UCLA Headlines February 13, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
Prof Wins National Humanities Medal
A Los Angeles Times blog and the Chronicle of Higher Education reported Friday that Teofilo F. Ruiz, distinguished professor in the UCLA departments of history and of Spanish and Portuguese, had been selected to receive a 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Obama.
 
Adele Wows at Grammys Despite Recent Surgery
Today's WebMD features a Q&A with Dr. Gerald Berke, professor and chief of the division of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about British singer Adele’s Grammy performance and her throat surgery last November.
 
New Ad Campaign Highlights UCLA’s Optimism
The New York Times reports today on a new UCLA advertising campaign focusing on the university as a home of optimists and risk-takers and highlighting its well-known and diverse alumni. Rhea Turteltaub, UCLA vice chancellor for external affairs, is quoted.
 
UCLA Brings Latino Doctors to Underserved Areas.
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Friday on UCLA's International Medical Graduates program, a training program run through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine that assists bilingual graduates from Latin American medical schools in preparing to become family physicians in California. Dr. Patrick Dowling, chair of the department of family medicine, and Dr. Michelle Bholat, executive director of the IMG program and vice chair of the family medicine department, were quoted.
 
Electric Boost Helps Brain Learn Better
A study led by Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing for the first time that human memory can be improved by electrically stimulating a key area in the brain as it learns to navigate a new environment was highlighted Saturday by Britain's International Business Times and Thursday by Slate, Slate Video, Medical Daily and an Examiner blog. Fried was quoted in the coverage.
 
Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors
CNN reported Friday on Joey Paulk, a soldier who was treated by UCLA's Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery for military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service. Paulk and Dr. Timothy Miller, UCLA professor of plastic surgery and surgical director of Operation Mend, were interviewed.
 
Charles Dickens and Transport Networks
UCLA associate professor of English Jonathan Grossman was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM's “Patt Morrison Show” about his new book, “Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel,” which explores the ways in which transportation innovations during Dickens' lifetime informed the author's works.
 
Woman Donates Kidney to Husband
An article in Saturday's Ventura County-Star about a woman who donated a kidney to her husband cited the involvement of UCLA's Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, which performed the transplant. Tonya Frazier, the program's transplant coordinator, was quoted.
 
Threats to Law Delaying Animal Euthanasia
An Associated Press article published Sunday about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to repeal a law that extends the amount of time shelters must hold stray animals before euthanizing cited UCLA professor of law Taimie Bryant, who wrote the law. Bryant was quoted.

No Real Science Behind Online Dating
Sunday's New York Times featured an op-ed co-authored by Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, about his research indicating that the "matching algorithms" used by most online dating sites are not scientifically valid.

Blue Shield in Dispute With UCLA
Today's Los Angeles Times features an editorial about an ongoing contract dispute between the UCLA Health System and health insurer Blue Shield of California over reimbursement rates for medical services.
 
Keeping Parasites off Monkeys
An article in Sunday’s Toronto Star about animals that use natural toxic chemicals for self-defense cited research by Jessica Lynch Alfaro, associate director of the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, on the ways in which Capuchin monkeys use chemicals gleaned from food and insects to ward off parasites and predators. Alfaro was quoted.
 
The Mind of Today's Freshman
Pennsylvania's Erie Times-News reports today on findings from the annual nationwide Freshman Survey, conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). An article in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about colleges artificially inflating student test scores to boost their standing in national rankings also referenced the findings. John Pryor, director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at HERI, was quoted in the L.A. Times.
 
Family Clinic Provides Important Services
An article in Friday's Palisadian-Post profiling the Venice Family Clinic referenced the clinic's partnership with the UCLA Health System.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. George Bartzokis
Bartzokis, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times blog article about a drug that appears to reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice. 
 
Michael Busch
Busch, a postdoctoral scholar in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences, was quoted Saturday in a New York Times article about the possibility of communicating with extraterrestrials.
 
Dr. Michael Enenbach
Enenbach, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was quoted Friday in a KTLA-Channel 5 online article about a shortage of the ADHD drug Adderall in Southern California.
 
Paul Malcolm
Malcolm, a programmer for the UCLA Film and Television Archive, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about Iranian actor and filmmaker Peyman Moadi.
 
Lee Ohanian
Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, was quoted Thursday in a Washington Post article about a decline in ticket sales for ACC college basketball games.
 
Daniel Treisman
Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, was quoted Friday in a CNN Money article about Russia's continued support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a San Francisco Chronicle article about Republican opposition to President Obama's appointee to a federal appeals court.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Sunday in a San Francisco Chronicle article about gay rights and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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