UCLA Headlines March 11, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Home Sweet Chaos
A column in Sunday's New York Times about reducing the amount of belongings one owns and learning to live without unnecessary clutter highlighted a study by researchers at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families that examined in intimate detail the home lives — and clutter — of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles.
 
Dental School Gets $5M for New Center
The Santa Monica Mirror reported Saturday that the UCLA School of Dentistry has received a gift of $5 million from Dr. Mick Dragoo and his wife, Mary, to establish a clinical research center in periodontology and implantology — specialized areas of dentistry related to tooth-supporting structures and tooth replacement.
 
PTSD Heightens Other Health Risks
The Associated Press on Sunday highlighted research by Dr. Ramin Ebrahami, associate clinical professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and colleagues showing that military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are at higher risk for insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome than veterans without PTSD. Ebrahami was quoted.
 
Far Better Than Batteries
A column Tuesday's Forbes about entrepreneurs addressing the world's major challenges highlighted the development by Richard Kaner, a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Maher El-Kady, a graduate student in Kaner's laboratory, of a method for producing graphene-based "supercapacitors" — which can charge up to a thousand times faster than batteries — using a standard DVD burner.
 
'Big Data' and the Bottom Line
Friday's Huffington Post featured a column by UCLA Extension instructor Beverly Macy about how companies hope to leverage big-data research to increase productivity and sales.
 
Unusual Brain Cells Boost Learning
The Huffington Post reported Friday on research by Alcino Silva, professor of neurobiology and psychiatry and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and colleagues showing that when non-neuronal brain cells known as astrocytes were grafted from humans into mice, the rodents showed enhanced synaptic transmission, learning and memory. Silva was quoted.
 
A Cure for the Common Hangover?
Business Insider reported Friday on the development by researchers at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science of a new nanocapsule that mimics the action of the human liver, helping speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body. Yunfeng Lu, UCLA professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was quoted.
 
Student Arrested in Alleged Assault
The arrest of a UCLA student for allegedly choking another UCLA student at a fraternity party off campus early Friday morning was covered Friday and Saturday by KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KNX-1070 AM, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Westwood–Century City Patch and City News Service, among other outlets.
 
Gay Couples Battle for Equal Benefits
An Associated Press article published Saturday about an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Case challenging a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denies tax and Social Security benefits to married same-sex couples cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law demonstrating how much gay and lesbian couples collect in Social Security and survivor benefits, compared with married heterosexual couples.
 
Same-Sex Couples, Immigration and Green Cards
A San Jose Mercury News article published Sunday about a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a provision of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents gay American citizens from sponsoring their spouses for green cards cited research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on the number of same-sex couples in the U.S. in which at least one partner is not a citizen. Another article in Sunday's Mercury News highlighted Williams Institute research showing that more than 900,000 adult immigrants in the U.S. identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
 
 
QUOTABLES:
 
Akhil Gupta
Gupta, UCLA professor of anthropology, was quoted Sunday in a Hindustan Times article about how India's state bureaucracy hinders the fight against poverty.
 
Tanya Paparella
Paparella, associate clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of UCLA's Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program, was quoted March 2 in a Palm Beach Post article about families struggling with autism.
 
Ann Philbin
Philbin, director of the UCLA Hammer Museum, was quoted Saturday in a New York Times article about a potential merger between the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
 
Yuri Shprits
Shprits, an associate researcher in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, was quoted Friday in a Science News article about new research findings on the Van Allen radiation belt.
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