November 30, 2012 at 18:16 PM EST
Verbatim ─ missing the obvious, music that sells and the drug war
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.
 
“We don’t notice something if we’re attending to something else. Fire extinguishers are bright red and very conspicuous, but we’re almost blind to them until they become relevant.”
  
 
—  Alan Castel, UCLA associate professor of psychology, in a Nov. 26 NBC News.com story about his research that found that people often do not recall things they have seen — or at least walked by — hundreds of times.
 
  
“Xi did not campaign for even one day. His taking over on Nov. 15 was nothing more than a fait accompli of closed-door negotiations, the result of which was known as early as 2007.”
  
 
C. Cindy Fan, UCLA professor of geography and Asian American studies and interim vice provost of the UCLA International Institute, in a Nov. 23 New York Times op-ed about the recent change in China's Communist Party leadership.
 
 
“There is no longer a meaningful distinction to be made between ‘popular music’ and ‘advertising music.’ ”
 
Timothy Taylor, UCLA professor of ethnomusicology and musicology, in a Nov. 25 PJ Media report highlighting his new book, “The Sounds of Capitalism,” which explores the history of music in American advertising.
   
“There’s now no question that the costs of the drug war itself exceed the costs of drug use. It’s not even close.”
  
Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, quoted in an article in the Nov. 25 issue of New York Magazine about marijuana cultivation and use in the U.S. and efforts to legalize the drug.
 
 
“Oral contraception does have side affects women need to be aware of. Risks are higher for women over the age of 35 who smoke and might take a birth control pill.”
  
Dr. Janet Pregler, director of the Iris Cantor–UCLA Women’s Health Center, in a Nov. 28 interview on KABC-Channel 7 about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' recent recommendation that oral contraceptives be sold over the counter rather than by prescription. 
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