UCLA In the News August 31, 2018

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

UCLA receives $3.2 million federal grant to correct diagnostic errors for breast cancer | Los Angeles Business Journal

The five-year project will study diagnostic errors made by both residents in training and experienced pathologists. It will employ advanced eye-tracking to measure where the pathologist was looking in each case to determine what led to the diagnostic errors. The study will be led by Dr. Joann Elmore, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, who has previously researched errors among physicians in the diagnosis of cancer.

Will others follow Microsoft’s lead on paid parental leave? | Wired

The United States is the only high-income country that does not offer government-subsidized paid parental leave for mothers or fathers. Of the 193 countries in the U.N., the U.S. is part of a small group that offers no paid leave for new parents, according to UCLA’s World Policy Analysis Center. The others? Suriname, New Guinea, and some Pacific island nations.

Morning sickness that plagued duchess doesn’t usually recur | Reuters Health

“Women who have had hyperemesis gravidarum in one pregnancy should hope for the best, but always prepare for the worst,” [UCLA’s] Dr. Marlena Fejzo said. “What is novel is that the study provides evidence against a common assumption that nausea and vomiting gets worse with each pregnancy,” Fejzo said by email.

‘Space force’ could propel Southern California’s aerospace industry | Los Angeles Times

While a space force probably would boost that tally, the industry is unlikely to return to the labor-intensive heyday of decades ago, said Lee Ohanian, professor of economics at UCLA. “The technology has changed so much in this area where, all things equal, you don’t need as many workers today to create as we did back in the day,” he said. “I think it wouldn’t have so much of a broad effect on the overall economy.”

Administration backs Asian-Americans suing Harvard over its admissions policy | Los Angeles Times

UCLA has increased its proportion of African Americans and other underrepresented minorities despite Proposition 209 using aggressive outreach and recruitment. Under UC’s “holistic” admissions process, applicants are evaluated on 14 factors including grades, standardized test scores, high school coursework, special talents and academic achievement despite low income and other hardships.

Tenderly photographing the end of her father’s life | New York Times

With a Ph.D. from Berkeley, and a long career as an engineering professor at UCLA, Aly H. Shabaik might be called a genius. Safi Alia Shabaik just called him dad. (UCLA’s Catherine Opie is also cited.)

Guns and domestic violence | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“Well, we know that domestic violence and guns are a dangerous mix,” said UCLA’s Adam Winkler. “The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman involved will be killed. And every month more than 50 women are shot to death by intimate partners. And there also appears to be some relationship between domestic violence and mass shootings. 54% of mass shootings also involve the killing of an intimate partner. So doing more to reduce gun violence among domestic abusers is really important.” (Approx. 2:15 mark)

Muse announces new album ‘Simulation Theory,’ shares pounding track ‘The Dark Side’ | Billboard

The expanded tracklisting features an acoustic gospel version of “Dig Down,” the UCLA Bruin Marching Band feature on “Pressure,” a live version of “Thought Contagion,” acoustic versions of several tracks including “Something Human,” and “Alternate Reality” versions of “Algorithm” and “The Dark Side.”

The taboo of claiming causality in science | Science

“It fits very nicely with the history of statistics,” said UCLA’s Judea Pearl. “As you mentioned earlier, causality became taboo. In machine learning, it doesn’t exist. We hope, let’s get as much as we can from the data, not realizing that there are scientific, theoretical limitation to what you can get from data. What you can get from data is what statisticians have gotten from data so far, namely correlation.” (Approx. 20:30 mark)

Mexico deal gets tentative support from key labor leader | Bloomberg

Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, project director at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California-Los Angeles, said that Trump’s nationalist and protectionist positions play well to some parts of organized labor, such as coal miners and steelworkers. He said the trade deal raised the possibility that national union leaders could endorse Republican candidates, including Trump. “I think that’s exactly the key political question,” Rivera-Salgado said. “That vote is up for a fight.”

CERN’s pioneering mini-accelerator passes first test | Nature

“This would be a compelling accomplishment, as there are no laboratory sources of teraelectronvolt electrons currently available,” says James Rosenzweig, who leads the laser plasma wakefield research team at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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