UCLA Headlines September 6, 2013

Data-Mining on Electronic Devices
Peter Reiher, adjunct professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Wednesday on China Central Television's "Biz Asia Weekly" about data-mining on electronic devices and the loss of privacy.
States, Feds Could Agree on Pot Policy
McClatchy News on Thursday cited a proposal by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, that the federal government enter into contracts with the states of Washington and Colorado that would allow those states to freely operate their voter-approved legal marijuana systems in return for assurances that they will prevent interstate shipments of pot. Kleiman was quoted.
Same-Sex Couples Will Receive Veterans Benefits
An article in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal about the Obama administration providing veterans' benefits to many same-sex couples cited research by Gary Gates, senior research fellow at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, estimating the number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States.
UCLA Festival of Preservation
The Chicago Sun-Times reports today on the Festival of Preservation, the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s biennial screening of newly restored films, which is currently showing in Chicago. Archive director Jan-Christopher Horak is quoted.
Teaching to the Test
Thursday’s Inside Higher Ed featured an op-ed by Jay Phelan, UCLA professor of evolutionary biology, and Julia Phelan, a senior research associate at UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing, about the effectiveness of teaching curricula that emphasize performance on high-stakes tests.
Protecting Cities From Intense Heat
Nanowerk reported Thursday on research by Dr. David Eisenman, assistant professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Stephanie Pincetl, director of UCLA's California Center for Sustainable Communities and an adjunct professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, that will examine how several major metropolitan areas can deal with consistently rising heat through innovations in construction and infrastructure.
New Type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Science Codex reported Thursday that UCLA researchers have discovered a new form of irritable bowel syndrome that occurs after an acute bout of diverticulitis. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, associate professor of digestive diseases and gastroenterology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Teen Cancer Center at UCLA
Wednesday's Los Angeles Jewish Journal highlighted the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the first such program launched in the U.S. by Daltrey and Pete Townshend of the band the Who. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted.
Lung Cancer Screenings
MedPage Today reported Wednesday on research led by Dr. Denise Aberle, vice chair of research in the UCLA Department of Radiological Sciences and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the benefits and risks of low-dose CT scans for detecting lung cancer. Aberle was quoted.
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
The Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Wave reported Thursday 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 in the Wave article, which also mentioned UCLA's Operation Mend.
Link Between Air Pollution, Autism
Thursday’s Riverside Press-Enterprise cited a study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that found that babies exposed to high levels of traffic pollution in the womb have an increased risk of autism.
Linda Ercoli
Ercoli, director of geriatric psychology in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, was quoted Thursday in an NBC News.com article about the emotional and financial burdens for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Business Journal article about planned home construction projects in Hollywood, Calif.
Regina Regazzi
Regazzi, executive director of corporate relations for the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Parker Career Management Center, was quoted Wednesday in a Wall Street Journal article about companies beginning to recruit business students in the first year of their M.B.A. programs.
Donald Shoup
Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about officials in cities across the U.S. tightening restrictions on who can obtain disabled parking placards.
Michael Stenstrom
Stenstrom, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, is quoted in an article in the September issue of Los Angeles Magazine about the safety of Los Angeles tap water and bottled water.
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