UCLA Headlines July 19, 2012
By Office of Media Relations July 19, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Astronomers Report Earliest Spiral Galaxy Ever Seen
The discovery of a spiral galaxy in the early universe, billions of years before many other spiral galaxies formed, by UCLA associate professor of physics and astronomy Alice Shapley and colleagues is reported today by Asian News International and Canada’s CBC News, and was reported Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Popular Science, Discovery News, Agence France-Presse, United Press International, Space.com, Phys.org, news.com.au (Australia), Universe Today, Sky & Telescope, and AAP. Shapley was quoted in the coverage.
L.A. Sues Banks over Abandoned Homes
Stuart Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was interviewed Tuesday on KCRW-89.9 FM’s "Which Way, LA?" regarding the City of Los Angeles suing US Bank over deteriorating foreclosed homes. Gabriel was also a featured commentator on a KCRW news segment Wednesday about California’s housing market.
Regents Give Green Light on UCLA Hotel
Curbed LA and the Westwood-Century City Patch reported Wednesday that a University of California regents’ panel has approved plans to build a $152-million conference center and 250-room hotel on campus.
Will California's Bullet Train Fuel Growth?
On Wednesday KABC-Channel 7 and the Los Angeles Daily News reported on a study led by UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg that found that Japan's famous Shinkansen bullet train has had very little effect on economic and urban growth in that country.
UCLA Medical Center among Top Five in U.S.
Fox News reports today, and the Los Angeles Daily News and Examiner reported Tuesday, that Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranks among the top five American hospitals, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey that reviewed patient-outcomes data, reputation among physicians and other care-related factors. The medical center also was rated the best hospital in the western United States for the 23rd consecutive year and the No. 1 hospital in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the state of California. Dr. David Feinberg, president and CEO of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was quoted in the coverage and Dr. A. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the Geffen School, was quoted by Examiner.
Professor Says Air Pollution Getting Worse
The Contra Costa Times reported Tuesday on a talk given by John Froines, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, about the air pollution in California. Froines was quoted.
Computers as ‘Electronic Cocaine’
A KNX-1070 AM segment about teenagers’ use of electronics cited a study by Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and physician-in-chief of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, examining how people’s addiction to technology can lead to stress and depression.
Crimes May be Underreported in Asian-American Communities
The San Gabriel Valley News reported Wednesday on a study co-authored by Lois Takahashi, professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, finding that crimes in Asian-American communities often go unreported, either due to lack of familiarity with the system or the shame of being associated with the crime. Takahashi was quoted.
Graduate Student Diversity Could be at Risk
Inside Higher Ed reported Wednesday on a Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA study finding that graduate enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students could drop if the U.S. Supreme Court bars colleges from using race as a factor in admissions. Gary Orfield, Civil Rights Project director and professor of education, was quoted.
Hudson Wins Cottrell Scholar Award
A Huffington Post story about the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative gathering cited Dr. Eric Hudson, UCLA assistant professor of physics and astronomy, as a 2012 Cottrell Scholar Award winner.
Dr. Don Catlin
Catlin, UCLA professor emeritus of molecular and medical pharmacology, was quoted Wednesday in a Nature piece about athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs.
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times article about Southern California home prices increasing 5.3% from last year.
Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times story about the legalization of marijuana in one state having the potential to drive down the price of the drug across the country.
Dr. Mark Litwin
Litwin, professor and chair of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a researcher at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about a study challenging the use of surgery to treat early-stage prostate cancer.
Dr. Leonard Marks
Marks, UCLA clinical professor of urology, was quoted Wednesday in a New York Times blog post about a study challenging the use of surgery to treat early-stage prostate cancer.
McGinty, UCLA adjunct professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience, was quoted Wednesday in a Huffington Post piece about the chemicals that keep our bodies paralyzed during REM sleep.
Murakami, a senior research associate in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, was quoted today in a Pacific Palisades Patch article about the summer forecast for Southern California.
Yeazell, a distinguished professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in a Yahoo!News story about class-action law suits taken against large companies.