UCLA In the News August 16, 2017

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

Planetary scientist gives solar eclipse safety advice | KCBS-TV

Don’t use sunglasses to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 or you will damage your vision. That is the warning from UCLA Professor Jean-Luc Margot, a planetary scientist. “The only way to look safely at the sun during a partial solar eclipse is to have proper solar filters,” says Margot. Filters can come in low-cost eclipse glasses or fancier models which can be purchased online. Without solar filters, he says you could burn your retinas — causing blindness. (Also:  Orange County Register)

Grain-free pet food likely not better, say veterinarians | Washington Post

For dogs, we know that they have diverged from wolves genetically in their ability to digest starches. “Dogs aren’t wolves,” said Robert Wayne, a canine geneticist at UCLA. “They have adapted to a human diet.” Research in Wayne’s lab showed that most wolves carry two copies of a gene involved in starch digestion, while dogs have between 3 and 29 copies.

Ancestry test a stumbling block for white nationalists | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

If you want to get underneath the skin of white nationalists, check out how they react when genetic ancestry tests reveal the “bad news” that they are not 100 percent European. That’s what a University of California, Los Angeles, geneticist did for a project that culminated in a presentation of a paper in Montreal this week at the annual gathering of the American Sociological Association…. “It’s not about showing respect to their politics, but I think we need to understand that they’re often very sophisticated,” [UCLA’s Dr. Aaron] Panofsky said. “We need to be sophisticated in our response and not dismissive of them intellectually.”

UCLA Extension launches Silicon Beach Innovation Lab | L.A. Biz

UCLA’s continuing education program wants to help its digital technology students continue their education even after they exit the program. UCLA Extension has launched Silicon Beach Innovation Lab, a membership program for students in its new Digital Technology Department. Members will get exclusive access to industry experts; mentorship opportunities and events with tech executives; and practical, hands-on experience by working on real-world projects in collaboration with tech companies.

Vaginal estrogens do not raise risk of cancer | United Press International

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found that vaginal estrogen use in post-menopausal women does not increase the risk of cancer, other diseases. Previous studies have shown that women taking estrogen in pill form may have an increased risk of stroke and blood clots. For women taking oral estrogen with progesterone pills, there was an increased risk of invasive breast cancer.

Revisiting 1st Amendment in light of white nationalism | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Cities have considerable options, but they have to be exercised in a reasonable and content-neutral way that leaves people ample means of expressing themselves,” said UCLA’s Eugene Volokh. (Approx 1:20 mark)

American protest music flourishes under Trump presidency | Radio Australia

Elsewhere, Shana L. Redmond of the University of California in Los Angeles points to the anthem as a powerful civil rights tool for the African diaspora in America. She outlines a long history of artists who have deployed such works, from Paul Robeson and Nina Simone to Kendrick Lamar and Public Enemy's Chuck D.

Parental concern may skew scores on autism test | Spectrum

“If you’ve never really thought about autism, there are really subtle things that we [clinicians] all recognize but parents would not automatically think about,” says Connie Kasari, professor of human development and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study.

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