UCLA Headlines September 5, 2013

Protecting Brains of Athletes, Soldiers
An LA Weekly blog reported Wednesday 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 was quoted.
Palliative Care Program Helps Patients
Sunday’s Santa Monica Daily Press reported on the Palliative Care Program at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Lori Koutouratsas, palliative care chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department; and Tim Thorstenson, supervisor of Spiritual Care at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monia; were quoted.
Seniors Struggle to Raise Grandkids
Today’s Los Angeles Times references a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showing that grandparents raising grandkids in California may be among the most vulnerable residents in the state, due to the high cost of living and low levels of public assistance.
Minnesota Mayor Promotes Same-Sex Marriage
An Associated Press article today about the efforts of the mayor of Minneapolis to persuade same-sex couples in Illinois to marry in Minnesota cites research on same-sex marriage by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
Facebook as a Tool for HIV Prevention
Medpage Today reported Tuesday on a study led by Sean Young, assistant professor of family medicine and director of innovation at the Center for Behavioral 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.
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
NPR’s “All Things Considered” reported Wednesday on a lawsuit concerning the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property, which houses UCLA's baseball stadium.
Physical Environment of Classrooms is Important
MintPress News reported Wednesday on a UCLA study that found that the physical environment in which students learn is just as important as class size, education material and teacher effectiveness.
Potential Military Action in Syria
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Tuesday on KPFK-90.7 FM’s “Background Briefing” about a potential military strike by the U.S. against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Mobile Health Clinic Must Find New Location
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Wednesday on a mobile health clinic run by UCLA medical students which provides medical care and food to the homeless. The clinic has been forced to find a new location because activity associated with it blocks a right-of-way.
Hiroshi Motomura
Motomura, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a CNN.com story about a California Supreme Court case dealing with an illegal immigrant's quest to practice law in the state.
Victor Narro
Narro, project director at UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, was quoted Wednesday in a story in the Sentinel newspaper about labor disagreements between management and employees at a Hanford, Calif. cheese plant. 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Boston Globe story about a driving computer game that can improve cognitive brain function in older adults.
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