UCLA Headlines November 14, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Executive Power and Immigration
An article in today's Washington Post about the possibility of President Obama using his executive powers to enact some measure of immigration reform referenced a letter drafted by UCLA professor of law Hiroshi Motomura that formed the basis of Obama's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which extended temporary legal residency to certain young undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Motomura was quoted.
 
L.A., Solar Energy and Jobs
City News Service reported Wednesday on a study by researchers at UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation and colleagues showing that Los Angeles County could create nearly 29,000 jobs and reduce climate change–causing emissions by more than a million tons per year if just 5 percent of available rooftop space had solar panels. Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the Luskin Center, was quoted.
 
Scientists ID New Fish Species
The Associated Press and Indonesia's Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday that UCLA researchers and colleagues have discovered a new species of fish in Indonesia's coral reefs.
 
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
Dylan Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about enrollment in new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.
 
Progress on Hormone-Driven Cancers
Pakistan's Daily Times reported Wednesday, and an Examiner blog reported Tuesday, on a study by researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA showing that a new treatment targeting endometrial cancer tumors was significantly more effective when estrogen levels were low. Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh, UCLA assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Deanna Janzen, a UCLA senior research associate; and Dr. Daniel Paik, a third-year UCLA fellow in gynecologic oncology, were quoted in the coverage.
 
Drinking Tea May Decrease Stroke Risk
A study by researchers from UCLA and several other institutions suggesting that drinking three cups of tea each day can reduce the risk of a stroke by up to 20 percent was highlighted today by Britain's Express and Daily Mail and Monday by RTT News.
 
Treating Angina With Stem Cells
An Examiner blog reported Wednesday on a study in which researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA injected stem cells into the heart muscle in order to improve blood flow in patients with angina. Dr. Jonathan Tobis, UCLA clinical professor of cardiology, and Dr. Ali Nsair, UCLA assistant professor of cardiology, were quoted.
 
Operation Mend Helps Wounded Warriors
An article and video in Sunday’s San Diego Union-Tribune highlighted the work of UCLA's Operation Mend, a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that offers free reconstructive surgery for U.S. military personnel severely wounded and disfigured during service. Timothy Miller, professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was featured.
 
Plastic Waste Devastating Oceans
An op-ed in the Nov. 6 New Times San Luis Obispo highlighted a brief by researchers from the UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability recommending local and global policies for tackling the crisis of plastic litter in the world's oceans.
 
Award of Excellence in Nursing
Nurse.com reported Monday that Salpy Akaragian, clinical education specialist and director of international nursing programs in UCLA's Department of Nursing Research and Education, has been honored with a 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM Award for her volunteerism and service. Akaragian was quoted.
 
Virtual Desktops for the UCLA Library
Campus Technology reported Tuesday that the UCLA Library now provides desktops for UCLA students on public computer terminals at all 13 libraries across campus, giving students access to many digital resources.
 
Feinberg Recognized for Health Leadership
On Monday, Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, was recognized as one of "300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" by Becker’s Hospital Review.
 
Donation to UC Global Health Institute
AzoNano reported Nov. 5 that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, executive director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a visiting professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, donated $4 million to the UC Global Health Institute to support new cross-campus interdisciplinary education and research. Soon-Shiong was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
M.V. Lee Badgett
Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the school's Williams Institute, was quoted Wednesday in an Associated Press article about Hawaii's legalization of same-sex marriage.
 
David Codell
Codell, legal director of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Wednesday in Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune articles about the legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii.
 
Ronald Mellor
Mellor, UCLA professor of history, is quoted today in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about an exhibition on the destruction of Pompeii at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute.
 
Dr. Teryl Nuckols
Nuckols, assistant professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Reuters article about the FDA placing tighter restrictions on opioid painkillers like Vicodin.
 
Dr. Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a Shape column offering tips for preserving memory as we age.
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