UCLA Headlines October 18, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Justice Scalia and Other Americans
A Thursday Wall Street Journal blog article on the political leanings of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia cited research by Michael LaCour, UCLA doctoral student in political science and statistics, examining where and how Americans get their news.
 
Soda Consumption up Among Teens
The Bakersfield Californian reported Thursday, and the Contra Costa Times, KNBC-Channel 4 and Bakersfield’s KERO-Channel 23 report today, on a study by researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and colleagues showing that while the daily consumption of sugary drinks among California youth is declining, it has increased 8 percent among teens. 
 
Are You Qualified to Use That Laser?
Virginia’s WSET-Channel 13 and Texas’ KVUE-Channel 24 report today, and Medical News Today and KABC-Channel 7 reported Thursday, on a study led by Dr. H. Ray Jalian, clinical instructor in the department of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that an increasing number of lawsuits stemming from skin-based laser treatments involve procedures performed by non-physicians. Jalian was quoted in Medical News Today.
 
Free Flu Shots at UCLA Med Center
The Santa Monica Mirror reported Wednesday that UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, will be offering free flu shots on Saturday. Dr. Denise Sur, chief of staff at the medical center and vice chair of education for the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, was quoted.
 
Monitoring Racial Profiling
Afro reported Wednesday that Philip Atiba Goff, UCLA assistant professor of social psychology, has received a National Science Foundation grant to establish a new national database tracking racial profiling by law-enforcement agencies. Goff was quoted.
 
A Poet-Walker in the City
The KCET website on Oct. 11 featured a review of "Urban Tumbleweed: A Tanka Diary," a new book of poetry by UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen.
 
Scientific Basis for 'Chemo Brain'
Utah's Daily Herald on Thursday spotlighted a study led by Dr. Patricia Ganz, director of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, demonstrating a strong link between poorer performance on neuropsychological tests and the cognitive and memory complaints — often called "chemo brain" — of breast cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Ganz was quoted.
 
UCLA Contracts With Coca-Cola
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that UCLA has entered into a 10-year contract with the Coca-Cola Co. that will result in increased revenues to the university.
 
Debt Ceiling Explained
The expertise of Lee Ohanian, professor of economics and vice chair of undergraduate studies for the UCLA Department of Economics, and Edward Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was cited Tuesday in an Oregon Statesman-Journal column explaining the federal debt ceiling.
 
Race, TV and the Bottom Line
Colorlines reported Wednesday, and the Atlanta Black Star reported Thursday, on a study from UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies that tracked more than 1,000 television programs and found that viewers were more likely to watch shows that employ racially diverse casts and writers. Darnell Hunt, director of the Bunche Center and a professor of sociology, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Glitches on Health Insurance Website
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM about technical problems with the Covered California health insurance website.
 
Economic Consequences of Default
Frances Longstaff, the Allstate Professor of Insurance and Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about the economic consequences of the U.S. flirting with defaulting on its debt.  
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Eric Esrailian
Esrailian, assistant clinical professor of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times column about Anthem Blue Cross refusing to cover anesthesia for colonoscopies.
 
Edythe London
London, UCLA professor of psychiatry and of molecular and medical pharmacology, was quoted Thursday in an article in The Inquistr about the addictiveness of Oreo cookies.
 
Christopher Russell
Russell, a professor at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and UCLA's Department of Earth and Space Sciences, was quoted Thursday in a United Press International article about NASA’s Dawn spacecraft mission to study the giant asteroid Vesta.
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