UCLA Headlines March 3, 2014

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Gambling on an Academy Award
Albany's WAMC-90.3 FM reported Friday, and the Atlantic reported Sunday, on research by UCLA associate professor of sociology Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke, a UCLA doctoral candidate in sociology, in which the researchers developed an algorithm to calculate a film's "Oscar appeal" and determined the average amount of box-office boost movies get from Oscar nominations. The Atlantic also referenced research by Rossman looking at the qualities of a film that best predict an Oscar nomination. Rossman was quoted and interviewed.
 
Diversity Without Affirmative Action
The Atlantic on Friday highlighted UCLA's efforts to maintain racial and ethnic diversity on campus, particularly through educational outreach programs, in the wake of California's Proposition 209, which prohibited racial preferences in college admissions. Patricia Gandara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and a professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and Debra Pound, director of UCLA's Early Academic Outreach Program, were quoted.
 
Tracking HIV, Drug Use on Twitter
A PBS Newshour blog reported Friday, and the Press Trust of India and Florida's WINK-Channel 11 reported Sunday, on a study led by Sean Young, assistant professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and co-director of the Center for Digital Behavior at UCLA, 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 quoted in the coverage.
 
Save Yourself by Saving
Suzanne Shu, assistant professor of marketing at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Sunday on Milwaukee's WUWM-89.7 FM about the importance of saving for the future and the difficulties many people have in looking beyond the present financially.
 
Analyzing 'Healthy' Fast Food
Portland's KPAM-860 AM reported Saturday on a study led by Dr. Lenard Lesser, a former physician with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, comparing nutritional data and the average number of calories in meals consumed by teens at Subway and McDonald's restaurants.
 
Turning Google Glass Into Medical Lab
KTLA-Channel 5 reported Saturday on development by Aydogan Ozcan, professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues of an app for Google Glass that allows users of the wearable, glasses-like computer to photograph and upload images of medical diagnostic tests for quick analysis.
 
Climate Change and West Nile Risk
Time reported Friday on a study led by researchers from the Center for Tropical Research at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability predicting that higher temperatures and less rain will lead to more West Nile virus infections in humans in the future, with the disease spreading north into previously unaffected areas as a result of climate change.
 
Health Effects of Marijuana
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed today on NPR's "Morning Edition" about the use of legalized marijuana, the risks of becoming dependent on the drug, the dangers of driving on while high and the murky data on health effects of consistent, long-term use.
 
Constitutionality of 'Revenge Porn'
An op-ed in Sunday's Hawaii Reporter urging Hawaii lawmakers to ban "revenge porn" — the distribution of sexually explicit photos or videos in order to cause others humiliation or distress — cited an argument by Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, that this type of material is likely to be deemed obscene by the U.S. Supreme Court and not afforded First Amendment protection.
 
Discrimination or Religious Freedom?
An article in Sunday's Washington Post about a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the right of business owners to deny service to customers based on their own religious beliefs referenced an amicus brief filed in the case by Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.
 
Reducing Earthquake Risk
Saturday's Contra Costa Times featured an op-ed co-written by Jonathan Stewart, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, encouraging California to make seismic adjustments to concrete buildings in Los Angeles and elsewhere that may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake.
 
Ruling on American Flags
Minnesota's Pioneer Press on Saturday featured an op-ed by Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor at the UCLA School of Law, about an appeals court ruling affirming a high school's decision to bar students from publicly displaying clothing with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo. Volokh was also quoted Saturday in a San Jose Mercury article on the subject.
 
Issue of Same-Sex Divorces
An article published Saturday in Pennsylvania's Morning Call about the dissolution of same-sex marriages referenced a study by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute that found that same-sex couples end their unions at a rate of about 1 percent annually, compared with 2 percent annually for straight couples.
 
Emotional Challenges of Youth
The Ventura County Star reported Saturday that Allan Schore, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and a member of UCLA's Center for Culture, Brain and Development, will speak at a conference in Ventura county in an effort to help parents better deal with emotionally challenged youth.  
 
 
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Dr. Prosper Benhaim
Benhaim, UCLA associate professor of orthopedic and plastic surgery, was quoted Friday in a Reuters article about a study showing that older adults with arthritis can ease their pain by wearing inexpensive splints on their hands at night.
 
Taimie Bryant
Bryant, UCLA professor of law, was quoted Friday in an NPR blog article about a recently enacted Idaho law that bans secret filming at farms and livestock institutions.
 
Christopher Colwell
Colwell, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted in a Friday NBC News.com article about how insomniacs may have more active brains than sound sleepers.
 
Dr. Bruce Ferrell
Ferrell, professor of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of UCLA's Palliative Care Department, is quoted today in a New York Times blog article about why older people tend to cope better with pain than younger people.
 
Nanette Gartrell
Gartrell, visiting scholar at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute, was quoted Friday in a Huffington Post article about research on same-sex parenting.
 
Andrea Ghez
Ghez, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted in a Sunday Huffington Post article about a gas cloud hurtling toward the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
 
Dr. Alison Grimes
Grimes, assistant professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Audiology Clinic, is quoted today in a Chicago Tribune article about the potential dangers white-noise machines may pose to infants' hearing.
 
Joan Herman
Herman, co-director emeritus of the national Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing at UCLA, was quoted Sunday in a Tampa Tribune article on the effectiveness of the value-added model, a formula used to assess the effectiveness of a teacher on a particular student. 
 
Dr. Gary Lask
Lask, clinical professor of medical dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Saturday in an Asian News International article about a new laser technique that could more quickly and efficiently remove tattoos.
 
Shana Alex Lavarreda
Lavarreda, director of health insurance studies at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Daily News article about variations in cost for health care plans purchased through Covered California.
 
Tom Nunan
Nunan, visiting assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was quoted Saturday in a Los Angeles Times article about Ellen DeGeneres hosting the Academy Awards. 
 
Dr. Beate Ritz
Ritz, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Saturday in a CNN.com article about the difficulty for epidemiologists of finding the origin of particular birth defects. 
 
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