UCLA Headlines September 8, 2008

UCLA Admissions Process Challenged
Fox News reported Saturday on the recent resignation of UCLA political science professor Timothy Groseclose from a UCLA admissions committee; Groseclose said he suspected campus officials were engaging in unfair admissions practices. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published two op-ed pieces (1 | 2) on the admissions issue, including one by Darnell Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the San Diego Union-Tribune published an editorial.
Study Shows How the Brain Remembers
Britain’s Telegraph and Scientific American magazine reported Thursday on a joint study by researchers at UCLA and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science that documented the activity of brain cells in the process of summoning a spontaneous memory. Study co-author Dr. Itzhak Fried, UCLA professor-in-residence of neurosurgery and psychiatry, was quoted. The New York Post reported Saturday on the research and Discover magazine reported the study Friday.
UCLA Neuroscience Team Explains How Comas Work
A National Geographic “Explorer” episode on comas and the moment of death, which aired Tuesday, featured interviews with David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center; Dr. Paul Vespa, associate professor-in-residence of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Neurocritical Care Unit; and UCLA neurosurgery nurses Jennifer Youngblood, Felicity Rensinger and Debbie Ceasar.
Dust-Shrouded Stars Older Than Assumed
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports today on research led by Benjamin Zuckerman, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, that found that a pair of distant stars shrouded in dust are part of a solar system that is in the later part of its evolution rather than the early stages of formation, as was originally assumed.
Prof Sues California Bar for Exam Info
The Los Angeles Times reports today on efforts by UCLA law professor Richard Sander to obtain personal and academic information on bar examination applicants from the California Bar Association for use in his research on preferential admissions policies at law schools.
UCLA Docs Remove Pituitary Tumor in Obese Patient
Dr. Anthony Heaney, associate professor of endocrinology and medical director of the UCLA Pituitary Tumor and Neuroendocrine Program, and Dr. Marvin Bergsneider, UCLA professor-in-residence of neurosurgery, were featured Friday in a KABC-Channel 7 story about a 16-year-old patient who underwent brain surgery to remove a pituitary tumor — the cause of his obesity.
Can Your DNA Reveal Your Birthplace?
New Scientist reported Wednesday, and Science magazine online reported Tuesday, on an international study led by John Novembre, UCLA assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, that used DNA to predict the geographic origins of nearly 3,200 European individuals, often within a few hundred kilometers of where they were born. Novembre was quoted.
Former Prof’s Gift to Help Recruit Surgery Faculty
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Thursday that UCLA professor emeritus of head and neck surgery Dr. Thomas Calcaterra and his wife, Ellen, have donated $2 million to the division of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for the recruitment of future division chiefs and new faculty.
Daytime Slumber May Slow Recovery in Elderly
Reuters reported Saturday on research led by Cathy Alessi, professor-in-residence of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that older patients who sleep during the day when undergoing inpatient rehabilitation for heart attack, stroke or injury have less likelihood of functional recovery. Alessi was quoted in the coverage.
Mag Highlights Breast Cancer Pioneer
A Sept. 15 Newsweek article on the history of cancer research highlights the work of Dr. Dennis Slamon, professor of hematology and oncology and director of clinical and translational research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, whose research led to the development of the breast cancer drug Herceptin.
McCain’s Road to the Elections
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., professor of political science and dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Thursday for a National Public Radio “News and Notes” segment about Republican presidential candidate John McCain's political career.
UCLA Extension Expands to Downtown
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday on the upcoming opening of UCLA Extension’s new campus in downtown Los Angeles later this month.
Combating Global Warming
An article in Thursday’s Economist surveying proposed solutions to global warming and climate change highlighted research by UCLA professor emeritus of physics and astronomy Alfred Wong.
Rooting for a Top Team Is Good for You
An article in Sunday’s Boston Globe about the potential medical and economic benefits of following a winning sports team highlighted research by UCLA professor of psychology and sociology Shelley Taylor on the link between optimism and longevity.
LA Theater Co. Launches World Festival
The Los Angeles Downtown News reported Friday on the New Los Angeles Theater Center’s upcoming second season. Jose Luis Valenzuela, UCLA theater professor and artistic director of the center, was quoted.

State Health Study Highlights Obesity Trend
The Los Angeles Daily Breeze reported Saturday on a major survey of Californians’ health by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The findings showed that while adults are smoking less and getting more colonoscopies, half are overweight and their physicians often fail to warn them and their children about the dangers of obesity.
Telethon Spotlights UCLA Cancer Research
The Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon, which aired Friday on CBS, NBC and ABC and highlighted recent progress in cancer research, featured several UCLA doctors and patients, including Dr. Dennis Slamon, professor of hematology and oncology and director of clinical and translational research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center; Dr. John Glaspy, professor of hematology and oncology and director of the women’s cancers program areaat the Jonsson Center; Dr. Saeed Sadeghi, UCLA assistant professor of hematology and oncology; and Dr. Linda Liau, professor of neurosurgery and a researcher at the Jonsson Center. UCLA patients featured were enrolled in clinical trials for breast and brain cancer.
Fowler Features Silverwork of Mexican Master
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday on an upcoming exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA featuring the silverwork of legendary Mexican designer Antonio Pineda, founder of the “Taxco school” of silversmithing.
Greg Cole
Cole, professor-in-residence of neurology and associate director of the UCLA Alzheimer Disease Research Center, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about claims that curcumin, a chemical found in curry, works as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Dr. Christopher Cooper
Cooper, adjunct professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Friday in a HealthDay News article about research indicating that obese asthma sufferers are five times more likely to be hospitalized than asthma sufferers of normal weight.
Dr. Ralph R. Frerichs
Frerichs, professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, was quoted Saturday in a New York Times article about a congressional request that the FBI provide more information on its investigation into a series of deadly anthrax attacks in 2001.
Dr. Jonathan Goldin
Goldin, professor-in-residence of radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article on the pros and cons of diagnostic CT scans.
Dr. Arnold Klein
Klein, UCLA clinical professor of dermatology, was quoted Wednesday in an article in Canada’s Ottawa Citizen about a recent conference on cosmetic surgery in Montreal.

Douglas Lichtman
Lichtman, a UCLA professor of law, was quoted Saturday in an Independent (U.K.) article about a Beverly Hills cupcake store that is suing another bakery for trademark infringement.
Lynn LoPucki
LoPucki, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Sunday in a Wilmington News Journal (Del.) article about Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden’s support of corporate bankruptcy practices in his home state of Delaware.
William Roy
Roy, professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, was quoted Saturday in a Riverside Press-Enterprise article about a recent decline in piano sales.
Dr. David Reuben
Reuben, professor and chief of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Southwest Florida News-Press article about baby boomers in politics.
Rosemary Rocchio
Rocchio, a directory at the UCLA Office of Information Technology, is quoted in the Sep. 12 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education about open-source software for college course management.
Dr. Gary Small
Small, clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about how aerobic activity can benefit brain function. Small was also quoted Sunday in a Chicago Tribune article about foods and activities that can enhance mental fitness.
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck, UCLA assistant professor of political science, was quoted Sunday in a Sacramento Bee article about the role of politicians’ families in political campaigns.
Min Zhou
Zhou, UCLA professor of sociology, is quoted in a Sep. 15 Forbes magazine article about notable Chinese Americans in business.
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