UCLA Headlines February 15, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
Higher Education and Minorities
The San Francisco Chronicle reports today on research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA on the state of higher education for minority students. Gary Orfield, director of the Civil Rights Project and a professor of education, and Patricia Gandara, professor of education and the project's co-director, are quoted.
 
Tandem Solar Cells Set Record
Science Daily reported Monday that researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have developed layered polymer solar cells that have set a world record for efficiency in converting sunlight into power. Yang Yang, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, was quoted.
 
UCLA’s Successful Fundraising
An Associated Press article published today about the Council on Aid to Education's recently released statistics on college fundraising cites UCLA's fundraising campaign as one of the most successful among public universities.
 
Effectiveness of Affirmative Action
An article in the Feb. 20 Weekly Standard about a study questioning the benefit of considering of race as a factor in college admissions cites research on the subject UCLA professor of law Richard Sander.
 
Probing Whitney Houston’s Death
Dr. Karen Miotto, professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Alcoholism and Addiction Medicine Service at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on NBC's “Today Show” about the death of singer Whitney Houston and the dangers of combining alcohol and prescription drugs. She was also quoted Monday in a Daily Beast article on the subject.
 
Genetic Sequencing Can Aid in Diagnoses
Nature reports today on a new program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA jointly led by the departments of human genetics, pathology and pediatrics that can sequence a patient’s entire genome, sometimes leading to a life-changing diagnosis. Dr. Wayne Grody, medical director of the program and a professor of pathology, human genetics and pediatrics at the Geffen School of Medicine, is quoted.
 
Shortage of ADHD Drug in Southland
Dr. Michael Enenbach, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, was interviewed Friday on KTLA-Channel 5 about a shortage of the ADHD drug Adderall in Southern California.
 
Revisiting Reporter's On-Air Migraine
Dr. Andrew Charles, professor and director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was interviewed Sunday on KCBS-Channel 2 about TV reporter Serene Branson's on-camera migraine in February 2011, which impacted her speech.
 
UCLA, Motion Picture Fund to Launch Geriatric Unit
Variety reported Tuesday on the UCLA Health System joining with the Motion Picture and Television Fund to launch a geriatric psychiatric unit at the MPTF's Woodland Hills campus.
 
Young UCLA Student Publishes Book
The Associated Press reports today on a new book written by Moshe Kai Cavalin, a 14-year-old senior at UCLA.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Robert M. Bilder
Bilder, the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry and chief of medical psychology–neuropsychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Washington Post article about a marine who committed suicide.
 
Dr. Catherine Hwang
Hwang, clinical instructor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times article about a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s allegations of domestic violence.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a WebMD article about research showing link between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about a Chicago City Councilman who aims to forbid the local police department from shutting down wireless electronic communication during protests.
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