UCLA Headlines May 18, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
The Head of Phineas Gage
CNN.com reported Wednesday, and Gizmodo reported Thursday, on a study by Jack Van Horn, UCLA assistant professor of neurology, and colleagues examining the brain injuries and brain function of Phineas Gage, who in 1848 survived an accident in which a 43-inch iron rod was blasted through his left cheek and out of the top of his head. Van Horn was quoted by CNN. 
 
Remember Carlos Fuentes
UCLA professor of Spanish Veronica Cortinez was interviewed Thursday on KQED Public Radio’s “Forum With Michael Krasny” about the life and work of celebrated Mexican novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes, who died May 15.
 
Ruling on Japanese Garden Sale
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Thursday that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected a request for a temporary restraining order to block UCLA's sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air.
 
How Fructose Disrupts Memory, Learning
A UCLA study showing that a high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats — and that omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage — was highlighted today by CBS News.com, a WebMD blog, Discovery, the Pakistan News Service, Monsters & Critics, Science A Go-Go, Diets in Review, Emax Health and Food Navigator and Thursday by Forbes and a Los Angeles Times blog, among other outlets. 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, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Film Archive's Festival of Preservation
The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday on the UCLA Film and Television Archive's biennial Festival of Preservation, which will be screening this weekend in Houston.
 
Chef Jamie Oliver Cooking at UCLA
An Examiner blog reported Thursday that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is partnering with the UCLA Health System on a daylong event at UCLA May 19 that will include lessons for kids on how to prepare healthy meals and make healthy food choices.
 
Beauty in the Eye of the Consumer
PhysOrg reported Wednesday on a study by Sanjay Sood, associate professor of marketing at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues indicating that individuals who have a good self-image are less likely to purchase a physically attractive product than a less attractive, more functional version of the same product.
 
Birth of the Internet at UCLA
A Q&A in today's Wired with Internet pioneer Steve Crocker highlights Crocker's work as part of the team of UCLA computer scientists that sent the first host-to-host message over the fledgling Internet in 1969.
 
Friday Night Lights
The NFL Network on Thursday highlighted a new series of photographs by UCLA professor of art Catherine Opie focusing on high school football games and athletes.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Robert Buswell
Buswell, distinguished professor of Buddhist studies and director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies, was quoted Thursday in a Korea Times article about a recent Korean gambling scandal involving Buddhist monks.
 
Dr. Christoper Giza
Giza, associate professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a WebMD article about research on college athletes and concussions.
 
Dr. Jacob Rajfer
Rajfer, professor-in-residence of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in an Asian News International article about the dangers of misusing erectile dysfunction drugs.
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