UCLA Headlines March 27, 2012

IN THE NEWS:

Drone Aircraft, Eye-Tracking Computers
Today's Los Angeles Times features an op-ed today by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, about the future of drone-aircraft surveillance in the United States. Villasenor aslo had an op-ed in today's Slate about eye-tracking computers, which use cameras to record changes in eye movement as users read and process information on the screen.
 
Mothers on Bed Rest Find Comfort Online
An article in Monday's Ventura County Star about a Facebook community for pregnant women on bed rest referenced Dr. Khalil Tabsh, medical director of maternal and child health and services at UCLA Medical Center–Santa Monica. Tabsh was quoted.
 
Why We Love and Hate Our Tech Devices
An article in Monday's USA Today about Americans' love–hate relationships with personal electronic devices cited research by 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, examining the effect Internet use has on our brains.
 
How the Brain 'Remembers' Medication
Asian News International reports today on a study led by Aimee Hunter, visiting assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that the brains of patients who had previously taken antidepressants responded similarly whether they were given actual depression medication or a similar looking placebo. Dr. Ian Cook, the Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry and director of the depression research program at UCLA's Semel Institute, and Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology at the UCLA Semel Institute, are cited; Hunter is quoted.
 
Med School Art Show on Back Pain
KCRW-89.3 FM's “Which Way, LA?” reported Sunday on an exhibition of art by patients with back pain at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, part of the school's unique Doctoring Program, which teaches compassion and empathy to future doctors. Dr. Andrew Schwartz, UCLA assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery, and Ted Meyer, UCLA artist-in-residence, were interviewed. 
 
Preventing Delinquency, Gang Activity
Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs was featured Monday on C-SPAN as part of a panel discussion on the proposed Youth PROMISE (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) Act.
 
Herb Alpert's Gift to UCLA
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music was highlighted Wednesday in Alec Baldwin's interview with Alpert on WNYC Radio's "Here's the Thing" (37:00).
 
Young UCLA Student to Graduate
KABC-Channel 7 reported Monday on UCLA mathematics major Moshe Kai Cavalin, a 14-year-old senior who will graduate this spring.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Abbas Ardehali
Ardehali, professor of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical director of the heart and lung transplantation program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times blog article on the pros and cons of heart transplant surgery.
 
Dr. Mario Deng
Deng, medical director of the advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, is quoted today in a Discovery News article about how heart transplants can sometimes change recipients' personalities.
 
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 Monday in a MedPage Today article about heart disease and the death of Whitney Houston. He was quoted Monday in a HealthDay News article about research showing that a new injection may help significantly lower LDL cholesterol levels in patients with high cholesterol.
 
Alan Friel
Friel, visiting assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Monday in a Contra Costa Times article about the Federal Trade Commission's proposed  guidelines for Internet data collection.
 
Tim Groeling
Groeling, associate professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Communication Studies, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about political candidates’ social media websites.
 
Darnell Hunt
Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, was quoted Sunday in a Washington Post article about the death of Trayvon Martin and the social significance of "hoodies," or hooded sweatshirts.  
 
Matthew Kahn
Kahn, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with joint appointments in economics and public policy, was quoted Monday in a Washington Post blog article about whether the Toyota Prius actually saves gas.
 
Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Mitchell, professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about U.S. Census Bureau information showing that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area is the most densely populated region in the U.S.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about challenges to the national health care law being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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