UCLA Headlines October 29, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Anniversary of the First Internet Message
A Los Angeles Times article today marks the 44th anniversary of the first Internet message, sent Oct. 29, 1969, from UCLA to a computer in Menlo Park, Calif. Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, who led the research team, is quoted.
 
Implementing the Affordable Care Act
Research by Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was cited in an Investor's Business Daily editorial Monday about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Kominski also was quoted about the ACA in a United Press International article on Sunday.
 
An Attitude of Gratitude
An article Monday in the Huffington Post highlighted research by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center indicating that people who concentrate on giving thanks each day tend to be healthier and happier.
 
Kids and Bike Helmets
Red Orbit reported Monday on a study led by Dr. Veronica Sullins, a visiting assistant researcher in the Department of Surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which found that only 11 percent of Los Angeles County children treated for bicycle-related injuries between 2006 and 2011 were wearing helmets. Sullins was quoted.
 
Scientist Uncovers New 'Biological Clock'
Al Jazeera America reported Monday and Health Daily Digest reports today on the discovery by Steve Horvath, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, of a "biological clock" embedded in our genomes that allows scientists to accurately gauge the age of diverse organs, tissues and cell types. Horvath was interviewed by Al Jazeera.
 
Immigration Reform
A Monday Huffington Post article about recent comments on immigration reform made by conservative commentator Ann Coulter cited statistics from a study led by Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor of Chicano studies and director of the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA.
 
K–12 Achievement Gap
Research by Meredith Phillips, associate professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was cited Saturday in Iowa's Valley News Today in an article about the growing educational achievement gap between rich and poor children in the U.S.
 
Why Yogic Meditation Helps Reduce Stress
An article in Monday's Huffington Post about the health benefits of yoga cited research led by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Felipe Caro
Caro, an associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, is quoted today in a Washington Times article about a decision by Macy's and other retailers to open for business on the evening of Thanksgiving day, in an effort to pre-empt the "Black Friday" shopping rush.
 
Dr. Alice Chen
Chen, UCLA assistant clinical professor of internal medicine, was interviewed Monday on Fox Business about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
 
Dr. Gregg Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Saturday in a Modern Healthcare article about the correlation between hospital cost and quality of care.
 
Shana Alex Lavarreda
Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Saturday in an Associated Press story about universal health care in Vermont.
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