UCLA In the News April 19, 2017

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

Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century  | Los Angeles Times

UCLA was a leader in library redesign, reconfiguring a floor in the Charles E. Young Research Library in 2011 to make room for open seating, group study rooms and collaboration pods equipped with LCD monitors for presentations. About 18,000 volumes — half the print reference collection — were moved elsewhere, but more than 2 million books remain on other floors.

The ‘dark side’ of providing an open, live forum | Los Angeles Times

“People are so used to hoaxes and … fiction online that their first reaction, depending on the circumstances, may well be, ‘This is a joke,’” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh. They may also assume someone else has already called police. “When you see an accident on the side of the street, sometimes you call 911,” he said. “Sometimes you say, ‘Someone called 911 already.’”

Wearable health tech: a wrist sensor that works up a sweat | NBC News

It was not painful and could be worn strapped to the arm. “It could be like a watch,” [Sam] Emaminejad, who’s now at UCLA, told NBC News.… “One way I think this technology can be incorporated into our daily lives is to be incorporated into a smartwatch,” Emaminejad said. The compounds that stimulate sweating and that measure the desired compounds would need regular refreshing.

U.K. prime minister seeks surprise general election | CNN

“It’s all about political gaming. She has accused the opposition of doing and engaging in this. It’s about strategy and it’s about out-maneuvering your opponents.… By doing this right now, she has an opportunity to have a mandate that will last her all the way through until 2022. She has an opportunity to massively grow the margin in the House of Commons … and she also has an opportunity to really humiliate the Labor Party,” said UCLA’s Dominic Thomas. (Approx. 01:15 mark)

Immigration crackdown has serious public health implications | Vox

According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, “Despite the far-reaching expansion of health care coverage for the large number of uninsured individuals in the U.S., the ACA explicitly excludes undocumented immigrants from purchasing health insurance coverage through the health exchanges. In addition, undocumented immigrants continue to be ineligible for most public forms of health insurance coverage and would not benefit from any Medicaid expansions carried out by the states.”

‘The Promise’ set to donate money to create institute | KCRW-FM

Dr. Eric Esrailian, a co-producer of the film and a doctor at UCLA, says that for many people, the Armenian genocide is not well-known; he wants to change that. $20 million of the proceeds from the movie will be used to create the Promise Institute for Human Rights, which will be housed in UCLA’s law school. [Audio download]

What Wellesley students got wrong about free speech | Bloomberg News

Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law argued then that the expulsion violated the students’ free speech rights. In essence, he believed the students were punished for the content of their speech, in violation of the First Amendment.

Film’s rating sends ‘dangerous message’ to transgender youth | The Wrap

The Williams Institute at UCLA estimates that there are 150,000 transgender youth between the ages of 13 and 17 in the United States.

Want to really help workers? Then embrace free trade | Zocalo

This is how societies have progressed over many centuries: from Silk Road traders traversing the Middle East to Asia, to explorers crisscrossing from the Old World to the New World, to the millions of students who flock to the United States to attend college and graduate schools. Free trade has freed us from the tyranny of our own narrow ideas and ways of living. The movement of peoples across national boundaries has transformed religion, technology, and political thought for many centuries. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Bhagwan Chowdhry)

Be wary of dietary supplements | U.S. News & World Report

Unlike medicines that are approved for use by the FDA after tests show they are both safe and effective, supplements are not reviewed and approved for safety or effectiveness by any government agency. Manufacturers are not required to do pre-market safety trials or post-market safety studies. Even if a dietary supplement contains a new ingredient, manufacturers are only required to notify the FDA, but not consumers. (Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding)

Scientists prevent metastasis in pancreatic cancer | Science Daily

The discovery is the result of a two-year study co-led by Drs. Huan Meng and André Nel, members of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute. The findings are important as they demonstrate how the delivery of chemotherapy to pancreatic cancer can be improved significantly through the use of smart-designed nanoparticle features.

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