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UCLA News Week: Helping clean up oil in the Gulf

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While the full ecological impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico won't be known for years, engineering professor Eric Hoek is working with actor Kevin Costner’s company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, on developing centrifuges to aid in the massive task of cleaning up the oil.
 
"To have an idea and have it actually do some good...I'll say that it gives you a different feeling of satisfaction," Hoek says in this edition of UCLA News Week. "It's about being part of the solution."
 
Also this week:
 
  • Chilean President Sebastian Pinera paid a visit to UCLA, accompanied by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chancellor Gene Block and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  They discussed an effort to forge stronger academic and economic ties with the state.
  • UCLA has helped develop a first-of-its-kind educational program to train U.S. armed forces medical personnel in critical combat casualty care. Based on field experiences during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the "Combat Casualty Care" DVD will first be distributed to care providers in the U.S. armed forces.
  • Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a new cell signaling pathway that controls cell growth and development — a pathway that, when defective, helps promote the formation of several major forms of human cancer, including lymphoma and leukemia.
  • In a new book,  UCLA political scientist Tim Groeling argues that if Democrats want to see Barack Obama reelected in 2012, losing control of Congress might be what the doctor ordered.
 
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