UCLA Headlines April 19, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Boston and 'Lone Wolf' Terrorism
Foreign Policy on Wednesday featured a column by Jeffrey Simon, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Political Science, about the Boston bombing attack and the growing prevalence of so-called lone wolf terrorists, who typically are not trained or funded by terrorist groups.
 
Terrorism and Cultural Backlash
Khaled Beydoun, a critical race studies fellow at the UCLA School of Law, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM about how acts of terrorism committed by Arabs or Muslims can result in backlashes against communities in the U.S.
 
You've Been Accepted to UCLA!
KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KCAL-Channel 9 and the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that UCLA has offered freshman admission to just over 16,000 high school seniors from a pool of nearly 80,500 applicants. KNX-1070AM reported the story Friday. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was quoted in L.A. Times
 
Top Chef at UCLA ’Science and Food’ Event
The Eater blog on Thursday highlighted this year's first UCLA "Science and Food" event, which featured Brazilian chef Alex Atala. Organized by Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology, the events are presented in conjunction with Rowat's academic course "Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat."
 
Freeway Pollution Stretches Far
Research led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, showing that roughly a quarter of Los Angeles residents are exposed to noxious freeway fumes almost every morning was highlighted today by the Environmental News Network, Thursday by the LA Weekly and KFI-640 AM, and Wednesday by Florida's Sun Sentinel. Paulson was quoted in the coverage.
 
What Causes Food Fads?
Allison Carruth, assistant professor of English and a member of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, was interviewed Thursday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "AirTalk" about the history of food fads in America and her book “Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food.”
 
School Enrollment Patterns and Segregation
The Washington Post reported Thursday on research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that more than half of black students in Maryland are enrolled in schools that have a predominately minority and low-income population. Gary Orfield, professor of education and director of the Civil Rights Project, was quoted.
 
Helping Foreign Doctors in the U.S.
NBC Latino reported Thursday on UCLA's International Medical Graduates program, a training program run through the UCLA Department of Family Medicine that assists bilingual graduates from Latin American medical schools in preparing to become family physicians in California. Program founders Dr. Patrick Dowling, chair of the department of family medicine, and Dr. Michelle Bholat, vice chair of the department of family medicine, were quoted.
 
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.
 
The Rise of the Neurotics
A column in Thursday's Associations Now highlighted research by Corinne Bendersky, assistant professor of human resources and organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues examining the ways in which extroverts and introverts perform on team tasks. Bendersky was quoted.
 
Philanthropy in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Magazine on Thursday featured a Q&A with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, executive director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a visiting professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, highlighting his career and his philanthropic giving.
 
Growing Support for Gay Marriage
A Wednesday Bloomberg article about the debate over gay marriage in New Mexico cited research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 U.S. states over the past eight years.
 
Iceland Moves to Ban Web Porn
An article in today's Economist about Iceland’s plan to ban online pornography cited research by Neil Malamuth, UCLA professor of communication studies and psychology, examining pornography and the risk of violent behavior among men. Malamuth is quoted.
 
 
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Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda
Hinojosa-Ojeda, associate professor of Chicano studies and director of the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, was quoted Thursday in an Associated Press article about companies that employ undocumented immigrants.
 
Adam Winkler
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times column about the failure in the U.S. Senate of a bill seeking expanded background checks for gun buyers.
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