UCLA In the News April 2, 2018

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

Inside UCLA’s Neuroplasticity and Repair Lab | Los Angeles magazine

Twenty-nine years old with long, dark sideburns, Gomez is in a gadget-packed lab at UCLA, with wires and sensors taped to his arm and neck as a team of neuroscience researchers is recording the force he’s able to exert when the electrodes are activated. It’s an experimental treatment to restore mobility in people who’ve been paralyzed, led by Daniel Lu, an associate professor of neurosurgery and director of the university’s Neuroplasticity and Repair Laboratory. “A lot of people think that after a spinal cord injury the function is not recoverable and the patient will be relegated to a life of dependency,” Lu says. “In the past maybe five years or so we’ve come to realize that that’s not the case…. Actually, the spinal cord has a lot of capacity within itself for processing ability.”

When bail feels more like extortion | New York Times

Though California law appears to be quite clear about what bond agents can charge, a review of more than 100 bail contracts and legal documents by the criminal justice reform clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law found that such protections were routinely ignored. The contracts included all manner of additional costs, including late fees, interest on delinquent balances and “renewal premiums” that required the defendant to pay again to stay out of jail if the case was not resolved within a year.

To avoid racist hoodies, retailers seek diversity | New York Times

When fashion is contracted out, “there’s a lot less control, a lot less oversight and involvement from the company along every step of the process,” said Felipe Caro, a business professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has spent years studying Zara.

EPA ready to roll back fuel targets for autos | Los Angeles Times

"Given the work that needs to be done to bring the transportation sector along and the importance of driving those emissions down, having government policy like this is essential," said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA. (Also: UCLA’s Cara Horowitz on KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”)

Our waning snowpack | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Alex Hall) Although recent storms have dumped heavy snow across the Sierra Nevada, Monday's snowpack measurement will almost certainly show that it is still well below average. Last week, the Sierra-wide reading put the total snowpack at 15.8 inches of water content, or 43% below normal. Here's an even more sobering reality. According to our new research, such spring snow measurements will be considered far above average in the decades to come.

Five possible deportees pardoned | Los Angeles Times

Federal immigration law “makes clear that if you receive a full and unconditional pardon from the governor of a state, it can allow a noncitizen to avoid removal in certain circumstances,” said Ingrid Eagly, a professor of immigration law at UCLA.

Compton Cowboys see horseback riding as legacy, protection | New York Times

“The Compton Cowboys are a multigenerational story of black people’s ability to survive and create alternate worlds in the face of neglect,” said Thabisile Griffin, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles, who believes that many of the conditions that exist in Compton today, both inside and outside of the horse stables, have been a response to the lack of opportunities available to African-Americans. “Folks were frustrated, but subcultures of resistance persevered.”

Can California’s housing crisis be fixed? | Los Angeles Times

Opponents of the bill say SB 827 would open too many stable communities to ill-controlled growth. "With one broad brush, it rezones the urban state of California based on where a bus line runs," says former Los Angeles City Councilman and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is currently director of the Los Angeles Initiative at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Journal papers ‘largely indistinguishable’ from preprints | Times Higher Education

A study that found that most preprint scientific papers are “largely indistinguishable” from the versions that appear in academic journals has triggered fresh debate about the role of commercial publishers in scholarly communication. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Los Alamos National Laboratory compared the text of more than 10,000 papers on the ArXiv and BioRxiv servers, which cover fields such as physics, mathematics and biology, with their final published versions.

2020 Census will ask about same-sex relationships | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Since the count of different-sex couples greatly outnumbers that of same-sex couples, [Gary] Gates adds that a small number of mismarked boxes can have a big impact on data. "Even if only a few different-sex couples make an error where they appear to be same-sex couples, it's a large enough problem that it, for lack of a better word, contaminates the same-gender couples' sample," says Gates, a former research director of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

How to fight an opioid addiction | California Healthline

People addicted to opioids face staggering relapse rates of 80 to 90 percent within 90 days if they try short-term rehab or detox programs that wean them off the drugs without assistance from medications, says Richard Rawson, a UCLA psychiatry professor emeritus. Rawson warns that rehab can also increase the risk of an overdose, because your body’s tolerance to opioids is lower after you withdraw from them. “If you leave rehab and take the same dose you used to take, you’re not just going to get high, you’re going to be dead,” he says.

Vivid revelations in police shootings ignite fury | Axios

Joanna C. Schwartz, a vice dean at UCLA School of Law who has written scholarly papers about police misconduct, tells me: “[T]hese killings have been going on for a long time, and there is ... a rise and fall in public attention to these tragedies. Approximately three people have been killed by police every day this year."

New ways to eat leafy greens | Consumer Reports

Even beyond their heart, brain, and cancer-fighting benefits, greens contain plenty of compounds necessary for overall health. “Leafy greens tend to be very high in vitamin K and folate,” notes Dana Hunnes, R.D., Ph.D., an adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. Vitamin K helps the blood to clot properly, and folate is a type of B vitamin important for cell growth.

Genes in songbirds hold clues about human speech disorders | Science Daily

Stephanie White, a UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology and senior author of the study, thinks FoxP2 and the changes it causes could be a part of the molecular basis for vocal learning. In both humans and birds, cells process this gene in a way that produces both a full-length protein and a shorter version of the protein. The long version regulates other genes; what the short version does remains a mystery. Humans with a mutation in the long version have problems with their speech.

Whisper from the first stars sets off loud dark matter debate | Quanta

Many researchers find this final characteristic the most intriguing. “It’s a much stronger absorption than we had thought possible,” said Steven Furlanetto, a cosmologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has examined what the EDGES data would mean for the formation of the earliest galaxies.

Colleges enter competition with coding boot camps | Chronicle of Higher Education

Whatever their undergraduate fields, résumé polishers and career switchers are finding that just about every industry needs coders. Private specialized outfits have dominated the market for coding boot camps, but colleges are aggressively getting into the game…. Similar programs with Trilogy are offered at the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Texas at Austin, and about 30 other colleges in North America, says Dan Sommer, the company’s president and chief executive.

Creating linked networks of metal oxides | Phys.org

A team of scientists from across the U.S. has found a new way to create molecular interconnections that can give a certain class of materials exciting new properties, including improving their ability to catalyze chemical reactions or harvest energy from light. In a new study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Purdue University and the University of Oregon have developed a method to create linked networks of metal oxides that could have interesting catalytic or electronic properties.

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