UCLA Headlines August 9, 2013

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Foes Seem Bigger When You're Off-Balance
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Wednesday on a study led by Daniel Fessler, UCLA associate professor of anthropology, in which male subjects who were physically restrained or struggling to balance judged their male physical adversaries to be larger and more muscular than they actually were. Fessler was quoted.
 
Combating 'Information Overload' in Science
The development of research "maps" by Alcino Silva, UCLA professor of neurobiology and psychiatry, and colleagues that allow neuroscientists to sift quickly through mountains of published research papers in their field to discover what findings have been made and determine what to study next was highlighted Thursday by Science Codex, Medical Xpress and News Medical. Silva was quoted in the coverage.
 
More Americans Moved Locally During Recession
An LA Weekly blog reported Thursday on research led by Michael Stoll, professor and chair of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, showing that more than 4 million Americans moved to new locations within their same county at the height of the recent recession and that many of these moves were characterized by downward economic mobility. Stoll was quoted.
 
UCLA Blood Center Gets Generous Donation
The Calabasas Patch reported Wednesday that two San Fernando Valley businessmen have donated $35,000 raised during their annual charity bike ride to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center to help support Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s mobile blood donation program.
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
The Wall Street Journal's Live Mint on Wednesday featured a review of “Jane Austen, Game Theorist," a new book by UCLA associate professor of political science Michael Suk-Young Chwe that argues that Austen's novels explored in detail the strategic actions and manipulations that would become codified as "game theory" some 150 years later.
 
 
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Dr. Angela Chen
Chen, UCLA assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted Wednesday in an article in Britain's Daily Mail about the large percentage of U.S. women who use the “withdrawal” method of birth control.
 
Dr. Aric Gregson
Gregson, associate clinical professor of infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about promising test results for a potential new malaria vaccine.
 
John Rogers
Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about California standardized test scores in math and English dropping for the first time in a decade.
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