UCLA Headlines September 26, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Thousands Participate in UCLA Volunteer Day
KABC-Channel 7 and the Patch from Sherman Oaks, Westwood-Century City, Woodland Hills, Northridge-Chatstworth, Culver City and Calabasas reported on UCLA’s fourth annual Volunteer Day, in which 6,500 new freshmen and transfer students, along with some 600 staff, faculty, alumni and upperclassmen, volunteered for community service projects at 50 locations throughout Los Angeles.
 
Doc Looks at Health Care Spending
The UCLA Health System was featured prominently Tuesday in PBS's “Money and Medicine,” a documentary examining cost issues in America’s health care system. Interviewed in the program were Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences; Dr. Jerome Hoffman, UCLA professor emeritus of emergency medicine; Dr. Ravi Aysola, UCLA assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine; Dr. David Reuben, chief of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics; Dr. Neil Wenger, director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center; Dr. Edward Zaragoza, clinical director of the UCLA Department of Radiological Sciences; Dr. David Cutler, assistant clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine; Dr. Mark S. Litwin, chair of the UCLA Department of Urology and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; and Dr. Robert Reiter, director of the UCLA Prostate Cancer Program and a professor of urology. The documentary was highlighted Tuesday by Bloomberg, Monday by PBS's NewsHour and Sunday by the Salt Lake Tribune.
 
Going Viral to Kill Zits
A study by UCLA researchers and colleagues showing that a virus found on human skin is naturally programmed to seek out and kill bacteria that cause acne was highlighted Tuesday by Asian News International and UK’s MSN News and today by KPCC-89.3 FM, Health India, Scotland’s Herald, and Indo-Asian News Service. Dr. Robert Modlin, chief of dermatology and a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Laura Marinelli, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher in Modlin's laboratory, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Weekend 405 Closure Looms
A study co-authored by Brian Taylor, director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies, examining how the July 2011 shutdown of a major portion of the 405 Freeway affected traffic in Los Angeles was cited in today’s Los Angeles Times. Taylor is quoted.
 
Should I Marry Him?
The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday on research by Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney, professors of psychology and co-directors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, and UCLA psychology doctoral candidate Justin Lavner showing that when individuals — particularly women — have doubts before their wedding, the misgivings are often a harbinger of marital dissatisfaction and divorce.

Olijato Loses its Mojo
Research led by Christopher T. Russell, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and principal investigator for NASA's Dawn mission, finding that the asteroid 2201 Olijato has lost its magnetic properties was highlighted Monday in Epoch Times and Tuesday in Red Orbit.
 
Anti-U.S. Protests in Middle East
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Tuesday on China Radio International’s "Beyond Beijing" about recent attacks by Muslim extremists on U.S consular compounds in Yemen, Libya and Egypt.
 
Tackling Student Cynicism
An article co-written by Alexander Astin, UCLA professor emeritus of education, about ways to combat the perception of political cynicism and apprehension toward voting in students appeared in Tuesday’s Huffington Post.
 
Stress and Weight Gain Linked
HealthDay News reported Tuesday on research by A. Janet Tomiyama, assistant professor of psychology at UCLA, which found a strong link between stress and weight gain, especially in black girls. Tomiyama was quoted.
 
Genetic Research
Genome Web reported Tuesday that Xinshu Xiao, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, will lead a team of researchers to examine the processing that occurs when DNA is translated to RNA and how that affects phenotypic variations.
 
Same-Sex Couples in NYC
An article Tuesday in New York’s DNAinfo cited a 2010 analysis of census data by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute which found that 2,481 same-sex couples, or about 9 percent of the New York City's total, live in the Bronx.
 
Treatment of Progeria
A Science Magazine article Monday cited research by Dr. Stephen Young, professor of medicine and human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who led a study showing that a class of drugs called farnesyltransferase inhibitors seemed to normalize cells with progeria, a rare and fatal disease causing premature aging.
 
Combatting Obesity by Monitoring Movement
A Scientific American blog on Tuesday highlighted research led by Dr. Steve Cole, professor of medicine and psychiatry and a member of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, using technology to combat obesity with an accelerometer device to monitor movement.
 
Jobs and Housing Linked
KCRW-89.9 FM today interviewed Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, about the trend of people changing jobs if that means cheaper housing.
 
How Many Pot Shops in L.A.?
A Reuters story on Tuesday cited research from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs showing there are far fewer medical marijuana dispensaries open for business in Los Angeles than city officials claim.  
 
 
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Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Monday in a Himalayan Times  article about how cooking with sesame oil and rice bran oil can lower blood pressure.  
 
Patricia Greenfield
Greenfield, distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Chicago Tribune article on the consequences of using technology to monitor older children.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Tuesday in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on gay marriage.
 
Dr. Dennis Woo
Woo, UCLA associate clinical professor of pediatrics, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News story about a new study on the treatment of patients who undergo tonsillectomies.
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