UCLA Headlines March 16, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
New Leopard Frog Species
Thursday’s International Business Times News and today’s Agence France-Presse reported 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 coverage.
 
Reagan's Daughter Helps Alzheimer's Patients
KCBS-Channel 2 reported Thursday on the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program, the creation of which was spurred by Patti Davis, daughter of former President Reagan.
 
UCLA Astronomers Lead Effort to Catalogue the Universe
Asian News International reports today on NASA’s announcement of the “Sky Atlas,” a comprehensive look at the universe made possible by the 14-year Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission led by principal investigator Edward Wright, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. Wright is quoted.   
 
Professor Pearl Wins Turing Award
The Associated Press reported Thursday that Judea Pearl, UCLA professor-in-residence of computer science, has been awarded the Turing Award for his breakthrough research in computer science.
 
Public Health Insurance Options for California Kids
A story by New American Media on Thursday cited findings from UCLA’s California Health Interview Survey showing that at least 404,000 of the state’s eligible children are not taking advantage of public health insurance programs for low-income children.
 
UCLA’s Successful Fundraising
An article in Thursday’s Bloomberg News comparing college fundraising efforts since 2008 cited UCLA's fundraising campaign as the most successful among U.S. colleges. Steve Gamer, UCLA associate vice chancellor for development and executive director of The UCLA Foundation, was quoted.

Trucking Activity Remains Weak in U.S.
The North County Times reported Thursday on recent data from the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which tracks fuel purchases at interstate truck stops as a means of predicting economic changes in the U.S. Index co-creator Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted.
 
Expensive Meter Creates Parking Spots
An article in the New York Times on Thursday about an expensive parking meter that may ease traffic cited the book "The High Cost of Free Parking" by Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. Shoup was quoted.
 
UCLA Ranked #9 in World Reputation Rankings
The Washington Times on Thursday cited UCLA as one of the top ten world universities according to the 2011 annual World Reputation Rankings in the London-based Times Higher Education magazine.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, is quoted today in the Chicago Tribune today about segregation in Chicago public schools.
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