UCLA In the News August 1, 2016

Adding diversity to the college syllabus | The Atlantic

The chancellor of UCLA, Gene Block, acknowledged the sometimes-slow struggle to move his university forward, but is optimistic the new diversity course requirement will foster a more inclusive, tolerant environment. “I hope it’s going to make a difference,” he said.

Hollywood looking to YouTube | Los Angeles Times

“I don’t know of any precedent that’s better than this,” said “Crash” producer and UCLA film professor Tom Nunan of the movie’s viral origins. “‘Lights Out’ is very fresh and very original, but it’s still in a genre that people love.”

Gender identity and the Olympics | Toronto Star

“It is very difficult to come up with an absolute line,” says Arthur Arnold, distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of California Los Angeles. “The Olympic committees have struggled with this and have had different lines, all of which have broken down in various ways.”

Immunotherapy offers help to cancer patient, but no certainty | New York Times

I spoke to Dr. John Timmerman, an oncologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was among the researchers on the paper in The New England Journal of Medicine. I told him Jason’s story, and he said, “Wow.” But he also said, “I have seen some pretty remarkable cases similar to this.”

UCLA retrospective celebrates the work of Kirk Douglas | Los Angeles Times

I recently spent a day with Kirk Douglas, and the experience was exhilarating, energizing and surprising. This was not time spent with the vital actor himself, who turns 100 on Dec. 9, but rather with a generous sampling of the films still to be shown in the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s continuing series “Kirk Douglas: A Centennial Celebration” at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood.

Flu shot rates for African-Americans are lowest; Vietnamese highest | KPCC-FM

About 1 in 3 adult Californians get the flu shot each year, but the rates of immunization vary by race and ethnicity, and a new study by UCLA researchers shows the rate is lowest among African-Americans.

North America has only one true species of wolf | Live Science

“These gray-wolf-coyote hybrids look distinct and were mistaken as a distinct species,” study author Robert Wayne, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement.

U.S. mental health institute puts champion of basic science at helm | Science

“Josh is certainly coming from a basic science side,” says Carrie Bearden, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies people with the syndrome. “He really cares about taking the findings in the animal models and looking how it’s really convergent with patient findings.”

UCLA Medical Center performs its 6,000th liver transplant | Beverly Hills Courier

Not only was the operation an amazing birthday gift, it was a landmark procedure — UCLA performed its 6,000th liver transplant, a national milestone accomplishment based on the United Network of Organ Sharing database and the most of any center in the country.

Uber says it’s ready to ditch driver settlement | Bloomberg News

“Uber’s position is if we don’t have freedom going forward to craft arbitration agreements how we want, we’re not going to have a settlement,” said Katherine Stone, an employment law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. “It’s a my-way-or-the-highway kind of term.”

These people like to chill at 200 degrees below zero | BuzzFeed

Dr. Daniel Vigil isn’t so sure. As an associate clinical professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and a team physician for UCLA Athletics, he routinely has athletes cool their sore muscles with ice packs and soak them in 35-degree water. But whole-body cryotherapy, he says, is something else entirely.

Summer days shouldn’t be lazy for kids | HealthDay

“I always encourage students to keep active in the summer,” Martin Wurmlinger, a physical education teacher at a Los Angeles middle school, said in a news release from the University of California, Los Angeles. “I stress just getting out and finding an activity that keeps them moving and raises heart rate levels,” said Wurmlinger. He’s affiliated with UCLA’s Sound Body Sound Mind, an organization that fights childhood obesity and helps students develop healthy fitness habits.

The nerve to believe in our kids | Huffington Post

(Column by UCLA’s Yalda Uhls) The movie eerily echoed the implications of research that my colleague Patricia Greenfield and I conducted at UCLA; these studies indicated that fame obsession had become part of the sociocultural environment of adolescents.

UNLV boosts resources for undocumented children | Las Vegas Review-Journal

“There’s a real lack of representation,” said Ingrid Eagly, a law professor at UCLA who co-authored the study. “Immigration law is incredibly complex, so for someone who is an immigrant who is fleeing violence to understand that process and articulate claims is difficult — for a child, it’s virtually impossible.”

Melanoma drug may help speed wound healing | United Press International

A drug used for melanoma may have the ability to speed wound healing, though researchers say much more research is necessary before it could be employed for that use with patients. The melanoma drug vemurafenib, marketed as Zelboraf, activates proteins in skin, which researchers at the University of California Los Angeles say holds promise for accelerated wound healing.

Traveling to Mars with immortal plasma rockets | The Conversation

(Column by UCLA’s Gary Li) Nearly 50 years after landing on the moon, mankind has now set its sights on sending the first humans to Mars. The moon trip took three days; a Mars trip will likely take most of a year. The difference is in more than just time.

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