UCLA Headlines September 6, 2012
By Office of Media Relations September 06, 2012
IN THE NEWS:
Tarantulas, Talk and Fear
A study by UCLA life scientists demonstrating that honestly expressing emotions at stressful times can help individuals reduce their feelings of fear and anxiety was highlighted today by Agence France-Presse, Asian News International and a Smithsonian magazine blog and Wednesday by Britain’s Daily Mail. Michelle Craske, professor and vice chair of clinical psychology and director of UCLA's Anxiety Disorders Research Center, and Matthew Lieberman, UCLA professor of psychology and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, were quoted in the coverage.
How Many Pot Shops in L.A.?
Bridget Freisthler, associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was interviewed Wednesday on KPCC-89.3 FM's "Brand & Martínez" about her recent research showing there are far fewer medical marijuana dispensaries open for business in Los Angeles than city officials claim.
Not Guilty Plea in Lab Accident Charges
KCRW-89.9 FM, KCAL-Channel 9, KNX-1070 AM and a Los Angeles Times blog reported Wednesday that a judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a UCLA professor facing charges stemming from a 2008 laboratory fire on campus that led to the death of a staff research associate.
Is it the Economy, Stupid?
An article in the Sept. 10 issue of the New Yorker about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney referenced "The Gamble," an ebook by UCLA associate professor of political science Lynn Vavreck that uses statistical analysis to chart the effect the economy and other issues have on voters' choices. Vavreck’s book “The Message Matters” was also cited.
'Cold Feet' Could Spell Split
Business Insider reported Wednesday on a study led by Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney, professors of psychology and co-directors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, showing that couples in which at least one partner had second thoughts before getting married were more likely to get divorced within four years.
Prostate Cancer: To Treat or Not
Dr. Leonard Marks, UCLA clinical professor of urology, was interviewed Monday on KTTV-Channel 11 about "active surveillance" for prostate cancer, in which patients with the disease forgo prostate-removal surgery and cancer treatment in favor of regular checkups and annual biopsies.
Prof Leads 'Daredevil Spacecraft' Mission
Christopher T. Russell, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences and principal investigator for NASA's Dawn mission, was featured today in a BBC News.com article and Wednesday in an Associated Press article about the Dawn mission and its journeys to the protoplanet Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Russell was quoted in the coverage.
Staying Sharp Into Your 90s
Dr. Liana Apostolova, associate professor of neurology and a member of UCLA's Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was interviewed Wednesday on KABC-Channel 7 about “super-agers” — elderly people with cognitive processes that have not slowed.
Dr. Gregory Cole
Cole, professor-in-residence of medicine and neurology and associate director of the UCLA Alzheimer Disease Research Center, was quoted Sunday in a HealthDay News article about research indicating that the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba won’t prevent or delay Alzheimer’s.
Habibi, a lecturer in real estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was quoted Wednesday in a Los Angeles Times article about the political battle over plans to sell Los Angeles’ old U.S. Courthouse.
McCarthy, adjunct professor of psychology and of health services at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted Tuesday in a New York Times article about New York City cutting too many calories from public school lunches.