UCLA In the News April 18, 2018

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

Starbucks arrests, outrageous to some, are everyday life for others | New York Times

The neighborhood was the part of town where African-Americans were driven out because of riots started by white residents in the mid-1800s, according to Marcus Anthony Hunter, the chairman of the Department of African-American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The rise of housing projects, and later urban renewal, eventually led to a decrease in the black population, he said. And over the past 20 years, the neighborhood has become almost all white because of gentrification.

When racism roils a campus, colleges respond | Chronicle of Higher Education

The best predictor may be how satisfied students already are with the degree of diversity in their ranks, according to a new study presented at this week’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The paper’s author, Katherine Cho, a doctoral student in the University of California at Los Angeles’s higher-education program, cautioned that just because students think they’re diverse as a whole doesn’t mean they actually are — and that’s a problem for achieving actual diversity on campus.

These 16 everyday things pose huge health risks | Reader’s Digest

“When people come to the ER with a rapid heartbeat, tremors, or the jitters — especially if they’re young adults — we generally ask if they were drinking energy drinks before symptoms appeared,” says Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director, Nethercutt Emergency Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “Energy drinks with caffeine can be extremely dangerous — and even cause death,” warns Dr. Ghurabi.

Will new bill SB 827 smash local control of development? | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

“It’s important to remember how much this contrasts to 40 or 50 years ago when, here in the United States, what we were worried about was cities declining. That’s not true anymore. Where the action is is in cities and especially in big cities. So what you get from that is a lot of pressure on housing markets,” said UCLA’s Michael Storper. (Approx. 11:10 mark)

Boyle Heights gallery offers protesters ‘symbolic’ closure | KCRW-FM’s “Design and Architecture”

Eric Avila, professor of history and Chicano Studies at UCLA, says he detects “a certain degree of urban ventriloquism going on in which certain groups or certain actors speak through the voices of people who are positioned or perceived to be more authentic or more connected to the kind of ground level social struggles.” But he acknowledges that the strategy “brings attention to a bad situation that is getting worse, particularly with regards to housing.”

Marine fish won evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago | ScienceDaily

“Today’s rich biodiversity among marine fish shows the fingerprints of the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period,” said Michael Alfaro, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the UCLA College and lead author of the study.

Nonprofit turns discarded crayons into new ones for children’s hospitals | KPCC-FM

Clarissa Byrd, a child-life specialist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said crayons can “provide hours of enjoyment” for hospitalized children. “There’s kids that are in there that have all of these emotions going on, and being able to grab a box of crayons and take their mind off of the trauma that’s going on and to color is so important,” Byrd said.

Solange’s newest performance art project wants to help you meditate | The Cut

Solange premiered her latest performance art project ”Metatronia (Metatron’s Cube),” at UCLA’s Hammer Museum in Los Angeles last Friday. In a roughly four-minute film that can now be viewed on the Hammer’s website, dancers wearing Solange’s signature monochrome perform delicately choreographed moves inside of and around large white modular sculptures set to an instrumental score produced by the artist herself. She also serves as creator and director of the project which was produced in partnership with Uniqlo.

What to know about diverticulitis | ABC News

[Column by UCLA’s David Kim] The condition is very common in the United States and has many variations and treatment options, depending on the individual situation. The statement from McCain’s medical team does not elaborate on the circumstances that led his physicians to recommend surgery, how it was performed or whether it was an emergency situation. The treatment may be simple and uncomplicated, requiring 10 to 14 days of oral antibiotics, or it may require an extremely complex surgery with extensive rehabilitation.

All of the world’s yeast probably originated in China | Atlantic

Leonid Kruglyak, a geneticist at UCLA, calls the new study a “treasure trove of information.” He’s already planning experiments based on some of its data.

Risk of Zika infection through sex may last only a month | Associated Press

The results may help tailor counseling for couples who are concerned about Zika, said Dr. Neil Silverman, a UCLA professor of obstetrics. Two years ago, the risk of Zika caused panic in many couples, but the anxiety level has waned. Silverman said his clinic used to see 20 to 25 couples each month with Zika concerns, but now sees only three to five.

Ancient Mexican city’s art comes to life at LACMA | Los Angeles Times

The exhibition was organized by Matthew H. Robb, former curator at San Francisco’s De Young Museum, where it had its debut in September. Robb, now chief curator at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, is a leading researcher on the mysteries of Teotihuacan. He laid out the show along the lines of the ancient city’s gridded plan, grouping objects according to the temples and neighborhoods in which they were found or to which they show a stylistic or other affinity.

Science and technology can be compatible in more ways than one | The National Opinion

Months of work and research began to find solutions that could help the couple achieve their goal. Hope came from progress in spinal cord research and robotics. They got in touch with engineers at Ekso Bionics in San Francisco, who created a robotic exoskeleton that would allow Mark to train and remind his body what it was like to be upright and walking again. Then they met Dr. Reggie Edgerton and his team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who developed a method based on electrical stimulation of the spinal cord that has helped paralyzed people move again.

These safer-sex campaigns remind us ‘kissing still doesn’t kill’ | Out

Says Dr. Baer, a consultant to the show’s curators, David Evans Frantz and Hannah Grossman, “This show puts the microscope on historical documents and contemporary efforts that illuminate urgency that still exists.”

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