UCLA In the News April 12, 2017

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

Startups test robots that carry stuff from here to there | Wall Street Journal

“I’m not sure what pressing problem these robots are supposed to solve for us,” says Michael Manville, an urban-planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Do we seriously have a problem where people can’t move stuff down sidewalks?” If the purpose is to ease traffic congestion, Mr. Manville says, cities could better accomplish that by charging for the use of certain busy roads, improving bicycle lanes, enacting a gas tax, or all of the above.

Groundbreaking show to confront the gender bias in art | Los Angeles Times

The UCLA Hammer Museum is showing Jean Dubuffet’s drawings inspired by outsider art, plus a rare survey of assemblage sculpture by Indian activist Jimmie Durham, an American expatriate.

Saber-toothed cats paid a stiff price for lunch | New York Times

Caitlin Brown, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the study, along with her colleagues analyzed more than 35,000 saber-toothed cat and dire wolf bones retrieved from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.… “Most of the injuries we found were not broken bones or signs of major trauma,” Ms. Brown said, “they were signs that the muscles were overworked or arthritis was in the area.”

What’s campus protocol for suspicious individuals? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Generally all schools now require any person entering the school, any adult, to sign in first and show identification. So one question is, did this occur at the school? ... That allows them to screen an individual and determine if this person belongs on campus,” said UCLA’s Pedro Noguera. (Approx. 02:25 mark)

How to bridge the divide in a hyperpolarized world | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“I’m afraid that it is not just reflective, but I’m afraid it is also productive of the larger society. College students of today are going to be the leaders of tomorrow and the question is: Which way will they lead us,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx. 05:35 mark)

How to best support children who have experienced trauma | KABC-AM

“Well, it just shows you that kids seek the safety of their parents, and you saw that beautifully at the end when she said she felt safe with her mom. It’s important to first acknowledge to your kids that they are safe at this moment, but you also saw that kids are going to have different experiences with this. And so, you need to start the conversation with them,” said UCLA’s Melissa Brymer. [Audio download] (Approx. 02:35 mark)

Cancer screenings should start later | KABC-TV

“Sometimes with all of the confusion, the easiest is to default to what we’ve always done,” said UCLA’s Dr. Deanna Attai. “Slowly patients are becoming aware that maybe more testing isn’t better. We’re seeing that in other specialties as well, but it’s a very slow process and a very slow change.” (Approx. 01:00)

How the fight for a $15 minimum wage in Baltimore fell apart | Vox

The defeat in Baltimore won’t likely slow down the national movement to lift wages for unskilled workers, says Chris Tilly, an economist and urban planning professor at the University of California Los Angeles…. “The argument that [a $15 wage] might reduce the number of jobs is going to get a stronger hearing in a city like Baltimore than places like Seattle and San Francisco,” says Tilly.

New technology to make trip to dentist better | Reader’s Digest

Researchers at UCLA have found that nanodiamond particles (tiny diamond bits that are imperceptible to the naked eye) can improve bone growth around implants. They may be introduced by injection or oral rinse, rather than surgery.

Juvenile justice alternatives for children under 12 sought | Phys.org

The UCLA study brought together UC experts from social welfare, medicine, psychology and psychiatry, law and criminology, as well as community partners from organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund-California and the National Center for Youth Law. “Our findings provide a rationale for why California should have a minimum age for entering the juvenile justice system and why children 11 and younger should be excluded,” [UCLA’s Dr. Elizabeth] Barnert said.

Conscious sedation is safe option for heart valve procedure | Scienmag

UCLA scientists have found that conscious sedation — a type of anesthesia in which patients remain awake but are sleepy and pain-free — is a safe and viable option to general anesthesia for people undergoing a minimally invasive heart procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Answering questions about breast implants | Reader’s Digest

“They do not last forever, but a broken implant is a very uncommon reason to do a revision,” says Los Angeles plastic surgeon Steven Teitelbaum, MD, an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. “A more typical reason for revisions is because someone wants to change their size, their breasts have started to droop as a result of time and gravity, or their body makes scar tissue around the implant.”

Online toolkit offers resources to improve school nutrition | Daily Democrat

“What you eat not only impacts health, it also is strongly linked to academic achievement,” said Wendy Slusser, associate vice provost for UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative, who led the GFI project. “This toolkit offers resources to help organizations provide students with equitable access to healthy food, so they can eat better and maximize their opportunities for academic success.”

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