UCLA In the News April 18, 2017

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

School to use $20-million gift for human rights institute | Los Angeles Times

The institute, which also will receive other donations and support from UCLA, will help the Westwood campus expand its research and advocacy on genocide awareness and prevention as well as the intersections between human rights and health, refugees, immigration and civil rights, said law school Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin…. “What we’d like to become is the West Coast powerhouse for the study and practice of human rights,” Mnookin said. Eric Esrailian, a UCLA doctor and great-grandson of genocide survivors, helped Kerkorian launch the film company Survival Pictures in 2012, to expand awareness of human rights atrocities. (Also: Los Angeles Daily News)

Cleveland murder video forces scrutiny at Facebook | Wall Street Journal

“Because these processes cannot be easily and reliably automated — particularly those videos that are running as live streams — there is no reason to think that people will not continue to find terrible ways to use the platform,” said Sarah T. Roberts, an assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and a researcher studying tech companies’ reliance on contract workers to moderate content. (Also: KCBS-TV , The Guardian [U.K.], CNN)

3 anniversary programs look at Los Angeles in flames | New York Times

“The legacy of 1965 is that it brought to a close the optimism of the civil rights movement,” Darnell Hunt, the UCLA scholar, explains onscreen. Patience was no longer the watchword; violence became a way to express dissatisfaction with the sluggish pace of change.

Wearable sweat sensor could help diagnose disease | MSN

“CF drugs work on only a fraction of patients,” said Sam Emaminejad, who is now an assistant professor of electrical engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. “Just imagine if you use the wearable sweat sensor with people in clinical drug investigations,” he said. “We could get a much better insight into how their chloride ions go up and down in response to a drug.”

Can space technology help solve breast cancer mysteries? | STAT

What does that mean? It’s still not clear: It may be that a microbe they found only in healthy women is somehow protective against breast cancer. But it also could simply be that radiation and chemotherapy wiped out that particular microbe in women who’d been treated for cancer. Either way, the differences are intriguing enough that Love and her collaborator, UCLA’s Dr. Delphine Lee, are planning a larger, follow-up study.

Chemotherapy improvements for pancreatic cancer treatment | KCRW-FM

Some scientists at UCLA say they’ve made a discovery that could greatly improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in fighting pancreatic cancer. It could provide patients with some much needed hope.… The discovery is the result of a two-year study co-led by UCLA doctors Huan Meng and Andre Nel, members of the school’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute. [Audio download]

Dangers of being a saber-toothed cat 12,000 years ago | Science Daily

“The difference in neck injuries between the two animals is dramatic,” said lead author Caitlin Brown, a UCLA doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology. “The dire wolves had many neck injuries clustered together that could have resulted from the wolves being dragged by thrashing prey, as we see in modern wolves. In contrast, the saber-toothed cat has almost no neck or head injury, which implies that they were avoiding damage to their precious teeth.”

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