UCLA Headlines May 21, 2012
By Office of Media Relations May 21, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Free Speech and Search Engines
Sunday's New York Times highlighted a report by Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, arguing that Google and other search engines have the First Amendment right to make editorial judgments about what appears in their search results, much as newspapers have the right to choose what news to publish. Volokh was quoted.
Creating 'Complete Streets' in L.A.
Curbed LA on Friday highlighted a project from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs' "Complete Streets" initiative, which seeks to create city streets that provide safe and comfortable access for all pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit riders and which foster economic and environmental sustainability.
Ruling on Japanese Garden Sale
The LAist and Curbed LA reported Friday that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected a request for a temporary restraining order blocking UCLA's sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air.
Women and HIV Clinical Trials
An article in Friday's Los Angeles Times about the small percentage of women who take part in HIV/AIDS clinical trials in the U.S. cited two HIV clinical trials groups at UCLA that have a large percentages of female participants.
How Fructose Affects Learning, Memory
A UCLA study showing that a steady high-fructose diet can slow the brain and hamper memory and learning in rats — and how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage — was highlighted today by OncLive; Sunday by the Alaska Dispatch; Saturday by Iran's Press TV website, Smart Planet and New Jersey Newsroom; and Friday by MedPage Today. 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.
UCLA Honors Japanese American Activist
Rafu Shimpo reported Thursday on an event held by the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies and the UCLA Library this April to honor Gordon Hirabayashi, who was imprisoned for defying the government's internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and whose conviction was overturned four decades later. Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA's Aratani Endowed Professor of Asian American Studies and chair of the Asian American studies department, and Susan Minobe, an assistant in the UCLA Library's collections, research and instructional services department, were quoted.
Nonprofits Need Helping Hands
A column in Sunday's Huffington Post on charitable organizations cited a study by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs that found that roughly half of Los Angeles County's 6,300 human-services nonprofits are struggling financially.
UCLA Physician Alleges Harassment
The Huffington Post reported Friday that an associate professor-in-residence of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has filed a lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents alleging that he was harassed and discriminated against.
UCLA Medical System Gets Awards
The Beverly Hills Courier reported Sunday that one of the UCLA Health System's medical office buildings achieved LEED Gold designation for environmental sustainability. An Examiner blog reported Friday that the UCLA Medical Group received awards from the California Association of Physician Groups and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. Samuel Skootsky, medical director of the UCLA Medical Group and Faculty Practice Group, was quoted in the Examiner.
Gates, a senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, was quoted Wednesday in an Orlando Sentinel article about research showing that unmarried U.S. couples, both same-sex and different-sex, are more likely to be interracial than married couples.
Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.
Gilliam, dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about changing public attitudes toward gays and lesbians.
Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Friday in a WebMD blog about how making neighborhoods pet-friendly can help improve peoples' health.
Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a New York Times op-ed about school desegregation.