UCLA In the News August 29, 2017

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

Harvey’s full economic hit is too early to tell | Los Angeles Times

“Each disaster is unique,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast. “The economic impacts depend on how extensive the damage is to the economic activity in the city. What will be important is what resources will be available and what will be brought to bear.… We tend to measure people better off if GDP is growing faster, but in these cases, people are worse off. It’s rebuilding homes that were destroyed. Your well-being is diminished.”

UCLA rated best college dining hall in America | Business Insider

College dining halls are usually large, cafeteria-style establishments that feed thousands of students quickly three times a day. That is to say, they’re not typically seen as producing restaurant-caliber food. But at some college dining halls, the food is a step above the rest…. Niche reviewed 1,384 four-year colleges and universities and compiled its ranking by looking to student surveys about the quality of the campus food, and by comparing the average cost of meal plans. No. 1 on the list of best dining halls in America: UCLA.

Humanity’s hand in shaping the Everglades | New York Times

“Getting the Water Right,” currently on exhibit at Everglades National Park through Sept. 25, was designed to bring awareness to an ecosystem at risk, threatening the water supply and the livelihood of the Everglades and even Florida itself. It was photographed and curated by Mr. Nadel with contributing scholarship from Jessica Cattelino, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, [Los Angeles]. 

Zika, HIV attack immune system in similar ways | KPCC-FM

“It is very important to understand how the virus behaves in order to develop treatments and also ways to prevent this from happening,” said Dr. Karin Nielsen from UCLA and one of the authors of the study.

Spend your money to buy time, not more stuff | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA who was not involved in the study, tells NPR he was a little surprised by the results. He says it’s an intriguing possibility to think about time-saving services as a “stress-management tool.” But there are still some unanswered questions, he says. For instance, is the boost in positive emotions sustainable, “or is it just an immediate response?” Maidenberg wonders.

How Houston deluge is tied to L.A.’s record heat | LA Weekly

Over the weekend, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain predicted on his California Weather Blog that this is what would happen: “Hurricane Harvey is already moving slowly, but will continue to decelerate and eventually stall over land within 100 miles of the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend — potentially remaining within 150 miles of the Houston area for the next 5- to 6-plus days,” he writes.

Fowler exhibit traces power of sacred plants in Brazil | Los Angeles Times

The Fowler at UCLA has rolled out “Lineage Through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil by Fran Siegel” — one of the early offerings for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty-led series of exhibitions and events exploring Latino and Latin American art.

Did Ivanka Trump sit in Putin’s private office chair? | Business Insider

“Sitting at Putin’s desk is certainly not on the regular Kremlin tours,” Daniel Treisman, a UCLA political science professor and expert on Russian politics, told Business Insider in an email. “If true, this would show that Ivanka’s guide inside the Kremlin had the highest security clearances and was personally trusted by Putin. It would be bizarre for him to take her into the president’s personal office — presumably while the president was absent — unless Putin and his security service advisors knew about it and viewed the relationship with the Trumps as worth developing.”

ACLU challenges transgender military ban | Washington Post

There is no official tally of transgender military members, and estimates vary widely. One recent study by the Rand Corp. put the number on active duty at about 2,500, while another from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School estimated that there were 15,500 on active duty, in the National Guard and in the reserves.

California sets the bar for mosquito surveillance | KPCC’s “Take Two”

“We do a great job [tracking mosquitoes]. We have good taxpayer investments and we have a long history, 100 years of mosquito research, because we’ve had malaria, we’ve had various mosquito-borne viruses and currently, of course, West Nile is our biggest threat,” said UCLA’s Claire Panosian-Dunavan.

Heat-related hospital visits on the rise | KPCC-FM

“You don’t have to be getting a diagnosis of heat exhaustion or heat illness to have the heat make you sick,” said UCLA’s David Eisenman. (Audio download).

Race bias and suicidal thoughts by Chinese elders in U.S. | New American Media

In general, said Steven P. Wallace, who directs UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, with more immigrants coming to the United States, the older set is becoming more diverse. Wallace, who also directs UCLA’s national office for the Resource Centers on Minority Health Research around the country, showed that the U.S. senior population will double by 2040 to 40.2 million and grow to 88.5 million by 2050. By then, he said, the proportion of those 65-plus from ethnic backgrounds will also double to over four in 10. 

You might smell better if you eat fruits and vegetables | Healthline

Can eating strawberries make a person smell sweeter? Dr. Zhaoping Li, a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, said it’s not that simple. While it’s true that certain things we eat can produce specific odors, another important component in that equation is the bacteria that live on our bodies. “We are swimming in an ocean of microbes,” Li told Healthline.

Harvey’s public health impact extends beyond flooding | HuffPost

“Disasters magnify fragilities that are already present in society,” said Dr. Richard Jackson, a professor at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health and former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health. 

Chilling photos of difference between North, South Korea | HuffPost

Of course, these images are just one visitor’s perspective. But overall, they reflect a real and wide chasm between the two Koreas, said Jennifer Jung-Kim, a Korean history expert at UCLA. ”[Some of the photo pairings] may have been selected to purposely show a stark contrast with South Korea,” she told HuffPost. “But yes, overall, the two countries are vastly different today, and the average life of a North Korean is vastly different from that of a South Korean.”

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