UCLA Headlines June 11, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
Education Prof Explores 'Possible Lives'
UCLA professor of education Mike Rose was interviewed Friday on National Public Radio about his ongoing research and his book “Possible Lives,” which looks at teachers, students and parents at schools throughout the U.S. to identify methods and programs that can help revitalize public education.
 
UCLA Senate Approves Proposal for Self-Supporting M.B.A. Program
The UCLA Legislative Assembly's June 7 vote in favor of a proposal to convert the M.B.A. program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management from state-supported to self-supporting was highlighted Friday by a Bloomberg blog, the Poets & Quants blog, Education News and San Diego's North County Times. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block; Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson; and Romain Wacziarg, professor of economics at UCLA Anderson, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Report: California Needs More College Grads
Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Patt Morrison Show" about an independent report suggesting that California will need 5 million more individuals with bachelor's degrees and 2 million more with post-secondary degrees by 2025 for the state to remain economically competitive.
 
'Zoobiquity' Benefits People and Animals
Sunday's New York Times featured a column co-written 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, about her research comparing physical and mental disorders in animals and humans and her book "Zoobiquity," which looks at the species-spanning nature of illness. The book and research were also highlighted today by Asian News International, Sunday by Britain's Daily Mail and Sunday Times, and Wednesday by Nature. Natterson-Horowitz was quoted in the coverage.
 
Dangers of Outpatient Surgical Centers
Friday's Pasadena Star-News featured a column by Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan, clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about the risks of undergoing surgery at outpatient "surgi-centers."
 
Program Matches Patients With Clinical Trials
An Examiner blog reported Friday on the UCLA Center for AIDS Research launching the HIV Research Study Volunteer Project, which seeks to recruit volunteers for clinical trials testing new prevention and treatment therapies for HIV/AIDS. Faith Landsman, director of the new project, was quoted.
 
Using Saliva to Detect Cancer
Wednesday's Nature highlighted the research of Dr. David Wong, UCLA's Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor in Dentistry and associate dean of research at the UCLA School of Dentistry, who has developed new medical techniques to detect various cancers using a saliva test. Wong and Fang Wei, adjunct assistant professor of oral biology at the UCLA School of Dentistry, were quoted.
 
Researchers Grow Bone From Stem Cells
An Examiner blog reports today on a study led by Dr. Chia Soo, adjunct professor of orthopedic surgery and a researcher at UCLA's Broad Stem Cell Research Center, that found that bone grown using stem cells found in fat tissue formed faster and was of higher quality than bone grown using traditional methods. Soo is quoted.
 
How Young Is Too Young for Facebook?
An op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times about reports that Facebook may open a version of its website to preteens cites a study by Adriana Manago, a researcher at the UCLA Children's Digital Media Center, that found that users of social media increasingly define their identity based on feedback from other online users.
 
Bradbury Penned Masterpiece at UCLA
A column in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times about author Ray Bradbury, who died June 5, referenced UCLA's Powell Library, where Bradbury wrote his most celebrated novel, "Fahrenheit 451," on a rented typewriter.
 
UCLA Prof Wins Astrophysics Prize
The South China Morning Post reported Sunday that David Jewitt, a 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, has won the Shaw Prize in astrophysics for his role in discovering the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune.
 
Undocumented Students and the American Dream
Friday's Los Angeles Times featured a profile of a 2011 graduate of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture’s master’s program who is an undocumented immigrant and is struggling to find employment. 
 
Preserving UCLA's Pioneering Internet Heritage
A review of a new book about the Internet in Friday's Wall Street Journal cited UCLA's Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive, which commemorates the work of the team of UCLA computer scientists led by Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, that sent the first host-to-host message over the fledgling Internet in 1969.
 
Ongoing Lab Fire Case
KNX-1070 AM reported Thursday on charges filed against the UC Regents and a UCLA professor as a result of a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
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Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, is quoted today in an article in Britain's Daily Mail about a new study suggesting that children of same-sex couples are at higher risk for social, psychological and physical problems as adults.
 
Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today in an article in Ohio's Columbus Dispatch about cancer clusters in Ohio — geographic areas with high incidences of cancer.
 
Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Mitchell, the Ho-su Wu Professor Emeritus of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a Sacramento Bee article about a potential California ballot measure that would ban unions and corporations from directly contributing to political candidates.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Saturday in an Austin American-Statesman article about computer industry startups choosing between Texas and California's Silicon Valley for their headquarters.
 
Jennifer Pizer
Pizer, legal director for the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, is quoted today in a Miami Herald article about efforts to pass a federal law that outlaws workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Saturday in a Ventura County Star article about the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the health care reform law.
 
Dr. Christopher Saigal
Saigal, UCLA associate professor-in-residence of urology, was quoted Sunday in a Men’s Health column about five types of cancer that commonly affect men.
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