UCLA Headlines September 20, 2010

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IN THE NEWS:
 
More Teens Undergoing Gastric-Band Surgery
MSNBC, ABC News and a National Public Radio blog report today on a study led by Dr. Daniel DeUgarte, assistant professor-in-residence of pediatric surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and surgical director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight program, that showed that the number of adolescents undergoing gastric-band surgery to help them lose weight increased significantly between 2005 and 2007. DeUgarte was quoted in the MSNBC article.
 
'New North' to Benefit From Global Warming
Saturday’s Wall Street Journal featured an excerpt from "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future," a new book by UCLA professor of geography Laurence Smith which argues that as a result of climate change and other global pressures, sparsely populated Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern United States will become formidable economic powers and migration magnets in the coming decades.
 
Regents Vote to Raise Retirement Contributions
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday on the UC Regents’ decision to increase the amount the university and its employees contribute to UC retirement plans. The article also cited the regents’ decision to increase the compensation of Dr. David Feinberg, CEO and associate vice chancellor of the UCLA Hospital System. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted.
 
UCLA Anderson School Aims to Become Self-Sufficient
The UCLA Anderson School of Management’s plan to become financially self-sufficient and to redirect state funds to other departments and programs on campus was highlighted today in a Los Angeles Business Journal article and Sunday in a Los Angeles Times editorial. Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson, was quoted in the coverage.
 
New Kidney Transplant Procedure
California’s Ridgecrest Daily Independent reported Friday on a patient who received a kidney transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that involved plasmapheresis, a procedure that allows for organ donations between two individuals with different blood types. Dr. Gerald Lipshutz, associate professor-in-residence of liver and pancreas transplantation surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was cited.
 
Prof Discusses History of Capitalism
UCLA professor emerita of history Joyce Appleby was featured Friday in a Reason.com video interview about her research on economic history and her most recent book, “The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism.”
 
State Bills Aim to Prevent Wage Theft
An article in Thursday’s Los Angeles Times about bills in the California Legislature aimed at cracking down on employer wage theft cited a study by researchers at UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment that found that low-wage workers in Los Angeles are routinely paid less than the legal minimum wage and denied overtime pay.
 
Debating the Ethics of Clinical Trials
The New York Times reported Saturday on a clinical trial at UCLA that tested the effectiveness of an experimental skin cancer drug. Dr. Bartosz Chmielowski, clinical instructor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted. 
 
Exhibition Looks at Transition to Manhood
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Friday on a photographic project overseen by Dr. Nazleen Bharmal, a clinical scholar of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in which young African American men documented the things that have influenced their lives and life choices. Bharmal was quoted.
 
UCLA Lecturer Discusses Foster Kids
Today’s San Gabriel Valley Tribune features an op-ed by Miriam Aroni, a lecturer in social welfare at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, about a bill in the California Legislature that will allow children to remain in the foster care system until the age of 21.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Walter Goldschmidt, 97, UCLA Professor and Anthropologist
Goldschmidt, a longtime UCLA professor of anthropology who studied populations ranging from California farming communities to East African tribes, died Sept. 1. See Friday’s Los Angeles Times.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Susan Bowerman
Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the health benefits of high-protein, nonfat Greek yogurt.
 
Ann Carlson
Carlson, professor of law and director of UCLA’s Environmental Law Center, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Obama administration’s reaction to a lawsuit that seeks to force several of the nation's largest coal-fired utilities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Gerald Kominski
Kominski, professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Sunday in a San Bernardino County Sun article about national health care reform provisions that go into effect this week.
 
Daniel Mitchell
Mitchell, professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about the political ads of California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the California labor market.
 
Kal Raustiala
Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, is quoted today in a New York Times blog article about copyright issues in the fashion industry.
 
Dr. John Ringman
Ringman, associate clinical professor of neurology and assistant director of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about research showing a possible link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Dr. Michael Roth
Roth, clinical professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Digestive Disease Research Center, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about using a drug intended to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for the treatment of adult asthma.
 
Joan Silk
Silk, UCLA professor of anthropology, is quoted today in a Boston Globe article about a scientific misconduct case involving a Harvard University faculty member.
 
Stephen Yeazell
Yeazell, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Thursday in a Associated Press article about a bill in the California Legislature that would raise the limit of damage payouts to victims of a train crash.
 
Dr. Frederick Zimmerman
Zimmerman, professor and chair of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health, was quoted Friday in an article in London’s Daily Telegraph about how reading to children helps boost  their linguistic capabilities.
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