UCLA In the News April 16, 2019

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

‘Game of Thrones’ is blockbuster TV. Why its success might not be repeated | Los Angeles Times

“I certainly hope there can be those shows that break through,” says Tom Nunan, former president of NBC Studios and UPN, and now a lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “The various cultural milestones that we have grown up with, whether it’s the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards or sometimes a scripted series like ‘Game of Thrones,’ have a way of getting our entire culture to gather around the TV set and enjoy something and celebrate something together.”

When Trump wanted to boot immigrants with temporary status, one Van Nuys firm fought back | Los Angeles Times

“An incredible amount of fear and uncertainty have been instilled, on purpose, by the administration,” said UCLA professor Matt Barreto, who saw California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent trip to El Salvador as a smart way to humanize immigrants and improve rather than strain relations with Central America. “This no doubt is a direct challenge to Trump” by Newsom, Barreto said, “because Trump is spinning all these lies about Central Americans and Salvadorans. They’re in MS-13, they’re murdering people, they’re animals, the caravan is an invasion.”

UCLA baseball welcomes veterans to annual Jackie Robinson fantasy camp | KABC-TV

“[These veterans] talk about coming out and us being ranked and so forth, and they know our record. They know where we are in the league, and they follow certain players. It’s a true fan base,” said UCLA’s head baseball coach John Savage.

Ariana Grande opens up about PTSD, posts images of her brain scans on Instagram | Washington Post

Susan Bookheimer, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of California at Los Angeles’s medical school, said that low-resolution scans like the one that Grande appeared to share cannot diagnose or show symptoms of PTSD. “If one studies a large group of individuals with PTSD and compares them with those without trauma using a much higher resolution brain scanning technique … one may see brain differences at the group level,” she wrote in an email to The Post. “But without diminishing the truly awful events that she experienced, and those of the many individuals with PTSD experience, the changes that occur in the brain are far too subtle to be imaged using today’s techniques.”

20 years after Columbine shooting, little has been accomplished on gun control | Denver Post

Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, said the gun issue largely breaks along Republican vs. Democrat and urban vs. rural schisms. “No issue makes clear the difference between red states and blue states like guns,” Winkler said…. “It’s difficult to see Congress compromise on guns when it can’t compromise on anything. We’re probably not going to see anything significant at the federal level any time soon.”

Will algorithmic tools help or harm the homeless? | Pacific Standard

Homelessness policy experts believe the tool — or one like it — will be crucial in slowing the growth of homelessness. “If we don’t do something to stop the flow, the dynamic processes that lead people into homelessness will be playing catch up forever,” says Gary Blasi, a University of California–Los Angeles law professor and longtime advocate for the unhoused who sits on the Economic Roundtable board.

A mother’s exposure to pesticides during pregnancy may raise children’s autism risk | Time

Led by Ondine von Ehrenstein, associate professor in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, the researchers analyzed autism registry data in California along with data on pesticide spraying in the state. They published their findings in the BMJ…. Von Ehrenstein says that the results point to two possible periods during which developing babies might be vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of pesticides: while in utero and after birth.

Does marijuana cause lung cancer? Doctors call for more research | NBC News

“The smoke of marijuana contains many of the same volatile chemicals found in tobacco smoke that are injurious to lung tissue,” pulmonologist Dr. Donald Tashkin, emeritus professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, told NBC News. “As a pulmonologist, I advise all my patients not to smoke anything,” Tashkin said.

Richard Green, psychiatrist and lawyer who made contributions to gay and trans rights, dies | The Guardian

Across five decades the American psychiatrist and lawyer Richard Green, who has died aged 82, contributed to landmark achievements for gay and trans rights, risking his reputation and career to advance the understanding and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities…. When later training to be a psychiatrist at University of California, Los Angeles, he collaborated with Robert Stoller, an expert in gender identity…. Throughout his career he held many academic posts, including as professor of psychiatry emeritus at UCLA.

UCLA gymnastic coach Val Kondos Field’s storied (and unconventional) career comes to an end | espnW

After 29 years at the helm, (UCLA’s Valorie) Kondos Field, 59, will retire this season — and in the sports world, her coaching style can only be described as, well, unconventional. With a big-picture philosophy that combines dance parties with major life lessons and gymnastics training, she focuses more on the people on her team than on winning any individual title. But she has proven that her approach works pretty well at winning titles too. She has coached the UCLA Bruins to seven national championships, including the 2018 title. And entering the NCAA gymnastics championships this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, the Bruins are certainly in contention to repeat. They won their fourth straight Pac-12 title last month, and were given the No. 2 overall seed entering the tournament, behind Oklahoma.

Clever new device creates electricity out of snowfall | Tech Times

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles have designed an inexpensive, battery-free device that can create electricity from practically nothing…. “Static electricity occurs from the interaction of one material that captures electrons and another that gives up electrons,” Richard Kaner, senior author and professor, explains in a press release from UCLA. “You separate the charges and create electricity out of essentially nothing.”

New proposed federal guidelines for sober homes are disappointing, observers say | Pacific Standard

“There are a lot of good recommendations in there, but to me the key question is, who is going to enforce this?” Darren Urada, a researcher who studies addiction treatment policy at the University of California–Los Angeles, writes in an email. “The document says each recovery house should undergo ‘a certification process by an independent agency.’ What does that mean? Self-regulation through industry groups? We have already been trying that, so it’s unclear how exactly that will change things.”

Whitening strips could be doing serious damage to your teeth | New York Post

“Tooth whitening is the most commonly requested service in many dental offices around the country…. and we’re confident in saying that these products are safe and effective for all of the tissues of the tooth,” Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a spokesman for the American Dental Association and dean at the UCLA School of Dentistry, told MarketWatch.

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