UCLA Headlines September 24, 2013

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UCLA Report: Pesticide Regulation Is Flawed
The Salinas Californian and the Mariposa Sierra Sun Times report today, and the Huffington Post and Science Codex reported Monday, on a study by UCLA's Sustainable Technology and Policy Program highlighting problems with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's evaluation and approval process and recommending changes to better protect public health. John Froines, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, and UCLA professor of law Timothy Malloy were quoted in the coverage.
 
Stretchable, Transparent Electronic Displays
Discovery, domain-b, Motherboard and R&D magazine report today, and Network World reported Monday, on the development by Qibing Pei, professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of an organic light-emitting device that can be stretched, folded and twisted like rubber. Pei was quoted in the coverage.
 
Behavior of High-Energy Particles
Science Recorder, the Daily Galaxy and the Las Vegas Guardian-Express reported Monday on research led by Yuri Shprits, a research geophysicist with the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, uncovering the physics that drive extremely high-energy particles in the Van Allen radiation belts that encircle Earth. Shprits; UCLA staff research associates Adam Kellerman and Dmitry Subbotin, and UCLA postdoctoral scholar Ksenia Orlova were quoted in the coverage.
 
Nanodiamonds May Aid Dental Implants
Britain’s Daily Mail reported Monday 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. Ho was quoted.
 
Bringing Westwood Back
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about efforts to turn Westwood Village into an arts and cultural hub highlighted the UCLA Hammer Museum's “Arts ReStore LA” project, in which artists and other vendors will operate empty Westwood storefronts. The piece referenced a $100,000 grant the museum recently received from the Goldhirsh Foundation. Hammer director Ann Philbin was cited.
 
Taxis vs. Ride Sharing
Jacqueline Leavitt, professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “AirTalk” about the California Public Utilities Commission's decision to regulate ride-sharing services in the state, which could threaten the future of the taxi industry.
 
Same-Sex Weddings in Delaware
An article published Monday in Maryland's Salisbury Daily Times about same-sex couples coming to Delaware from outside the state to get married cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law on the number of same-sex weddings in cities with populations of less than 100,000.
 
Docs 'Vacuum' Huge Clot From Patient's Heart
Healthline News reported Monday, and Health2Fit reported Thursday, 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 coverage.
 
 
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Dr. Royce Johnson
Johnson, adjunct professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Bakersfield Californian article about a national clinical trial aimed at understanding how to best treat the fungal disease Valley Fever.
 
Dr. Paul Krogstad
Krogstad, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Bakersfield Californian article about a symposium in Bakersfield, Calif., focusing on the fungal disease Valley Fever.
 
Rene Ong
Ong, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted today in an Arizona Republic article about possible locations for a new $100 million space observatory being developed by an international consortium.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about "revenge porn" — distributing sexually explicit photos or videos in order to cause others humiliation or distress.
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