UCLA faculty experts advisory: Winter Olympics in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Games will take place from Feb. 7 to 23 in the southern Russian city of Sochi. UCLA has experts on sports injuries and doping; Russian politics, security issues and terrorism; and Russia's policies regarding sexual minorities.
 
RUSSIAN POLITICS | TERROR THREATS
 
The construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi has been marred by accusations of cost overruns, political corruption and cronyism. In addition, several groups have threatened to derail the Games through acts of terrorism.
 
Daniel Treisman, professor of political science, is an expert on Russian politics, democratic transitions, the political economy of development and political corruption. The author of "After the Deluge: Regional Crises and Political Consolidation in Russia," he teaches courses on the political and economic systems of Russia and Eastern Europe and the political economy of reform.
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
Jeffrey Simon, a political science lecturer, is a security consultant who researches and teaches courses on terrorism and security issues. He is an authority on terrorist attacks both globally and in the U.S. and is the author of "Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat" (2013).
Media contact:
Meg Sullivan | 310-825-1046 | msullivan@support.ucla.edu
 
 
POLICIES TOWARD SEXUAL MINORITIES
 
Policies promoted by Vladimir Putin's government that discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have spurred protests around the world.
 
Brad Sears, an expert on sexual orientation law and policy, is executive director of the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute. The institute is the country's first national think tank dedicated to issues of sexual orientation law and policy and the only research center at a law school dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Contact Sears directly at 310-794-5279 or sears@law.ucla.edu.
 
 
SPORTS INJURIES | DOPING
 
Anthony Butch is director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, the largest World Anti-Doping Agency–accredited sports drug–testing facility in the world and one of the leading research institutions in the field of athletic doping. Butch oversees more than 40 scientists who analyze approximately 45,000 specimens each year for traces of banned substances intended to give athletes an unfair competitive edge. Founded in 1982 to perform testing of athletes competing in the 1984 Olympic Games, the UCLA facility was the first U.S. laboratory accredited by the International Olympic Committee.
Media contact:
Elaine Schmidt | 310-794-2272 | eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu
 
Dr. Aurelia Nattiv, professor of orthopedic surgery and family medicine in the division of sports medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has served as an invited team physician for USA Track and Field, USA Gymnastics and USA Basketball, as well as for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has been a medical consultant to USA Gymnastics, USA Track and Field and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She was co-editor of the book "The Female Athlete" and chair and has served as an elected board member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, where she is also a fellow.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu
 
Dr. Heather Gillespie, assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is a team physician for the UCLA athletics department and has a sports medicine practice at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She also runs a pediatric sports medicine specialty clinic at Orthopaedic Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. Gillespie served in 2006–07 as an assistant team physician for the Portland (Maine) Pirates, the minor league hockey affiliate of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. She is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Media contact:
Enrique Rivero | 310-794-2273 | erivero@mednet.ucla.edu
 
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