January 04, 2013 at 16:29 PM EST
Verbatim ─ Weight-loss resolutions, filibusters gone wild and allergies ... there’s an app for that
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.

"They ate together. They cried together. They said how sad it was to lose the dead boy…And they reached emotional reconciliation…That’s unthinkable in California."
 
Jared Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, quoted in a Dec. 31 NPR “Talk of the Nation” interview about his new book "The World Until Yesterday," that explores what traditional societies can teach modern industrialized civilization in the way of health habits, social interaction and politics.
 
 
“Until 40 years ago, this partisan weapon was used sparingly — no more than 10 times in any two-year congressional session… Since 2007, the Republican minority…In the 110th, 111th and 112th Congress…filibustered 380 times.”
  
Joyce Appleby, UCLA professor emerita of history, in a Jan. 2nd Los Angeles Times op-ed she wrote about the need to do away with the silent filibuster, a technique employed by the minority party in the U.S. Senate to block the majority from passing legislation.
 
 
"We envision that this cellphone-based allergen testing platform could be very valuable, especially for parents, as well as for schools, restaurants and other public settings."
  
Aydogan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, quoted in a Jan. 2nd LA Weekly report about a research team he led that has developed a lightweight smart-phone attachment and app that allow users to quickly test food products for allergens using their cell phones.
 
 
“If your resolutions for the New Year are typical, they probably include a pledge to lose weight. But if you are like most Americans, any success you have shedding pounds will be short-lived, and you'll end the year weighing more than you do right now.” 
 
Abigail Saguy, associate professor and vice chair of the UCLA Department of Sociology, in a Jan. 4th Los Angeles Times op-ed she wrote about the reasons why people want to lose weight.
 
 
“[E]pidemiologic studies have consistently shown the disease occurs at high rates among farmers and in rural populations. Our work reinforces the hypothesis that pesticides may be partially responsible…”
 
Dr. Jeff Bronstein, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Movement Disorder Program, quoted Jan. 3rd in an Examiner blog regarding his research that links the pesticide benomyl to Parkinson’s disease. The findings suggest a new pathway for drug development to fight the disorder. 
 
 
"HPV is very, very prevalent, but most women who are young and healthy will clear the virus with no consequences.”
 
 
Radhika Rible, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, quoted Jan. 2nd in a HealthDay News article about updated guidelines for cervical cancer screenings.  
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