UCLA Headlines June 18, 2012
By Office of Media Relations June 18, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Ensuring Workplace Equality for All
An editorial in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about proposed national legislation that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cited research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that 78 percent of transgender individuals report having experienced harassment at work. M.V. Lee Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the institute, was quoted.
Hammer Exhibit Spotlights Local Artists
An article in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about "Made in L.A. 2012," an art exhibition organized by the Hammer Museum, highlighted Simone Forti, adjunct professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, whose works are featured in the show.
Meditating Your Way to Mental Health
An op-ed in Sunday's New York Times about the traditions and practices of Buddhism cited research led by Dr. Daniel Siegel, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-founder of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, showing a positive link between meditation and mental health. Siegel was quoted.
Link Between Math Skills, Childhood Obesity
RedOrbit and Britain's Daily Mail reported Friday, and Canada's QMI news agency reported Thursday, on a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues showing that obese children between the ages of 3 and 9 tend to perform worse on math tests than their normal-weight peers.
Men, Women and Sports
Today's New York Times features an op-ed by Dr. Eric 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, exploring issues of gender and gender equality in sports.
Cracking the Secret of Social Media
The Australian Financial Review reports today that researchers from UCLA and Hewlett Packard have developed an algorithm that can forecast the likelihood that a story or tweet will be shared and re-shared on social media.
Fast Food and Childhood Obesity
Articles in Saturday's Vallejo Times Herald and Friday's Los Banos Enterprise about fast-food restaurants and childhood obesity highlighted a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research that charted childhood obesity rates in areas throughout California.
Dissonant Music Brings out Animal in Us
Research by Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Greg Bryant, UCLA assistant professor of communication studies, showing that distorted and jarring music tends to excite listeners because it mimics the distress calls of animals was highlighted Saturday by the Australian and Friday by the Press Trust of India. Blumstein and Bryant were quoted in the coverage.
Growing Bone From Stem Cells
KPCC-89.3FM reported Friday 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 from fat tissue forms faster and is of higher quality than bone grown using traditional methods.
Loneliness Can Damage Physical Health
An article in today's Vancouver Sun about a survey showing Vancouver residents feel increasingly estranged from their neighbors and communities cites a UCLA study demonstrating that feelings of social isolation are linked to activity in genes that drive inflammation, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections and cancer.
Californians and Health Insurance
KCRW-89.9 FM and California Healthline reported Friday, and the Central Valley Business Times reported Thursday, on a study by researchers at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and colleagues showing that some 90 percent of Californians under the age of 65 will be enrolled in health insurance programs as a result of the health care reform law by 2019. Dylan Roby, director of the center's health economics and evaluation research program and an assistant adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed on KCRW and quoted by California Healthline. Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted by the Central Valley Business Times.
Patient Celebrates Health With Bike Trip
Spanish-language news agency EFE reported Friday that a patient successfully treated last year at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for severe aplastic anemia, a rare disease of the bone marrow, was planning to bike 80 miles from his home in Mission Viejo to UCLA. Dr. Ronald Paquette, clinical professor of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Researcher Sues Over Reappointment Decision
The U.S. Daily Review blog reported Sunday; a Nature blog reported Saturday; and a WND blog, the Daily Caller blog and the Huffington Post reported Thursday that a longtime UCLA environmental health sciences researcher has filed a lawsuit after the campus declined to reappoint him.
Safety, and Patients, First
Hospitals and Health Networks reported June 6 on the UCLA Health System’s efforts to improve patient engagement and promote safety. Tom Rosenthal, chief medical officer of UCLA Medical Center and associate vice chancellor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Dr. Juan Alejos
Alejos, clinical professor of pediatric cardiology and medical director of the pediatric heart transplant program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Thursday in an L.A. Parent article about pulmonary hypertension in children.
Cattelino, UCLA associate professor of anthropology, was quoted Saturday in a New York Times article about American Indian tribes using casino revenues to help preserve their cultures.
Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times column about the legalization of drugs.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Landis, director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about the hundredth anniversary of Western Costume, which provides wardrobes for film and television productions.
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a New York Times op-ed about school desegregation.
Shafir, assistant adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and coordinator for the UCLA Global Health Training Program, was quoted Sunday in a Toronto Star article about a raccoon parasite turning up in human patients.
Sussman, a lecturer in accounting and real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Friday in a Reuters article about do-it-yourself home renovation.
Dr. Dennis Slamon
Slamon, professor of hematology–oncology and director of clinical and translational research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted Friday in an OncLive article about targeted therapies for breast cancer.