UCLA In the News April 12, 2018

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

What role should L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles? | Los Angeles Times

If local agencies follow through on their most ambitious plans to capture more stormwater and reuse treated wastewater, the 51-mile-long Los Angeles River will probably dry up for a few months of the year, according to research from UCLA. That, in turn, would kill fish and make the river less hospitable to the plants, birds and other wildlife that call it home. “It’s going to be a tough tightrope to walk,” said Mark Gold, the environmental policy professor who led the UCLA study. “If we go all in on water recycling and stormwater infiltration and capture, then there’s not going to be enough water left for a thriving river.”

Scientists edit thousands of genes at once with upgraded CRISPR | Gizmodo

To solve the problem and speed up the editing process, scientists at UCLA physically connected thousands of RNA guides to DNA-editing code, ensuring that the right place on the genome gets cut and patched each time. “We figured out how to physically connect the matched guide/patch pairs, and still keep the sequences short enough so we can make many thousands of them cheaply and efficiently,” [UCLA’s Leonid Kruglyak] said. (Also: Phys.org)

What to know before pledging a fraternity or sorority | CNN

Fraternity and sorority membership appears to be trending up. In 2016, the latest year for which data are available, 12.8% of freshmen who responded to a national survey conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, said there was a “very good chance” they would join a social fraternity or sorority. That was an increase of nearly 2 percentage points from the 2015 survey.

Don’t wait for Western Balkans to blow up again | Washington Post Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Wesley Clark) Today, three Western Balkan states (Croatia, Albania and Slovenia) have become members of NATO. Croatia and Slovenia have joined the European Union. Kosovo is now an independent nation. Most Americans and Europeans have mentally filed away that brutal conflict as a problem solved. Sadly, this is far from true. Lingering political conflicts over the ethno-religious character of these nations consistently threaten to metastasize into national and regional crises, making the region a prime target for meddling by foreign powers.

One grain at a time | Archaeology

“The rice terraces are emblematic of Philippine heritage; they exemplify human ingenuity and humanity’s ability to modify even the most marginal landscape,” says University of California, Los Angeles, anthropological archaeologist Stephen Acabado, who was born in the Philippines and has researched the region for years. This intricate agroecological system, he says, highlights the consonance between human needs and sustainable ecological management.

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