UCLA Headlines September 3, 2013

Potential Military Action in Syria
Friday's USA Today featured an op-ed Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, looking at the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria in light of NATO's intervention in Kosovo in 1999. Friday's Huffington Post featured a column by UCLA professor of law Russell Korobkin on potential U.S. intervention. Russell Burgos, lecturer at the UCLA International Institute,was interviewed on the subject Saturday on KNBC-Channel 4. And James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed on the subject Monday on China Radio International and China Central TV and this weekend on Al Jazeera America and Internet radio station L.A. Talk Radio.
Book Explores Age of Discovery
Kirkus Reviews on Sunday highlighted "Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination," a new book by UCLA professor emerita of history Joyce Appleby that explores the "intellectual consequences" of the expeditions of Christopher Columbus.
History of the Business of Baseball
Monday's Weekly Standard highlighted "The Baseball Trust," a book by UCLA professor of law Stuart Banner that explores the intersection of business and law throughout baseball history.
Meditation Strengthens the Brain
A column in Monday's New Jersey Daily Record on the medical benefits of meditation cited research led by Eileen Luders, assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, showing that people who meditate have, on average, more folds in the brain's cerebral cortex, which has been linked to improved information processing, memory formation and decision making.
Undocumented Immigrants and Health Reform
An article in Friday's San Luis Obispo Tribune highlighted research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that roughly 900,000 undocumented immigrants in California lack health insurance and that most will likely remain uninsured once the Affordable Care Act is implemented.
Facebook as a Tool for HIV Prevention
Reuters reported Monday on a study led by 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, that found that Facebook discussion groups helped men at high risk of HIV infection increase healthy behaviors and get tested for HIV. Young was quoted.
Suit Over VA Property Use
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday, and City News Service, KNBC-Channel 4 and KCRW-89.9 FM reported Friday, on a lawsuit concerning the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property, including the site of UCLA's baseball stadium. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero was quoted by CNS.
Swallowing Can Aid Cancer Treatment
News Medical and an Examiner blog reported Friday on a study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center that found that patients with head and neck cancers who received radiation as part of their treatment were less likely to suffer unwanted side effects if they performed a series of swallowing exercises during therapy. Dr. Marilene Wang, professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was cited.
UCLA Stem Cell Center Wins Major Grants
An Examiner blog reported Thursday that California's stem cell agency has awarded roughly $13 million to four scientists at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center for studies aimed at identifying stem cell–based therapies for disease that can be tested in clinical trials. Dr. Jerome Zack, UCLA professor of medicine and of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics; Dr. Robert Reiter, UCLA's Bing Professor of Urologic Research; Dr. Donald Kohn, UCLA professor of pediatrics and of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics; and Dr. Gerald Lipshutz, associate professor of surgery, urology and medicine, were cited.
Drug Substitutions Mean Medicare Savings
Pharma Times reported Friday on a study led by Dr. O. Kenrik Duru, associate professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that substituting generic or therapeutic alternatives for brand-name drugs could result in significant savings for Medicare patients, health plans and the government. Duru was quoted.
Blogging Helps Cancer Patients
Reuters reported Friday on a study led by Dr. Annette Stanton, professor of psychology and psychiatry and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, that found that women who chronicled their experiences with breast cancer online tended to experience a reduction in depressive symptoms, an increase in positive mood and enhanced appreciation for life. Stanton was quoted.
Neurons, Aging and Learning
The Pittsburgh Business Times reported Friday on research by Joshua Trachtenberg, associate professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues indicating that inhibitory neurons in the brain can begin to impede our cognitive function and ability to learn as we get older.
Film Tax Credit Helps California
A blog article in Friday's Washington Post about film and TV productions leaving California for states offering more lucrative tax breaks cited a 2012 study by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment showing that a California film tax credit helped to create jobs and generate revenue for the state.
Operation Mend's 'Buddy' Program
A KCBS-Channel 2 story on Sunday about UCLA's Operation Mend, which offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service, highlighted Operation Mend's "buddy" family program, which pairs wounded veterans undergoing treatment with Los Angeles–area families who provide comfort, care and support.
Protecting Brains of Athletes, Soldiers
Gizmag reports today on the development by Vijay Gupta, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a polymer that could diminish the force of helmet-to-helmet contact on a football field or shockwaves from explosive devices on a battlefield. Gupta is quoted.
An App for Your Kidneys
Gizmag 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 device that can conduct kidney tests and transmit the resulting data to health professionals through a smartphone attachment. Ozcan was quoted.
Building a Better Coachella Valley
An editorial in Saturday's Palm Springs Desert Sun about the social and economic challenges facing residents of the eastern Coachella Valley highlighted a 2011 study by UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research examining the health and insurance status of children and adults in the area.
Knocked on the Noggin? Sit It Out
A CBS News.com article published Monday about kids and concussions cited new guidelines co-developed Dr. Christopher Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, for the handling of sports-related concussions.
Building the Foundation of the Internet
Leonard Kleinrock was interviewed for the current online edition of Computer magazine about his work developing packet-switching networks, which helped usher in the early Internet.
More Americans Living Alone
Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology, was interviewed Friday on KCRW-89.9 FM's "To the Point" about the increasing number of Americans who now live alone.
Fowler Museum Highlights Mandela
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Sunday on "Mandela for President," an exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA highlighting the 1994 election in South Africa.
Minimum Wage and Fast Food
Christopher Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Thursday on Pivot TV about how increasing the minimum wage could affect the fast-food industry.
The Dish on Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The Information Television Network's “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” on Sunday featured expert commentary on inflammatory bowel disease by three UCLA physicians: Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine, physiology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Dr. Brennan Spiegel, associate professor of digestive diseases and gastroenterology at the Geffen School; and Dr. Lin Chang, professor of digestive diseases at the Geffen School.
Outcomes for Aneurysm Patients
IMNG Medical Media reports today on a study led by Dr. Peter Lawrence, professor of vascular surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Venous Center, examining several factors that affect outcomes for patients with femoral artery aneurysms.
Dr. Alon Avidan
Avidan, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was quoted Friday in a Headlines and Global News article about the causes of insomnia.
Robert Bjork
Bjork, distinguished professor of psychology and co-principal investigator at the Bjork Learning and Forgetting Lab at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about using tools of cognitive psychology as part of the learning process in school classrooms.
Gary Blasi
Blasi, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about homeless people and Los Angeles' downtown parks.
Dr. Ravi Dave
Dave, associate clinical professor of medicine at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, was quoted Sunday in a HealthDay News article about a study that found that heart attack patients who had multiple coronary arteries opened with angioplasty during emergency surgery did better than those patients who only had the "culprit artery" opened.
Jared Diamond
Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, was quoted Monday in an Economist article about the "great divergence," when Western Europe and parts of North America became extremely wealthy and much of the rest of the world remained extremely poor.
Christopher Erickson
Erickson, senior associate dean of global initiatives at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times blog article on how increasing the minimum wage would affect the fast-food industry.
David Jewitt
Jewitt, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of UCLA's Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about the discovery of a Trojan, an asteroid-like object that shares an orbit with the planet Uranus.    
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Friday in a Talking Points Memo column about the United States' war on drugs.
Dr. Andrew Leuchter
Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior and Pharmacology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about a study that found that men are just as likely to suffer depression as women.
David Lewin
Lewin, the Neil H. Jacoby Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a Reuters article about Caterpillar Inc.'s performance-based, profit-sharing program for its employees.
Kent Wong
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was quoted Saturday in a Santa Monica Daily Pilot article about disagreements among Costa Mesa, Calif. government officials, labor unions and employee associations.  
Yang Yang
Yang, professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Science News article about the development of a stretchy, transparent material that conducts electricity.
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