UCLA In the News April 3, 2018

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

UCLA aims for a world without depression | Inside Higher Ed

The University of California, Los Angeles, envisions a world where depression has been eliminated. It sounds like an improbable goal, a moon shot. But that’s the “grand challenge” model — tackling one of the planet’s greatest crises…. “The idea was recruiting these people and studying and understanding depression in a way that was really different from what had been done before,” [UCLA’s Nelson] Freimer said. “The causes of depression, genetic and environmental; the trajectory of depression, because it’s not something that happens in one episode — it’s usually different episodes across their lifetime.”

Far out: Astronomers discover most distant star ever seen | USA Today

Astronomers have spotted the most distant star ever observed that is 9 billion light-years from Earth, a new study reported Monday…. The star is nicknamed Icarus, after the Greek mythological character who flew too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax that melted. (UCLA’s Tommaso Treu is a co-author of the research.) (Also: Popular Mechanics, The Independent)

EPA sets up fight over car pollution standards with California | New York Times

But the fight over auto emissions standards is contentious and unprecedented, said Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA. No administration, Democratic or Republican, has challenged California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act to set its own air quality rules. “This is uncharted territory,” she said. “California has a long history of leading on auto emissions in a way that has been very productive for the country. California gets out in front and sees if regulations will work before the rest of the country adopts it,” she continued. “The administration is challenging that.”

Law needed that removes gibberish from medical bills | Los Angeles Times column

“You wouldn’t stand for that in any other market,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “We have laws for transparency in real estate transactions, transparency in financial transactions. When it comes to healthcare, there’s tremendous room for simplification.”

New York approves plan to skirt provision of GOP tax law | CNN

But some, like Kirk Stark, a tax law professor at UCLA, have noted there are many past examples in which the IRS and the courts have blessed the federal deductibility of state-level charitable contributions made in exchange for generous state tax credits.

Here’s what California’s dry rainy season means for you | KPCC-FM

“There is emerging evidence that there may actually be an increase in the precipitation extremes, both really wet years and really dry years. Even in the absence of big change in overall average precipitation,” said Daniel Swain, climate scientist at UCLA.

Opioid firm blames government for Native American crisis | Washington Post

A recent study in the Harvard Business Review found 61 percent of lawyers surveyed ranked “above average” on a loneliness scale from the University of California at Los Angeles.

The best way to bounce back from a hangover | NBC News

As you metabolize alcohol, the liver releases byproducts, such as acetaldehyde, explains Medell Briggs, MD, MPH, MSHS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCLA Health. “Acetaldehyde can cause a rapid pulse, flushing, nausea and vomiting,” she explains.

What you get to carry as a human being | KCRW-FM

Kristy Edmunds, the executive and artistic director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, thinks of the exchange between a work of theater and its audience profoundly. “[The] public receives [a] work and it can charge them with a very different degree of empathy. You’re catapulted into a world that you didn’t even ever imagine existed and it changes what you get to carry as a human being.”

Good sign is if many recent med school grads are OB-GYN residents | U.S. News and World Report

Ideally, it’s best to attend a school which is home to a strong OB-GYN residency program, since that gives med students an advantage in the residency application process, says Dr. Shahin Ghadir, an assistant clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology with both the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California.

Water sufficiency claims may endanger state’s real supply | Zócalo Public Square

UCLA has issued a Grand Challenge that includes many smart ideas for creating more local water, but also leans into the self-sufficiency myth, setting out the goal of transitioning L.A. County to “100 percent local water” by 2050. The challenge’s leader, the brilliant and usually sober-minded environmentalist Mark Gold, embraced the madness with a Los Angeles Times piece, titled “Let’s Go Local on Water,” that touted “complete water self-sufficiency.”

El-Sisi narrowly misses 100% of vote in Egypt | Al Jazeera

Gulf countries, most notably Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, pumped billions of dollars of investments into Egypt when el-Sisi first took office, but that was paralleled by “unprecedented levels” of suppression, James Gelvin, professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Al Jazeera. “The quick infusion of cash did nothing to alleviate the Egyptian economic crisis in the long term, which is the result of poor economic planning, cronyism, and demographic explosion,” he said.

ADHD may affect certain brain regions in kids | Healthline

Dr. James T. McCracken, professor of child psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Healthline it is currently difficult to diagnose ADHD in the very young. “It is probably most difficult to make a diagnosis of ADHD in preschoolers,” McCracken said. “A lot of the behaviors that make up the core symptoms, the diagnostic features of the disorder, overlap quite a bit with the normal range of behavior.”

Psychiatrist stays true to her childhood promise | Kaiser Health News

The neighborhood surrounding the hospital has higher rates of psychological distress and a greater need for mental health care than the statewide average, according to 2014 data from UCLA.

Placing architecture at heart of contemporary culture | Archinect

“Being a part of UCLA Arts and Architecture puts our department in close contact with other forms of creative cultural production,” said UCLA’s Heather Roberge. “Our school is also home to UCLA’s public units— the Center for Art and Performance and the Hammer and Fowler Museums, making UCLA an attractor for an international community of talented artists, scholars and visitors and an exciting venue from which to engage audiences. This large, productive creative community locates us at the heart of contemporary culture.”

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