UCLA Headlines July 11, 2013

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Youth Attitudes Shift During Recession
The Associated Press, HealthDay News and Science Blog report today on a study involving Patricia Greenfield, distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children's Digital Media Center at UCLA, and Heejung Park, a UCLA doctoral candidate in psychology, which found that U.S. high school students became more concerned about others and the environment during the recent recession. Greenfield was quoted in the coverage.
 
California Beaches Are Eroding
Anthony Orme, UCLA professor emeritus of geology and geography, was interviewed Wednesday on KPCC-89.3 FM about efforts to replenish beach sand lost to development and other human activities along California's coastline.
 
Jane Austen, Founder of Game Theory?
Wednesday's "PBS NewsHour" blog featured a column by Michael Suk-Young Chwe, UCLA associate professor of political science, outlining arguments in his book “Jane Austen, Game Theorist," which contends Austen's novels explored in detail the strategic actions and manipulations that would become codified as "game theory" some 150 years later.
 
Electron Microscopes Encounter 'Noise'
An article in Wednesday's Nature about the challenges of using electron microscopes at smaller and smaller scales cited research led by Jianwei (John) Miao, professor of physics and astronomy and a researcher with the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, in which scientists used an electron microscope to produce atomic-scale images of crystal defects in a platinum nano­particle.
 
How the Brain Creates 'Buzz'
The Boston Globe reported Wednesday on research by Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, and Emily Falk, a former UCLA doctoral student in Lieberman's lab, that identified for the first time the brain regions associated with the successful spread of ideas.
 
'Super' Tomatoes Lower Heart Disease Risk
Chennai Online reported Wednesday on research led by Dr. Alan Fogelman, professor of cardiology and director of the atherosclerosis research unit at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, showing that mice that consumed tomatoes genetically engineered to act like "good" cholesterol had significant reductions of plaque build-up in their arteries. Fogelman was quoted.
 
Commercial Real-Estate Optimism in CA
Today's Los Angeles Times highlights findings from the latest Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast commercial real-estate survey showing that rental rates are expected to rise and vacancies to fall for the next three years in California.
 
Sexual Orientation and Work Discrimination
An article in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times about federal legislation aimed at preventing workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, cited research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute that documented widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in both the public and private sectors.
 
California's Crisis of Unpaid Wages
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Wednesday on a study by researchers at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education and colleagues showing that thousands of workers in California have been unsuccessful at collecting unpaid wages from their employers, even when state authorities have ruled in their favor and ordered the employers to pay.
 
Less Crime and Less Punishment
Today's Contra Costa Times highlights a recent talk by Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, about the incarceration rate in the U.S. and criminal justice programs that favor close community monitoring of inmates and short jail stays for parole violations over long prison sentences. Kleiman is quoted.
 
 
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William Marotti
Marotti, associate professor of history and a scholar with the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the controversy surrounding a proposed memorial in Glendale, Calif., to Korean women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese army during World War II.
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