UCLA Headlines June 13, 2012

IN THE NEWS:
 
Dissonant Music Brings out Animal in Us
Research by Daniel Blumstein, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Greg Bryant, UCLA assistant professor of communication studies, showing that distorted and jarring music tends to excite listeners because it mimics the distress calls of animals was highlighted Tuesday by Live Science and the Indo-Asian News Service and today by an NPR blog and Britain's Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Press Association. Blumstein and Bryant were quoted in the coverage.
 
Multiple Causes of Woolly Mammoth Extinction
United Press International, Planet Save and the International Science Times reported Tuesday, and Asian News International reports today, on a study led by Glen MacDonald, director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a professor of geography and of ecology and evolutionary biology, that found that woolly mammoths succumbed to a lethal combination of climate warming, encroaching humans and habitat change between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago. MacDonald was quoted in the coverage.
 
Hepatitis Among the Homeless
The Associated Press and a Los Angeles Times blog reported Monday on research led by Dr. Lillian Gelberg, professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, that found that the rate of hepatitis C among homeless individuals in Los Angeles' skid row area is 10 times higher than among the general population and that many of them were unaware they had the disease. Gelberg was quoted in the coverage.
 
'Zoobiquity' Benefits People and Animals
Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, clinical professor of medicine in the cardiology division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of imaging at the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, was interviewed Tuesday on ABC's "Nightline" about her research comparing physical and mental disorders in animals and humans and her book "Zoobiquity," which looks at the species-spanning nature of illness. Her research and book were also highlighted Tuesday by ABC News.com and the Boston Globe, Monday by the Times of India and a Philadelphia Inquirer blog, and Sunday by the London Times. Natterson-Horowitz was quoted in the coverage.
 
UCLA Senate Approves Proposal for Self-Supporting M.B.A. Program
Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, was interviewed Monday on KCRW-89.9 FM's "Which Way, L.A.?" about the UCLA Legislative Assembly's recent vote in favor of a proposal to convert UCLA Anderson's M.B.A. program from state-supported to self-supporting. The vote was also cited Tuesday in a San Jose Mercury News article on the University of California.
 
Our Coming Human-Technology Civilization
An article in today's Slate about the human–technology interface and how technology alters our sense of reality and self cited research on the subject by Dr. Daniel Siegel, UCLA associate clinical professor of psychiatry and an investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development
 
The Costs of College
A blog in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times about the federal government's online tool that allows students and parents to explore and analyze college costs referenced recent tuition increases at UCLA and UC Berkeley.
 
UCLA Film Archive and Universal Studios' 100th
An article in Tuesday's Chicagoist about Universal Studios' 100th anniversary highlighted a program presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and Universal featuring 36 films made by the studio during the past century.
 
Ensuring Workplace Equality for All
A McClatchy–Tribune article published Tuesday about efforts to pass national legislation that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cited research by the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute showing that 78 percent of transgender individuals report having experienced harassment at work. M.V. Lee Badgett, visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law and research director of the institute, was quoted.
 
LAUSD Cuts Summer Programs
Octavio Pescador, visiting assistant professor of Chicano studies and associate director of the UCLA Center for Community Learning, was interviewed Monday on KMEX-Channel 34 about the Los Angeles Unified School District cutting several summer programs for school children.
 
 
QUOTABLE:
 
Dr. Benjamin Ansell
Ansell, associate clinical professor of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Comprehensive Health Program, was quoted Tuesday in a Men’s Health column about erroneous health advice.
 
Susan Bowerman
Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, was quoted Tuesday in a Men’s Health column about erroneous health advice.
 
Michael Diamond
Diamond, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a San Jose Mercury News article about the pressure working fathers feel to be actively involved in their children’s lives.
 
Gary Gates
Gates, a senior research fellow with the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, was quoted Tuesday in a CBS News.com article about a new study suggesting that children of same-sex couples are at higher risk for social, psychological and physical problems as adults.
 
Jonathan Goldin
Goldin, professor-in-residence of radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was quoted Tuesday in a Men’s Health column about erroneous health advice.  
 
Dr. Amir Mehran
Mehran, associate clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is quoted today in an ABC News.com article about bariatric weight-loss surgery being performed on adolescents and young children.
 
John Rogers
Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and an associate professor of education, is quoted today in a Los Angeles Times article about a plan to cut five additional school days off the Los Angeles Unified School District's 2012–13 calendar.
 
Donald Shoup
Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, is quoted today in a New York Times article about changes to the way Santa Monica’s parking meters function.
 
Dr. Dennis Woo
Woo, UCLA associate clinical professor of pediatrics, was quoted Tuesday in a HealthDay News article about research suggesting C-section babies are more likely to fail their first hearing test than babies delivered vaginally.
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