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Verbatim — Hollywood costumes, Mexican politics and PTSD

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.


Goenjian“We suspect that the gene variants produce less serotonin, predisposing these family members to PTSD after exposure to violence or disaster.”

Dr. Armen Goenjian, a research professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, in an April 2 BBC story about his research, concluding that two genes involved in serotonin production are related to a higher risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. 

“It's kind of like a no-brainer. The economy is better and the college recruitment market is improving."

Kathy Sims, director of the UCLA Career Center, commenting in an April 1 Reuters article about a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey finding that the U.S. job market is improving for recent college graduates. 

Pescador"El país estaba en una crisis monumental." [“The country was in a monumental crisis.”]

Octavio Pescador, coordinator of the Latin American Institute, in a La Opinión story from April 1 about the recent death of former Mexican president Miguel de Madrid.  

Landis"The quality of the research is everything. If I was designing for you, I'd ask, 'What kind of coffee maker do you use? Are you the youngest or the oldest in your family?'"

Deborah Nadoolman Landis, director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, in a March 29 Contra Costa Times profile of Landis’ prolific career as a Hollywood costume designer.  

Kaplan"But the words drilled into every intern who's on overnight call rang loudly in my ear: Go see the patient. When I took down the patient's dressing I was staring at his intestines.”

Dr. Alan Kaplan, a urology resident at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in an April 1 op-ed he wrote for the Chicago Tribune about a recent American College of Graduate Medical Education decision that limits surgical interns to a maximum of 16 continuous work hours. 

Aron“It's a quintessentially American story, with westward expansion and land speculation so tightly entwined and towns that boom and bust."

Stephen Aron, professor of history, commenting in an April 5 Reuters piece about small towns in Montana and Wyoming that are being auctioned off to bidders.    


Chang Lin"Addressing early adverse events and associated psychological symptoms in these patients is important and may help guide management approaches that reduce symptoms.”

Dr. Lin Chang, professor-in-residence of digestive diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine, commenting in a March 30 Asian News International piece about her research linking irritable bowel syndrome with adverse early life events. 
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