UCLA Headlines April 10, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Link Between Traffic, Cancers in Kids
KABC-Channel 7 and KCAL-Channel 9 reported Tuesday on research led by Julia Heck, an assistant epidemiology researcher at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing a potential link between exposure to high levels of traffic-related air pollution and several rare childhood cancers. Dr. Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences at the Fielding School, was interviewed on KABC.
 
Turtle DNA May Hold Promise for Humans
The Los Angeles Times reports today that a team of scientists led by H. Bradley Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has decoded the DNA of the Western painted turtle and that their findings may one day lead to new treatments for hypothermia, strokes and heart attacks. Shaffer is quoted.
 
Running Straight Into Bed
A blog column in today's New York Times about the benefits of light exercise before bed featured expert commentary by Christopher Colwell, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
 
Retail Clinics and Hospital Readmission
An article in Tuesday's Scientific American about strategies hospitals are using to reduce readmission rates among patients highlighted a partnership between the UCLA Health System and CVS under which UCLA physicians serve as medical directors for 11 clinics at CVS pharmacy stores in Los Angeles County. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted.
 
Annette Funicello and MS
An NBC "Today Show" blog published Monday about the death of actress Annette Funicello and her long battle with multiple sclerosis featured expert commentary on the disease by Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, UCLA's Jack H. Skirball Professor of Multiple Sclerosis and director of the UCLA Multiple Sclerosis Research and Treatment Program.
 
Suspensions of Minority, Disabled Students
A study led by Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, showing that African American and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the U.S. was highlighted Monday by a KPCC-89.3 FM blog and Tuesday by the website of the Center for Public Integrity. Losen was quoted in the coverage.
 
Opposition to Campus Conference Center
The Westwood–Century City Patch reported Monday that critics of UCLA's plan to build the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference and Guest Center on campus, which will feature 25,000 square feet of meeting space and 250 guest rooms, have filed a lawsuit challenging the project's tax exemptions.
 
Brains, Computers and Artificial Intelligence
National Defense magazine on Tuesday highlighted research by James Gimzewski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, aimed at developing robotic systems that mimic the structure and function of the human brain. Gimzewski was quoted.
 
Overcoming Your Survival Instincts
A New Scientist blog on Tuesday highlighted “Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You,” a new book by Dr. Marc Schoen, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, which argues that humans need to temper their evolutionary survival instinct in order to avoid inflammation and other physical ailments.
 
Quality Improvement at UCLA Health System
Becker's Hospital Review on Tuesday featured an interview with Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh, associate chief medical officer for UCLA hospitals and executive director of quality and safety in the UCLA departments of medicine and neurosurgery, about innovative strategies UCLA hospital leaders are using to improve safety and quality, and ways the system teaches quality-improvement techniques.
 
Auction to Benefit UCLA Children’s Hospital
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that 10 custom dollhouses created by some of Los Angeles' best-known architects and design professionals will be auctioned off to raise money for the new UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute, part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
 
Middle-Aged Moms and Fertility
Dr. Daniel Dumesic, UCLA professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was interviewed today on ABC's "Good Morning America" about an increasing number of women having children into their mid-40s.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Liana Apostolova
Apostolova, an associate clinical professor of neurology and a member of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the death of Margaret Thatcher and dementia.
 
Thomas Schwartz
Schwartz, UCLA professor of political science, was quoted Tuesday in a Pacific Standard magazine column on whether the United States should move toward a more parliamentary style of government.
 
John Villasenor
Villasenor, a professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Tuesday in a Washington Times article about the public policy debate over the use of unmanned "drone" aircraft.
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