UCLA Headlines March 10, 2014

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IN THE NEWS:
 
Cost Influences College Choice More Than Ever
Ohio's Columbus Dispatch reported Friday, Charlotte, N.C.'s Time Warner Cable News-Channel 14 reported Saturday, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported today on the annual nationwide Freshman Survey conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, which shows that more college freshmen than ever before said cost and financial aid incentives were major factors in their choice of school. Kevin Eagan, assistant professor of education and interim director of UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program, was quoted in the Dispatch
 
African-American Studies at UCLA
The Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported Sunday that the UCLA Academic Senate is reviewing a proposal to convert UCLA's Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies into a full-fledged academic department. Robin D.G. Kelley, UCLA's Gary B. Nash Professor of United States History, and Janice Reiff, associate professor of history and chair of the UCLA Academic Senate, were quoted in the coverage. 
 
First-Ever Glimpse of Asteroid Disintegrating
The Pasadena Star-News reported Friday on research led by David Jewitt, professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, using the Hubble Space Telescope to document for the first time the breakup of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. Jewitt was quoted.
 
UCLA Among Tops in 'Reputation' Rankings
LAist reported Friday and San Diego's KGTV-Channel 10 reported Saturday, that UCLA has been ranked the No. 10 overall university in the world — and the No. 2 public university — in London's Times Higher Education annual survey, which is based on schools' reputation for excellence in research and teaching among scholars around the globe.
 
Potential Cure for HIV in Infants
Dr. Yvonne Bryson, professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was cited and quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about a new treatment technique that appears to have "cured" two infants born with HIV.
 
Ukraine, Russia and Crimea
CNN.com on Saturday featured an op-ed by Daniel Treisman, UCLA professor of political science, about Russia's military presence in Crimea and Crimea's March 16 referendum on whether to secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia.
 
'Swift and Certain' Punishment
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed today on Seattle's KPLU-88.5 FM about President Obama's proposal to expand parole and probation programs that impose immediate but moderate punishments — such as several days in jail — for minor infractions like failing a drug test.
 
Tracking HIV, Drug Use on Twitter
Seattle's KUOW-94.9 FM reported Friday on research by Sean Young, assistant professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-director of UCLA's Center for Digital Behavior, suggesting that real-time social media like Twitter can be used to track HIV incidence and drug-related behaviors with the aim of detecting and potentially preventing outbreaks. Young was interviewed.
 
'Rape Culture' and Canadian Universities
An article published Friday in Canada's National Post about recent incidents of sexual aggression and assaults at Canadian colleges referenced research by Neil Malamuth, UCLA professor of communication studies and psychology, on male attitudes toward sexual assault.
 
Crowded Los Angeles
An article in Friday's Los Angeles Times article about exceedingly high population densities in areas of Los Angeles and Orange counties referenced a study by UCLA researchers and colleagues that found that children living in overcrowded homes experienced poorer health, lower academic test scores, and higher rates of emotional and behavior problems than those in uncrowded homes.
 
Can Psychedelics Benefit Health?
Charles Grob, UCLA professor of clinical psychiatry, was interviewed Sunday on NPR's "All Things Considered" about clinical research on medical and psychiatric uses for LSD and other psychedelic drugs and the difficulty scientists have in securing funding for this type of research.
 
Green, Cool Roofs Make a Difference
An article in Friday's Huffington Post about ways to improve urban sustainability referenced a study by the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law suggesting that installing drought-resistant plants on roof surfaces and painting roofs to reflect the sun’s energy could reduce emissions and save Southern California consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
Same-Sex Marriage and the Economy
An article published Friday in Maine's Bangor Daily News on same-sex marriage in that state highlighted research by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimating that gay weddings could add $7.9 million a year to Maine's economy.
 
Lauding Actor Don Murray
Friday's Los Angles Times highlighted a UCLA Film and Television Archive event honoring the films of actor Don Murray and featuring a conversation with Murray. Shannon Kelley, head of public programming for the archive, was quoted.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Jerry Nickelsburg
Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, was quoted Friday in a Los Angeles Times article about the latest California jobs report.
 
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco
Suarez-Orozco, dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and distinguished professor of education, was quoted Saturday in a New York Post op-ed about whether it is possible to continue funding programs like Medicare and Social Security in place without bankrupting younger generations. 
 
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Friday in an Atlantic column about belly dancing and artistic appropriation. Volokh was also quoted Friday in an article in Pennsylvania's York Daily Record article about an upcoming Supreme Court Case.   
 
Norton Wise
Wise, UCLA professor of history, was quoted Sunday in a Los Angeles Times column on whether the commercialization of academic science is diminishing the credibility of scientific findings.  
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