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UCLA Headlines February 16, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
School of Public Health Gets $50 Million Gift
The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Daily Breeze, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a KPCC blog and the website of KABC-Channel 7 report today that the UCLA School of Public Health has received a $50 million gift from UCLA professor of health services Dr. Jonathan Fielding and his wife, Karin. Quoted in the coverage were Dr. Fielding; UCLA Chancellor Gene Block; Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health and a professor of medicine and environmental health sciences; and Michael Dukakis, visiting professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
 
Higher Education and Minorities
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday on research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA on the state of higher education for minority students. Gary Orfield, director of the Civil Rights Project and a professor of education, and Patricia Gandara, professor of education and the project's co-director, are quoted.
 
UCLA’s Successful Fundraising
A Chronicle of Higher Education article published Wednesday about the Council on Aid to Education's recently released statistics on college fundraising cited UCLA's fundraising campaign as one of the most successful among public universities.
 
Tandem Solar Cells Set Record
An LA Weekly blog reported Tuesday that researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have developed layered polymer solar cells that have set a world record for efficiency in converting sunlight into power. Yang Yang, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, was quoted.
 
A Budget to Nowhere?
Wednesday's U.S. News & World featured a blog op-ed by David Shulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, about President Obama’s recently released budget plan.
 
Fighting Preschool Obesity
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Wednesday on research led by Dr. Wendy Slusser, UCLA associate professor of pediatrics and public health and director of the Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, showing that a new parent-training program was highly  effective in reducing the risk of low-income Latino preschoolers being overweight and obese.
 
State of California Real Estate
Saturday's Orange County Register featured a Q&A with Paul Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, about the commercial real estate market. Habibi was also quoted Tuesday in a KNBC-Channel 4 online article about California’s credit rating and Monday in a KNBC-Channel 4 online article about a multi-bank California mortgage settlement.
 
How Polluted Are Our Cities?
Environmental Health News reported Wednesday on research by Dr. Jesus Araujo, director of environmental cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues examining the levels of pollutants in cities on five continents. Araujo was quoted.
 
Young UCLA Student Publishes Book
The Huffington Post  reported Wednesday on a new book written by Moshe Kai Cavalin, a 14-year-old senior at UCLA.
 
Matters of the Heart
Bakersfield’s KGET-Channel 17 reported Wednesday that a team of specialists from the UCLA Health System helped guide a mother with a congenital heart condition through a high-risk birth, then performed lifesaving open-heart surgery on her newborn baby. Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, UCLA assistant clinical professor of cardiology, and Dr. Mark Sklansky, chief of the division of pediatric cardiology at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, were interviewed.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Darnell Hunt
Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article on what various television stations do for Black History Month.
 
Dr. Richard Shemin
Shemin, professor and chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Bloomberg article about Japanese Emperor Akihito undergoing coronary bypass surgery.
 
Dr. Karen Miotto
Miotto, professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Alcoholism and Addiction Medicine Service at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted in a Wednesday Associated Press article about the death of Whitney Houston and the dangers of combining alcohol and prescription drugs.
 
Dr. Jeffrey Wang
Wang, professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the UCLA Spine Center, was quoted Wednesday in a Ventura County Star article about a surgeon facing 17 lawsuits related to his spinal fusion procedures.
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