UCLA Headlines December 13, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
U.S. Near Bottom in Efficient Health Spending
The Huffington Post reported Thursday, and KCBS-Channel 2 and numerous CBS affiliates nationwide reported today, on research by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, and colleagues at McGill University showing that the U.S. health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income industrialized nations when analyzed for its efficiency in turning dollars spent into increased life expectancy.
 
UCLA Takes on 'Grand Challenge'
KPCC-89.3 FM today highlighted UCLA's major new environmental research project aimed at making Los Angeles a global model for sustainability. Mark Gold, adjunct professor and associate director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed. A KPCC blog article also highlighted the project and cited Gold and Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of UCLA's Center for Climate Change Solutions.
 
Telehealth Program for Obese Youth
An Examiner blog reported Wednesday on a telehealth program designed by UCLA researchers to help low-income kids dealing with obesity and their families connect with medical specialists at UCLA by computer-based video, rather than having to drive long distances to campus. Dr. Wendy Slusser, associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Fit for Healthy Weight program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, was quoted.
 
'Smart' Mannequins Help With Health Training
Medical Xpress reported Thursday on the UCLA Simulation Center, which uses life-sized, computer-programmed mannequins in simulated life-or-death scenarios to help health care trainees build their clinical decision-making and teamwork skills. Dr. Randolph Steadman, UCLA anesthesiologist and medical director of the center, and Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, were quoted.
 
Just How Gay is the USA?
An article in today’s Chicago Sun-Times about the difficulty of accurately measuring the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the U.S. cited demographic research on LGBT Americans by Gary Gates, senior research fellow at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Gates is quoted.
 
Unraveling How Autism Disrupts the Early Brain
Domain-b reports today on a UCLA study that mapped autism-risk genes by function and uncovered how mutations in the genes disrupt fetal brain development. Dr. Daniel Geschwind, a professor of neurology and psychiatry who holds UCLA's Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics, and Neelroop Parikshak, a graduate student researcher in Geschwind’s lab, were quoted.
 
Improving Education for Latinas
A San Antonio Express-News blog reported Thursday 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.
 
How Chronic Pain Affects Art, Life
Saturday’s Slate highlighted a photo exhibition at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA documenting a woman's long struggle with migraines The show is part of a program at the Geffen School that uses art as a tool to teach medical students how to become compassionate and empathetic caregivers.
 
Work of UCLA's Film and TV Archive
Thursday’s Oregonian highlighted upcoming showings of films newly restored and preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, including film noir classics, Laurel and Hardy shorts, and movies starring Clara Bow and Cary Grant.
 
New Library Features Art by UCLA Prof
The Whittier Daily News reported Thursday that a new public library in Los Angeles' Pico Rivera neighborhood will feature two works of art by Rebeca Mendez, professor in the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA.
 
Exhibition of Destructive Art
Today’s New York Times features a review of "Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950," an exhibition co-curated by Russell Ferguson, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Art, that highlights various destructive impulses in art.
 
Hammer, Steve Martin Team Up
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Thursday that actor Steve Martin will co-curate an exhibition of work by the late Canadian artist Lawren Harris at UCLA’s Hammer Museum in fall 2015.
 
Los Angeles' Pint-Sized Parks
The Christian Science Monitor on Thursday highlighted research by faculty and students at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs analyzing how "parklets" — park-like pockets of public space formed from parking spaces, alleyways and other underutilized spaces for cars — can transform and revitalize neighborhoods. Madeline Brozen, director of the Luskin School's Complete Streets Initiative, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, professor of urban planning and associate dean of the school, were quoted.
 
 
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Susan Bowerman
Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Thursday in a Patch article about gluten-free diets.
 
John Garnett
Garnett, UCLA professor of mathematics, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the odds of winning the current $400 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
 
Paul Ong
Ong, UCLA professor of urban planning, social welfare and Asian-American studies, was quoted Wednesday in a Baltimore Sun article about rising rates of hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, is quoted today in a CNN.com column about technology addiction and stress.
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