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Verbatim ─ Sally Ride, spiral galaxies and the Colorado shootings

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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.

Gates"I'm in sympathy with her and understand her reluctance, but if you think about it, what she really did for young women — to encourage them to be themselves and to be successful adults — it is the same broad message the gay rights groups have, but in a bigger way."

Gary Gates, a senior research fellow with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, in a July 25 USA Today piece about the fact that astronaut Sally Ride kept her relationship with her female partner of 27 years private until after Ride died. 


Yang"If you take a piece of glass and compare it to our solar cell, it is difficult to tell the difference."

Yang Yang, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, was quoted July 24 in a Los Angeles Times article about his team, which has developed transparent solar cells able to generate electricity. 


Brymer"They're appreciative of what happened, but they're struggling with: They are alive, and their loved one isn't."

Melissa Brymer, director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA–Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, commenting in a July 24 CNN story about survivor’s guilt and the shootings in Aurora, Colo. 


Shapley“The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks. Our first thought was why is this one so different, and so beautiful?”

Alice Shapley, associate professor of physics and astronomy, in a July 18 Astronomy Magazine article about her discovery of the earliest spiral galaxy ever identified.


Nakanishi"Asian-American candidates certainly are critical for Democratic hopes of gaining seats.”

Don Nakanishi, director emeritus of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, in a July 19 Christian Science Monitor story on Asian American candidates running for U.S. Congress. 

“You can have a peanut-free classroom, but then what about the kid who is allergic to cashews or the kid with a deadly allergy to milk? And what about the child who is allergic to cat dander? … Are we going to ban everyone from school who has a cat?”

Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, professor of pediatric allergy, immunology and rheumatology at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, from a July 24 “Today” blog post about sending children with allergies to school. 
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