UCLA Headlines May 8, 2013
By Office of Media Relations May 08, 2013
IN THE NEWS:
Robots Make Patient Monitoring Easier
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's new remote-controlled robot, dubbed EVA, which allows doctors to remotely monitor patients in their hospital rooms, was highlighted today by AZoRobotics and Telepresence Options; Tuesday by Britain's Daily Mail, Russia's RIA Novosti, L.A. Weekly, Fox News, Smart Planet and Technorati; and Monday by CNET and Canada's QMI news agency. Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the medical center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted.
Economic Inequality and Education
The Washington Post Tuesday featured an op-ed by Mike Rose, UCLA professor of education, about how economic inequality affects student achievement.
Life Scientists Identify Gene That Can Delay Aging
Research by David Walker, an associate professor of integrative biology and physiology, and Anil Rana, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar, which identified a gene that can extend the healthy life span of fruit flies by more than 25 percent, was highlighted Tuesday by Iran's Press TV, Examiner, News Medical and Radio Taiwan International. Walker and Rana were quoted in the coverage.
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
Enlightened Economist reported Tuesday and La Nacion reported Sunday on "Jane Austen, Game Theorist," a book by UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe that argues that 19th-century author Jane Austen's novels explored in detail the strategic actions and manipulations that would become codified as "game theory" some 150 years later.
Experimental Breast Cancer Drug Shows Promise
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Monday on a study by researchers from the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and colleagues demonstrating that a new combination therapy using an experimental drug significantly improved survival times in women with hormone-driven breast cancer. Dr. Richard Finn, associate professor of medicine and a member of the Jonsson Cancer Center, was quoted.
Understanding How Head and Neck Cancer Is Activated
Medical Xpress reports today that researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry, led by Dr. Cun-Yu Wang, the No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry, discovered what could be a crucial step toward understanding the process that activates head and neck cancer cells.
Gap Year's Benefits
A Des Moines Register article Tuesday about students who take a "gap year" cited a survey by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which found that a high percentage of freshmen in 2012 said "to be able to get a better job" was a very important reason for attending college.
War's Collateral Damage
Friday's Washington Post featured a review by Joyce Appleby, UCLA professor emerita of history, on "Through the Perilous Fight," a new book about the War of 1812.
Marginal Hospital Safety Improvements
The Los Angeles Times reports today on the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's performance in a newly published national hospital safety report.
Dr. Andrew Charles
Charles, UCLA's Meyer and Renee Luskin Professor of Migraine and Headache Studies and director of the headache research and treatment program in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was quoted in a Bio News article Tuesday about research that found a gene mutation that could increase the risk for migraines.
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was quoted Tuesday in a Reuters article about a dispute between two unions for healthcare workers.