UCLA Headlines March 19, 2012

UCLA Students Go to Japan to Provide Aid
Lindsay Miracle, a UCLA graduate student in public policy, was interviewed Sunday on KTLA-Channel 5 about graduate students from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs going to Japan to help aid parts of the country devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Can Government Change Pump Prices?
Today's U.S. News & World Report features a guest blog by UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist David Shulman about the long-term effects of government policies on gas prices.
Different Voting System Might be Better
CNN.com on Friday featured an op-ed by Matthew Lane, a UCLA doctoral student in mathematics about problems with the math underlying the current, plurality voting system in the U.S.
Curse of Oil-Rich Countries
London’s Financial Times reported Friday on “The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations,” a new book by UCLA professor of political science Michael Ross that examines the ways in which oil riches can make nations more prone to dictatorships, insurgencies, and economic and gender disparities.
UCLA Helps Preserve Gay Film History
An article in Friday's New York Times about gay-themed film programming cited the Legacy Project, a partnership between Outfest and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Shannon Kelley, the archive’s head of programming, was quoted.
Turning East L.A. Into a Healthy Food Oasis
A project by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and USC in which several East Los Angeles corner stores are being converted into healthier-food establishments was highlighted Saturday by the Los Angeles Times. Michael Prelip, professor of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted.
New Leopard Frog Species
National Geographic reported Friday on the discovery in New York City of a new species of leopard frog by Brad Shaffer, a professor with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and colleagues. Shaffer was quoted.
Prof Wins Computer Science Award
The Agence France-Press reported Saturday, and the Chronicle of Higher Education reported Thursday, that Judea Pearl, UCLA professor-in-residence of computer science, has been awarded the 2011 A.M. Turing Award for his breakthrough research in computer science.
UCLA’s Successful Fundraising
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Friday that UCLA's endowment is the fastest-growing among major U.S. universities. 

Anthropologists Study Middle-Class Families
A Washington Post blog reported Friday on research by Elinor Ochs, UCLA professor of anthropology, and colleagues at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families looking at American middle-class family dynamics. Ochs was quoted.
Job Prospects Improving for College Grads
An article in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about employers expecting to hire nearly 10 percent more graduating seniors this year than last referenced a UCLA career fair and the expert experience of Kathy Sims, director of the UCLA Career Center. Sims was quoted.

Social Stress Can Trigger Immune System
The Atlantic reports today on a study by UCLA distinguished professor of psychology Shelley E. Taylor and UCLA graduate student Jessica Chiang that found that negative social interactions are connected to increased inflammation in the body, an immune response sometimes linked more chronic physical ailments.
Why Do Few Buy Annuities?
Virginia's Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sunday highlighted a report co-authored by Shlomo Benartzi, professor of accounting at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, on how “loss aversion” keeps people from buying annuities.
Roger Farmer
Farmer, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Economics, was quoted Sunday in an article in Britain's Guardian about differences in British and American approaches to stimulating the economy.
Gaspar Rivera-Salgado
Rivera-Salgado, project director with UCLA's Downtown Labor Center, was quoted Sunday in a La Opinión article about urban altars erected around Los Angeles to honor the dead.
Kathy Sims
Sims, director of the UCLA Career Center, was quoted Friday in a USA Today College article about how having volunteering experience can help college graduates land paying jobs after graduation.
Charles Solomon
Solomon, visiting assistant professor of cinema and media studies at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Thursday in a Los Angeles Times blog article about the TV cartoon series “Ben 10.”
Eugene Volokh
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, was quoted Saturday in a Christian Science Monitor article about Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s stance on pornography. Volokh was also quoted Friday in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about a businessman suing the Obama administration over the requirement that companies provide full coverage of contraceptives under their health insurance plans.
Adam Winkler
Winkler, UCLA professor of law and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” was quoted Sunday in a Contra Costa Times article about legal challenges to a California county ordinance outlawing gun shows at fairgrounds.
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