UCLA Headlines July 30, 2012
By Office of Media Relations July 30, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Charges Against UC Dropped in Lab Fire Case
New developments in the legal case stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate were covered Friday by California Watch, City News Service, KTLA-Channel 5, KCBS-Channel 2, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KCRW-89.9 FM, the Associated Press, Britain's Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times blogs (1 | 2), the National Law Journal, Chemical & Engineering News, iWatch News and a Science blog; Saturday by the Los Angeles Times, United Press International and a Chronicle of Higher Education blog; and Sunday by a Nature blog and other outlets.
Ruling Delays Sale of Japanese Garden
A ruling by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granting a preliminary injunction delaying the sale of the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden was highlighted Friday by a Los Angeles Times blog and the Beverly Hills Courier, Saturday by the Los Angeles Times print edition and United Press International, and Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
UCLA: A More Rigorous Curriculum
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today on UCLA's use of "capstones," academic projects that require undergraduates to use the methodological training of their discipline and integrate what they have learned across topics and fields. Judith Smith, dean and vice provost for undergraduate education in the UCLA College of Letters and Science; Scott Chandler, UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology and chair of the undergraduate interdepartmental program in neuroscience; Raymond Knapp, UCLA professor of musicology; Peggy Fong, UCLA professor and vice chair of ecology and evolutionary biology; Andrew Atkeson, UCLA professor of economics and finance and director of the business economics program; Aaron Tornell, UCLA professor of economics; and Barbara Knowlton, professor and vice chair of undergraduate studies in the UCLA Department of Psychology, are quoted.
UCLA Docs to Staff CVS Clinics
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about large retail businesses opening walk-in medical clinics cites an agreement between CVS and the UCLA Health System under which UCLA physicians will serve as medical directors for 11 clinics at CVS pharmacy stores in Los Angeles County. Dr. David Feinberg, president and CEO of the UCLA Health System and UCLA vice chancellor for health sciences, is quoted.
Prozac Could Help Fight Viral Infections
A Digital Journal blog reported Sunday on a study by an interdisciplinary team of UCLA researchers showing that the commonly prescribed antidepressant Prozac may have significant antiviral properties. Robert Damoiseaux, scientific director of the Molecular Screening Shared Resource at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, was quoted; Paul Krogstad, UCLA professor of pediatrics and of molecular and medical pharmacology, was cited.
Southland Housing Market Trends
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 Sunday on KCRW-89.9 FM about home foreclosures and the housing market in Southern California.
UCLA Scientists Get Stem Cell Grant
KPCC-89.3 FM reported Sunday that stem cell researchers at UCLA have received a $20 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for research on reprogramming cancer cells.
Robo-Docs Make Surgery, Monitoring Easier
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Sunday on surgical robots being used by the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery to help perform brain procedures and interactive, video camera-equipped robots that perform rounds with patients.
Documentary Looks at U.S. Immigrants
Abel Valenzuela, professor of urban planning and Chicano studies and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, was featured Sunday in the PBS documentary "Homeland: Immigration in America."
Gun Control in Wake of Mass Shooting
Adam Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was interviewed Friday on KNX-1070 AM about the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association and President Obama's announcement that he will not seek new gun control legislation following the recent massacre in Colorado. Friday's New York Newsday featured an op-ed on the subject by Winkler.
Hope for Better Stroke Recovery
Asian News International reported Saturday on a study led by Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael, UCLA professor of neurology, that found that blocking the activity of a certain molecule in the brain after a stroke may improve and speed recovery.
'Zoobiquity' Benefits People and Animals
The Advocate reported Saturday on "Zoobiquity," a new book by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, associate clinical professor of medicine in the cardiology division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, comparing physical and mental disorders in animals and humans and examining the species-spanning nature of illness.
Childhood Obesity Rates in California
An article in Saturday's Fresno Bee about childhood obesity and related health problems in California's San Joaquin Valley highlighted a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that tracked California childhood obesity rates on a county-by-county basis.
Transparent Solar Cell Breakthrough
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Saturday on the development by Yang Yang, professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, and colleagues of organic polymer solar cells that can generate electricity. Yang was quoted.
Prof Honored as 'Champion of Change'
City News Service reported Thursday that Raul Hinojosa Ojeda, associate professor of Chicano studies and director of the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, was being honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his efforts to build bridges of understanding between the U.S. and Latin America. Hinojosa Ojeda was quoted.
UCLA's Orthopedic Program Among Best
The July 26 issue of Becker's Hospital Review named Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center among the 101 U.S. hospitals with the best orthopedic programs, highlighting the medical center's work with hand transplants, bone disease and osteoporosis.
Gong-Guy, director of UCLA Student Counseling and Psychological Services, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about plans by the University of California to implement a confidential online program aimed at preventing student suicides.
Jewitt, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of UCLA's Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the upcoming launch of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory.
Paige, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the upcoming launch of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory.
David Shulman, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Thursday in an Investor’s Business Daily article about national GDP growth.
Dr. Ava Shamban
Shamban, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, commented Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about nonsurgical options to erase facial signs of aging.
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times blog article and Sunday in a Washington Post blog article about how economic news affects presidential elections.
Dr. Eric Vilain
Vilain, professor of human genetics, urology and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about gender testing of athletes at the Olympics.
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in a Washington Times op-ed about the stance taken by Chick-fil-A restaurants against same-sex marriage.