UCLA In the News August 2, 2018

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

How to spot (and deal with) an energy vampire | NBC News

“An energy vampire is somebody who literally zaps your energy dry,” Judith Orloff, MD, a psychiatrist on the University of California-Los Angeles Psychiatric Clinical Faculty, tells NBC News BETTER. There are different types and they fall on a spectrum, she adds. There’s the narcissistic drama queen friend who’s always dealing with one crisis or another. There’s the manipulative coworker who doesn’t care who she steps on to get ahead. And there’s the downright psychopathic criminal.

How college sports killed summer vacation | New York Times

“We’re expected to come back Sept. 17, the day we report, in our best shape,” said Gracie Kramer, a junior on UCLA’s gymnastics team. Kramer was on campus last week taking an intensive six-week course in Croatian, strategically getting her language requirement out of the way over the summer rather than spreading it out over three quarters during the school year.

Why turning to unconventional cancer treatment increases risk of death | Healthline

“Some patients are diagnosed with an early stage, curable cancer, and elect to pursue alternative therapies. They then return to the clinic when the cancer has spread and is no longer curable,” said Dr. Kiri Sandler, a radiation oncology resident at UCLA Health in Los Angeles.

The criminalization of blackness | Vox

It tracks with other data examining attitudes about race. A series of studies published by the American Psychological Association in 2017 have shown that black men are more often associated with violence than white men, and a 2015 study from researchers at the University of California Los Angeles found that just mentioning a “black-sounding” name is enough to conjure a mental image that is larger and more threatening than a “white-sounding” one.

UC campuses want more autonomy from Napolitano’s office, study says | Los Angeles Times

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block — who jokingly calls himself a “colonist” with inclinations toward more independence — said the tension is not unhealthy. “It’s some type of delicate balance between autonomy and oversight that we’re always trying to achieve,” he said.

What’s different about California’s fires this year? | New York Times

“What has been really unusual in the Western U.S. this summer has been the sustained heat,” said Alex Hall, a UCLA climate scientist. “It really pulls water out of vegetation, and that sets up conditions for big fires.” “A month of somewhat elevated temperatures has a much bigger impact than just one day of really extreme heat,” he said. “It adds up.”

Men are also victims of sexual abuse | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Lara Stemple) Though we tend to see men only as perpetrators of sexual abuse, there is clear evidence that many men are victims. The fight against sexual victimization needs to include them.

Use of prescription opioids in U.S. remains high | Reuters Health

“All reports are showing that opioid prescribing still occurs too frequently and (is) far higher than in the 1990s in the U.S.,” said Dr. John Mafi of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. “This is a cause for alarm and we need rapid and effective policy changes to decrease overprescribing and reduce opioid-related deaths. Specifically, we need to improve access and coverage of evidence-based non-opioid pain alternatives, such as topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for acute musculoskeletal pain or physical therapy for chronic low back pain.”

Why legal battle over 3D-printed guns may prove futile | Time

But University of California-Los Angeles law professor Eugene Volokh says the fight against 3D-printed gun blueprints may prove futile, no matter the outcome of Wilson’s court battles. Volokh says that the government will have a hard time controlling the spread of information on the internet, especially since 3D-printed gun plans are already online from other sources.

Giuliani comment focuses attention on campaign huddle two days before Trump Tower meeting | Los Angeles Times

Harry Litman, a former federal prosecutor who teaches constitutional law at UCLA and UC San Diego, said that if the June 7 meeting or another session was used to prepare for hosting the Russians, it could provide “evidence of a conspiracy to try to receive or solicit something of value from a foreign government in violation of federal election law.’’

The advantages of being ‘unmarked’ by race | KTLA-TV

“White privilege is the idea that it’s not only people of color who are hurt by racism, but there’s also dynamics within racism and in a racist society, such as the one we live in, that advantages white people,” said UCLA’s Laura Gomez. (Approx 1:00 mark – video download)

The new reality of fire seasons | NPR

“What’s pretty clear is that we have not yet reached whatever the new normal is going to be a few decades from now when we’ve gone further down this warming path,” said UCLA’s Daniel Swain. (Approx :45 mark – audio download)

UCLA receives $25m gift for humanities and philosophy studies | LA Business Journal

In recognition of the gift, UCLA’s humanities building will be renamed Renée and David Kaplan Hall. “This extraordinary gift signals a new era for the humanities at UCLA and, in particular, for philosophy,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in the announcement. “It’s more important than ever to instill in our students the philosophical perspective that helps make sense of today’s complex societal challenges.”

UCLA exceeds fundraising goal 18 months early | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

A University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) fundraiser has met its $4.2-billion goal 18 months ahead of schedule, school officials told the Los Angeles Times. The fundraiser was created in honor of UCLA’s 100th anniversary next year. and the money will go toward various university initiatives such as scholarships, research programs and faculty support. Decreases in state allocations are forcing state-funded schools across the nation to find other ways to make up revenue shortfalls.

5 scary signs you’re addicted to caffeine | Insider

“It stimulates the dopamine receptors in our brain, kind of like cocaine and other certain drugs, just not nearly to the same extent,” Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D ., senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor at the Fielding School of Public Health, told SELF.

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