UCLA Headlines December 20, 2013
By Office of Media Relations December 20, 2013
IN THE NEWS:
Mystery in Earth's Magnetosphere Solved
Research led by Richard Thorne, UCLA distinguished professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, uncovering the processes that control the formation and loss of extremely high-energy electrons in the radiation belts that surround the Earth was highlighted Wednesday by Space.com PhysOrg, Environmental News Network, E! Science News and Scientific Computing and Thursday by Asian News International, Science News and Iran's FARS News Agency. Thorne was quoted in the coverage.
State High Court Rules in Bar Exam Info Case
The Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and KFWB-980 AM reported Thursday, and San Francisco's KQED-88.5 FM reports today, on the California Supreme Court's ruling in a case centered on the efforts of UCLA professor of law Richard Sander to obtain racial information on California Bar examination applicants for use in his research on preferential admissions policies at law schools. Sander was quoted in the coverage.
Financial Stability Through Qualitative Easing
A blog in Thursday's Wall Street Journal highlighted a lecture by Roger Farmer, UCLA distinguished professor of economics, in which Farmer urged that central banks and governments make qualitative easing a permanent part of their economic policy to prevent financial panics from wreaking havoc on economies. Farmer was quoted.
Sailing the Arctic, Thanks to Global Warming
Canada's National Post reports today on research by Laurence C. Smith, UCLA professor of geography, and Scott Stephenson, a doctoral candidate in the UCLA Department of Geography, predicting that global warming will open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century.
I'm Talking, Are You Listening?
An article in Thursday's Baltimore Jewish Times on effective nonverbal communication cited research by Albert Mehrabian, UCLA professor emeritus of psychology, suggesting that tone of voice and facial expressions are much more important in face-to-face communications than the actual words used.
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You
A column in Thursday's Huffington Post about holidays and commercialism cited research led by Steven Cole, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA's Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, showing that individuals whose happiness stems from a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life show a favorable genetic expression while those whose happiness comes from self-gratification show an adverse expression.
Treating Cancer With Nanotechnology
Research by Dean Ho, professor of oral biology and medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry, and colleagues providing a comprehensive assessment of today's nanomedicine-based approaches to treating cancer was highlighted Wednesday by Health Canal and PhysOrg and today by domain-b.
Oldest Prison Memoir by Black American Discovered
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies, was interviewed Thursday on KCRW-89.9 FM's "To the Point" about the authentication of the earliest recovered memoir written in prison by a black American, which dates to 1858.
Primate Research Records
The Associated Press reported Thursday, and KNBC-Channel 4 and KPCC-89.3 FM report today, that an anti–animal research group has filed suit against UCLA, alleging the campus has refused to release records on its use of primates in laboratory experiments.
Neighborhood Disparities in Air Pollution
The Santa Monica Daily Press on Wednesday highlighted a study led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, that looked at several neighborhoods in Los Angeles and found striking disparities in levels of transit-related air pollution.
UCLA, Cedars Partner on Rehab Center
The Century City News reported Tuesday, and the Beverly Hills Courier (pg. 14) reports today, that the UCLA Health System, Cedars–Sinai Medical Center and health care company Select Medical are partnering to open a 138-bed medical rehabilitation facility in the former Century City Hospital. Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted in the coverage.
Crocheted Caps Help Needy Keep Warm
The Santa Monica Mirror reported Thursday that two employees of the UCLA Department of Respiratory Therapy crocheted more than 20 stocking caps to be given away at the department's holiday event to help needy men, women and children. Dr. Jeffrey Davis, director of respiratory therapy at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and Jocelyn Te, UCLA respiratory therapist, were quoted.
Tech Workers Indulging in Risky Sex
New Indian Express reported Thursday on a study co-conducted by researchers from the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that found that high stress levels can drive people working in information technology jobs to indulge in unsafe sex practices.
Care Coordinators Help UCLA Patients
California Health Report on Wednesday highlighted the UCLA care coordinators program, which helps high-risk patients navigate through the health care system. Jordan Hall, director of population health management and comprehensive care management for the UCLA Medical Group, and Tiffany Phan, a UCLA care coordinator, were quoted.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Thursday in a HealthDay News article about Americans' salt intake.
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Wrap article about the legal options for suspended "Duck Dynasty" TV star Phil Robertson.