UCLA In the News August 10, 2018

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

Google Doodle honors Bruin and Native American engineer Mary Golda Ross | Forbes

Engineer Mary Golda Ross’s calculations helped launch the U.S. space program, and she was the great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross, who led the Cherokee Nation on the Trail of Tears…. Ross was very good at her job — so good, in fact, that Lockheed paid her way to UCLA to obtain an engineering certification. With years of wartime experience under her belt and her new credential in hand, Ross became one of the first 40 engineers of Lockheed’s famous Skunk Works, the secretive aircraft development program that produced the SR-71 Blackbird high-altitude reconnaissance jet, the F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft, and others. (Also: Time, Fortune, Billboard, Independent, LAist, CNET)

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe aims to bring the sun’s mysteries to light | Los Angeles Times

The years of work building a spacecraft tough enough to survive this environment — and sophisticated enough to send back valuable data — are well worth the effort, scientists say. “We’re going to explore unknown territory,” said Marco Velli, a UCLA space physicist and the probe’s observatory scientist.

Invasive crayfish may be reason you’re getting more mosquito bites | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Well, they’re little, tiny lobsters. They are originally from the Southeast United States. They spend their entire life in the water and they’ve made great homes for themselves in a majority of the streams throughout the Santa Monica Mountains,” said UCLA’s Gary Bucciarelli. (Approx 36:15 mark)

An economic upturn begun under Obama is now Trump’s to tout | New York Times

At the same time, however, both presidents have had trouble transforming their economic successes into more general support. For presidents as far back as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mr. Obama is the only one whose approval ratings fell as consumer sentiment rose, said Lynn Vavreck, a professor of political science and communication at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a co-author with John Sides and Michael Tesler of a coming book on the 2016 presidential campaign.

2018 shaping up to be 4th-hottest year. Yet we’re still unprepared for global warming | New York Times

For Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California Los Angeles, it vindicates the scientific community’s mathematical models. It doesn’t exactly bring comfort, though. “We are living in a world that is not just warmer than it used to be. We haven’t reached a new normal,” Dr. Swain cautioned. “This isn’t a plateau.”

What happens when a woman tells a queer girl’s coming-of-age story | Washington Post

To prepare for the part of the story that addresses conversion therapy, Akhavan and Moretz met with survivors of the controversial treatments, including Mathew Shurka, who was in conversion therapy for five years, from ages 16 to 21…. Shurka said he’d never met anyone whose sexual preference was changed as a result of the treatments. An estimated 57,000 teens will enter conversion therapy in the next five years, according to a 2018 UCLA study.

Parents’ spirituality or religion tied to lower suicide risk in kids | Reuters Health

There’s a theory about suicide that suggests three components that lead to a person killing themselves, said Dr. Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the UCLA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic. “First, they perceive themselves as burdensome to others,” said Maidenberg, who is not affiliated with the new research. “They also feel no sense of belongingness and the third component is that they have learned to not be afraid of harming themselves.”

Industry-backed group keeps fighting foam ban | Wall Street Journal

Deepak Rajagopal, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said recycling foam is energy intensive, which ultimately translates to high costs for cities. “[Foam] doesn’t degrade,” Dr. Rajagopal said. “It doesn’t make sense to recycle it, even if you could.”

Here’s how quickly extreme heat can affect your health | Healthline

“With disasters, we think of things like tornadoes and hurricanes and floods and wildfires. They are all very important, but they aren’t the only natural disasters that are out there. We’re not really focusing on the ones that are temperature related,” said Dr. David Eisenman, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, professor of public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters.

The data infrastructure of global supply chains | Logic Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Miriam Posner) It’s not like there’s a control tower overseeing supply networks. Instead, each node has to talk only to its neighboring node, passing goods through a system that, considered in its entirety, is staggeringly complex. Supply chains are robust precisely because they’re decentralized and self-healing. In this way, these physical infrastructures distributed all over the world are very much like the invisible network that makes them possible: the internet.

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