UCLA Headlines August 9, 2012
By Office of Media Relations August 09, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Refinery Fire and Gas Prices
William Yu, an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was cited Wednesday in a KCRW-89.9 FM story about the recent oil refinery fire in Richmond, Calif., and the effect it may have on gasoline prices.
U.S. Approach to Syrian Insurgency
Wednesday's Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed by Dalia Dassa Kaye, a fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, arguing that U.S. military support for Syrian insurgents fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad would not shorten the conflict or dampen Al-Qaeda's influence in Syria.
Brain Cancer Research Gets $1M Boost
The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood reported Wednesday that film executive Ted Gagliano has donated $1 million to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery for brain cancer research. Dr. Neil Martin, UCLA's W. Eugene Stern Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, was quoted in the Hollywood Reporter.
Searching for Signs of Climate Change
California's Big Bear Grizzly on Wednesday highlighted research on the paleoclimatic history of Southern California by Glen MacDonald, director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Katie Glover, a UCLA doctoral candidate in geography. MacDonald and Glover were quoted.
Bullying Culture of Medical Schools
A blog article in today's New York Times about widespread verbal and physical harassment of medical students by senior physicians and residents at U.S medical schools cites the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as a leader in anti-bullying programs and policies and highlights research by Joyce Fried, assistant dean for continuing medical education at the Geffen School, examining the threatening behaviors many medical students face. Fried is quoted.
Film Tax Credit Helps State
An article in Wednesday's Variety about legislation aimed at extending California's film tax-credit program cited a study by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment showing that the tax credit is helping to create jobs and generate revenue for the state.
Suspensions of Minority, Disabled Students
United Press International reported Tuesday on a study led by Daniel Losen, a researcher with Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, that found that students of color and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the United States. Losen was quoted.
Dr. George Bartzokis
Bartzokis, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, is quoted today in an ABC News online article about a skin cancer drug shown to reverse Alzheimer's disease in mice.
Dr. Ernest Brahn
Brahn, professor of rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about the FDA considering approval of a new medication for severe rheumatoid arthritis.
Bunje, executive director of UCLA's Center for Climate Change Solutions and a researcher with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was quoted Wednesday in an article in Colorado's High Country News about global climate change.
Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of UCLA's Center for Climate Change Solutions, was quoted Wednesday in an article in Colorado's High Country News about global climate change.
Dr. Eric Vilain
Vilain, professor of human genetics, urology and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, was quoted Wednesday in a CNN.com article about gender testing of athletes at the Olympics.
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Washington Post article about whether clicking the “like” button on Facebook constitutes free speech.