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UCLA Headlines September 4, 2013

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Facebook as a Tool for HIV Prevention
The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Headlines and Global News 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.
 
UCLA at Telluride Film Festival
The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday on a reception at the Telluride Film Festival that was hosted by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and highlighted a UCLA TFT program that allows 10 graduate students to study and workshop with world-renowned filmmakers, writers, producers and industry leaders. Teri Schwartz, dean of TFT, was cited.
 
Poverty, Wealth and Shifting Values
An NPR "All Things Considered" story that aired Tuesday highlighted a study by UCLA distinguished professor of psychology Patricia Greenfield that tracked the use of certain words in more than 1.5 million American and British books published between 1800 and 2000 to demonstrate how cultural values have changed over time. The piece also cited Greenfield's research on families in Chiapas, Mexico.
 
Caregivers and Stress
An article in Tuesday's Huffington Post comparing the stress levels of male and female caregivers referenced a study by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of UCLA's Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, examining stress-release techniques for those who care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease.
 
Working to Prevent Alzheimer's
UCLA research on Alzheimer's disease prevention was highlighted today in a segment on current Alzheimer's research on NBC's "Today."
 
Who Gets Chosen for Organ Transplants?
Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, medical director of the UCLA Health System's kidney and pancreas transplant program, was interviewed today on NPR about the criteria various hospitals use in selecting candidates for organ transplants.
 
Pushing Patient-Centered Care
Science Daily reported Monday on a joint UCLA-USC patient-centered medical care program in which medical residents use a team-based, coordinated approach to dealing with patients' health needs. Dr. Michael Hochman, a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Building a Better Membrane
Chemistry World reported Tuesday on research by Richard Kaner, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, and Eric Hoek, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, aimed at creating more permeable membranes with better separations for use in medical devices and other technologies.
 
Name Change for Buddhist Texts
The Korea Times reported Tuesday that Robert Buswell, distinguished professor of Buddhist studies and director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies, has called for the renaming of the Tripitaka Koreana, a 13th-century collection of Buddhist texts engraved on wood blocks, because the name does not accurately reflect the scope of the collection. Buswell was quoted.
 
 
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Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about gauging heart disease risk by measuring blood pressure in the ankle. Fonarow also was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about the high rate of preventable deaths in the U.S. from heart disease and stroke.
 
Dr. Eufemia Jacob
Jacob, assistant professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, was quoted Tuesday in a Reuters article about "pain scales" that children use to rate the level of their pain.
 
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Tuesday in a San Jose Mercury News article about a California Supreme Court case dealing with an illegal immigrant's quest to practice law in the state.
 
Gary Nash
Nash, professor emeritus of history and director of the UCLA-based National Center for History in the Schools, was quoted Tuesday in an article in Salt Lake City's Deseret News about an increase in interracial couples in the U.S. living together and marrying.
 
Dr. Joseph Pierre
Pierre, UCLA associate clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was quoted Tuesday in a Huffington Post article about synthetic marijuana.
 
Robert Trager
Trager, UCLA associate professor of political science, is quoted today in a Boston Globe article about a potential military strike by the U.S. against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
 
Daniel Treisman
Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, was quoted Tuesday in a CNBC.com article about the political and economic relationships between Russia and Syria.
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