UCLA Headlines April 23, 2012
By Office of Media Relations April 23, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Exploring Gang Life in Los Angeles
Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Saturday on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about her new book, “Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.”
Mexico, the U.S. and Drugs
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Friday on KCRW-89.9 FM's “To the Point” about the current presidential race in Mexico and how it may affect the country’s ongoing drug-related violence. Sunday's Wall Street Journal featured an op-ed co-authored by Kleiman outlining strategies for combating drug abuse and drug violence.
Socialist Takes French Election
Dominic Thomas, UCLA professor of French and Francophone studies, was interviewed Saturday on the Al Jazeera network's “Newshour” about France's preliminary presidential election, in which Socialist candidate Francois Hollande beat out current President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Traffic Woes and L.A.'s Football Stadium
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, suggesting that the developer of the proposed football stadium in downtown Los Angeles offer patrons incentives to use public transit to cut down on projected traffic congestion.
A Primer on World Malaria Day
Friday's Los Angeles Daily News featured a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the history of malaria and efforts to fight the disease around the world.
Latino Seniors Putting Retirement on Hold
An article published Sunday in New America Media about the poor economy forcing many Latino baby boomers to wait longer to retire cited research on the subject by Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy and chair of the social welfare department at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. Torres-Gil was quoted.
Math Prof Named Royal Fellow
A Nature India blog reported Friday that UCLA professor of mathematics Chandrashekhar Khare has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society, Britain's most prestigious science society.
World's Largest Brain Study IDs Key Genes
Research by UCLA scientists and colleagues aimed at identifying human genes that correlate to a bigger brain and higher IQ was highlighted today by Science Fare, Friday by the Alzheimer Research Forum, and Thursday by SFARI and India’s Press Trust.
UCLA Helps High Schoolers Make Eco-Friendly Ads
An LA Weekly blog reported Friday on an eco-internship program organized by the UCLA Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance in which 20 local high students used their cell phones to create eco-friendly billboards for display at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
DWP's New Solar Energy Program
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power "feed-in tariff" program that allows private solar-power producers to sell excess energy to the city cited research on the subject by UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation and USC. J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center and an associate professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted.
Mesolthelioma Victim Never Got to Court
A column in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about a man who died from mesothelioma that developed following his exposure to asbestos cited Dr. Robert Cameron, professor of thoracic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who was the man’s physician. Cameron was quoted.
'Magic Mushrooms' Ease Cancer Depression
The New York Times reported Friday on a woman who participated in a study by Dr. Charles Grob, UCLA professor of clinical psychiatry, that found that small doses of psilocybin, also known as "magic mushrooms,” may help lessen depression in patients with late-stage cancer. Grob was quoted.
Study Identifies Genes Linked to PTSD
The Huffington Post reported Sunday on a study led by Dr. Armen Goenjian, a research professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, linking two genes involved in serotonin production to a higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
Men Seem Bigger With Finger on Trigger
The Atlantic reports today on a study led by Daniel Fessler, UCLA associate professor of anthropology, in which subjects gauged the size and muscularity of men based solely on photographs of their hands holding easily recognizable objects, including guns. Fessler is quoted.
Chancellor Block: Developing a Global Outlook
Florida's Coral Gables Home Page reported Sunday on a speech given by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce annual education breakfast in which he stressed the need for students to study abroad, learn foreign languages and engage with the global community. Block was quoted.
UCLA Physician Alleges Harassment
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that an associate professor-in-residence of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents alleging that he was harassed and discriminated against.
Sexual Orientation and Workplace Discrimination
A blog in Sunday's Washington Post about whether President Obama will sign an executive order outlawing workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cited research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute on laws and company policies that protect employees from such discrimination.
Apps Help Users Communicate With Nature
An article in Saturday's Poughkeepsie Journal about nature-related cell phone apps cited an app developed by the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA that allows users to identify invasive plant species in certain areas.
Higher Education Costs Rising
An Agence-France Presse article published Sunday about the rising cost of attending universities in the United States cited statistics on student borrowing from UCLA.
Dr. David Heber
Heber, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about research showing that eating more fruits and vegetables can subtly change one's skin color.
Dr. Donald Kohn
Kohn, director of UCLA's Human Gene Medicine Program and a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, was quoted Sunday in a Detroit Free Press article about a company that grows medicinal plants in a former copper mine.
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the California labor market.
Dr. Michael Ong
Ong, assistant professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a California Watch article about a new study indicating that tobacco marketing is targeting low-income and African American youth.
Ross, professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, is quoted in an article in the May–June issue of Foreign Policy about Glencore, the world’s largest commodities brokerage firm.
Silk, UCLA professor of anthropology, is quoted today in a New York Times article about relationship dynamics among females of various species.
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a Seattle Komo News article about seniors with memory loss falling prey to scams.
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Friday in a Washington Post column about how relatively small issues are being magnified by TV and social media during the current presidential campaign.
Dr. Neil Wenger
Wenger, professor of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times blog article about end-of-life care.
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Thursday in a Bloomberg article about the shooting of Treyvon Martin and "stand your ground" self-defense laws.