UCLA Headlines January 9, 2014

UCLA's Online Engineering Program Ranks High
The Seattle Times and KNBC-Channel 4 reported Wednesday that the online graduate degree program at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Smoking Among Doctors, Nurses
Medical Xpress reported Tuesday on a study led by Linda Sarna, professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and chair of UCLA's Tobacco-Free Steering Committee, that found that smoking rates among health care professionals are lower than among the general public and that registered nurses have seen the biggest decline in smoking since 2007.
How We Read Danger
Research by Daniel Fessler, associate professor of anthropology and director of the UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, showing that we perceive risk-seeking individuals to be taller and stronger than they actually are and exploring the mental mechanism people use to subconsciously gauge threats posed by others was highlighted Wednesday by India’s Free Press Journal, Tuesday by Asian News International, Monday by Science 2.0 and Dec. 28 by World Science. Fessler was quoted in the coverage.
Suspensions of Minority, Disabled Students
An article in Wednesday’s New York Times about new federal guidelines on discipline in schools cited a study led by Daniel Losen, a researcher with Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA, that found that students of color and disabled students are suspended at disproportionately high rates in school districts throughout the United States.
It May Be the World’s Oldest Known Map
Axel Schmitt, associate professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences, was interviewed today on NPR’s “Morning Edition” about the discovery in Turkey of what may be the world's oldest known landscape painting or map.
Bye-Bye, New Jersey
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday on research led by Michael Stoll, professor of public policy and urban planning and chair of the public policy department at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, showing that more people moved out of New Jersey in 2013 than any other state. Stoll was quoted.
Genetic Screening of Babies
Stefan Timmermans, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, was interviewed Dec. 23 on NPR about how screening newborns for Krabbe disease and other disorders may create uncertainty and anxiety for parents whose children may test positive for risk factors for these diseases.
Dr. Andrew Charles
Charles, UCLA's Meyer and Renee Luskin Professor of Migraine and Headache Studies and director of the headache research and treatment program in the UCLA Department of Neurology, was quoted Wednesday in a HealthDay News article about research showing that patients taking placebos for migraines responded better when told by their doctor that the pill would ease their pain.
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