UCLA In the News April 20, 2017

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

The brain boasts its own social network | Scientific American

Research published today in Nature Human Behavior shows seeing familiar people activates a network of brain regions that appears to encode their position within the social group….“Whenever we see another person, our brains spontaneously register a wealth of information about them, including things like their gender, personality traits, emotions and so on,” [UCLA’s Carolyn] Parkinson says. The results suggest that “we also spontaneously activate knowledge of where they sit in our social networks to prepare us to think about and interact with them appropriately,” she adds.

Court orders refunds when convictions are overturned | Los Angeles Times

UCLA law professor Stuart Banner and the UCLA Supreme Court Clinic appealed the case of Nelson vs. Colorado to the high court last year, noting that Colorado was the only state that regularly refused to refund money taken from criminal defendants who were later exonerated. Arguing the case in January, Banner said that as a matter of common sense and long legal tradition, people who were exonerated had a right to get back the money that was taken from them.

‘Mexican heritage’ judge will oversee deported ‘dreamer’ case | Washington Post

“The idea that you would lack impartiality because you were criticized by a public official just never has been thought of something that would meet that standard,” said Scott L. Cummings, Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. This, he said, was a fairly clear-cut case in which the judge should have complete authority to hear the merits of the suit.

Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change | Vox

“In terms of behavioral change, we need two things,” said Magali Delmas, a professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and the Anderson School of Management. “We need first to increase awareness, and then second, we need to find the right motivations for people to change their behavior.”

Medical schools vary in quality of obesity education | U.S. News & World Report

“This is a problem that is important for all physicians to understand, because it is impacting the majority of the patients that we’re going to see, and I think historically doctors have been uncomfortable addressing this medical condition,” says [Dr. Adrienne] Youdim, an associate professor of medicine with the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California—Los Angeles and assistant professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with the university.

Digestive specialists share tips to lessen bloat | NBC News’ “Today”

“For many, it’s too embarrassing to discuss and so they may not bring it up with their doctor until it reaches the point where it’s extremely uncomfortable,” said Dr. Eric Esrailian, co-chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles. “They may not even discuss it with family and friends.”

Autism's drug problem | Spectrum

The medications add up “because there is no centralized person,” says Shafali Jeste, a pediatric neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I see it in Los Angeles all the time.”

Technique controls laser polarization electronically  | Phys.org

“While there are a few ways to quickly switch polarization in the visible spectrum, in the terahertz range there is currently a lack of good options,” said [UCLA’s] Benjamin Williams, associate professor of electrical engineering and the principal investigator of the research. “In our approach, the polarization control is built right into the laser itself. This allows a more compact and integrated setup, as well as the possibility for very fast electronic switching of the polarization. Also, our laser efficiently generates the light into the desired polarization state — no laser power is wasted generating light in the wrong polarization.”

Managers may compromise safety due to earnings expectations | Scienmag

Dr. Naim Bugra Ozel, assistant professor of accounting in the Jindal School, and his co-author Dr. Judson Caskey of UCLA, recently studied firms that meet or just beat analyst expectations. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Accounting and Economics, found that these firms have a roughly 12 percent higher injury rate for employees than other firms do. (Also: Health Medicine Network)

Doctors turn scope on rare diseases | Kaiser Health News

“We have powerful techniques to look at every gene that is being expressed as well as every gene that is inherited,” said Stanley Nelson, one of UCLA’s principal investigators and the lead doctor on Andrew’s case. “This is an example of true precision medicine.” (Also: STAT)

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