UCLA Headlines September 16, 2013
By Office of Media Relations September 16, 2013
IN THE NEWS:
Protecting Civilians During War
Sunday's Los Angeles Times featured an op-ed by UCLA professor of political science Barry O'Neill about the United States' approach to treaties and humane rules of warfare throughout the nation's history.
Glimpse at 'Underground' Afghanistan
Radio Free Europe today highlights "Afghan Rumor Bazaar: Secret Sub-Cultures, Hidden Worlds, and the Everyday Life of the Absurd," a new book by UCLA International Institute lecturer Nushin Arbabzadah that looks at nonconformist, secret communities in Afghanistan, including gay and transgender individuals and secret converts to Christianity. Arbabzadah is quoted.
Tumors Respond to Nanodiamonds
MedPage Today reported Friday, and Domain-b reports today, on a study led by Dr. Dean Ho, professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry and co-director of the school's Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, in which researchers used nanoscale, diamond-like particles called nanodiamonds to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into brain tumors, with greater cancer-killing effect than standard treatments. Ho was quoted.
Does Workplace Wellness Pay?
An op-ed in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about companies introducing programs to preserve workers' health and lower insurance costs cited a study by UCLA professor of law Jill Horwitz and colleagues examining the cost-effectiveness of such programs.
Cellphone Microscope Images Nanoscale Objects
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday on the development by Aydogan Ozcan, professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a lightweight, field-portable device that can attach to a cellphone to detect viruses and bacteria in samples in the field.
School Program Helps Kids Get Fit
KNBC-Channel 4's “Today in LA” reported today on a UCLA study showing that an in-school program that focused on increasing low-income junior high school students' opportunities for physical activity, as well as their knowledge of exercise and fitness, helped the students significantly improve their performance on a state-mandated fitness test.
UCLA Student Project Wins Award
MedCity News reported Friday that a team of UCLA undergraduate students in bioengineering has won a National Institutes of Health–sponsored competition for developing a medical diagnostic device that could potentially test how individual patients will respond to chemotherapy before beginning treatment.
Early Signs of Alzheimer's
Sunday's Santa Monica Mirror featured a column by Dr. Hong-Phuc Tran, assistant clinical professor of geriatrics and a staff geriatrician at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, on the early signs of Alzheimer's disease. The piece cited the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program, which links families with medical care and community-based support services to ensure patients receive comprehensive treatment.
Segregation in U.S. Schools
An article published Friday in London's Times Educational Supplement about school resegregation in the United States cited a study by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that roughly 15 percent of black and Latino students attend schools where less than 1 percent of students are white.
Ruling Delays Sale of Japanese Garden
CurbedLA reported Friday on a ruling by an appeals court judge upholding an injunction delaying the sale of the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.
Clinician on the Couch
PsychCentral featured a Q&A with psychotherapist Rachel Fintzy, who is a staff research associate with the UCLA School of Dentistry, about her therapeutic work and research.
How Family Affects Economics
The September–October issue of Foreign Policy magazine highlights research by Paola Giuliano, assistant professor of economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a colleague examining how family ties affect individuals' economic and political decisions, as well as economic outcomes throughout the world.
L.A. Gets a Bit of 'Weather' at Royce
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday on an upcoming Royce Hall performance of work by Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin, part of the current season of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
How Language Affects Your Future
NPR reports today on research by Keith Chen, associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, showing that speakers of languages with weak future tenses are more likely to display strong future-oriented behaviors, like saving money, than speakers of languages with strong future tenses.
Future of Syria's Chemical Weapons
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history and author of "The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know," was interviewed Sunday on KTLA-Channel 5 about international diplomatic efforts aimed at destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Anderson Forecast: Economy on Road to 'Normal'
The UCLA Anderson Forecast's latest quarterly outlook for the U.S. and California economies was highlighted Sunday by KCAL-Channel 9. Forecast director Edward Leamer was interviewed.
Getting Vaccinated Against Flu
Dr. David Baron, executive director of UCLA's Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, was interviewed Saturday on KNX-1070 AM about influenza viruses and the importance of flu vaccines.
Reducing California’s Prison Population
Laura Abrams, associate professor of social welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed today on Nevada’s KNPR-88.9 FM about plans by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce California’s prison population.
Dr. Eric Esrailian
Esrailian, assistant clinical professor of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about acid reflux disease.
Dr. David Heber
Heber, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Saturday in a USA Today article about mold in foods.
Leamer, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article assessing winners and losers in the U.S. economy five years after the financial crash.
Nickelsburg, a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Friday in a New York Times blog article about the troubled housing market in California’s Inland Empire.
Rawson, professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Friday in a New York Times article about the popularity of drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Malibu, Calif.
Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Friday a Walla Walla Union Bulletin editorial on the misuse of disabled parking placards.
Wight, a researcher in community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today in a HealthDay News article about the children of same-sex couples and health insurance.