IN THE NEWS
- Gestures of Human and Ape Infants are more similar than you think
Smithsonian Magazine Blog - June 6, 2013
Researchers from our Department of Psychology, and their collaborators, have found that there is a similarity in the form and function of the gestures used by chimpanzees, bonobos and human infants.
- No Link Seen Between Child Stimulant Use and Later Drug Abuse
New York Times - May 28, 2013
UCLA researchers have found that children who take medications for ADHD are at no greater risk of using alcohol, marijuana, nicotine or cocaine later in life.
- The Science of Food – LA Times
LA Times - May 23, 2013
"Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of What We Eat," is a course taught by Amy Rowat, UCLA assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, in which students explore such topics as food's texture and flavor from a scientific perspective. As part of the course, Rowat also hosts public "Science and Food" events featuring top chefs.
- UCLA life scientists present new insights on climate change and species interactions
UCLA Newsroom - May 21, 2013
Van Savage, UCLA assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Biomathematics, and former UCLA postdoctoral researchers Anthony Dell and Samraat Pawar have shed new light on how climate change will affect interactions between species. This knowledge, they say, is critical to making accurate predictions and informing policymakers of how species are likely to be impacted by rising temperatures.
- Brain rewires itself after damage or injury, life scientists discover
UCLA Newsroom - May 15, 2013
When the brain's primary "learning center" is damaged, complex new neural circuits arise to compensate for the lost function, say life scientists from UCLA and Australia who have pinpointed the regions of the brain involved in creating those alternate pathways — often far from the damaged site.
- Boosting 'cellular garbage disposal' can delay the aging process
UCLA Newsroom - May 06, 2013
David Walker, associate professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology, and his colleagues have identified a gene previously implicated in Parkinson's disease that can delay the onset of aging and extend the healthy life span of fruit flies. The research, they say, could have important implications for aging and disease in humans.