UCLA Headlines April 17, 2012

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IN THE NEWS:
 
World's Largest Brain Study IDs Key Genes
Research by UCLA scientists and colleagues aimed at identifying human genes that correlate to a bigger brain and higher IQ was highlighted Monday by Time, the Atlantic, New Zealand's Top News, News-Medical, 24 Medica, WebMD, KCBS Radio, Gizmodo and Israel's Haaretz and today by Iran's Press TV, News-India Wire, Italy's Agenzia Giornalistica and the French Tribune. Paul Thompson, professor of neurology and a member of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted.
 
Men Seem Bigger With Finger on Trigger
NPR’s “All Things Considered” reported Monday on 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. Fessler was interviewed.
 
Women More Likely to Have Migraines
Dr. Andrew Charles, UCLA's Meyer and Renee Luskin Professor of Migraine and Headache Studies and director the headache research and treatment program in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was interviewed Monday on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about why women are more likely to suffer from migraines than men.
 
MOSFIRE a 'Time Machine' for Astronomers
City News Service reported Monday 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. Ian S. McLean, professor of physics and astronomy and director of UCLA's Infrared Laboratory for Astrophysics, was quoted.
 
Debate Over Science Behind Online Dating
Gizmodo reports today on research by Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, and colleagues suggesting that the "matching algorithms" used by many online dating sites are not scientifically valid. Karney and Thomas Bradbury, professor of psychology and co-director of UCLA's Relationship Institute, are quoted.
 
Proposal Would Legalize Undocumented Youth
A column in Monday's Miami Herald about a proposal to grant undocumented youth who attend college or serve in the U.S. military non-immigrant visas cited a study by Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor of Chicano studies and director of the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, suggesting that beneficiaries of federal Dream Act legislation would generate between $1.4 trillion and $3.6 trillion in income over the next four decades.
 
Controversy Over Prof's Posting
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Monday on a UCLA professor who included links to a site promoting a boycott of Israel on his UCLA course website. David Delgado Shorter, associate professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and Dr. Andrew Leuchter, chair of the UCLA Academic Senate and a professor of psychiatry, were quoted.
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Asli Bali
Bali, UCLA acting professor of law, was quoted Monday in an Associated Press article about ongoing unrest in Syria and the refusal of President Bashar Assad to step down.
 
Susan Bowerman
Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, is quoted today in an LA Weekly blog column about the nutritional value of Trader Joe’s “quick-cook” organic brown rice.
 
Stuart Gabriel
Gabriel, the Arden Realty Professor of Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in a Bakersfield Californian article about the housing market in Bakersfield.
 
Darnell Hunt
Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times profile of the founder of the BET cable television network.
 
Richard Roll
Roll, the Joel Fried Professor of Applied Finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Friday in a Reuters article about Google’s decision to split its stock and create a new class of non-voting shares.
 
Dr. Dennis Woo
Woo, UCLA associate clinical professor of pediatrics, was quoted Monday in a CBS News.com article about the dangers of adolescents playing the "choking game."
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