UCLA In the News April 4, 2017

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

Artist’s billboards depict the landscapes they block | People Magazine

“People really seem to like the finished product,” [UCLA’s Jennifer Bolande] tells People, “but I’m wishing now that the speed limit was a bit slower on that road so that everyone would have more than a few seconds to think about what they’re seeing. I’m hoping that my photographs will draw attention to the current moment, no matter how fleeting.”

How hand transplant changed Hollywood executive’s life | Los Angeles Magazine

In the years since completing his first hand transplant at UCLA, [Kodi ] Azari had been waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about how to improve on the next. He believes in visualizing efficiency. “I have this saying that there are good fast surgeons and bad fast surgeons but no good slow surgeons,” he says. “What makes you slow is that you don’t have a game plan you know in your mind.”

Latinos running in California House race bucking the norms | NBC News

“This race highlights the tremendous interest in elected office by a wide range and wide diversity of younger Latinos politically engaged and well experienced, who make up the crop of the next generation of our civic leaders,” said Matt Barreto, a political scientist at University of California, Los Angeles and co-founder of Latino Decisions polling firm.

Panel will explore black women in entertainment | Los Angeles Times

“I think that we have made a lot of strides, but even with that visibility, black women are underrepresented relative to their viewership, relative to their representation in the overall population. A few breakouts suggest that change is possible, but we’re interested not just in thinking about this issue in terms of breakout actors and actresses but also being able to represent and tell stories about life from perspectives that we have not yet seen regularly in the media,” said UCLA’s Kimberlé Crenshaw in an interview.

Complicated relationship with outspoken black women | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

Brenda Stevenson, a professor of history and African American studies at UCLA, says personal attacks like those leveled by Fox host O’Reilly are hardly new. She says that when black women speak out, they’re often criticized, portrayed as masculine, and written off as “angry.”

Why are traffic deaths in L.A. so high? | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“Part of this might also be not necessarily stopping the traffic but actually smoothing it. So part of what happens now is that the speeds can be really inconsistent day to day. So if a department can look at a street and reevaluate it, they might actually be able to make travel times more consistent along it and drivers may or may not notice a slight change in the actual travel time along the corridor,” said UCLA’s Madeline Brozen. (Approx. 04:30 mark)

Los Angeles residents fearful of effect of Trump’s policies | KPCC-FM

A new survey of residents found that overall people are pretty satisfied with the quality of life, but there are some concerns. The second annual L.A. County Quality of Life Index Survey was produced at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The survey found nearly half of the 1,600 respondents felt they would be negatively affected by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. [Audio download] (Also: KABC-TV)

California lawmakers detail universal health care bill | Mercury News

“I think that Bernie Sanders’ campaign last year indicated there was broader support for single-payer than a lot of people understood,” said Gerald Kominski, a professor of health policy at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “This is an issue that’s not just going to go away.”

Artificial thymus can produce cancer-fighting T cells | Medical Xpress

“We know that the key to creating a consistent and safe supply of cancer-fighting T cells would be to control the process in a way that deactivates all T cell receptors in the transplanted cells, except for the cancer-fighting receptors,” [UCLA’s Gay] Crooks said. (Also: HealthCanal)

Program detects cancer before symptoms arise | International Business Times

“It’s very much like a message in a bottle,” Jasmine Zhou, professor of pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-lead author of the study told Motherboard. “This cell-free DNA floating in the blood can tell us the secrets of each cell or organ that it’s from.”

Trust in doctor linked to taking blood pressure medicine | Medical Xpress

“Because adherence to blood pressure lowering medication is a challenge for many people, identifying and understanding how to overcome obstacles that prevent patients from following prescribed treatments may help lower their risk for the serious health consequences of poorly controlled hypertension including stroke and heart attack, and, in turn, may lead to improved health outcomes,” said lead study author Lilia Meltzer, Ph.D., and a nurse practitioner at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. (Also: HealthDay, KCBS-TV)

Removal of energy ‘burdens’ could have huge impacts | Salon

“If you ask in the most expansive way what federal actions affect fossil fuels production, DOE’s energy support — research and development support for renewable energy — could be construed as something potentially affecting oil and gas,” said Edward A. Parson, an environmental law professor at UCLA, referring to the U.S. Department of Energy. “The order could encompass a ton of actions in a ton of agencies that aren’t specific to climate change.”

Researchers worry immunotherapy may hasten growth of tumors | STAT

Dr. Antoni Ribas, who researches immunotherapies at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said these reports should not change patients’ and doctors’ approach to immunotherapy. “The potential benefit of immunotherapy far outweighs the worry by miles at this time, so nobody should give up that option because we now have anecdotal evidence that they may have an adverse effect on the tumors,” he said. “I can always be corrected by data, but this is something to be explored further.”

Competing ideas abound for how Earth got its moon | Science News

“I’m absolutely on the fence between these two opposing ideas,” says UCLA cosmochemist Edward Young. Determining which story is correct is going to take more research. But the answer will offer profound insights into the evolution of the early solar system, Young says.

Electrical stimulation, physical therapy help paralyzed patient | News-Medical

The Mayo researchers worked closely with the team of V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., at UCLA on this study, which replicates earlier research done at the University of Louisville. The Mayo study marks the first time a patient intentionally controlled previously paralyzed functions within the first two weeks of stimulation.

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