Verbatim ─ neighborhood libraries, double chins and new Olympic regulations
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.
"The small-scale sharing of something that was special to you seems like a great version of borrowing sugar and bringing tomatoes to your neighbor. It helps you make connections to people who live around you."
— Dana Cuff, UCLA professor of architecture and urban design, in a June 27 Los Angeles Times article about a Sherman Oaks resident who established his own Little Free Library, a small lending collection he shares with his neighborhood.
“Bateman's results were believed so wholeheartedly that the paper characterized what is and isn't worth investigating in the biology of female behavior.”
— Patricia Gowaty, UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, commenting in a June 27 Daily Mail article about her efforts to debunk a foundational 1948 study on fruit flies that helped establish the idea that males are promiscuous while females are more choosy. Gowaty’s repetition of the experiment exposed flaws in the original and concluded that male and female fruit flies were equally promiscuous.
"All people are like this. You have focal points around your house, or your community center. Honeybees have their hive. Hyenas have their den. … Organisms all tend to have an anchor point for their activities, and gangs are no different."
— Jeffrey Brantingham, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Anthropology, in a June 26 story from the Atlantic about research he led using a mathematical model to compare the movements of hunting animals and street gangs.
"A small reduction in fat in that region produces a very obvious cosmetic improvement."
— Dr. Michael Kolodney, associate professor of dermatology, in a June 25 Los Angeles Daily News story about a drug Kolodney and colleagues developed that helps to reduce the fat that gathers below the chin.
"Undocumented youth confront legal barriers that lower their aspirations and impede educational attainment of even the most eager students."
— Leisy Abrego, assistant professor in UCLA's Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, in a June 26 Deseret News piece about the barriers faced by Latino students pursuing college degrees.
“If a woman has higher levels of testosterone than other women, will it provide an advantage? Yes. Is it unfair? No, as long as this level stays under the lowest male level. It should not be considered more unfair than any genetic giftedness of any other athlete.”
— Dr. Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics, urology and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, in a June 23 New York Times article about the International Olympic Committee setting new regulations for whether athletes of indeterminate sex may compete as women.