UCLA Headlines April 12, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Men Seem Bigger With Finger on Trigger
A study led by Daniel Fessler, UCLA associate professor of anthropology, in which subjects gauged the size and muscularity of men based solely on photographs of their hands holding easily recognizable objects, including guns, was highlighted today by the Los Angeles Times, Asian News International, Spain's El Mundo and Topnews and Wednesday by the U.K. Press Association, the Economist, Gizmodo and Discovery. Fessler was quoted in the coverage.
 
MOSFIRE a 'Time Machine' for Astronomers
CNET and Asian News International report today, and United Press International reported Wednesday, on the development by UCLA astronomers and colleagues of a new telescopic instrument that gathers light in infrared wavelengths, allowing scientists to study some of the universe's earliest galaxies. The project's leader, Ian S. McLean, a professor of physics and astronomy and director of UCLA's Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, was quoted in the coverage.
 
School Suspensions an 'Absolute Crisis'
A report by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA examining discipline, suspensions and students of color in California public schools was highlighted Wednesday by the Glendale News-Press and KCRW-89.9 FM. Daniel Losen, a researcher with the Civil Rights Project, was quoted in the Glendale News-Press.
 
Confusion Over Email to Wait-Listed Students
The Christian Science Monitor reported Wednesday on UCLA's response to the confusion caused by a financial aid–related email sent to wait-listed students that inadvertently suggested they had been admitted to UCLA.
 
Arraignment Delayed for Prof, Regents
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Wednesday that a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has granted a request to delay the arraignment of a UCLA professor and the UC Board of Regents on charges stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
 
Film Archive Highlights Iranian Cinema
Today's Los Angeles Times highlights the UCLA Film and Television Archive's annual "Celebration of Iranian Cinema" series, which begins Friday at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum and runs through April 29. Shannon Kelley, the archive's head of public programming, is quoted.
 
Study Identifies Genes Linked to PTSD
An article in Wednesday's One Med Place about post-traumatic stress disorder referenced a study led by Dr. Armen Goenjian, a research professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, linking two genes involved in serotonin production to a higher risk of developing PTSD.
 
What Exactly Is 'Sex Addiction?'
An article in Wednesday's Chicago Tribune about whether compulsive sexual behavior should be recognized as a mental illness by mental health professionals highlighted research by Rory Reid, a postdoctoral scholar in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, examining "hypersexual disorder."
 
 
OBITUARY:
 
Dr. Lester Breslow, 97, UCLA Dean, Public Health Visionary
Breslow, a former dean of UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health who was among the first to understand how healthy habits contribute to longevity and quality of life, died April 9. See today's Los Angeles Times and Associated Press obituaries.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dave Hovda
Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, is quoted today in a USA Today article about concussions among U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
Gary Small
Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Fortune article about younger individuals who grew using the Internet now entering the workforce.
 
Dr. Brad Spellberg
Spellberg, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
 
Paule Cruz Takash
Takash, research director for UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about Angelenos feeling safer 20 years after the Los Angeles riots.
 
Paul Thompson
Thompson, UCLA professor of neurology, was quoted Monday in a Fortune article about younger individuals who grew using the Internet now entering the workforce.
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