UCLA Headlines March 14, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
New Leopard Frog Species
The New York Times, the Associated Press, New York Magazine, BBC News, the Toronto Sun, Bits of Science and two New York Times blogs (1 | 2) report today on the discovery in New York City of a new species of leopard frog by H. Bradley Shaffer, UCLA professor in the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and colleagues. Shaffer was quoted in the New York Times.

Affordable Care Act Shows Necessary Innovation
Tuesday’s San Jose Mercury News featured a column by Adam Winkler, UCLA professor of law, about the rhetoric used to denounce President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
 
Anthropologists Study Middle Class Families
A New York Times blog on Tuesday about children helping with household chores cited a study conducted by Elinor Ochs, UCLA professor of anthropology, and colleagues at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families that observed American middle class families. Ochs was quoted.
 
Santorum Wins in the South
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, appeared today on the KTLA-Channel 5 “Morning News” to comment on Tuesday’s Southern state primary results.
 
Spotlight on Rare Form of Alzheimer’s
Dr. John Ringman, associate clinical professor of neurology and a member of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was interviewed Tuesday in a KABC-Channel 7 news segment about his research into familial Alzheimer's disease (AD), a rare form of AD that is genetically based. Identifying treatments that will work for familial Alzheimer’s may lead to treatment for the more common, late onset form of AD.
 
Media Notes Benefits of Yoga to Reduce Stress
A study conducted by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, that found that using yoga to engage in brief, simple daily meditation could lead to improved cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression for caregivers of patients with dementia was reported Tuesday by the Huffington Post, KPCC-89.3 FM, Science Daily, an Examiner blog and numerous other outlets. The Huffington Post story also cited research by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on caregivers. Lavretsky was quoted in the coverage.
 
Discovery Investigates Brain Injury’s Possible Role in Massacre
David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, was cited and quoted Tuesday in a Discovery article exploring the influence of traumatic brain injuries on soldiers’ decision-making in combat. 
 
The Rising Costs of Alzheimer’s 
Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was interviewed Thursday on “CBS This Morning” about the rising costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and his book, “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program.” 
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck, UCLA associate professor of political science, was quoted Tuesday in a New York Times article about Pres. Obama’s reelection prospects.
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