UCLA In the News April 17, 2017

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

Inside the hotel industry’s plan to combat Airbnb | New York Times

Edward Walker, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles who focuses on grass-roots lobbying by businesses, said such a public call to mobilize against Airbnb was unusual. But because Airbnb itself has “quite effectively gotten hosts involved in its advocacy work,” the hotel industry will have to break with conventional lobbying, too, he said.

Sizing up the global village | Forbes

A recent book by Ramesh Srinivasan gives us some insight into the answer. An associate professor at UCLA, Srinivasan holds degrees in engineering, design and media arts from Stanford, MIT and Harvard, respectively. His latest book, “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World,” can be read as an academic treatise on protecting the diversity of communities on the cultural fringes of our increasingly globalized society.

Here’s why Easter eggs are a thing | TIME

Back then, the rules for fasting during Lent were much stricter than they are today. Christians were not allowed to eat meat or any animal product — including cheese, milk, cream or eggs — so they hard-boiled the eggs their chickens would produce during that time, and stored them so they could distribute them later, according to Henry Kelly, a professor of medieval studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Treating brain disorders with sound | OZY

A 25-year-old coma patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles regained consciousness and language comprehension just three days after researchers stimulated neurons in the thalamus (a key gateway for consciousness and complex thought processes) with a device that emits focused ultrasound at a low intensity. Assuming it consistently helps others recovering from comas, Martin Monti, a professor of psychology and neurosurgery at UCLA, envisions a device that delivers the signal built into “a little helmet.”

Is sugar the new addiction? | KABC-AM’s “In Your Right Mind”

“All the research that we are doing today … indicates that the sugars and other types of foods can be addictive and also can stimulate circuits in the brain which are related to addiction and even more than that, learning and memory,” said UCLA’s Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla. [Audio download] (Approx. 01:05 mark)

Report washes away uncertainty about L.A. tap water | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two’

“I think this year’s annual report from LADWP really emphasizes the fact that you can guarantee that the city of L.A. provides clean, high-quality water to its customers, which is great. I know sometimes DWP gets a bad rap for a bunch of other things. Reliable, safe drinking water supply should never be one of them, and they come through on that front,” said UCLA’s Mark Gold.

Preserving the Ladino culture and language | KPCC-FM

“When you lose a language do you lose a language, do you lose a life, a history of these people, a culture? In a way, yes,” said UCLA’s Bryan Kirschen. [Audio download] (Approx. 03:55 mark)

Chinese-Mexican cuisine born of Chinese exclusion by U.S. | KPCC-FM

“The restaurants you see now are remnants of the Chinese population that used to fill the U.S.-Mexico borderlands in Mexicali and in Baja California,” said UCLA’s Robert Chao Romero. “Chinese started to go to Mexico after the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in the United States.” [Audio download]

Trump plays hardball with Democrats on Obamacare | The Washington Times

“If the payments stop midyear, insurers will face unexpected liability and possibly losses for that year,” said Allison Hoffman, a professor at the UCLA School of Law. “Since participation in the exchanges is tenuous as is, such losses could deter insurer participation.”

Psychedelic drug ayahuasca improves hard-to-treat depression | New Scientist

“There is clearly potential to explore further how this most ancient of plant medicines may have a salutary effect in modern treatment settings, particularly in patients who haven’t responded well to conventional treatments,” says Charles Grob at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dangers of being saber-toothed cats 12,000 years ago | Phys.org

“Consequently, we expected injuries in saber-toothed cats would likely be concentrated in the shoulder, anterior ribcage and spine, while those of dire wolves were likely to be more evenly distributed across all four limbs,” said senior author Blaire Van Valkenburgh, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. “In addition, head injuries were likely to be more common in the dire wolves because they were at risk of being kicked while biting the hindquarters during a chase. Caitlin and Mairin’s analyses supported these conclusions.” (Also: Scienmag)

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