UCLA In the News April 4, 2018

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

Challenge to fuel-efficient car rules is uphill battle | Christian Science Monitor

Legally, the administration may face a legal test over the standards – one that gets steeper the more it attempts to roll back the rules. “This is certain to go to the courts; it will be a significant legal battle,” says Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. And “the more aggressive the EPA is in reducing the stringency of the existing federal standards, the more difficult it will be for the EPA to justify that evaluation.”

How hormones make women wiser | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play”

“I think that that’s a fallacy [that hormones dictate mood]. So there are a couple of layers here. One is that we’re automatons driven by our hormones, that we’re under strict hormonal control. I think that’s not true. However, I do think we experience hormonal nudges,” said UCLA’s Martie Haselton. (Approx. 01:21)

Why more L.A. businesses are refusing your cash | KPCC-FM

UCLA Asian American Studies Center assistant director Melany De La Cruz-Viesca says the unbanked are often lower-income recent immigrants who don’t have enough money to open an account. Or they just don’t trust banks. “They pay for utilities, medical services and their children’s education needs all through cash,” she said.

Trump keeps calling for major legislation; Congress isn’t listening | CNBC

Historically, that means controversial bills get pushed to the side, according to Mark Peterson, a professor of public policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. And in such a polarizing climate, nearly every major bill is destined to become mired in controversy. In this political environment, “it’s very hard to orchestrate the kind of bipartisan coalitions that one could imagine forming even in an election year,” Peterson told CNBC.

Statistics, biology merge to produce new gene computational tool | Scienmag

“The DNA sequence is the same in a brain cell, a liver cell and a heart cell,” said Jingyi “Jessica” Li , the study’s corresponding author and a UCLA assistant professor of statistics. “Why do those cells look so different? The key thing is gene expression.”

How ‘giggle doctors’ help sick kids | The Conversation

Margaret Stuber, a child psychiatrist based at UCLA, has worked with U.S. charity program Rx Laughter, which aims to promote comedy in a therapeutic setting. In 2007 they asked children to watch funny videos before, during or after putting their hand in very cold water.

West Africans possess DNA from ‘ghost’ hominin | IFL Science

Now, Arun Durvasula and Sriram Sankararaman from the University of California in Los Angeles believe they have discovered remnants of DNA from an as yet unknown species of ancient hominin in the genomes of the Yoruba people, in West Africa. The find, published in the online archive bioRxiv, is currently awaiting peer review.

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