UCLA In the News April 6, 2018

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

Mueller questions Russian oligarchs visiting U.S. | MSNBC

“He’s not fishing, but he is casting a wide net. On the one hand, he’s looking very discretely at potential violations of election law by both Russians and people in the States. You can’t have foreign contributions to an election. It looks like the oligarchs here might have funneled money through think tanks, through possibly the NRA, through straw donors. So very specific stuff, but then it’s generally part of the whole mess of Russian money that he’s beginning to uncover more and more,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman (Approx. 2:00 mark).

Initiatives reinforce support for immigrants | Univision KMEX TV 34

“Immigration is a crucial issue,” said UCLA’s Abel Valenzuela. “UCLA has mechanisms in place to help students get released if they are detained but more importantly to help them after they are released.” (UCLA’s Marisol Arce is also quoted.) [Translated from Spanish]

Beauty even in the most tangled thicket | Denver Post

I was strolling around University of California Los Angeles last week, awestruck by the clear blue sky and cool breeze, marveling at early white magnolia blossoms lazing against the particular red-brown brick that sets the formal architectural rhythm of the campus…. Around a bend in the road that loops near the edge of campus, an arroyo drops behind buildings with famous names and life-saving missions into the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, a forest of extraordinary trees and plants.

Healing the hearts of children with Duchenne | Medical Xpress

Now, researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are pursuing a cutting-edge way to stop heart disease in patients with Duchenne, which affects one in 5,000 male babies born in the United States. Their work, which is supported by a David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant, is just one of a number of projects underway at the medical school in which interdisciplinary groups of UCLA researchers are pursuing new treatments and cures.

Whole story of Gaza demonstrators is missing | Los Angeles Times Opinion

[Commentary by UCLA’s Saree Makdisi] Media coverage of Israel’s massacre of Palestinian protesters during the first weekend of multiweek demonstrations in Gaza offered textbook examples of how syntax and word choice shape, and even distort, representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even if the facts are accurately stated, the ways in which sentences are constructed, and the extent to which details are contextualized, can subtly lead readers astray.

Maryland to become 11th state to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’ | NBC News

A study published in January by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law estimated approximately 700,000 LGBTQ adults have undergone conversion therapy at some point in their lives, including about 350,000 who received treatment as adolescents. The report also estimated 20,000 LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they reach 18, and approximately 57,000 will be subjected to the controversial practice from a religious or spiritual adviser.

Climate change goes to court | Christian Science Monitor

In such a formal setting, off-the-cuff theories, distractions, and distortions are less likely to gain traction. “Courts do hold the parties to higher standards of how they use science and evidence than [a legislature] certainly is held to,” agrees Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. “If the science is relevant to the legal claims ... the judge will take it into account.”

Could this drug help the brain recover after a stroke? | Los Angeles Times

UCLA neurologist Jason D. Hinman, who did not work on the new research, welcomed the results. He said edonerpic maleate is one of many therapies being tested to augment the effects of post-stroke rehabilitative therapy.

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