UCLA In the News August 28, 2018

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

Building a new city on L.A.’s northern edges: a solution for region’s housing crunch? | Los Angeles Times

“Tejon Centennial is really part of a classic California story,” said Stephanie Pincetl, a professor of the environment and sustainability at UCLA. “The consequences of that kind of exurban land development are becoming more and more apparent.… We are not using our urban fabric very well, and instead we jump out to the suburbs or beyond the suburbs,” Pincetl said. “We haven’t grappled with really living in a city.”

UCLA neuroscientist discusses the reading brain in a digital world | The Verge

“We have grown used to skimming,” says UCLA’s Maryanne Wolf. “People like you and me who spend six to 12 hours a day on a screen are led to use the skimming mode even when we know we should use a more concentrated, focused mode of reading. It’s an idea I call ‘cognitive patience.’ I believe we are all becoming unable to take the time to be patient because skimming has bled over into most of our reading.”

Inside Facebook’s struggle to moderate 2 billion people | Motherboard (Vice Media)

“The fundamental reason for content moderation — its root reason for existing — goes quite simply to the issue of brand protection and liability mitigation for the platform,” Sarah T. Roberts, an assistant professor at UCLA who studies commercial content moderation, told Motherboard. “It is ultimately and fundamentally in the service of the platforms themselves. It’s the gatekeeping mechanisms the platforms use to control the nature of the user-generated content that flows over their branded spaces.”

Korean media’s most passionate U.S. audience: teen girls | Forbes

As music, TV, and comics from South Korea continue to amass a following in North America, teen girls are leading the charge. According to the latest numbers from media streaming service Kocowa, women and girls under 20 make up the overwhelming majority of viewers. Korea Content Platform (KCP), which manages Kocowa, partnered with statisticians from UCLA to conduct the survey, which monitored 45,614 viewers for a period of two months across all Kocowa streaming video platforms. A full 34 percent of the viewers observed were teen girls, the majority of whom were non-Korean.

There’s a lack of U.S. leadership on breastfeeding | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) In July, the World Health Assembly in Geneva made news when delegates passed a resolution promoting breastfeeding. The controversy wasn’t that the resolution passed (it was expected to, without fanfare), but rather that it almost didn’t due to the energetic efforts of a surprising antagonist. The U.S. delegation — ignoring all scientific evidence proving the benefits of breastfeeding — pushed for the removal of language asking governments to “promote, support, and protect” breastfeeding.

Santa Monica offers cash to seniors to help with rent | KPCC–FM

“So, you don’t see people dying on the street but you do see people in dire circumstances and making do in various ways that I think none of us would consider adequate in a civilized society like we’re in,” [UCLA’s Steven] Wallace said. (Approx. 3:10 mark) (Also: LAist)

Q&A with UCLA archeologist Kara Cooney | Zócalo Public Square

“This is the question I’m asked the most often: Why am I an Egyptologist and why do I do this?” says UCLA’s Kara Cooney. “Number one, there are no answers, and it’s not the kind of thing that one Egyptologist would ever ask another, because we have no idea ourselves. It’s this strange thing — I see the world better by looking through the lens of this ancient place than I do by looking at the place around me. I don’t understand why that is.”

Utility companies sued over wildfires | NPR’s “Marketplace”

“If a private utility is responsible for a wildfire, that private utility can be held responsible for the cost even if they weren’t at fault,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. (Approx. 14:00 mark in “When is a trade deal not a trade deal?” item)

 Trump administration changed mind on 3D-printed guns | BuzzFeed

The case did raise free speech issues, and when it comes to 3D-printing technology, there are questions that have yet to be answered, said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA who specializes in the First Amendment. “The question is whether the government can restrict something that might otherwise be seen as speech, when it restricts it because of what it does and not what it says,” he said.

The big idea that could make democratic socialism a reality | Vox

In his 2016 book “Prosperity for All: How to Prevent Financial Crises,” UCLA economist Roger E.A. Farmer touts countercyclical money-financed stock purchases as the optimal means of spurring growth when the economy is in periods of recession or financial panic.

Combination approach shows promise for beating advanced melanoma | Medical Xpress

“We have found that the reason patients with metastatic melanoma do not initially respond to immunotherapy with an anti-PD-1 is that their immune system was not ready,” said Dr. Antoni Ribas, the study’s lead author, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Tumor Immunology Program. “So we thought, ‘What if we change that by injecting the therapy drug into the metastatic lesions and change the microenvironment of the cancer?’ It’s like having a pile of wood but not having a match to light it. With this new approach, SD-101 is the match that starts the fire.”

FDA clears device to reduce symptoms of opioid drug withdrawal | Healio

To address needs of the aging population, the University of California, Los Angeles offers online training videos for caregivers of individuals with dementia. The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program has been producing a series of online videos aimed at helping caregivers understand how to care for individuals with dementia. The videos use actors who portray patients with dementia and their caregivers (based on real patients) and cover a wide range of issues and challenges facing caregivers.

Could too much ‘good’ HDL cholesterol be bad for your heart? | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center and co-director of the UCLA Preventative Cardiology Program in Los Angeles. He said that “research from UCLA established more than two decades ago that HDL cholesterol could — in certain individuals (including those with very high levels of HDL) and in certain circumstances — be dysfunctional and pro-inflammatory,” and contribute to narrowing of the arteries. “In others words, the so-called ‘good’ cholesterol in terms of cardiovascular risk could go ‘bad’ and be associated with excess risk,” added Fonarow, who was not part of the team behind the new study.

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