UCLA Headlines April 3, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
Study Identifies Genes Linked to PTSD
ABC News.com, Time magazine, KPCC-89.3 FM, KABC-790 AM and Asian News International report today on research 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. Goenjian and Julia Bailey, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, are quoted in the coverage. 
 
UCLA Financial Aid Mix-up
KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 reported Saturday, and the Huffington Post reports today, that a “duplicate error” in UCLA's Student Financial Services office resulted in thousands of students receiving financial aid payments twice. Over 99 percent of the duplicate payments were reversed or paid back within the first several days.
 
RV Residents Often Forced to Move
UCLA professor of law Gary Blasi was interviewed Monday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about the challenges faced by individuals and families who live in RVs parked on public streets in Los Angeles.
 
Appeals Court Upholds Prop. 209
Reuters, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and a Los Angeles Times blog referenced UCLA in stories about a federal appeals court upholding California’s Proposition 209, the ballot measure approved by voters in 1996 that prohibits racial and gender preferences in public contracting, education and employment.
 
Personal Stake in Science Research
Dr. Stanley Nelson, vice chair of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and his wife, Carrie Miceli, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the Geffen School of Medicine, are featured today in an Atlantic magazine article profiling scientists who study diseases that affect them personally. Nelson and Miceli are quoted.
 
Young Docs and Shorter Hours
Sunday's Chicago Tribune featured an editorial by Dr. Alan Kaplan, a urology resident at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about a recent decision by the American College of Graduate Medical Education to limit surgical interns to a maximum of 16 continuous work hours.
 
Anderson's Advice to Prospective Students
Monday's U.S. News & World Report featured a Q&A with admissions officials at the UCLA Anderson School of Management about what prospective students can do to set themselves apart in their applications.
 
Reducing Link Between Low Birth Weight, Obesity
The Times of India reports today on a study led by Dr. Sherin Devaskar, professor of pediatrics and executive chair of the pediatrics department at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, that found that the risk of low–birth weight babies becoming overweight or obese during childhood can be reduced through a diet of moderately regulated calories during infancy. Devaskar was quoted.
 
A WISE Look at the Entire Universe
The Huffington Post reports today on NASA’s new “Sky Atlas,” a comprehensive look at the universe made possible by NASA's 14-year WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) mission, which was led by principal investigator Edward Wright, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. Wright is quoted.
 
Removing Bladders: Robots vs. People
An Examiner blog reported Monday on a study by Dr. Jim Hu, director of minimally invasive surgery in the urology department at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that robotic-assisted surgery for bladder cancer results in fewer deaths and in-patient complications than traditional "hands-on" surgery. Hu was quoted.
 
Assessing Legacy of Former Mexican President
An article in Sunday's La Opinión about recently deceased former Mexican president Miguel de Madrid featured expert commentary by Octavio Pescador, visiting assistant professor of Chicano studies and associate director of the UCLA Center for Community Learning. Pescador was quoted.
 
Peering Into World's Tiniest Structures
The Huffington Post reported Monday on a study led by Jianwei (John) Miao, professor of physics and astronomy and a researcher with the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, in which researchers used an innovative scanning technique to image the atomic structure of nanomaterials in 3-D for the first time. Miao was quoted.
 
UCLA's 'Feast' Restaurant Marks New Trend
This week's Food Service Director magazine features a Q&A with Daryl Ansel, director of food and beverage for UCLA Dining Services, about the new pan-Asian restaurant Feast at UCLA's Rieber Residence Hall.
 
Former UCLA Live Director in Australia
A profile in today's Australian of former UCLA Live executive and artistic director David Sefton references Sefton's successor at UCLA Live, Kristy Edmunds, and Peter Sellars, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures.
 
Japanese Garden Open House Canceled
The LAist reported Monday on recent developments in the planned sale of the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Tamar Apelian
Apelian, a psychiatrist at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, was quoted Monday in articles by CBS News.com and the International Business Times about research showing that 10 percent of children with severe autism become "high functioning" by age 8.
 
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about research suggesting that states with higher gas prices are more likely to vote for President Barack Obama in the upcoming election.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about the performance of U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. during the recent U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the national health care reform law. Winkler was also quoted Wednesday in a Bloomberg article about the Supreme Court hearing.
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