UCLA Headlines September 19, 2012
By Office of Media Relations September 19, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Should I Marry Him?
The South China Morning Post, a Self magazine blog and The Week reported Tuesday, and the Washington Post reported Monday, on research by UCLA psychology doctoral candidate Justin Lavner and Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney, professors of psychology and co-directors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, showing that when individuals — particularly women — have doubts before their wedding, the misgivings are often a harbinger of marital dissatisfaction and divorce. Lavner and Bradbury were quoted in the coverage.
UCLA Anderson Applications Jump
Idaho's Boise Weekly reported Tuesday, and Ann Arbor.com and the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported Monday that while applications to most two-year, full-time M.B.A. programs in the U.S. continue to decline, the UCLA Anderson School of Management saw a 22 percent increase in applicants this year.
Is Your Cell Phone Carrier Overcharging You?
Computer World reported Monday on research by Chunyi Peng, a UCLA doctoral candidate in computer science, and UCLA colleagues showing that wireless carriers tend to overcharge smartphone users for the amount of data they use each month, particularly when users stream video or audio.
Profs Weigh in on Romney's '47%' Comments
UCLA associate professor of political science Lynn Vavreck was interviewed Tuesday on KPCC-89.3 FM, and Franklin D. Gilliam Jr., dean of UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public policy, was interviewed Sunday on KCBS-Channel 2 about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's controversial remarks about President Obama's perceived voter base. Vavreck was also quoted Tuesday in a Nation article on the subject.
Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
LGBT Weekly reported Monday, and the New York Times reported Saturday, on research by the Palm Institute at the UCLA School of Law indicating that President Obama’s repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has had no negative consequences on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale.
Helical Motion of Human Sperm
The Indo-Asian News Service reported Tuesday that a team led by Aydocan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has used a new imaging platform to record the three-dimensional helical swimming patterns of human sperm cells. Ozcan was quoted.
Workers at ‘Green’ Companies More Productive
An article in Tampa Bay's 83 Degrees about a company helping to clean up oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion cited a study by Magali Delmas, professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and colleagues showing that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are significantly more productive than the average.
Changing Demographics, Changing Army
Tuesday's National Journal featured an op-ed co-authored by Fernando Torres-Gil, professor of social welfare and public policy and chair of the social welfare department at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, about how America’s changing demographics will impact military enlistment in the future.
New Treatment for 'Bubble Boy' Disease
News Medical reported Monday on a study led by Dr. Donald Kohn, director of UCLA's Human Gene Medicine Program and a professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, demonstrating that a combination of chemotherapy and gene therapy may help doctors treat children with "bubble boy" disease, in which the body cannot successfully fight off germs. Kohn was quoted.
Dr. Richard J. Jackson
Jackson, professor and chair of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Tuesday in an NBC.com article about research suggesting that a chemical in plastic bottles and soda cans could be contributing to obesity in children.
Ouchi, the Sigoloff Professor of Corporate Renewal at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Tuesday in a Pittsburg Post-Gazette article about a decision by a charter school board to fire four high-ranking school staff members.
Dr. Andre Nel
Nel, professor of medicine, pediatrics and public health and chief of the nanomedicine division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Nature article about Chinese researchers urging greater scrutiny of nanomaterials' safety in China.