UCLA Headlines August 7, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Data Not Always Safe in 'Cloud'
Today’s Los Angeles Times features a profile of Thomas Trappler, director of software licensing for UCLA's Office of Information Technology, highlighting his role as a security consultant for companies that store large amounts of data on remote cloud servers. Trappler is quoted. 
 
Fixing Sprained Wrists With a Printer
Popular Science reported Monday on the development by graduate students in UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design of a method for printing three-dimensional, wearable wrist splints, which the students hope could one day provide underdeveloped regions with quick and effective medical relief.
 
Climate-Change Risks in the 21st Century
A Reuters blog article published today about natural disasters and climate change referenced "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," a book by UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith that argues that climate change and other global pressures will make Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern United States formidable economic powers and migration magnets in the coming decades.
 
Gene Mutation Increases Schizophrenia Risk
Gizmodo and New Scientist reported Tuesday on research by Dr. Nelson Freimer, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics, and colleagues showing a biological link between schizophrenia and Fragile X syndrome, a disorder associated with intellectual impairment and autism.
 
Combo Therapy Fights Cancer Metastasis
HealthDay News reported Tuesday on research by Michelle Hickey, adjunct instructor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues indicating that a combination of cellular therapy and gene therapy can be effective in combatting breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Hickey was quoted.
 
UCLA Ranks High in Forbes Poll
Forbes annual survey of the best colleges and universities in the United States ranked UCLA No. 34 overall and No. 6 among institutions in the West.
 
Even the Fit Can Have Heart Disease
Dr. Karol Watson, associate professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KTTV-Channel 11 about former President George W. Bush undergoing a stent procedure to fix a blocked artery in his heart and the importance of being tested for heart disease.
 
 
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Dr. Angela Chen
Chen, UCLA assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about the large percentage of U.S. women who use the “withdrawal” method of birth control.
 
Dr. John Harold
Harold, clinical professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a USA Today article about former President George W. Bush undergoing a stent procedure to fix a blocked artery in his heart.
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