UCLA Headlines December 12, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Meningitis on UC Campuses
Dr. T Warner Hudson, medical director of occupational and employee health for the UCLA Health System, was interviewed Wednesday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “All Things Considered” about an outbreak of bacterial meningitis at UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.
 
UCLA Ranked Among ‘Best Value’ Colleges
Ohio's Columbus Dispatch and Sacramento’s KTXL-Channel 40 reported today that UCLA has been ranked No. 5 among the 100 best-value public colleges and universities in the U.S. in Kiplinger’s annual "top value" colleges survey.
 
Improving Education for Latinas
The Latino Post reported Wednesday on a study by UCLA's Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles commissioned by actress Eva Longoria that identified factors that improve Latinas' chances of succeeding in high school and graduating from college. Patricia Gandara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project and a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, was quoted.
 
Exercise and Time of Day
A column in Monday’s Huffington Post about how working out at various times of day helps different aspects of our health cited a study by Christopher Colwell, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues suggesting that exercising in the midafternoon may help reset the body's biological clock.
 
Sudden Threats of Climate Change
Domain-b on Wednesday highlighted a National Academy of Sciences report by leading climate scholars, including Laurence C. Smith, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Geography, calling for the creation of an early warning system to better anticipate the more sudden and potentially calamitous impacts of climate change.
 
Brain Cells 'Hide' From Drugs
Domain-b reported Wednesday on a study by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center identifying a biological mechanism that makes brain tumor cells drug-resistant by allowing them to alter their structure and escape from the drugs designed to target them.
 
Treating Aggressive Breast Cancer
HealthDay News on Wednesday highlighted research by Dr. Dennis Slamon, professor of hematology–oncology and director of clinical and translational research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, showing that a new dual-chemotherapy treatment combined with the breast cancer drug Herceptin may benefit women with HER2-positive breast cancer. Slamon was quoted.
 
Social Skills and Prenatal Drinking
HealthDay News reported Wednesday on a study by Mary O’Connor, adjunct professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Justin Quattlebaum, a UCLA staff research associate, that found that children whose mothers drank alcohol when pregnant with them were more likely to experience social problems early in life.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a Huffington Post article about a recent poll showing that a majority of Californians favor legalizing marijuana.
 
Paul Ong
Ong, UCLA professor of urban planning, social welfare and Asian-American studies, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the increase in homelessness and hunger in cities across America.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today in an Associated Press article examining how partisan politics have affected the success of Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces in various states. He is also quoted today in a Denver Post article about a plan by University of Colorado health system to offer in-house health insurance services to businesses that self-fund employee health plans.
 
Richard Walter
Walter, professor and chair of the screenwriting program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about Brad Pitt’s film company Plan B Entertainment leaving Paramount Pictures.
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