UCLA In the News August 11, 2017

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

Healthier workers are more productive, study finds | Wall Street Journal

Lifestyle changes — better nutrition, more exercise, less stress — were responsible for most of the gains, the authors say. “We forget that many people come to work not feeling their greatest,” said Ian Larkin, a management professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wrote the paper with Timothy Gubler of University of California, Riverside, and Lamar Pierce of Washington University in St. Louis. “Showing up feeling better means people work harder on a day-to-day basis.”

A new look at how Latinos are powering the U.S. economy | NBC News

“I’ve been studying Latinos for over 40 years, and you can point out some amazing things about Latinos, but people just yawn. But if you reframe Latinos in terms investors can understand, by size and growth rate, we can have a better idea of Latinos’ importance in the U.S. economy,” said [David] Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine, UCLA.

How social media websites moderate potentially offensive material | BBC Radio

“As most journalists and researchers will find, it’s very difficult to obtain specific figures and other kinds of details from firms. But one of the interesting revelations this spring from Facebook was that in the wake of some of their more disagreeable and shocking incidents, they responded by saying that they already had a workforce of some 4,500 people doing moderation worldwide,” said UCLA’s Sarah Roberts. (Approx. 22:35 mark)

Women computer science majors rising | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Harvey Mudd isn’t the only school seeing success in this effort. Carnegie Mellon has also significantly raised the number of women who major in computer science. Jane Margolis, an education researcher at UCLA, began a four-year study of Carnegie Mellon in 1994. At the time, only 7 percent of computer science majors were women. “It was not a question of capacity or ability,” Margolis says. “It was a question of women feeling that they weren’t welcome or that their existence was suspect.”

‘Sleep switch’ find paves way for better insomnia cure | Asian News International

The University of California, Los Angeles scientists reported the first evidence that a gene outside the brain controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation — a surprising discovery that could eventually lead to greatly improved treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders that do not involve getting a drug into the brain. (Also: Press Trust of India)

L.A. hustling to meet an Olympic deadline | Los Angeles Times

Zev Yaroslavsky, a former county supervisor and council member, said Los Angeles is taking on some risk when it guarantees to cover potential overruns. A huge economic downturn, for example, could significantly drive down Olympics ticket sales, depriving organizers of needed revenue, he said. Yaroslavsky, who directs the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, said he would feel more comfortable if the council had an updated budget and outside analysis before signing a financial guarantee.

What are ‘depression naps’; are they troubling sign?  | NBC News’ “Today”

Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, agreed such naps could be a coping mechanism, noting they could either be a symptom of low energy or a way for people to avoid hopeless or helpless thoughts. “It can be helpful in the short run, but recurrent dependence on naps becomes a potential mechanism of depression maintenance,” he explained.

Studying lizards? Be sure to wear the right color shirt | KPCC-FM

UCLA researcher Breanna Putman noticed something odd when she went out in the hills around Los Angeles looking for lizards to collect for study. She was wearing a bright red t-shirt. “They would just, you know, take off running, run really high up a tree,” she said. Putman says she figured out that she was scaring the lizards. Animals often see people as predators — and their behavior can be affected by something as simple the color of a t-shirt. (Also: Gizmodo, Cosmos)

Extension partners with Spanish firm for courses | Los Angeles Business Journal

“This partnership is a win for employers and professionals,” said Van Anderson, director of corporate education and custom programs at UCLA Extension. “The fact that these UCLA Extension courses are offered in Spanish allows us to provide access to a UCLA curriculum.”

The role of occupational therapy in MS | U.S. News & World Report

“Everyone is different. It’s conceivable that even a newly diagnosed patient might have, say, numbness in the hands that might interfere with buttoning or holding a pen,” says Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology and clinical director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Brain-stimulating activities may help improve brain health | AARP

“Put simply, this survey is telling us that, if you work your brain, your brain will work for you,” said Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “Working your brain is easy and involves simple activities like taking a walk, spending time with friends or reading a book.”

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