UCLA Headlines September 27, 2013

Gift Supports UCLA's Foster Youth
City News Service reported Thursday that the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation has given a $3 million gift to UCLA to create an endowment that covers tutoring, mental health services, summer housing, unforeseen school expenses and other costs for UCLA students who were or are in foster care. Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor for student affairs, was quoted.
Childhood Abuse Linked to Adult Health Problems
Asian News International reported Tuesday on a study led by Judith Carroll, a postdoctoral scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing a correlation between abuse in childhood and severe health problems later in life. Carroll was quoted.
Behavior of High-Energy Particles
Research led by Yuri Shprits, a research geophysicist in 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 was highlighted Monday by the International Business Times and Wednesday by the Voice of America and Britain's Register. Shprits was quoted in the coverage.
Discovering What Causes 'Space Weather'
Research led by Vassilis Angelopoulos, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, examining Earth's space environment and demonstrating that solar storms cause the phenomena known as "space weather" near Earth, was highlighted today by Asian News International and the Press Trust of India and Wednesday by Space, Science Daily, RedOrbit, PhysOrg and Science Blog. Angelopoulos was quoted in the coverage.
Benefits of Cross-Ethnic Friendships
PsychCentral reported Wednesday on research led by Sandra Graham, professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, showing that middle school students who form friendships across different racial and ethnic groups tend to feel safer and less vulnerable. Graham was quoted.
Banks Strive for Big Earnings
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday on research by Naim Bugra Ozel, assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, examining lending activity and other trends among U.S. banks. Ozel was quoted.
Facebook as a Tool for HIV Prevention
Thursday’s Medgadget featured a Q&A with 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, about his research showing that Facebook discussion groups can help men at high risk of HIV infection increase healthy behaviors and get tested for HIV.
Race and School Suspensions
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported Wednesday that Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is working with the Syracuse, N.Y., school district to analyze the district's suspension trends. The article referenced a Civil Rights Project report showing that minority students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S.
Higher Education and Affirmative Action
An article in Thursday's Detroit News about an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case examining Michigan's 2006 ban on affirmative action highlighted the challenges of maintaining racial and ethnic diversity at UCLA and other California campuses in the wake of Proposition 209, which prohibited racial preferences in college admissions. UCLA's "holistic review" admissions process and its efforts to foster campus diversity were referenced. Janina Montero, UCLA vice chancellor for student affairs; Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies; and Richard Sander, UCLA professor of law, were quoted.
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a Market Watch article about the approval process for home mortgage applications.
Dr. Wally Ghurabi
Ghurabi, medical director of the emergency department at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, is quoted today in a Digital First Media column about the risks of injuries to small children while their parents are busy using handheld devices.
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a decline in mortgage rates in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it would continue its economic stimulus program.
Stephen Spiller
Spiller, assistant professor of marketing at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Wednesday in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about the pros and cons of the business-review site Yelp.
Jasmine Trice
Trice, assistant professor of cinema and media studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Saturday in a Pasadena Star-News article about the portrayal of Asian Americans in film, television and popular culture.
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