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Bullet Trains and Real-Estate Booms
EV World reported on a study by Matthew Kahn, a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with joint appointments in economics and public policy, and colleagues showing that high-speed rail systems fuel real-estate booms and improve quality of life by sharply reducing commute times from smaller cities to large megacities. Kahn was quoted. Kahn also wrote a piece on the research for today's Harvard Business Review.

Turtle DNA May Hold Promise for Humans
Med Page Today reported that a team of scientists led by H. Bradley Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has decoded the DNA of the Western painted turtle in the hopes that their findings may lead to new treatments for hypothermia, strokes and heart attacks. Shaffer was quoted.

The Many Experiences of the S.F. Bay
The San Francisco Chronicle featured a column by Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor of history and a member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, about California residents' experiences of the San Francisco Bay.

The Perks of City Parks
Articles in the Atlantic and Nature Conservatory blog about nature areas in large cities cited research by Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor of history and a member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, aimed at mapping park metrics in America's biggest cities. Christensen was quoted. 

Learning From Past Societies
Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, was interviewed on BBC Radio's “The Forum” 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.

Glen MacDonald
MacDonald, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about how technological innovations have expanded the field of geography.

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Profile: UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
SMERC Director and Professor Rajit Gadh also holds a faculty appointment with the Institute.