UCLA Headlines January 28, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
UCLA a 'Best-Value' University
KNBC-Channel 4, KTTV-Channel 11 and USA Today (1 | 2) reported today that UCLA has been ranked the nation's No. 6 "best-value" public university in the annual Princeton Review survey, which is based on an analysis of academics, cost and financial aid.
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Global Warming Opening up the Arctic
UCLA professor of geography Laurence C. Smith was interviewed Saturday on BBC Radio 4 about research he conducted Scott Stephenson, a doctoral candidate in geography, predicting that global warming will open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century. Smith's book "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future" was cited.
 
Migraine Through the Lens of a Patient
KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 and KABC-Channel 7 reported Monday on an exhibition of photographs at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA depicting a woman's long-term struggle with migraine, part of the school's unique doctoring curriculum, which uses patient art to teach compassion and empathy to future physicians. Ted Meyer, artist-in-residence at the Geffen School, was interviewed by KABC.
 
Talks Aim to End Syrian War
James Gelvin, UCLA professor of history, was interviewed Friday on China's CCTV about the Geneva II Conference, which seeks to end the civil war in Syria by bringing together representatives of the Syrian government and opposition to discuss steps toward a transitional government.
 
Later Marriage Good for Men's Bones
HealthDay News reported Monday on a study led by Dr. Carolyn Crandall, professor of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing evidence that men who marry for the first time after age 25 tend to have better bone strength than men who marry at a younger age. Crandall was quoted.
 
Concrete Buildings and Quake Danger
Jonathan Stewart, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, was interviewed Monday on KNBC-Channel 4 about a University of California report he co-authored listing concrete buildings in Los Angeles that may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake.
 
Adjusting to the Common Core
Megan Franke, professor and chair of education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, was interviewed today on NPR's "Morning Edition" about educators attempting to adjust their teaching to new Common Core guidelines.
 
Cryptographers Criticize NSA
NBC News.com reported Monday on an open letter signed by more than 50 academic cryptographers, including Amit Sahai, professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, condemning the widespread collection of digital data by the U.S government and National Security Agency.
 
Italian Prof's Book Gets New Translation
Italy's La Repubblica today highlights a new translation of "1910: The Emancipation of Dissonance," a 1996 book of cultural history by Thomas Harrison, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Italian, that explores nihilism and other movements in music and the arts at the beginning of the 20th century.
 
 
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Joan Herman
Herman, co-director emeritus of the national Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA, was quoted Monday in a Stateline article about the relationship between Common Core standards and testing and how teaching geared toward tests can cause gaps in instruction.
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