UCLA Headlines March 21, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
Benefit to Filing for Patents Now 
Today's Fast Company features a blog column by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, suggesting that companies may accrue greater benefits if they file patent applications before March 2013, when a change in U.S. patent law kicks in.
 
Meditation Strengthens Brain
Eileen Luders, assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, was interviewed Monday on KABC-Channel 7 about her recent research showing that people who meditate have, on average, a greater number of folds in the brain's cerebral cortex, which improves information processing, memory formation and decision making.
 
UCLA Doctor Treats Celine Dion
An article in Tuesday's USA Today about health problems affecting popular performers cited Dr. Gerald Berke, professor and chief of the division of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who is treating singer Celine Dion for weakness in her right vocal cord.
 
New Leopard Frog Species
The Daily Kos blog and the website of KTLA-Channel 5 reported Thursday that a new species of leopard frog has been discovered in New York City by Brad Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and colleagues. Shaffer was quoted.
 
Musician's Push for International Jazz Day
An Associated Press article published Tuesday about musician Herbie Hancock’s efforts to establish April 30 as an annual International Jazz Day cited the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at UCLA, which is chaired by Hancock and offers a study program in conjunction with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
 
Plan Aims to Boost L.A. Exports
An article in Tuesday's Los Angeles Daily News about a new plan to significantly boost exports from the Los Angeles region referenced the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s role as a member of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council, the consortium that will oversee the plan.
 
Joan Didion Cancels UCLA Visit
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Tuesday that author Joan Didion has been forced to cancel an April 14 UCLA Live appearance on campus because of an injury.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about research on the link between vitamin E and women's heart health.
 
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.
Gilliam, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, is quoted today in an LA Weekly blog article about the possibility of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky running for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013.
 
Paul Habibi
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a Glendale News-Press article about the housing market in the Glendale, Calif. area.
 
Gary Orfield
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in an Education Week article about a new book suggesting that achievement gaps between rich and poor students in the U.S. can be reduced through socioeconomic integration.
 
Steven Shoptaw
Shoptaw, professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, was quoted March 14 in an Orange County Register article about an increase in cocaine use among workers in safety-sensitive jobs.
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