UCLA Headlines September 17, 2013

IN THE NEWS:
 
Cellphone Microscope Images Nanoscale Objects
Medgadget reported Monday 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.
 
Studying a Rare Form of Alzheimer’s
An article in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman about a family suffering from a rare form of inherited, early-onset Alzheimer's disease referenced an ongoing study by Dr. John Ringman, associate clinical professor of neurology and associate clinical director of UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, examining the genetics of early-onset Alzheimer's. Ringman was quoted.
 
School Program Helps Kids Get Fit
An op-ed in Sunday’s Orange County Register highlighted 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.
 
School Suspensions and Race
An article in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch about a efforts by a school district in Virginia to reduce racial dispartities in student suspension rates highlighted a study by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that the district had the highest disparity between suspensions of black and white students of any district in the state.
 
Corporate Influence in Political Campaigns
Adam Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Monday on Nevada’s KNPR-88.9 FM about the history of corporations and the influence of corporations on political campaigns.
 
Protecting Brains of Athletes, Soldiers
Vijay Gupta, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Sunday on KNX-1070 AM about his development of a polymer that could diminish the force of helmet-to-helmet contact on a football field or shockwaves from explosive devices on a battlefield.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Stephen Oliner
Oliner, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast and a senior fellow with the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Friday by the Los Angeles Times and Monday by Bloomberg in articles about Janet Yellen, a leading candidate to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve.
 
Lekeisha Sumner
Sumner, assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, is quoted in the October issue of Ebony magazine about ways to talk with your partner or spouse about health concerns.
 
Dr. Gary Small
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, was quoted Saturday in a Health column about ways to improve your memory.
 
Dr. Daniel Uslan
Uslan, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases and director of the UCLA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, was quoted Monday in a Los Angeles Times article about the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs."
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