UCLA Headlines September 23, 2013

Behavior of High-Energy Particles
Science Codex reported Sunday on research led by Yuri Shprits, a research geophysicist with the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, demonstrating that extremely high-energy particles in the Van Allen radiation belts that encircle Earth are driven by very different physics than typically observed particles in the belts.
Welcome Back, Bruins!
KNX-1070 AM reported Friday, and KABC-Channel 7 reported Saturday, on UCLA's move-in weekend, during which a record 11,000 undergraduates moved into residence halls on the Hill in preparation for the 2013–14 academic year. The pieces highlighted UCLA's two new residence halls, Sproul Cove and Sproul Landing. Suzanne Seplow, director of UCLA's Office of Residential Life, was interviewed on KNX; Seplow and Peter Angelis, UCLA assistant vice chancellor for housing and hospitality services, were interviewed on KABC.
Docs 'Vacuum' Huge Clot From Patient's Heart
Popular Science, Salon, the International Business Times and domain-b reported Friday 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 in the IB Times.
Nanodiamonds May Aid Dental Implants
Science World Report and domain-b reported Friday, and Geekosystem reports today, on research led by Dr. 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 increase the durability of dental implants.
The Rise of the Neurotics
India's Economic Times reported Friday on research by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining the ways in which extroverts and introverts perform on team tasks. Bendersky was quoted.
Prof’s Art to Grace Music City
Nashville Scene reported Friday that Nashville's city arts commission has approved a proposal by UCLA professor of design and media arts Christian Moeller to install a public work of art on a major Nashville thoroughfare in honor of Tennessee's Native American heritage. Moeller was quoted.
What Economic Recovery?
Friday's Heartland featured an op-ed co-written by Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, examining the pace of the economic recovery in the U.S.
Cellphone Microscope Images Nanoscale Objects
Chemical and Engineering News reported Friday on 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.
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
Redeye Chicago reported Sunday on a study led by Nicole Prause, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that examined brain responses to sex-related pictures in individuals who could be considered to be suffering from a sexual "addiction."
Latinos, Health and the Affordable Care Act
The El Paso Times reported Friday on research by David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, examining health and health care among Latinos in the U.S. The Los Angeles Daily News reported Saturday on Hayes-Bautista's research on elderly Latinos and Medicare. Hayes-Bautista was quoted in the coverage.
Debate Over Medicare
Friday's Orange County Register featured an op-ed by Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, arguing that unsustainable growth in health care spending is the biggest threat to Medicare.
Apple's iOS Takes Getting Used To
A blog column in Friday's New York Times about Apple's latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad highlights research by Dr. Gary Small, the Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, examining how long it takes our brains to rewire themselves when learning something new.
Unearthing Trove of Silent Films
The UCLA Film and Television Archive was referenced Friday in a New York Times article about the discovery at a film archive in New Zealand of a number of American films from the Silent Era that were presumed lost.
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday on a lawsuit concerning the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property, which houses UCLA's baseball stadium.
An Attitude of Gratitude
A column in Friday's Huffington Post about teaching the brain new ways of thinking highlighted research by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center indicating that individuals who concentrate on giving thanks each day tend to be healthier and happier.
Medicare and the Affordable Care Act
Dylan Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about performance-based reimbursement and Medicare. He was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about the Affordable Care Act and California's health benefit exchange. Roby was also interviewed Friday on San Francisco’s KCBS-790 AM about a software glitch that could impact health benefit exchanges this fall.
Health Insurance: Recession Hits Boomers Hard
New York's WOR-710 AM reported Sunday on a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that during the recent recession, middle-aged Californians lost their jobs and the health benefits that came with those jobs in greater numbers than other age groups.
UCLA: Best College Eats in U.S.
KCBS-Channel 2 reports today that the Daily Meal blog has ranked UCLA No. 5 among 60 universities highlighted for having the best, most nutritious food in the nation.
An Expert in Science, Nerdiness
NPR's “Morning Edition” today profiled David Saltzberg, UCLA professor and vice chair of physics and astronomy, who serves as a scientific consultant to the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” Saltzberg was interviewed.
California's Economic Recovery
Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “AirTalk” and San Francisco’s KCBS-790 AM, and Saturday on KPCC-89.3 FM, about the economic recovery in California.
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, was quoted Saturday in a Torrance Daily Breeze article about a campaign by California state Sen. Ted Lieu to get airplanes to use unleaded fuel.
Robert Goldberg
Goldberg, UCLA distinguished professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology, was quoted Sunday in a Seattle Times article about a ballot proposal in Washington state to label all genetically modified foods.
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a McClatchy News Service article about proposed efforts by Washington state and Colorado to protect minors from recreational marijuana. He is quoted today in a Denver Post article about innovative parole programs.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Nadoolman Landis, director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Sunday in two Los Angeles Times articles (1 | 2) about fashion and costume design on television programs.
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Friday in a New York Times article about efforts to expand rights for non-citizen residents of California and other states.
Yalda Uhls
Uhls, a researcher at UCLA's Children's Digital Media Center, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about Disney's new "Little Mermaid Second Screen Live," which encourages children to bring iPads to the theater to play film-related games during screenings.
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about a federal appeals court ruling that clicking the “like” button on Facebook is constitutionally protected speech.
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