UCLA Headlines August 10, 2012
By Office of Media Relations August 10, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Prof Says Mars Has Plate Tectonics
Research by An Yin, UCLA professor of Earth and space sciences, indicating that Mars, like Earth, has plate tectonics, a geological phenomenon in which huge crustal plates move beneath a planet's surface, was highlighted today by KNBC-Channel 4, a Washington Post blog, Britain’s Daily Mail, the International Business Times, Wired UK, the Press Trust of India, Asian News International, the Indian Express, the National Science Foundation and io9. Yin is quoted in the coverage.
UCLA's Mabanckou and African Literature
Britain’s Guardian on Thursday featured a podcast interview with novelist Alain Mabanckou, UCLA professor of French and Francophone studies, in which he reflected on his homeland of Congo–Brazzaville and the work of the writer Joseph Conrad.
Online Courses for Undocumented Students
A plan by the National Labor College and the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education to offer online courses to young undocumented immigrant activists through the National Dream University was highlighted today by KPCC-89.3 FM; Wednesday by Inside Higher Ed, Take Part, City Town Info, an Asian American|Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy blog and Ricochet; Aug. 3 by Immigration Direct; Aug. 2 by U.S. News & World Report; Aug. 1 by the LA Weekly; and July 31 by Accredited Colleges Online. Center director Kent Wong was quoted in the coverage.
Researchers Support Race-Conscious Admissions
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today that more than 440 scholars have signed a brief prepared by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA advising the U.S. Supreme Court of research showing that the consideration of race in college admissions is necessary for maintaining a sufficient level of diversity for educational purposes. The article also cites a brief submitted to the Supreme Court by UCLA professor of law Richard Sander.
Discrimination and Low-Diversity Campuses
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today on a UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) study indicating that college students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups face more stereotyping, harassment and discrimination on campuses where diversity is low. Sylvia Hurtado, HERI director and professor of education, and John Pryor, director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at HERI, are quoted.
Job Search an Uphill Battle for Unemployed
The Toronto Globe & Mail reported Thursday on research led by Margaret Shih, associate professor of organizational behavior at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Geoffrey Ho, a UCLA Anderson doctoral student, showing that discrimination against Americans who have been out of work for as little as one month makes it especially hard for them to find new jobs. Ho was quoted.
Home Sweet Chaos
A new book by researchers at the UCLA Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) examining in intimate detail the home lives of 32 middle-class, dual-earner families with children in Los Angeles was highlighted Thursday by the Boston Globe and Aug. 2 by a CBS Money Watch blog. Jeanne Arnold, professor of anthropology and a CELF researcher, was quoted in the Globe.
Gay Couples Feel Pressure to Have Kids
An article in Thursday's New York Times about same-sex couples and parenting cited research by Gary Gates, a senior research fellow with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, estimating the percentage of same-sex parents who had adopted children. Gates was quoted.
Charges Against UC Dropped in Lab Fire Case
Chemical & Engineering News reported Tuesday on recent developments in the legal case stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
Improved Eyesight Reduces Hip Injuries
Modern Medicine reported Wednesday on research by Dr. Anne Coleman, UCLA’s Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the Center for Eye Epidemiology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, and colleagues showing that older patients who have their cataracts removed lower their risk of breaking a hip. Coleman was quoted.
Is High-Speed Rail Good for Canada
An op-ed in Thursday's Vancouver Sun about proposed high-speed rail projects in Canada cited a study led by UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg that found that Japan's famous Shinkansen bullet train has had very little effect on economic and urban growth in that country.
Sandpipers: Who Needs Sleep?
An article in Thursday's New Scientist about the sleep habits of sandpiper birds cited research by Jerome Siegel, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, suggesting that sleep evolved as a way for animals to conserve energy.
Nursing Dean and Diversity
Diversity Executive on Wednesday featured a Q&A with Courtney Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, on his leadership in promoting diversity in the nursing profession.
Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow
Fonarow, UCLA's Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science and director of the Ahmanson–UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, was quoted Thursday in a HealthDay News article about the health benefits and risks of taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, was quoted Wednesday in a La Opinión article about Los Angeles gang members moving from drug-dealing into identity theft, tax fraud and other crimes.
Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, is quoted today in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article fact-checking a claim by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun that the United Nations is planning to institute an international gun registry.
Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, was quoted Thursday in a Modesto Bee article about negotiations between union members and a Sacramento grocery-store chain.