UCLA Headlines June 20, 2012
By Office of Media Relations June 20, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Anderson Forecast: Sluggish Economy Continues
The UCLA Anderson Forecast’s latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies was highlighted today by the Los Angeles Times, KCBS-Channel 2, KTLA-Channel 5, KTTV-Channel 11, KNX-1070 AM, CNBC’s "Squawk Box" and other outlets. Forecast director Edward Leamer was interviewed on CNBC and quoted in the L.A. Times.
UCLA Dean to Be Next UC Provost
The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday, and a Los Angeles Times blog reports today, that Aimée Dorr, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, has been appointed provost of the University of California system.
Californians and Health Insurance
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about the potential financial and public health costs to California if the Supreme Court scraps the Affordable Care Act cited a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley showing that nearly 4 million Californians are likely to obtain new or improved coverage by 2019 if the law stays in effect. Gerald Kominski, director of the center and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted.
Link Between Math Skills, Childhood Obesity
Medical News Today reports today 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.
Asian Americans Fastest Growing Group in U.S.
Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, assistant director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, was interviewed Tuesday on KNBC-Channel 4 about a new research showing that Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S. Tritia Toyota, UCLA assistant adjunct professor of anthropology and Asian American studies, was quoted Tuesday in a National Journal article on the subject.
Free Speech and Search Engines
An op-ed in today's New York Times cites a paper by Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, arguing that Google and other search engines have the First Amendment right to make editorial judgments about what appears in their search results.
Ozzy's Son Diagnosed With MS
Dr. Barbara Giesser, clinical professor of neurology and medical director of UCLA's Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center, was interviewed Tuesday on NBC's "Extra" about Jack Osborne’s recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Nerve Stimulation May Help Depression
The Press Trust of India reports today on research by Dr. Ian A. Cook, the Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Dr. Christopher M. DeGiorgio, UCLA professor of neurology, showing that mild electrical stimulation of a major nerve emanating from the brain helped reduce symptom severity in individuals suffering from depression. DeGiorgio is quoted.
Investing in a Dangerous Market
John Talbott, a visiting scholar at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Dylan Ratigan Show” about his new book “Survival Investing," which offers tips for investors in today's volatile stock market.
Prof's Wide-Ranging Book of Essays
India’s Business Standard reports today on a new book of essays by Deepak Lal, a professor of economics who holds UCLA's James Coleman Chair in Development Studies.
How Important Enzyme Assembles
R&D reported Tuesday on research led by Juli Feigon, UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, that identified the assembly process for a key enzyme involved in aging and cancer. Feigon was quoted.
Computers as 'Electronic Cocaine'
Tuesday's Pacific Standard featured a Q&A with 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, about people’s addiction to technology and stress.