UCLA Headlines April 13, 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 Slate and Live Science and Thursday by the Indo-Asian News Service, io9, Britain's Daily Mail and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. Fessler was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA-Engineered Stem Cells Fight HIV
KNBC-Channel 4 reported Thursday that a team of UCLA researchers has genetically engineered human stem cells to attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism. Dr. Jerome Zack, a scientist with UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, was interviewed.
 
Obama, Ryan Tax Plans Explained
Thursday's U.S. News & World Report featured an op-ed by UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist David Shulman about the tax plans presented by President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan.
 
Foster Children and Same-Sex Couples
A CNN.com article published Thursday about challenges faced by same-sex couples seeking to adopt children in some states cited research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that approximately 65,500 adopted children live with gay parents in the U.S.
 
Skepticism Over Syria Ceasefire
Asli Bali, UCLA acting professor of law, was interviewed Thursday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about Thursday's ceasefire between Syrian rebel forces and the government of Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s influence on the crisis.
 
MOSFIRE a 'Time Machine' for Astronomers
Gizmodo reported Thursday 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.
 
Drugs: To Legalize or Not
An op-ed in Thursday's Reason about columnist George Will’s recent editorial on U.S. drug policy cited research by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, on drug offenders in the U.S. criminal justice system.
 
Groundbreaking UCLA Filmmaker Dies
An obituary in Thursday’s New York Times for filmmaker and UCLA alumnus Jamaa Fanaka referenced Fanaka’s films being screened last year as part of a UCLA Film and Television Archive series highlighting movies made by African Americans who attended UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television from the late 1960s through the 1980s. Archive director Jan-Christopher Horak and Allyson Nadia Field, professor of cinema studies at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, were quoted.
 
Bye-bye 35mm, Hello Digital
An article in Thursday's LA Weekly about digital video increasingly replacing the traditional 35mm film format in Hollywood movies referenced UCLA’s Film and Television Archive and its preservation of 35mm films. Archive director Jan-Christopher Horak was quoted.
 
Doc Warned Others of Shooter's Behavior
An article in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the suspect in a recent mass shooting at a Pittsburgh psychiatric institute cites Dr. Brennan Spiegel, assistant professor-in-residence of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who warned colleagues about the suspect’s behavior before the incident. Spiegel is quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law, was quoted today in the Los Angeles Times and Thursday in Pennsylvania's Harrisburg Patriot-News about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the National Rifle Association.
 
Dr. Dennis Woo
Woo, UCLA associate clinical professor of pediatrics, was quoted Thursday in a HealthDay News article about codeine’s potentially harmful effect on children after surgery.
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