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

Fire causes massive damage to Notre Dame Cathedral | MSNBC

“Well, I think the first thing that will need to be done is they’ll need to survey the state of the stone walls, because they will have been damaged by the heat of the fire,” said UCLA’s Meredith Cohen. “So they’ll have to assess the damage, the walls, the possible stained glass, and then question what to rebuild and how.… What’s lost is lost. You can’t rebuild the past. You can make effective reproductions of the past or you can make something new. But you can’t reproduce what’s been lost.” (Also: KABC-TV, Slate)

Winter is coming, and UCLA researchers have found a way to generate electricity from it | TechSpot

A research team working out of the University of California, Los Angeles, has developed a “snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator.” That’s quite a mouthful, so researchers have shortened the name to “snow TENG.” So, what exactly does this snow TENG do? In short, it generates power from — you guessed it — snowfall. Because snow is positively charged, researchers discovered that they could make the snow TENG out of an oppositely-charged material (as well as an electrode) to create static electricity when snow makes contact with it. “While snow likes to give up electrons, the performance of the device depends on the efficiency of the other material at extracting these electrons,” UCLA researcher Maher El-Kady explained in a statement. “After testing a large number of materials including aluminum foils and Teflon, we found that silicone produces more charge than any other material.” (Also: New Atlas)

Kim and Khloé Kardashian attend opening of UCLA center named after their father | People

On Tuesday night Kim — along with her mom, Kris Jenner, sister Khloé Kardashian and other members from her late father Robert Kardashian Sr.’s family — all celebrated the opening of UCLA’s Robert G. Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health in Los Angeles. The new wing will “provide resources for groundbreaking research, patient care and education/training, in addition to support of efforts in esophageal health,” Khloé wrote on her Instagram story. “The naming of the center and its dedicated specialty services will assist in advancing UCLA’s position at the forefront of the world for the study and treatment of esophageal and other GI disorders — improving the quality of life for countless patients and their families.”

The 140-year-old dream of ‘government without taxation’ | The Atlantic

In June 2017, three UCLA professors made the case in a Los Angeles Times op-ed, with Georgian logic, that land-value taxes should be used to finance affordable housing in California: “Housing scarcity delivers unearned wealth to people who own housing, and it imposes unwarranted burdens on people who don’t. To solve our housing crisis fairly and effectively, we should tax that wealth and use it to ease those burdens.”

Your tax return is none of my business | Bloomberg Opinion

The result of tax-record publication was that “this game of income comparisons negatively affected the well-being of poorer Norwegians while at the same time boosting the self-esteem of the rich,” according to Ricardo Perez-Truglia, a UCLA economics professor writing last week in VoxEU. There’s even a smartphone app that creates income leaderboards from the data on your Facebook friends.

Free-tuition idea spreads in medical schools | Insider Higher Ed

About 20 percent of students at the David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles, are awarded scholarships that cover all expenses — tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and more. The scholarships are awarded based on measures of academic merit, not financial need.

Israel will be liberal again, one day | Forward Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s David Myers) The recent Israeli elections not only reinforced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ironclad grip on his country’s political life, but affirmed the mutual benefits of the bromance between these two pillars of the global movement of illiberal democrats. Netanyahu’s pro-settlement agenda pumps up President Trump’s evangelical base; and Trump bestows gifts that reinforce Netanyahu’s base (such as the embassy move to Jerusalem or recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights). In the process, the two seem to symbolize and even promote the end of the long reign of liberal democracy.

Showers of interstellar debris could speed up the assembly of worlds around young stars | Scientific American

Edward Young, a geochemist at the University of California, Los Angeles, agrees with Alexander. Young says that exotic materials would not look too different from the familiar rocks of the solar system. He points to observations of dying stars called white dwarfs, which from time to time can be seen devouring rocky material from expired planets. According to Young, the ratios of major elements for that alien debris are similar to those for rocks around the sun, although not exactly the same. “It’s not obvious to me that they would be that different,” Young says.

Sperm study increases concern that climate change will kill off species | Inverse

In 2018, scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, determined that higher temperatures have a significant negative effect on human fertility and birth rates. Disturbing as it sounds, that finding was in line with what we already know about the sperm of warm-blooded animals: high temperatures damage sperm quality.

The real reason you should make the time to declutter | Family Circle

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. The more of it we have in our bloodstream, the more stressed we feel. The short of breath, elevated heart rate, tight chest feeling? That’s cortisol. It’s helpful in a genuinely stressful situation, but we weren’t designed to idle there. Research out of the University of California in Los Angeles has shown that a cluttered home increases cortisol levels in women. The results can lead to anxiety, weight gain, and sleeplessness.

UCLA researcher to study the social impact of cannabis | London Free Press

Because UCLA is a top-ranked university with world leaders across disciplines, it is poised to be the hub of rigorous, impactful study of cannabis and cannabinoids.” [UCLA’s Ziva] Cooper stresses L.A.’s significance in the field of cannabis research, as well as its broader implications over the rest of the country as legalization creeps slowly from state to state. “Los Angeles has become an experiment for the United States to see what happens when we permit the use of cannabis across the board,” she says. “In Los Angeles, there is an immediate opportunity, and a public health necessity, to study the impact of cannabis on health and society.” (Also: Medical Xpress,  Quartz)

Few smaller California cities ideal for LGBT seniors, says report | Bay Area Reporter

A study released in August by the Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank at the UCLA School of Law, found that roughly 3.5 percent of adults in California age 50 and older identify as LGB. The study, using data from the 2015-2016 California Health Interview Survey, found there were 268,800 older adults in the state who identify as lesbian or gay and 163,000 as bisexual. (There is no statewide data for the transgender senior population.)

Ancient Christian manuscripts digitized at monastery beneath Mount Sinai | Reuters

The project began last year and is being undertaken by the non-profit research organization Early Manuscripts Electronic Library, in collaboration with the monastery and the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA Library said it will start publishing the manuscripts online, in full color, from the fall of 2019.

Is honey healthy? Here’s what the experts say | Time

Honey is made from nectar. “Bees collect the dilute-sugary nectar of flora plants, produce an enzymatic activity after ingestion, regurgitate it into honey cells and evaporate a high percentage of the water out of it, producing a super-sweet viscous liquid known as honey,” explains Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center…. When possible, try to buy locally produced honey from a place where you can see the honeybees or how the honey is produced, Hunnes says. Doing this makes it more likely that the honey you’re buying is actually honey.