UCLA Headlines June 28, 2012
By Office of Media Relations June 28, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Peering Into the Lives of American Families
A New York Times profile of anthropologist Anthony Graesch published Thursday cited a four-year study by the UCLA Center for Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) in which researchers tracked and videotaped nearly every waking moment in the lives of 32 dual-earner, multiple-child, middle-class U.S. households. Graesch, who was a UCLA postdoctoral fellow in anthropology that assisted in the study, was quoted.
Heart Transplant Program Reaches 2,000 Mark
On Wednesday Examiner reported that UCLA’s heart transplant program has performed 2,000 procedures and is the first program in the western United States and second program in the world to do so. Dr. Abbas Ardehali, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical director of UCLA's heart and lung transplantation program, and Dr. Mario Deng, medical director of the advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, were quoted.
Males Might Not Be More Promiscuous than Females
On Wednesday Britain’s Daily Mail and Asian News International reported on the work of Patricia Gowaty, UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, debunking a 1948 study of fruit flies that established the notion that males are more promiscuous and females more picky. Gowaty, who repeated the experiment and found both sexes equally promiscuous, was quoted in the coverage.
Yudof Pledges to Increase Community College Transfers
A Los Angeles Times blog post published Wednesday about UC President Mark Yudof stating his support for increasing transfer students on UC campuses cited information about transfer students at UCLA.
Healthcare Law without Mandate “A Challenge”
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed early today by KABC-Channel 7 for a segment about the Supreme Court’s decision on the health care reform law.
Stockton Declares Bankruptcy
Mark Sawyer, professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, was a commentator Wednesday on Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor” for a story about Stockton, Calif., declaring bankruptcy.
Will New President Reduce Violence in Mexico?
On Wednesday a KABC-Channel 7 segment about this Sunday’s Mexican presidential election featured the commentary of Octavio Pescador, visiting assistant professor of Chicano studies, associate director of the UCLA Center for Community Learning, and coordinator of the UCLA Latin American Institute.
No Weight-Loss Pill Is As Effective as Diet and Exercise
A KCBS-Channel 2 segment about new weight loss drug Belviq that aired Wednesday featured the expert commentary of Dr. David Heber, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, who explained that any weight-loss drug is only as effective as the healthiness of its user’s lifestyle.
'Magic Mushrooms' Ease Cancer Depression
BBC Radio 4 reports today on a woman who participated in a study by Dr. Charles Grob, UCLA professor of clinical psychiatry, that found that small doses of psilocybin, also known as "magic mushrooms,” may help lessen depression in patients with late-stage cancer. Grob was interviewed.
Researchers Seek Alternate Treatment to Rare Disorder
Examiner reported Wednesday that Dr. Gary Mathern, professor-in-residence of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, is working with a colleague from UC San Diego to find a less severe treatment for a rare disorder that typically requires surgical disconnection of one side of the brain. Mathern was quoted.
Snoop's Son Offered Athletic Scholarship
UCLA's offer of a 2015 football scholarship to high school sophomore Cordell Broadus, son of rap star and actor Snoop Dogg, was highlighted Wednesday by a Los Angeles Times blog and Yahoo!Sports.
Cuff, UCLA professor of architecture and urban design, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times piece about a Sherman Oaks resident’s Little Free Library, which provides books to his neighborhood.
Dr. Karen Miotto
Miotto, professor of clinical psychiatry and director of the Alcoholism and Addiction Medicine Service in the Semel Institute, was quoted Wednesday in a WebMD article about addiction to prescription pain medications.
Nakanishi, director emeritus of the Asian American Studies Center, was quoted Wednesday in a New York Times story about New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who is running for Congress.