UCLA In the News October 11, 2017

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

Governor Brown signs new zero-emission vehicle laws | Los Angeles Times

The governor also signed a law that extends access to carpool lanes through fall 2025 for some alternative fuel vehicles with only a single occupant. The bill’s legislative analysis cites a UCLA study that found access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes has helped spark the purchase of 24,000 plug-in electric cars and hybrids.

Drought and heat, worsened by humans, help fuel fires | NBC News

“It’s very clear that the increasingly hot summers are the product of climate change,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “And it’s clear that human influence has an impact on the climate system in the American West and more broadly. That increases the risk of fire and the overall acreage burned when we get these conditions.”

Is there meaningful legislative solution for mass shootings? | The Atlantic

“With 320 million guns out there, any law you adopt is going to be necessarily less effective,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and author of Gunfight: “The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.” “You can ban assault weapons but there’s seven to 10 million assault weapons out there.” Winkler also acknowledged the uniqueness of mass shootings that makes them a very challenging problem to solve.

Mini brains could help to identify treatment for Zika-related brain damage | Medical Xpress

“Diseases that affect the brain and nervous system are among the most debilitating medical conditions,” said [Bennett] Novitch, UCLA’s Ethel Scheibel Professor of Neurobiology and a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. “Mini brain organoids provide us with opportunities to examine features of the human brain that are not present in other models, and we anticipate that their similarity to the real human brain will enable us to test how various drugs impact abnormal or diseased brain tissue in far greater detail.”

MacArthur fellow uses bits of data to see big picture | Los Angeles Times

“I couldn’t believe what he was doing,” said UCLA mathematician Terence Tao, who heard about the work a few years back when he and Candès were dropping their kids off at a child-care center. “It sounded like he was getting a free lunch. It sounded mathematically impossible.” Tao, a co-recipient of the 2006 Fields Medal, one of the highest honors for mathematicians, said he went home and tried to come up with a mathematical argument showing why Candès’ explanation could not be true. He couldn’t find one, and concluded that the researchers must be right.

Judge declines to block Washington cyberstalking law | Associated Press

Eugene Volokh, a University of California-Los Angeles law professor who represents Rynearson, told The Associated Press in an email Tuesday they appreciate the judge’s analysis but disagree and expect to appeal. During arguments, Volokh told the judge the law can’t be constitutional: “If you think of much of what goes on in elections, President Trump might have been guilty of cyberstalking Secretary Clinton,” he said.

Important breast cancer screening weapon you may not know about | Vogue

“Mammography has always been an imperfect tool,” explains Dr. Deanna J. Attai, a UCLA Health surgeon and past president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. To explain why, she points out that pap tests work well at any age, noting, “a cervix is more or less a cervix.” Breasts are all different.

Rebooting the brain with magnetic stimulation | U.S. News & World Report

Generally, fast pulses at a high frequency enliven the targeted areas, while pulses at a low frequency can suppress activity, says Dr. Andrew Leuchter, a professor of psychiatry and director of the TMS Clinical and Research Service at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Threatening North Korea isn’t an effective strategy | CNBC

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Wesley Clark) From a military perspective there is plenty of “storm” already. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops are deployed overseas; combat operations are underway in many countries, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and, as we learned recently with the loss of four U.S. soldiers, in Niger, a country most Americans couldn’t find on a map.

Map shows where wildfires in California are burning | TIME

“Fires are always going to be present with us, and there are always going to be ones that we simply cannot be able to control,” Glen MacDonald, the John Muir Memorial Chair of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, told TIME in June. “I see no reason to relax and think this is something that will end in the future.” (UCLA’s Daniel Swain also quoted in Quartz)

Cleaning up Santa Susana Field Lab is all about numbers | KNBC-TV

A 2007 federally funded study, done by Dr. Yoram Cohen of UCLA, concluded that contamination from the Field Lab had affected neighboring areas. “We noted that there was ample evidence that contaminants have migrated off-site,” Dr. Cohen told NBC4 in 2015.

Nobel winner may be responsible for rise in savings | Bloomberg News

Thaler did, however, develop the notion of automatic escalation, also called “save more tomorrow,” along with Shlomo Benartzi, a behavioral economist at the University of California at Los Angeles. (Also: TIME)

Training new doctors right where they’re needed | Kaiser Health News

Though not all teaching health centers have affiliations with medical schools, the Rio Bravo program has an academic partnership with the UCLA medical school, which helps develop its curriculum, Stewart said.

New method to rapidly measure cell’s stiffness and size | News-Medical

“Measuring cells with our calibrated instrument is like measuring time with a standardized clock,” said senior author Amy Rowat, UCLA associate professor of integrative biology and physiology. “Our method can be used to obtain stiffness measurements of hundreds of cells per second.”

Synthetic molecule effective at kicking and killing HIV developed | News-Medical

“The latent HIV reservoir is very stable and can reactivate virus replication if a patient stops taking antiretroviral drugs for any reason,” said Matthew Marsden, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the study’s lead author. “Our study suggests that there may be means of activating latent virus in the body while the patient is on antiretroviral drugs to prevent the virus from spreading, and that this may eliminate at least some of the latent reservoir.”

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