UCLA in the News August 15, 2014

UCLA Mathematician Honored for Wide-ranging Impact | Scientific American

The Gauss Prize for research that has had an impact outside mathematics is awarded to Stanley Osher of the University of California at Los Angeles, who has developed techniques for image processing and animation that enable complex objects to be approximated realistically, and for blurred or indefinite objects to be more sharply defined.

The Real Mountain Lions of L.A. County | Science

Evolutionary biologist Robert Wayne of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed DNA from samples of blood, as well as fur and scat left on trails. The DNA revealed low genetic diversity, compared with other populations, although there aren’t any apparent physical problems. (Also: San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

PTSD May Affect Those with No Memory of Trauma | Medical News Today

There are many forms of memory and only some of these may be critical for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reports a new study by researchers at the University at Albany and the University of California Los Angeles.

L.A. Rental Market is Nation’s Most Unaffordable | KTTV-TV

A UCLA study confirms something that many of us already know: L.A. is the least affordable rental market in the country. (Also: LA Weekly, KPCC.com)

UCLA Leads New Center on Cybersecurity | IEEE Spectrum

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin have already begun work with IBM Research on a version of mathematical obfuscation called indistinguishability obfuscation — a method for protecting code that could only be broken if attackers spent an impractical amount of time and resources.

Better Schools Linked to Better Health | Foster’s Daily Democrat (New Hampshire)

Lead author Dr. Mitchell Wong said the results echo findings in less rigorously designed research and they fit with the assumption that “better education will lead to better health.” Wong is an internist and researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Conflict in Ferguson Raises Issue of Police Diversity | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

“One of the things that you have to look at when you talk about diversifying police organizations is that you have qualifications for folks,” said UCLA’s Tracy Keesee. “And the last thing you want to do is to start to change or lower — which has always been a topic of discussion — those types of requirements.” (Also: BlackNews.com)

Williams’ Death Shines Spotlight on Parkinson’s and Depression | Los Angeles Times

Parkinson’s disease is also linked with depression, according to Dr. Jeff Bronstein, a neurologist in the Movement Disorder Program at UCLA. “Obviously, getting the diagnosis can make people depressed,” he said. “But we also know that there’s a much higher incidence of depression even before the disease is recognized. We think it’s one of the early symptoms.” (Also: Los Angeles Times, KNX-AM, KCBS-TV, KTTV-TV, KABC-TV, KPCC-FM, Malaysian Insider)

The Blessings and Curses of ‘Perpetual Connectivity’ | The National Post

Gary Small, a researcher at UCLA, writes that “once people get used to this state, they tend to thrive on the perpetual connectivity. It feeds their egos and sense of self-worth, and it becomes irresistible.”

Recognizing and Treating Schizophrenia | KCRW-FM’s “Press Play with Marilyn Brand”

“It’s a chronic and severe disorder that typically has the onset in late adolescence or early adulthood,” said UCLA’s Carrie Bearden. “It hits around age 17 to 20, and that’s pretty consistent around the world. The symptoms really represent a break from reality, so hearing voices is typical, seeing visions, and often delusional beliefs.” (Segment begins at 26:50)

UCLA Luncheon Honors Boxing Exec | ESPN Deportes

The president of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Jose Sulaiman, who died in January, will receive a posthumous tribute tomorrow at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). (Also: Fox News Latino, My Boxing Fans, Los Hijos de la Radio, Mi Voz, Vida Latina, El Universal, Mexico) 

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