UCLA Headlines February 14, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
When Women Prefer 'Manly' Men
USA Today and Medical News Today report today on a study led by Martie Haselton, UCLA professor of psychology and communication studies, that found that women tend to be more attracted to men who display "sexy" traits — such as a masculine body type and facial features, dominant behavior and certain scents — during ovulation than during the rest of their reproductive cycle. Haselton was quoted in the coverage. Haselton was quoted in the coverage.
 
Hollywood Not Keeping Pace With Diversity
Breitbart reported Thursday on research led by Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies and a professor of sociology, and Ana-Christina Ramon, assistant director of the Bunche Center, showing that when it comes to influential positions in the entertainment industry, minorities and women are represented at rates far below what would be expected given their percentage of the general population.
 
Boosting Number of Minorities in Science
KCBS-730 AM reported today, and the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday, on a collaboration among UCLA, UC Berkeley, Caltech and Stanford aimed at increasing the number of minority faculty and researchers at universities, in national laboratories and in industry. Carlos Grijalva, UCLA professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience and associate dean in the UCLA Graduate Division, was quoted in the coverage.
 
Reassessing Gender Labels
The Associated Press, an NPR blog and Texas' KUT-90.5 FM reported Thursday on Facebook's recent addition of 50 "custom" gender identifications and cited a study by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute estimating there are at least 700,000 transgender people in the U.S. The same study was cited Thursday in a Washington Post article about transgender advocate Janet Mock.
 
Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks
Indiana's WXIN-Channel 59 on Thursday highlighted a study by Sander Greenland, professor of statistics and of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and colleagues showing that men over the age of 65 and men under 65 with a history of heart disease are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack after beginning testosterone therapy.
 
The Digitally Altered Brain
A column in Thursday's Huffington Post about young people and electronic devices cited research by Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, on the social and neurological impact of so much "screen time" and so little face-to-face human contact.
 
Dating on Steroids on an iPhone
Benjamin Karney, UCLA psychology professor and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, was interviewed today on NPR's "Morning Edition" about the increase in speed-dating smartphone apps
 
GOP Policy on Immigration
Thursday's Fresno Bee featured an op-ed by Alvaro Huerta, visiting scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, about the Republican Party's approach to immigration reform.   
 
Developing Smarter, Greener Cars
An article in Thursday's San Diego Union-Tribune about alternative-fuel vehicles mentioned funding received by UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center and the Luskin Center for Innovation to develop alternative fuel and advanced vehicles in Southern California.   
 
 
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George Geis
Geis, adjunct professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Thursday in an Associated Press article about Google's recent acquisitions.
 
Dr. Richard Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Thursday in a Huffington Post article about the connection between the built environment and public health.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Thursday in a Huffington Post article about studies probing marijuana's medicinal properties.
 
Ka-Yuet Liu  
Liu, UCLA assistant professor of sociology, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about the added stress that social media puts on ending relationships.
 
Peter Nabokov
Nabokov, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures, is quoted today in an Associated Press article about the conflict that arises when urban developers discover Native American historical sites. 
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about a federal appeals court overturning restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in California.
 
Adam Winker
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about a federal appeals court overturning restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in California.
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