UCLA Headlines July 26, 2013

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'Mind Reading' and the Justice System
Today's Atlantic features an op-ed by John Villasenor, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, about the potential legal implications of fMRI brain scanning, which in certain circumstances has allowed scientists to infer thought from brain activity.
 
Public Transportation in Downtown L.A.
KPCC-89.3 FM and KPCC's Blogdowntown blog on Thursday highlighted a study by Michael Smart, a lecturer in urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a member of the school's Institute of Transportation Studies, examining the lifestyle and transit habits of residents of downtown Los Angeles with aim of improving transportation in the area. Smart was interviewed on KPCC and quoted in Blogdowntown.
 
Positive Impact of Learning for Careers
KPCC's Pass | Fail blog on Thursday highlighted a study by Marisa Saunders, a researcher with UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA), and John Rogers, director of IDEA and an associate professor of education, showing that students who participate in "linked learning" programs at high schools, in which study plans are based on preparing for a specific career, are more likely to graduate and continue on to postsecondary education than their school counterparts.
 
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
A study led by Nicole Prause, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, that examined brain responses to sex-related pictures in individuals who could be considered to be suffering from a sexual "addiction" was highlighted Thursday by New York's Newsday and Wednesday by the Daily Beast and CBS News.com. Prause was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Selected for National Environmental Campaign
The Environment News Service reported Thursday that UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is one of eight academic partners selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help find innovative ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases.
 
Can the Full Moon Disrupt Sleep?
Dr. Alon Avidan, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, was interviewed Thursday on KNX-1070 AM about how a how the lunar cycle can affect human sleep patterns.
 
Question Over Diabetes Drug Risk
An article in today's New York Times about concerns over the safety of several diabetes drugs highlighted research led by Dr. Peter Butler, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of UCLA's Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center, that found that individuals who had taken a drug commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes showed abnormalities in the pancreas that could be associated with an increased risk of neuroendocrine tumors.
 
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Michael Fanselow
Fanselow, professor of psychology and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times article about research showing that the brains of mice can be implanted with false memories.
 
Albert Mehrabian
Mehrabian, UCLA professor emeritus of psychology, was quoted Thursday in an article in Wisconsin's Appleton Post-Crescent article about the process of choosing a name for the baby born to Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.
 
Gary Nash
Nash, professor emeritus of history and director of the UCLA-based National Center for History in the Schools, was quoted Thursday in a Heartland article about the government postponing national tests of fourth and 12th graders in civics, U.S. history and geography.
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