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Verbatim — gangs, feeding-tube brides and big brother

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UCLA staff and faculty members are quoted every day in the national media on a wide range of topical subjects. Here is a recent selection.
  
Leap"I never showed up completely alone … You can't just show up and say, 'Hey, I'm here to study gangs.'"
  
Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, in an April 21 segment of NPR’s “All Things Considered” about Leap’s new book, “Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption.”
 
 
MotomuraA lot of immigration law is not just what's on the books … So there's a lot of discretion in who actually gets arrested or deported."
 
  — Hiroshi Motomura, professor of law, in an April 25 International Business Times story about the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of Arizona’s immigration law.
 
 
 
PizerThere has been confusion because this is an area of law that has evolved over time. There is now a national understanding from this administration that this protection exists."
    
Jennifer Pizer, legal director for the School of Law's Williams Institute, commenting in an April 25 Los Angeles Times article about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects against workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
 
 
Heber"To try this to get into a wedding dress is extreme. What really matters is long-term eating habits.”
 
Dr. David Heber, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, in an April 18 post to a Time blog about brides-to-be using a new feeding tube diet to shed excess weight before the big day. 
 
 
 Villasenor"Governments will soon have the capacity, should they wish it, to monitor, record and permanently archive the communications and activities of their citizens from birth to death.”
   
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, in an April 21 story published by Canada’s National Post about how social networking and other technologies have made it easier than ever for governments to track their citizens.  
 
 
Silk“Yes, having coffee with friends is good for you, and we should all do it often.”
  
Joan Silk, UCLA professor of anthropology, commenting in a New York Times story from April 23 about relationship dynamics among females of various species.   
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