UCLA Headlines May 2, 2012
By Office of Media Relations May 02, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Poor Kids Struggle More With Obesity
An article in Tuesday's Health.com about childhood obesity rates in the U.S. cited a study by Susan Babey, project director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, showing that while obesity levels have declined among teens from middle- and high-income families, they have increased among those living in poverty. Babey was quoted.
Low-Wage Workers and Wage Theft
An article in Saturday's LA Progressive about U.S. workers who have been killed or injured on the job cited a study by researchers at UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment that found that low-wage workers in California are routinely paid less than the legal minimum wage and denied overtime pay.
Dieters Likely Doomed to Fail
A column published today in Australia's Courier Mail on the effectiveness of dieting cited a 2007 analysis of 31 long-term studies on dieting conducted by Traci Mann, (former) UCLA associate professor of psychology, and colleagues.
Prof Receives Award From Opera Group
A Los Angeles Times blog reported Tuesday that UCLA professor of world arts and cultures Peter Sellars was honored at the April 29 Opera News Awards for his career in opera directing. Sellars was quoted.
Foreign Travel Enhances Business Education
Tuesday's Smart Business News featured a Q&A with Eric Sussman, a lecturer in accounting and real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, about an Anderson program that allows executive M.B.A. students to travel and immerse themselves in the business world of a foreign country.
Occupy Movement and Labor Issues
Paul Ong, UCLA professor of urban planning, social welfare and Asian American studies, was interviewed Tuesday on KCRW-89.9 FM about the connection between May Day protests and the messages and goals of the Occupy movement.
First Make Old Roads Better
A blog in Tuesday's Washington Post about how poor road conditions cost drivers billions in vehicle repairs and fuel consumption cited a report co-authored by Matthew Kahn, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability with joint appointments in economics and public policy, urging the federal government to devote its current funding for highways to repairs rather than the construction of new highways.
Cybersecurity Bill and Privacy Rights
Tuesday's Slate featured a column by John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, about the controversy over a bill in Congress that would create a mechanism for the federal government and private companies to share information about perceived cyberthreats.