UCLA Headlines May 24, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA Live-Tweets Brain Surgery on Guitar-Strumming Patient
The Los Angeles Times, KNX-1070 AM, the Huffington Post and CNET reported Thursday, and KTLA-Channel 5, Britain's Daily Mail, Ubergizmo and the Digital Journal report today, on a brain pacemaker–implant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that was tweeted live, with pictures and video, by the surgical team and hospital staff.
 
Cities With Most Gay Parents
The SF Weekly, Jezebel and Michigan Live reported Thursday on research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that Mississippi is the state with the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children and Salt Lake City is the metropolitan area with the highest percentage. Angeliki Kastanis, a policy research fellow at the institute, was quoted in MLive.
 
Helping Kids Cope With Tragedy
CNN.com on Thursday featured a column by Melissa Brymer, director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA–Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, about how parents can help their children recover from the mental trauma of disasters like the recent Oklahoma tornado.
 
How Marijuana Can Be Sold Safely
Thursday’s New York Times featured an op-ed by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and adviser to the state of Washington on marijuana regulation, recommending policies states can implement to properly regulate and tax the market for legal marijuana. Kleiman was interviewed Thursday on the subject on WNYC-93.9 FM.
 
Gay Community and Economic Stereotypes
A Huffington Post column about the economic demographics of the gay community cited a study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute and the Gallup organization showing that the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the U.S. earning less than $24,000 each year is higher than among the general population.
 
Soaring Over the Traffic Jam
A Thursday BBC.com article about the future of flying cars featured expert commentary by Mario Gerla, professor of computer science at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
 
Nerve Stimulation May Help ADHD
MedScape Today reported Monday on research by Dr. Ian A. Cook, the Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of UCLA's Depression Research Program, and Dr. James McGough, professor of clinical psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of UCLA's Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic, showing that mild electrical stimulation of a major nerve emanating from the brain may help in the treatment of ADHD.
 
Science of Food at UCLA
The LAist and KCBS-Channel 2 reported Thursday on "Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat," a course taught by Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, in which students explore such topics as food's texture and flavor from a scientific perspective. As part of the course, Rowat also hosts public "Science and Food" events featuring top chefs.
 
The Future of Drone Aircraft
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed today on American Public Media's "Marketplace" about the Obama administration's use of drone aircraft for targeted assassinations in the war on terror and the various potential uses of drones in the U.S.
 
Auto Exhaust Turns Good Cholesterol Bad
Green Car Reports reported Thursday on a study led by Dr. Jesus Araujo, associate professor of medicine and director of environmental cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in "good" HDL cholesterol, altering its protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries. Araujo and Fen Yin, a researcher in the division of cardiology at the Geffen School, were quoted.
 
UC, UCLA Hospital Workers Go on Strike
The two-day strike by members of a patient-care workers union and another union at UCLA hospitals and UC medical centers was highlighted Thursday by the Associated Press, KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4 and KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9 and KTTV-Channel 11,  KNX-1070 AM and other outlets. Dr. J. Thomas Rosenthal, chief medical officer for the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted and interviewed in the coverage.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Gerard Andonian
Andonian, an assistant researcher in UCLA’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, was
quoted Thursday in a Symmetry magazine article about recent upgrades to the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests, which performs particle acceleration.
 
Susan Bookheimer
Bookheimer, the Joaquin Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of psychiatry and director of the Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted May 16 in a USA Today article about research showing a link between which ear individuals use for talking on a cell phone and whether they are right brain– or left brain–dominant.
 
Phillip Atiba Goff
Goff, UCLA assistant professor of social psychology, was quoted Thursday in an Associated Press editorial about individuals who make racial slurs and then claim they are not racist.
 
Mark Gold
Gold, an associate director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about new legislation aimed at reducing the amount of plastic bags and bottles that end up in the ocean.
 
Dr. Carlos Lerner
Lerner, medical director of the Children’s Health Center at the UCLA, was quoted Thursday in NBC News.com and Catholic Online articles about a drop in the number of teens giving birth in the U.S., particularly in the Chicano community.
 
Dr. James McGough
McGough, professor of clinical psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of UCLA's Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic, was quoted Sunday by NBC News.com and Monday by an Examiner blog and Emax Health in articles about a possible link between childhood ADHD and adult obesity.
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Thursday in a Globe St. article about unemployment rates dropping in Orange County. He was quoted Sunday in a Torrance Daily Breeze article about the debate over raising the minimum wage.
 
Steven Spiegel
Spiegel, professor of political science and director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, was quoted Wednesday in a Gulf Times article about an international conference on the Middle East held in Dohar, Qatar.
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