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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There's Stollen and Stolen

Stollen
UCLA seems to specialize in stolen:

Stolen
UCLA Health is sending out letters to over 1,200 patients after a faculty member’s laptop containing private medical data was stolen, officials announced Tuesday. The computer contained names, medical record numbers and health information used to prepare patient treatment plans, according to UCLA. No Social Security numbers, health plan ID numbers, credit card or other financial data were stored on the laptop, which was reported stolen July 3, a university spokesperson said. School officials say they immediately initiated an analysis of a backup disk made available by the faculty member — whose name was not released — to determine whether protected health or other restricted information was stored on the laptop and, if so, who was affected. The review, which was completed Aug. 14, found “no evidence that any individual’s personal or medical information stored on the following an investigation that began in October.laptop has been accessed, disclosed or used,” according to a UCLA Health statement. It comes on the heels of a massive cyber attack on the UCLA Health systems potentially affecting 4.5 million people following an investigation that began in October. 

Source: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/01/laptop-stolen-containing-private-medical-data-for-over-1200-ucla-health-patients/

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How's that defined-contribution plan going for ya?

Just asking. If you're not enjoying the ride, you might want to let Janet N. know.

And if you're looking to make sense of it by following the business news analysis, you probably shouldn't bother:

But there's always tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.

Wake up call for UCLA

We have asked in prior posts why UCLA has to wait until 2017 to implement a vaccination requirement.* Now comes word that a measles case has occurred at UC-Berkeley.**

Berkeley doesn't have a hospital on campus; UCLA does and that means there are folks on campus who are especially at risk. The legislature is clearly on record now as requiring vaccination in K-12.

So why is UCLA on the slow track?
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*http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2015/07/ucla-vaccine-policy-we-hate-to-needle.html
**http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-student-has-measles-put-in-isolation-6477224.php

Cool image

If the recent weather has been too hot for you, you can contemplate long-ago Westwood's ice skating rink which - if I recall from past research - was near the intersection of Gayley and Weyburn.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Getting the shakes

The UC Berkeley student newspaper has hints for students on what to do on the first day of class.

Among the bits of advice:

Don’t forget to shake your professor’s hand when you introduce yourself — professors love handshakes.

For the full set of advice, see http://www.dailycal.org/2015/08/28/a-guide-to-approaching-your-professor-on-the-first-week-of-class/

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Memory Loss Issues in the News

There are two memory-related pieces in the LA Times today. One is a follow up on the lawsuit and controversy between USC and UC-San Diego over the recruitment of a UC-SD faculty member by USC who headed a project on Alzheimer's disease. Blog readers will recall that UC-SD was initially successful in court in retaining the project, but apparently has been losing contracts its program had to USC. The piece is essentially an update:

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-alzheimers-20150830-story.html

The other piece is (yet another) op ed on microaggressions, trigger warnings, etc. This one, however, is co-authored by Northwestern U president Morton Schapiro. The theme of the op ed is maybe such things have their place. See http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0830-glassner-schapiro-square-generation-20150830-story.html What is remarkable is president Schapiro's apparent memory loss when it comes to events on his own campus, notably the infamous case of Prof. Laura Kipnis. Kipnis wrote an op ed which led some students to demand she be investigated by campus authorities because her views offended them. The investigation that followed turned into an Orwellian review which came to an abrupt halt when Kipnis exposed what was going on. Once exposed, Northwestern quickly retreated and shut down the investigation. Had Dr. Schapiro consulted this blog, he might have been reminded of these events:

http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2015/05/cautionary-tale.html
http://uclafacultyassociation.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-cautionary-tale-follow-up.html

More Med Art

Med Art in 100 Medical Plaza. Couldn't find any signs with title or artist.