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Turtle DNA May Hold Promise for Humans
Health Day News reported Thursday that 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, have decoded the DNA of the Western painted turtle and that their findings may one day lead to new medical treatments for humans. Shaffer was quoted.

Cupcakes and Kogi, Baconators and Pom: when the bubble bursts on food trends
Department of English Professor and IoES Affiliate Allison Carruth was inteviewed by AirTalk's Larry Mantle on 89.3 KPCC

Jon Christensen's named editor at Boom 
LA Observed reported on the environmental historian's new role as editor of the journal.

Freeway Pollution Stretches Far
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday on research led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, that found that that roughly a quarter of Los Angeles residents are exposed to noxious freeway fumes almost every morning — far more people than previously believed. Paulson was quoted. Additional coverage appeared in LA Weekly, the Sun Sentinel, Environmental News Network, KFI-640 AM, DailyMe, Space and Earth Sciences News, HealthCanal, YubaNet.com, and Silobreaker.

Sailing the Arctic, Thanks to Global Warming
A Reuters article published Monday about countries meeting as part of a new global forum to discuss developments in and around the Arctic Circle highlighted research by UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith and Scott Stephenson, a doctoral candidate in the UCLA Department of Geography, predicting that global warming will open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century.

Assessing Safety of Pesticides
A column in Saturday's Bakersfield Californian referenced research by John Froines, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of UCLA's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, on the safety of a pesticide used by strawberry growers in California.