UCLA Headlines February 18, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
When Women Prefer 'Manly' Men
HealthDay News reported Monday 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 dominant behavior and have more masculine body types and facial features during ovulation than during the rest of their reproductive cycle. Haselton was quoted.
 
The Developing Adolescent Brain
Kentucky's Bowling Green Daily News on Sunday highlighted "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain," a book by Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-founder of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, that explores teenage behavior and the development of the adolescent brain. Siegel was interviewed Saturday on WNYC radio about the book.
 
Pot Policies Can Be Confusing
Bloomberg on Friday featured an op-ed by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, about conflicting federal and state laws and policies concerning the use and sale of marijuana.
 
Who's on Deck After Nate Silver?
LA Observed reported Monday that UCLA associate professor of political science Lynn Vavreck will be one of several regular contributors to a new New York Times blog that will replace Nate Silver's blog.
 
A New Look at School Suspensions
An op-ed in Sunday's New York Times about racial disparities in school suspension rates cited research by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA showing that the number of secondary school students suspended or expelled increased by approximately 40 percent between 1972 and 2010.
 
Film Highlights Miners' Life
Monday's Los Angeles Times highlighted the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance's presentation of filmmaker Bill Morrison's "The Miners' Hymns," which was screened at Royce Hall with accompaniment by the UCLA Brass Ensemble.
 
'Chick Flicks' and Your Marriage
New York's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports today on a study by Thomas Bradbury, professor of psychology and co-director of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, and colleagues that found that newlywed couples who regularly watched romantic comedies together and then discussed the films' themes were less likely to get divorced within three years than other couples.
 
Boosting Number of Minorities in Science
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 was highlighted Saturday by the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco's KGO-Channel 7, Friday by Inside Higher Ed, and Thursday by the San Francisco Business Times.
 
UCLA, USC Students Join to Discuss Racism
The LA Weekly reported Monday that students from UCLA and USC were planning a joint town hall meeting to discuss issues of racism following the sending of a racially insensitive and misogynistic flier to Asian-American studies centers at both campuses. Los Angeles–based Rafu Shimpo reported Friday on the flier.
 
Magnesium Does Not Help Stroke Victims
HealthDay News reported Friday, and MedPage Today reported Saturday, on a study led by Dr. Jeffrey Saver, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Stroke Center, that found that giving stroke patients intravenous magnesium within an hour of the onset of symptoms did not improve outcomes. Saver was quoted in the coverage.
 
Testing Water Toxicity With Smartphones
The Philippines' GMA Network reported Sunday on the development by Aydogan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of a smartphone attachment and application that test water for the presence of mercury, a toxic heavy metal. Ozcan was quoted.
 
History of Armenians in Kayseri
Asbarez on Friday highlighted "Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia," a new book edited by Richard Hovannisian, UCLA professor emeritus of Armenian and Near Eastern history and chair of the Armenian Educational Foundation at UCLA, that examines the historical Armenian presence in those areas, which are in modern-day Turkey.
 
Kids in Hospital Get Valentine's Surprise
KTLA-Channel 5 and KABC-Channel 7 reported Thursday, and the Beverly Hills Courier reported Friday, that three canine teams from UCLA's People–Animal Connection, an animal-assisted therapy program, visited pediatric patients at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and brought them handmade Valentine's cards.
 
Understanding Biology of Bipolar Disorder
Medwire News and an Examiner blog reported Friday on research led by Carrie Bearden, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, aimed at developing a better understanding of the biology and genetics that underlie bipolar disorder. Bearden was quoted in the coverage.
 
The Films of Taiwan
The LAist on Friday highlighted the UCLA Film and Television Archive's monthlong series featuring films from and about Taiwan. Shannon Kelley, head of public programming for the archive, and Robert Chi, UCLA associate professor of Asian languages and cultures, were quoted.
 
How Diamonds Can Help Glaucoma
India's Mumbai Mirror reports today on research led by Dr. Dean Ho, professor of oral biology and medicine and co-director of the Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology at the UCLA School of Dentistry, showing that drug-carrying nanodiamonds embedded in contact lenses may help improve glaucoma treatment.
 
Can We Protect U.S. Democracy?
Saturday's issue of Governance magazine features an essay by Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, outlining what he sees as the four biggest threats to American democracy.
 
 
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Dr. Gabriel Danovitch
Danovitch, medical director of UCLA's kidney and pancreas transplant program, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times article about a new study that found an increased risk of kidney failure in donors in the 15 years following their organ donation.
 
Andrea Ghez
Ghez, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about a gas cloud that is hurtling toward the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
 
Alex Hall
Hall, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Center for Climate Change Solutions at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was quoted Sunday in a New York Times article about the relationship between climate change and drought.
 
Henry Ansgar Kelly
Kelly, distinguished research professor of English, was quoted Friday in a USA Today article about the origins of Valentine’s Day traditions.
 
Mark Kleiman
Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Monday in a Seattle Post-Intelligencer column about the head of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy's stance on marijuana. Kleiman also was quoted Monday in a New York Times article about the effects of driving under the influence of the drug.
 
Dylan Roby
Roby, director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted today in a Boston Globe op-ed about health care fraud.
 
Joanna Schwartz
Schwartz, UCLA acting professor of law, was quoted Sunday in a New York Daily News article about the high number of civil suits brought against a New York narcotics detective.    
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in a Contra Costa Times article about a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the rights of anti-abortion protesters. Volokh was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about a legal case involving school dress codes.
 
Steven Wallace
Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Saturday in an Associated Press article about a bill in the California Senate that aims to provide health insurance and health insurance subsidies for the state's undocumented immigrants.
 
Adam Winker
Winkler, professor at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Monday in a USA Today article about a federal appeals court overturning restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in California.
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