UCLA Headlines September 13, 2012
By UCLA Newsroom September 13, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Campus Remains Strong in Rankings
A Los Angeles Times blog, the Los Angeles Daily News, a Time magazine blog, an LA Weekly blog, the LAist, the Orange County Register, the Westwood–Century City Patch, KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KTTV-Channel 11, KCRW-89.9 FM and other outlets reported Wednesday that UCLA has been ranked No. 24 among all universities and No. 2 among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual "Best Colleges" rankings.
Improved Health Through Urban Design
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, has been awarded the Heinz Prize for his research on the links between public health and the design of cities.
History Department Gets $10M Gift
A KPCC-89.3 FM blog reported Wednesday that the UCLA Department of History has received its largest gift ever — $10 million in endowed funds from the Arcadia Fund, a philanthropic foundation based in the United Kingdom. David N. Myers, professor and chair of the history department, was quoted.
3 UCLA Experts Address Violence in Middle East
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed today by KTTV-Channel 11’s “Good Day, L.A.” and Wednesday by Al Jazeera, Michigan's WILS-1320 AM and China's Epoch Times about recent attacks by Muslim extremists on U.S consular compounds in Yemen, Libya and Egypt. Jeffrey Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, was interviewed today on "Good Day, L.A." and Wednesday on KTLK-1150 AM's "David Cruz Show." Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations, was interviewed Wednesday on CNN.
New Treatment for 'Bubble Boy' Disease
An NBC “Today” show blog, Fox News.com, an Examiner blog and Pharmabiz.com reported Wednesday on a study led by Dr. Donald Kohn, director of UCLA's Human Gene Medicine Program and a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, demonstrating that a combination of chemotherapy and gene therapy may help doctors treat children with "bubble boy" disease, in which the body cannot successfully fight off germs. Kohn was quoted in the coverage.
Green Light for Conference Center
The Los Angeles Business Journal reported Wednesday that a committee of the University of California Board of Regents has unanimously approved UCLA's plans to build the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference and Guest Center on campus, which will feature 25,000 square feet of meeting space and 250 guest rooms. Steve Olsen, UCLA vice chancellor for finance, budget and capital programs, was quoted.
How Many Pot Shops in L.A.?
The City Watch blog reported Tuesday on research by Bridget Freisthler, associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, showing there are far fewer medical marijuana dispensaries open for business in Los Angeles than city officials claim. Freisthler was quoted.
UCLA Gets Worker-Safety Grant
City News Service reported Wednesday that UCLA has received a U.S. Department of Labor grant of more than $180,000 to provide Spanish-speaking workers in the hotel, car wash and waste industries with training on how to recognize and prevent safety and health hazards in their workplaces.
Dieting Doesn’t Work
A Bloomberg article published Wednesday about a new implant device aimed at decreasing overweight individuals’ appetite cited a 2007 analysis of 31 long-term studies on dieting conducted by Traci Mann, (former) UCLA associate professor of psychology, and colleagues.
Robo-Docs Make Patient Monitoring Easier
An article in today's Los Angeles Times about the future of technology in health care highlighted Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's interactive, video camera–equipped neuro-ICU robot, which allows doctors at their home or office to monitor patients at the hospital bedside. Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the medical center's neuro-intensive care unit, was quoted.
Workers at 'Green' Companies More Productive
A study by Magali Delmas, professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues showing that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are significantly more productive than the average was highlighted Wednesday by Mother Nature Network and Green Ideas and today by Ecoseed. Delmas was quoted in the coverage.
Smartphones as Electronic Infants
Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and physician-in-chief of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, was interviewed today on KNX-1070 AM about people’s addiction to smartphones and other wireless technologies.
Marriage and Socioeconomic Divisions
Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, was interviewed today on KCRW-89.9 FM about his research on the emotional and economic factors that shape people's expectations of marriage.
Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Politico reported Monday, and the Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday, on research by the Palm Institute at the UCLA School of Law indicating that President Obama's repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has had no negative consequences on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, was quoted in the coverage.
The Market for Academic Jobs in History
An Inside Higher Ed article published today about the American Historical Association recommending that college history departments publish records of where their graduate students end up working cited UCLA as one of the few universities that publishes such records.
Drawbacks of All-Nighters, Cramming
A column published Wednesday in Iowa’s Sioux City Journal highlighted a study led by Andrew J. Fuligni, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that cramming for tests and not sleeping enough had a negative effect on high school students' academic performance.
Appleby, UCLA professor emerita of history, was quoted Tuesday in an Investor’s Business Daily profile of Founding Father John Jay.
Dr. James Cherry
Cherry, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was quoted Wednesday in a USA Today article about developing vaccines for whooping cough and other threats.