UCLA Headlines May 29, 2012
By Office of Media Relations May 29, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Easter Island Heads Also Have Bodies
Live Science reported Friday on the work and research of Jo Anne Van Tilburg, a research associate at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and director of the institute's Rock Art Archive, and colleagues showing that the ancient carved stone heads on Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean are attached to stone bodies. Tilburg was quoted.
Mystery of Growth-Stunting Disorder Solved
Asian News International reported Monday, and Live Science reported Sunday, that UCLA scientists and colleagues have identified the genetic mutation responsible for IMAGe syndrome, a rare disorder that stunts infants' growth. Dr. Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics, urology and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, was quoted in the coverage.
More Kidney Stones for Americans
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Monday, and HealthDay News and My Health News Daily reported Friday, on a study by researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and colleagues showing that as rates of obesity and diabetes have risen in the U.S., the incidence of kidney stones has also increased significantly. Dr. Charles D. Scales Jr., a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar in the departments of urology and medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
Psychological Benefits of Probiotic Yogurt
WebMD reported Thursday on research by Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, assistant clinical professor of digestive diseases at the UCLA Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, exploring how probiotics, commonly found in yogurt, can dampen stress and anxiety signals sent from the gut to the brain. Tillisch was quoted.
UCLA Launches Face Transplant Program
An Examiner blog reported Saturday, and KPCC-89.3 FM, the LA Weekly, the Huffington Post and Medical Daily reported Friday, on the UCLA Health System's launch of the West Coast's first face transplantation program. Dr. Kodi Azari, surgical director of the UCLA Hand Transplantation Program and associate professor of orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery, and Dr. Reza Jarrahy, UCLA assistant professor of plastic surgery, were quoted in the coverage.
Multicultural Take on Dance at UCLA
Saturday's Los Angeles Times featured a profile of dancer–choreographer Michel Kouakou, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Kouakou and Victoria Marks, a UCLA WAC/Dance professor, were quoted.
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 how omega-3 fatty acids can minimize the damage — was highlighted today by the Atlantic, Saturday by Daily Rx and May 22 by Rodale. 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.
Paul Terasaki to Receive UCLA Medal
Rafu Shimpo reported Friday that Dr. Paul Terasaki, professor emeritus of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will receive the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted.
Hacking the Code of Leaf Veins
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday on a study led by Lawren Sack, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, that discovered new mathematical rules governing how vein systems in leaves grow and evolve. Sack was quoted.
Yoga Helps Ease Arthritis Pain
WebMD reported Thursday on a study by Kirsten Lung, a staff research associate with the pediatric pain program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and colleagues showing that yoga can help relieve pain in younger patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Lung was quoted.
UCLA Class Looks at Science of Food
An LA Weekly blog reported Friday on New York chef David Chang delivering a lecture as part of “Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat,” a UCLA course taught by Amy Rowat, assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology. The LA Weekly featured a Q&A with Rowat Thursday.
Assessing Rwanda's Recovery
An op-ed in Sunday's New York Times about Rwandan President Paul Kagame and recent economic and social changes in Rwanda, cited research by UCLA professor of sociology Andreas Wimmer on political exclusion in that country.
Helping Suicidal Soldiers
An article in the June 1 issue of Newsweek about increased levels of suicide among military veterans highlighted work by Jessica Lu, a graduate researcher in the department of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, aimed at helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder deal with their traumatic experiences. Lu is quoted.
Undocumented Students and College
An Associated Press article published Sunday about undocumented students attending and graduating from college cited the Dream Resource Center at UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education, which helps students find internships.
Students Balance Dreams, Practicality
An article in Sunday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch about new college students weighing their dream careers against the necessity of making a living upon graduation cited findings from the nationwide Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).
Adoption a Challenge for Same-Sex Couples
An article published Sunday in Ohio's Columbus Dispatch about legal difficulties faced by some same-sex couples who adopt children cited statistics from the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on the number of same-sex couples raising adopted children in the U.S.
Anderson Aims for Self-Supporting M.B.A. Program
The Associated Press and KPCC-89.3 FM reported Monday that the UCLA Legislative Assembly will vote June 7 on the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s proposal for a self-supporting M.B.A. program. Suzanne Shu, assistant professor at UCLA Anderson, was quoted.
UCLA Prof Wins Shaw Prize
The Wall Street Journal reports today that David Jewitt, UCLA professor of Earth and space sciences and principal investigator for NASA's Hubble Telescope observations, has received the Shaw Prize in astronomy for his research on the early stages of planet formation.
UCLA Physician Alleges Harassment
MSNBC's “Up With Chris Hayes” reported Saturday 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.
Dr. Andrew Charles
Charles, a professor of neurology who holds the Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Migraine and Headache Studies at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Health.com article about strategies for preventing migraine headaches.
Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski
Chlebowski, professor-in-residence of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about the risks associated with hormone-replacement therapy.
Harberger, UCLA professor of economics, was quoted Saturday in an Economist article about mismanaged and poorly conceived investments.
Dr. Mary Hardy
Hardy, associate physician diplomate at the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the potential health benefits of eating seaweed.
Dr. Akira Ishiyama
Ishiyama, professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Ventura County Star article about cochlear implants and a Ventura County Star article about the increasing number of baby boomers who need hearing aids.
Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in an Examiner blog article about prison design. He was quoted Sunday in a San Jose Mercury News article about the Los Angeles County district attorney race.
Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez
Ramos-Gomez, a professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry, was quoted Friday in a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about the high cost of dentistry for low-income families.
Regazzi, executive director of corporate relations for the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Parker Career Management Center, was quoted May 20 in a Financial Times article about the job market for M.B.A. graduates.
Rivera-Salgado, project director with UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article about the Oxnard School District banning a term that is offensive to people from the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about a stand-up comedy series geared toward senior citizens.
Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Saturday in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article about a union dispute at a Target store in New York.