UCLA Headlines October 8, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
How the White House Was Won
CNN.com on Monday featured an op-ed co-written by UCLA associate professor of political science Lynn Vavreck about the 2014 midterm elections. The piece referenced Vavreck's book "The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election." Vavreck participated in a ShinDig online chat about the book Monday, and Monday's Washington Post featured a review of the book.
 
Law School Among Survey's Best
The UCLA School of Law was rated No. 16 in Business Insider's new ranking of the top law schools in the U.S., based on survey of 400 legal professionals.
 
CicLAvia Boosts Business Sales
Clean Technica reports today on a study by researchers at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs showing that businesses along Wilshire Boulevard experienced an average 10 percent jump in revenues during the car-free CicLAvia day last June.
 
Lawsuit Over VA Property Use
The Associated Press reports today on legal issues surrounding the use of Department of Veterans Affairs property in Westwood, where UCLA's baseball stadium is located.
 
Couples Therapy for Political Parties
Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Take Two" about how Democrats and Republicans might deal with the government shutdown if they were a married couple.
 
Kagan and the Court
Today's Slate featured a column by UCLA professor of law Adam Winkler about the role and influence of Justice Elena Kagan on the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
The Realism of 'Gravity'
Jean-Luc Margot, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, was interviewed Monday on "CNN Newsroom" about the accuracy of the science in the new movie "Gravity."
 
Cocaine Users May Be More Vulnerable to HIV
LA Weekly reported Monday on a study led by Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis, assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology–oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, that found that cocaine can make human immune cells that are otherwise resistant to HIV infection more susceptible to the virus. Vatakis was quoted.
 
Free Admission at the Hammer
KCRW-89.9 FM and Philanthropy Today reported Monday that the UCLA Hammer Museum will start admitting visitors free of charge beginning in February. Hammer director Ann Philbin was interviewed on KCRW.
 
Surrender of Suspect in Attempted Assault
The LAist, City News Service and KABC-790 AM reported Monday that a suspect in an attempted sexual assault on the UCLA campus surrendered to police.
 
Argentina President Has Brain Condition
An article in Monday's Huffington Post about the medical condition of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez featured explanations of subdural hematomas by the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery.
 
Surgery Removes Half of Boy's Brain
The East Valley Tribune reported Monday on a young boy who underwent a cerebral hemispherectomy — the removal of half the brain — at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to treat his chronic seizures. The boy's surgeon, Dr. Gary Mathern, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, and Dr. Shaun Hussain, a neurologist at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, were quoted.
 
Covered California Health Providers
Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, was interviewed today on KPCC-89.3 FM about the California health care providers available to consumers under Covered California.
 
Blogging Helps Cancer Patients
Florida's WFTS-Channel 28 reported Monday on a study led by Dr. Annette Stanton, professor of psychology and psychiatry and a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, that found that women who chronicled their experiences with breast cancer online tended to experience a reduction in depressive symptoms, an increase in positive mood and enhanced appreciation for life.
 
Using Computers Keeps Your Mind Sharp
The November issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch reports on research by Dr. Gary Small, the Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, showing that the mental stimulation of using a computer can help boost memory and slow cognitive decline, especially in older adults. Small is quoted.
 
Childhood Abuse Linked to Adult Health Problems
Britain's Daily Mail reported Monday, and New York's WABC-Channel 7 and News 12 Long Island report today, on a study led by Judith Carroll, a postdoctoral scholar at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing a correlation between abuse in childhood and severe health problems later in life. Carroll was quoted in the Daily Mail.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Ingrid Eagly
Eagly, acting professor at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times story about California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoing legislation that would have made the state the first in the nation to allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to serve on juries.
 
Dr. Eric Vilain
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, is quoted today in an editorial in The Oklahoman about the impact of political pressure in scientific research.
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Sunday in a Chicago Tribune story about the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, which advocates for conservative causes.  
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