UCLA In the News April 7, 2017

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

UCLA works to seal deal with admitted freshmen | Los Angeles Times

[Youlonda] Copeland-Morgan told the students they were elite scholars who were selected from a record 102,000 applications from all 50 states and 80 countries. She told them they deserved to attend UCLA, what she described as one of the world’s top 15 universities. She also tried to ease their worries that they might not fit in and feel comfortable. The campus is richly diverse, she told them and their parents, with more than a third of its students low-income, underrepresented minorities and the first in their families to attend college.

Player’s post-football life ruled by fear as brain fails him | MSN Sports

“Memory problems, headaches, light sensitivity and mood swings can be caused by many different things, most of which are treatable,” [UCLA’s Dr. Christopher] Giza said. “So for patients with chronic symptoms and a history of head impacts/concussions, it makes sense to do a careful evaluation, objective neurocognitive testing, identify treatable problems and then initiate a multi-pronged treatment plan.”

UCLA brings timely refugee dramas to the screen | Los Angeles Times

But in light of the ongoing migrant crisis, “In Transit: Refugees on Film,” a monthlong series starting Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater, makes for particularly essential viewing. Curated by Jan-Christopher Horak of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the nine-film series includes “El Norte” (1983), Gregory Nava’s tale of two teenage runaways from Guatemala, and a beautiful restoration of “Black Girl” (1966), the late, great Ousmane Sembène’s stark first feature about a Senegalese woman who moves to France to work as a house servant.

The failing jails of Los Angeles County | The Economist

“My hope is that Baca’s conviction was the last gasp of the old guard,” says Sharon Dolovich, a prison-law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “There couldn’t be a stronger rejection of the old way of doing things.” But when it comes to the sheriff’s department of Los Angeles County, hope is in short supply.

How deep breathing induces tranquility | NBC News

“We’re hopeful that understanding this center’s function will lead to therapies for stress, depression and other negative emotions,” said Jack Feldman, a professor of neurobiology at UCLA who worked on the study. (Also: Scientific American, The Verge)

California’s cap-and-trade auctions are lawful | Bloomberg BNA

“I think the court really got it right,” Cara Horowitz, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Bloomberg BNA. “It took a creative analytical approach to recognize that the auction is neither a tax nor a traditional regulatory fee, but something else entirely.”

California leaders forge ideas for universal health care | California Healthline

“California should explore all options, [but] we should not do that if it means withdrawing support for protecting the ACA,” said Jerry Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “It would take decades to get back to where we are now,” he said.

Ceres’ temporary atmosphere linked to solar activity | Space Daily

“We think the occurrence of Ceres’ transient atmosphere is the product of solar activity,” said Michaela Villarreal, lead author of the new study in the Astrophysical Journal Letters and researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. [UCLA’s Chris Russell also quoted]

Paralyzed man moves legs via spinal cord stimulator | Tech Times

With this type of injury, some neural connection within the spinal cord still remains, albeit dormant, as explained by Prof. Reggie Edgerton from UCLA. “We don’t have to rebuild them necessarily, just reactivate them to a point,” he said in a statement. His past research led him to discover the spinal cords of animals still retained electrical impulses for routine movements without them being signaled by the brain.

Company behind the Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner | IEEE Spectrum

What happens if you’re scanning somebody with diabetes and they have a little hemorrhage in the eye? Now that hemorrhage shows up on the scan and it’s not going to recognize them,” [UCLA’s Dr. Kevin Miller] says. “There’s issues like that with all these biometric methods.”

Here’s the real reason why acne covers your face | Seeker

Huiying Li, an associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the study’s co-senior author, even told Seeker that this bacterium may “play a role in defending against pathogens.” This would mean that many current acne treatments could actually be killing off beneficial microorganisms.

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