UCLA Headlines June 17, 2013

 
IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Graduation Ceremonies
UCLA commencement activities, including the College of Letters and Science ceremonies at Pauley Pavilion, were covered Friday and Saturday by KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9, KNBC-Channel 4, KABC-Channel 7, KMEX-Univision and KDTV-Univision, among other outlets. The front page of Saturday's Los Angeles Times featured a picture of the commencement ceremony at Pauley.
 
Climate Change Reduces Southland Snowfall
Research led by Alex Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, predicting that by midcentury snowfall on Los Angeles–area mountains will decline by 30 to 40 percent as a result of climate change was highlighted today by Time magazine, Sunday by the Summit County Citizens Voice, and Friday by the Associated Press, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, an LA Weekly blog, the Los Angeles Daily News, a KCET blog, the San Marino Patch, City News Service, the Palm Springs Desert Sun, Nature World News, the Watts Up With That blog and PhysOrg. Hall was quoted in the coverage.
 
LGBT Issues in the U.S.
A Saturday Associated Press article about the challenges facing transgender individuals in the U.S. cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating that about 0.3 percent of the adult population identifies as transgender. Williams Institute research was also cited Sunday in a Wisconsin State Journal article on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court, Modesto Bee and New Hampshire Keene Sentinel articles on same-sex parents, and an Alabama Anniston Star article on gay parishioners in church.
 
Tarantulas, Talk and Fear
Saturday's Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted a study by UCLA life scientists demonstrating that honestly expressing emotions at stressful times can help individuals reduce their feelings of fear and anxiety. Michelle Craske, professor and vice chair of clinical psychology and director of UCLA's Anxiety Disorders Research Center, and Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, were quoted.
 
Auto Exhaust Turns Good Cholesterol Bad
USA Today reported Saturday on a study by Dr. Jesus Araujo, associate professor of medicine and director of environmental cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues showing that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in "good" HDL cholesterol, altering its protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries. Araujo and Fen Yin, a researcher in the division of cardiology at the Geffen School, were quoted.
 
UCLA Community School Goes to Camp
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday on UCLA's AcademiCamp, a collaboration between UCLA UniCamp and the UCLA Community School at which students in grades 5 through 8 complete reading and writing workshops, followed by a week exploring nature in Big Bear.
 
Cinco de Mayo, Born in the U.S.A.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported Friday on the opening of new play based on "El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition," a book by David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, that explores the history and California origins of the Cinco de Mayo holiday.
 
Supporting Family Leave for Dads
An article published Sunday on CNN.com about paid family leave for fathers highlighted a study by Dr. Jody Heymann, dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, and colleagues revealing how millions of children and families across the globe face conditions that limit their opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential. Heymann was quoted.
 
U.S. Goes to Bat for Syrian Rebels
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, was interviewed Friday on CNN's "Newsroom" about the Obama administration's decision to provide greater assistance to rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
 
Microloans Help Grow Startups
The San Antonio Business Journal reported Friday on a study by Mark Garmaise, associate professor of finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues showing that receiving a small-business loan can dramatically improve the chances that a startup will survive and prosper. Garmaise was quoted.
 
UCLA Film Archive Summer Series
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday on three upcoming UCLA Film and Television Archive series celebrating the films of Paul Schrader, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Stanley Kramer.
 
Bad Morning Sickness? Refrain from Antihistamines
Canada's QMI news agency reported Friday on a study led by Dr. Marlena Fejzo, assistant professor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that women with a severe form of morning sickness who take antihistamines are at significantly higher risk of experiencing problems with their pregnancy. Fejzo was quoted.
 
How Progesterone Therapy for Cancer Works
Health Canal reported Thursday on research led by Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the G.O. Discovery Lab at UCLA, and Deanna Janzen, a senior research associate at the lab, showing that that progesterone therapy, rather than directly targeting endometrial cancer tumors, eliminates tumor cells indirectly by binding to progesterone receptors in connective tissue cells in the tumors' microenvironment.
 
Wall Street and the Marijuana Industry
A column in Saturday's Forbes about investing in companies that produce and market marijuana for legal use highlighted the work and research of Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and an adviser to Washington on marijuana regulation. Kleiman was quoted.
 
Health Tips on Father's Day
Sunday's Santa Monica Mirror featured a column by Dr. Sonja Rosen, assistant clinical professor of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, offering tips on how men can stay active and healthy as they age.
 
Poverty and Progress on a Global Scale
Saturday's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured a review of "Poverty and Progress," a new book by Deepak Lal, the James Coleman Professor of Development Studies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, which looks and globalization, poverty, capitalism and economic progress.
 
A Look at Silicon Valley's Economy
An article in Friday's San Jose Mercury News about the Silicon Valley economy referenced the UCLA Anderson Forecast's latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies. Edward Leamer, director of the Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted.
 
Finding Work in Los Angeles
Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about the Los Angeles economy and workforce training.
 
No Patenting Genes, High Court Rules
Dr. Stanley Nelson, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on KTTV-Channel 11 and KCOP-Channel 13 about the Supreme Court's ruling that human genes cannot be patented.
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
John Paul McTague, Distinguished UCLA Chemist
McTague, a former UCLA professor of chemistry and a member of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA, died June 7. See Saturday’s New York Times.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
David Leaf
Leaf, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Musicology, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about the 1968 hit song “MacArthur Park.”
 
Jorja Leap
Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about the rise and fall of former NBA star Javaris Crittenton, who faces trial for murder.
 
Michael Rich
Rich, a UCLA research astronomer, was quoted Sunday in an article by China's Xinhua News Service about American and Chinese individuals teaching in space.
 
Genevieve Siegel-Hawley
Siegel-Hawley, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in an Associated Press article about the changing racial balance of magnet schools in Pittsburgh.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Wisconsin State Journal article about an ordinance in a Wisconsin city that allows police to ticket the parents of chronic bullies.
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