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UCLA Headlines March 18, 2011

IN THE NEWS:
 
Student Rant Targets Asians
The controversy surrounding anti-Asian comments posted on YouTube by a UCLA student was highlighted today by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Macleans, the Los Angeles Independent and a Chronicle of Higher Education blog. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is quoted in the coverage.
 
Preparing for Disasters
An MSNBC article published Thursday about prepping for disasters highlights a program developed by William Dunne, director of Emergency Preparedness and Security Services for the UCLA Health System, to help university staff prepare emergency kits ready for potential disasters. Dunne was quoted.
 
Tai Chi Combats Depression in Elderly
Time, Britain's Mirror and Independent, and the Press Trust of India report today, and Agence France-Presse and Third Age reported Thursday, on a study led by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that found that practicing the ancient martial art tai chi chih helped depressed seniors lower their depression levels. Lavretsky was quoted in the coverage
 
Scientists ID Alzheimer's Biomarker
RedOrbit reported Thursday, and Asian News International reports today, on a study led by Dr. Milan Fiala, a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, that identified a new biomarker that could help track how well the immune system clears the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Fiala was quoted in the coverage.
 
Economic Index Shows Drop in Activity
The Arizona Republic reports today on recent data from the Ceridian–UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks fuel purchases at interstate truck stops as a means of predicting economic changes in the United States. Index co-creator Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted.
 
Disasters Test Japan's Spirit
An article in Thursday's Rafu Shimpo about Japan recovering from the effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami cites UCLA's Nikkei Student Union, which has raised $1,500 for relief efforts.
 
First Period Tied to Girls' Weight
Reuters reported Thursday on a study led by Anshu Shrestha, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, and colleagues that found that overweight and obese girls get their first period months earlier than their normal-weight peers.
 
Radiation and Japan's Nuclear Reactors
Ivan Catton, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Thursday on KTLA-Channel 5 about potential radiation from Japan's overheating nuclear reactors.
 
Medical Student 'Match Day'
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Thursday and today, and the Westwood–Century City Patch reported today, on Match Day at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, when medical students learn which hospitals have accepted them for residencies. Medical students Piony Liu and Vatche Tchekmedyian were interviewed by KPCC, and medical students Christopher Sarkiss, Kristin Sharar, Jose Aguilar Jr. and Liu were featured in the Patch video.
 
When Nursing Staff Drops, Mortality Rates Rise
Becker's Hospital Review reported Thursday on a study by researchers at the UCLA School of Public Health and colleagues that found that patient mortality rates increase when hospital nurse staffing falls below targeted levels.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gabriel Danovitch
Danovitch, medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Friday in an article on the website of Boston's WBUR-90.9 FM about a kidney transplant recipient who found a donor on Craigslist.
 
Kei Iwamoto
Iwamoto, UCLA associate professor of radiation oncology, was cited Thursday in a Los Angeles Times Q&A about possible radiation exposure from Japan's nuclear reactors.
 
Shana Alex Lavarreda
Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, is quoted Thursday in a United Press International article about Blue Shield of California’s decision to cancel a rate increase.
 
Lynn Stout
Stout, UCLA professor of law, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a shareholder lawsuit challenging Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a New York Times editorial about the controversy surrounding anti-Asian comments posted on YouTube by a UCLA student.
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