UCLA Headlines May 15, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Climate Warming in China
A study led by Robert Eagle, UCLA researcher in the department of Earth and space sciences, and Aradhna Tripati, UCLA assistant professor of Earth and space sciences and of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, showing that temperatures in central China are 10 to 14 degrees hotter than 20,000 years ago — an increase greater than many scientists assumed — was highlighted today by China's Xinhua News Agency, RedOrbit, Climate Progress, Science Daily and Science 2.0. Eagle and Tripati, who is also a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Analyzing 'Healthy' Fast Food
Medical Daily reported Tuesday, and the Inquisitr blog reported Monday, on a study led by Dr. Lenard Lesser, a former physician with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, comparing nutritional data and the average number of calories in meals consumed by teens at Subway and McDonald's restaurants.
 
Future of the Periodic Table
Tuesday's Scientific American featured an article by Eric Scerri, a UCLA lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry, about the evolution of the periodic table of the elements and how current and future scientific discoveries may lead to revisions in the table's structure.
 
Facelifts and Facebook
HealthDay News reported Tuesday on research led by UCLA associate clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery Dr. Reza Jarrahy, Dr. Andrew Vardanian of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and colleagues examining the use of social media among plastic surgeons to promote their practices and educate patients.
 
Making Sense of All This Data
Thursday's Huffington Post featured a column co-written by Robert Gould, undergraduate vice chair for the UCLA Department of Statistics and director of the UCLA Center for Teaching Statistics, about preparing students and teachers to use statistics to navigate and understand the enormous amounts of data generated in the digital age.
 
How the Damaged Brain Rewires Itself
Health Canal reported Monday on a study by Michael Fanselow, professor of psychology and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and Moriel Zelikowsky, a graduate student researcher in Fanselow's lab, showing how alternate regions of the brain take over the process of learning and memory when the hippocampus is damaged. Fanselow and Zelikowsky were quoted.
 
Black Hole Research Gets Murkier
An article in Tuesday's Nature about the discovery of a rotating neutron star known as a pulsar near the Milky Way's supemassive black hole cited research by Andrea Ghez, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy who holds the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics, on what appears to be a large gas cloud approaching the black hole. Ghez was quoted.
 
How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A column in today's Times of India highlighting modern developments that may be making humans dumber cited a study by Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science, showing how a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning.
 
Health Benefits of Marriage
An op-ed in Tuesday's San Jose Mercury News examining same-sex marriage and its influence on couples' health cited a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues that found that both heterosexual and same-sex married couples experience fewer major health problems and lower levels of psychological distress than their unmarried counterparts.
 
Antisocial With Social Media
Tuesday’s Huffington Post featured a column by UCLA Extension instructor Beverly Macy about large corporations' faltering social media strategies and what they can do better to link social media with their business goals.
 
Latinos Entering College at Record Rate
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a distinguished professor of education, was interviewed Tuesday on NPR's "Morning Edition" about research showing that seven out of 10 Latino high school graduates in the U.S. go on to college.
 
 
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Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael
Carmichael, UCLA professor of neurology, was quoted Tuesday in a Discover column examining various systems of financing medical research through competitive grants.
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about research on hysterectomies and cardiovascular disease risk. He was also quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article on the cost and effectiveness of implanted defibrillators.
 
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Southern California housing market.
 
Terence Tao
Terence Tao, a professor of mathematics who holds UCLA's James and Carol Collins Chair in the College of Letters and Science, was quoted Tuesday in a New Scientist article about a new mathematical proof dealing with prime numbers.
 
John Villasenor
Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was quoted Monday in an Atlantic article about drone aircraft and privacy concerns.
 
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 the U.S. Supreme Court considering whether to hear a First Amendment case involving an abortion protester.
 
Ben Zuckerman
Zuckerman, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted Thursday in a Space article about the discovery of dead stars some 150 million light-years from Earth that are surrounded by planet debris and rocky materials.
 
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