UCLA Headlines August 31, 2012
By Office of Media Relations August 31, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Labor Unions and American Values
Thursday's Huffington Post featured an op-ed by Chris Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, highlighting UCLA research showing that national unionization rates are at their lowest since the Great Depression and arguing that political attacks on public sector unions are economically misguided.
Golden State Improves, Still Suffering
Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was featured today in a KPCC-89.3 FM segment about changes in California’s economy and employment situation over the past year.
West Nile Virus Comes to L.A.
Dr. Mark Morocco, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate residency director of emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was interviewed Wednesday on KTTV-Channel 11 about West Nile virus and new cases of infection in Los Angeles County.
So Many Beetles Species, So Few Crocs
The National Science Foundation's Science 360 reported Thursday on a study led by Michael Alfaro, UCLA associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggesting that the characteristics of specific ecological areas known as "adaptive zones" play a major role in determining which animal and plant groups evolve and diversify into new species.
Prof Leads 'Daredevil Spacecraft' Mission
Christopher T. Russell, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and principal investigator for NASA's Dawn mission, was featured Thursday in a Space article about the mission and its journeys to the protoplanet Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Russell was quoted.
Drumming Helps Overcome Drug Abuse
Indian Country reported Aug. 8 on a study by Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate physician at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues showing that a 12-week program of drumming and education proved to be an effective therapy for American Indians and Alaskan Natives with substance abuse disorders. Dickerson was quoted.
Dr. James Cherry
Cherry, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Thursday in a Boston Globe article about the recent resurgence of whooping cough.
Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a new computer program aimed at selecting low-risk jail inmates in Los Angeles for possible early release.
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, was quoted Wednesday in an ABC News.com article about research suggesting that eating small amounts of chocolate may help men lower their stroke risk.