UCLA Headlines July 15, 2013

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Verdict in Death of Trayvon Martin
Brenda Stevenson, UCLA professor of history and African-American studies and author of the forthcoming book "The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender and the Origins of the LA Riots," was interviewed Saturday on KCBS-Channel 2 | KCAL-Channel 9 about the trial of George Zimmerman and the not-guilty verdict in the case.
 
Stay Away From Diets and Mirrors
Friday’s Washington Post featured a column by Kjerstin Gruys, a UCLA doctoral candidate in sociology, about how dieting rarely works in the long run and how paying too much attention to your physical appearance can make you dumber.
 
Digging Deep to Cure Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s Weekly on Sunday highlighted the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, which is performing whole-genome sequencing of more than 800 Alzheimer's patients with the help of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) in the UCLA Department of Neurology. Dr. Arthur Toga, professor of neurology and director of LONI, was cited.
 
Ban on Gay Blood Donors
Dr. Alyssa Ziman, medical director of the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, was interviewed Friday on KPCC-89.3 FM’s “Take Two” about the Food and Drug Administration's ban on gay male blood donors. Research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law was cited in a CBS News.com article on the subject.
 
Drawbacks of All-Nighters, Cramming
Career Alley on Sunday highlighted a study led by Andrew J. Fuligni, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that cramming for tests and not sleeping enough had a negative effect on high school students' academic performance.
 
Note to Teens: Just Breathe
The Huffington Post reported Thursday on a study led by Dara Ghahremani, an assistant psychiatry researcher at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that found that teens who completed a four-week stress-management workshop that included yoga-based breathing techniques were better able to control impulsive thoughts and behaviors. Ghahremani was quoted.
 
Free Parking Comes With High Cost
An op-ed in Sunday's Boston Globe about parking pricing and traffic congestion in Boston cited research on the subject by Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the author of "The High Cost of Free Parking."
 
Gay Marriage Boosts Economy
Research by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute was cited today in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about how same-sex marriage benefits states economically.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
David Codell
Codell, legal director of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Saturday in a Sacramento Bee article about an attorney asking the California Supreme Court to bar county clerk recorders from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was quoted Friday in a Dover Post article about the U.S. Armed Forces working to provide same-sex spouses of military personnel with the same benefits given to others.
 
Darnell Hunt
Hunt, professor of sociology and director of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies, was quoted Sunday in a Miami Herald article about technology, social media and the trial of George Zimmerman.
 
Juan Matute
Matute, director of the Climate Change Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Friday in a New York Times article about new ride-sharing programs in Los Angeles that use smartphone apps to connect drivers and passengers.
 
David Paige
Paige, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about a bill in Congress that would make U.S. moon-landing sites part of the National Park Service.
 
Michael Ross
Ross, professor of political science and director of UCLA's Center for Southeast Asian Studies, was quoted Saturday in a Dallas Morning News article about Exxon Mobil’s influence in Africa.
 
Cynthia Whitham
Whitham, a clinical social worker and associate director of the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program, was quoted Friday in a Pocono Record article about disciplining young children.
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