co-director of the school's Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, showing that nanoscale, diamond-like particles called nanodiamonds can be used to help promote bone growth and the durability of dental implants. Ho was quoted.
 
Facebook as a Tool for HIV Prevention
An LA Weekly blog reported Wednesday on a study led by Sean Young, assistant professor of family medicine and director of innovation at the Center for Behavior and Addiction Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that Facebook discussion groups helped men at high risk of HIV infection increase healthy behaviors and get tested for HIV. Young was quoted in the coverage.
 
Ruling Delays Sale of Japanese Garden
Los Angeles' Rafu Shimpo reported Wednesday on a ruling by an appeals court judge upholding an injunction delaying the sale of the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.
 
Geriatrics or Gerontology?
A column in Friday's Los Angeles Daily News about the difference between the fields of gerontology and geriatrics referenced the geriatric program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, which was recently ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
 
Online Ed and UCLA's iPad Programs
An article in today's Slate about online education and degree programs at U.S. universities referenced UCLA Extension's collaboration with Empowered Careers on iPad-based classes for continuing-education certificate programs.
 
California to Regulate Ride-Sharing
Gary Blasi, UCLA professor of law, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about efforts to regulate ride-sharing services in California, and the effect these services may have on the taxi industry.
 
Fed Decides Not to Taper
Stuart Gabriel was interviewed today on American Public Media's "Marketplace" about the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain the pace of its monetary stimulus and not begin "tapering."
 
Employment Picture Dim for Young Adults
An article in today’s Los Angeles Times about the tough job market for teens and young adults cited research by Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that a smaller proportion of teens and young adults are employed in Los Angeles County than in the rest of California. Leamer and Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the Anderson Forecast, were quoted.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Les Plesko, Novelist and UCLA Writing Instructor
Plesko, an author and longtime writing instructor at UCLA Extension, died Sept. 16 in Venice, Calif. He was 59. See Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Mitchell Chang
Chang, professor of education and a faculty adviser for UCLA's Asian American Studies Center, is quoted today in a USA Today article about college students who start out studying science, engineering or math, then switch to majors in the liberal arts.
 
Ursula Heise
Heise, professor of English and a scholar at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, is quoted today in a Chronicle of Higher Education column and a Discover blog about the toll our use of technology is taking on the planet and the survival of mankind.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal blog article about gun rights and the mentally ill.  
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