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Asking the Crowd to Help  Tell the Story of San Francisco Bay
KQED Public Media for Northern California highlighted Adjunct Assistant Professor Jon Christensen's unique history crowdsourcing project called “Year of the Bay.” Christensen guest curated the exhibit, opening Sunday, that shows the transformation of San Francisco Bay through photos, maps, and paintings from the California Historical Society’s collection.

14 sick, 5 dead as new bird flu moves beyond birds, threatens people
Trevon Fuller, a research fellow at UCLA's Center for Tropical Research, is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the spread of the H7N9 bird flu virus in Shanghai. Fuller and colleagues recently published a study identifying potential hot spots for another bird flu strain that has killed people: H5N1.

Learning From Past Societies
Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, was interviewed Saturday on public radio's "This American Life" about his book "The World Until Yesterday," which explores what traditional societies can teach modern industrialized civilization in the way of health habits, social interaction and politics.

The Curse of Oil-Rich Countries
A blog article in Friday's Discover magazine about concerns over the global oil supply cited "The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations," a book by Michael Ross, professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, which examines the ways in which oil riches can make nations more prone to dictatorships, insurgencies, and economic and gender disparities. Ross was quoted.

Link Between Air Pollution, Autism
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Friday on study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health that found that babies exposed to traffic pollution in the womb have an increased risk for autism.

UCLA's Focus on the Environment                                                  
MSN UK reported March 6 on the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's recent fundraising gala, which featured former Vice President Al Gore and other celebrities and raised more than $1 million for the institute.

The Los Angeles Business Journal also highlighted the IoES event