UCLA In the News June 22, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Extreme heat to continue in California | New York Times

Climate researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have created forecasts of how many days of extreme heat — defined as more than 95 degrees — the Los Angeles region could expect if nothing was done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Downtown Los Angeles, for example, now has roughly a week’s worth of extreme heat days a year, said Alex Hall, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UCLA. (Also: Mashable)

Genes tied to Tourette’s bring treatment hopes | International Business Times

“This is a first, key step in understanding the role of these genes in the disease process and ultimately in pointing the field toward possible therapeutic strategies,” said Dr. Giovanni Coppola, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the study’s co-senior author. “All of us in the field have been trying to understand which genes increase the risk of disease.” (Also: KTTV-TV, KPCC-FM [Audio download], City News Service, HealthCanal, Medical Xpress)

DWP contract could spark costly demands | Los Angeles Times

“Every time you give a pay raise to Water and Power employees, you know you’re going to get a knock on your door from the city employees, saying, ‘Us too,’” said Zev Yaroslavsky, director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, who has served both on the City Council and the county Board of Supervisors.

Syria raises concerns over Trump’s ties to Russia | Pacific Standard

Richard Anderson, a political science professor at the University of California–Los Angeles specializing in post-Soviet Union diplomacy, is skeptical of cross-Atlantic collusion in this particular incident—if only because, he says, Moscow isn’t sophisticated enough to have coordinated a row with Washington. “It’s not possible that Washington and Moscow are acting together to appear at odds to affect the investigation,” he says. ”The Russians lack that kind of political sophistication about U.S. politics.”

Officer cleared in police shooting | Vox

Historians say these types of violent outbursts are typically rooted in longstanding anger toward a system that has in many ways failed them. “People participate in this type of event for a real reason,” Darnell Hunt, a UCLA professor who’s studied the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, told me during the Baltimore riots after Freddie Gray died in police custody. “It’s not just people taking advantage. It’s not just anger and frustration at the immediate or proximate cause. It’s always some underlying issues.”

Experts weigh in on new health care bill | Healthline

Nadereh Pourat, PhD, director at the Center of Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said if the Senate version of the health bill remains similar to the house bill, it means a “repeal” of the ACA “plain and simple.” “It’s about undoing Obamacare or ACA in one way or another,” Pourat told Healthline. “The first draft that came out of the House did that exactly. The Senate version from what you see appear in the media is not going to be very different in its purpose.” 

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