UCLA In the News August 31, 2017

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

Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“Columbus Day is one of those holidays that, on the one hand, has a very long gestation, which reaches back really to the beginnings of the American nation,” said UCLA’s Stephen Aron. “But officially it’s a more recent occurrence. … And in many ways I think they anticipate the kinds of controversies and attentions that are now focused on confederate memorials.” (Approx. 1:30 mark)

Proposal would legalize “magic mushrooms” in California | LA Weekly

Even Charles Grob, a UCLA psychiatrist who was the first academic to receive federal approval to conduct research on psilocybin as a possible treatment of anxiety in adults with cancer, argues that legalization is not the way forward. “We’re just scratching the surface in regards to our knowledge of psilocybin,” he says. “It may be of great benefit to some but harmful to others.”

Most LAUSD graduates attend college, but far fewer finish | KPCC-FM

“It is a problem nationally that kids who are going to college aren’t finishing college,” said Meredith Phillips, a co-author of the studies who’s a professor at UCLA. ”Probably the most important barrier to completion is academic preparation.” (Audio download) (Also: KNBC-TV and KABC-TV)

Color-changing tattoos could help people with diabetes | Healthline

Susan Babey, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research. … “Any technology that facilitates glucose monitoring and provides more options for people with diabetes is helpful.”

Moving closer to a smoke-free L.A. | Los Angeles Sentinel

“We have one of the highest rental populations with a serious lack of affordable housing,” said UCLA’s Marlene Gomez. “Add to this that 80 percent of the available apartments have no secondhand smoke protections along with heavy targeted tobacco marketing to existing smokers, and you have the perfect mix for a public health issue that has been perpetuating in these communities.”

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