UCLA In the News August 6, 2018

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

UCLA Law receives additional $2.4M donation from Resnicks | Los Angeles Business Journal

Billionaire farm and food magnates Lynda and Stewart Resnick have donated an additional $2.4 million to the UCLA School of Law for research and educational resources at their Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy. The latest donation follows a founding gift of $4 million that the Resnick Family Foundation made in 2013 to create an endowment to launch the food law program at the UCLA School of Law. The center focuses on the legal and policy dimensions of equity, labeling transparency and sustainability of food supplies.

Japanese medical school didn’t want too many women. So it lowered their grades | Washington Post

“It’s a systematic problem in Japanese society that we’re not supporting our mothers, but … this is the worst possible way to fix the problem,” said Yusuke Tsugawa, a Japanese doctor working as an assistant professor of medicine at UCLA. In a widely read study published last year, Tsugawa found that patients treated by female physicians in the United States had significantly lower mortality rates and readmission rates than those cared for by male physicians at the same hospital. These findings may not be directly translatable to Japan, but Tsugawa believes it is still unwise to exclude potential female doctors. Barring qualified candidates from medical school, particularly as Japan continues to grapple with an aging population, will harm the country in the long run, he said.

California’s destructive summer spurs blunt talk about climate change | Los Angeles Times

Projections show the next few months are likely to have well above-average activity in most of California’s fire zones, particularly in northern and central California, where the worst fires are burning now, [UCLA’s Daniel] Swain said. “The fuels up there are just explosively dry,” Swain said, “due to a combination of low precipitation last winter, extremely high temperatures this summer and also, still, the legacy of the long-term drought.”

Trump’s attack on California’s emissions rules benefits oil companies | Los Angeles Times

Pruitt already had said he was prepared to revoke the waiver, written into the Clean Air Act in the 1970s, allowing California to set its own efficiency standard; the waiver was most recently renewed in 2013 by the Obama administration. California officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, said they would fight the revocation, and the betting among legal experts is that the state will win. According to Ann Carlson, an environmental law expert at UCLA, the waiver revocation is “legally indefensible” — in fact, the waiver has been tested several times in federal court and been upheld. “The law is on the side of California and its allies,” Carlson wrote. (Also: The Verge, The Conversation)

Mendocino Complex fire racing at unprecedented speed into record books | Los Angeles Times

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain cited several factors for the destruction in Lake County: explosively flammable vegetation, warm overnight temperatures and the lingering effect of years of drought. “This is a part of the state that I think that overnight temperatures have played an enormous role,” Swain said. “It’s sort of this middle elevation where you’re above the marine layer but you’re not high enough in the mountains to really cool down either. So you’re sort of in this zone where fires can burn, with the increase in temperatures, as we’ve seen, all day and all night.” (Also: Guardian [U.K.])

Mancini’s lost score comes to Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles Times

In this case, Mancini family members had no idea where the written score was located. They almost gave up and had someone transcribe it aurally, but then they remembered that the composer — whom they knew as “Hank” — had donated some of his archives to UCLA. “We kind of became our own Inspector Clouseau,” Thompson said with a laugh. “We went to UCLA and put on the white gloves, and there, sitting among Italian and French Renaissance manuscripts, was the original score. Luckily, it was intact. Hank had taken meticulous notes. There was actually a guidebook to the score itself.”

Rare ‘fire tornado’ devastated a California neighborhood | Time

Climate scientists and fire ecologists are hesitant to even use the term “fire tornado,” as few have been documented and studied. “Some fire scientists would roll their eyes at the term ‘fire tornado,’“ says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But they aren’t rolling their eyes on this one.”

My boss makes how much? | Wall Street Journal

What’s surprising, though, is that employees are motivated rather than embittered by their bosses’ higher salaries, says Ricardo Perez-Truglia, an author of the study and an assistant professor of economics at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. The reason, he says, is that the higher salary is aspirational — employees have an extra incentive to work hard so they can be promoted and perhaps one day make their bosses’ pay.

The real cost of keeping Les Moonves | New York Times Opinion

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Amsterdam found, through a series of experiments, that a sexual harassment claim tarnishes an organization’s reputation, even more so than something like financial misconduct.

How Democrats can fight Brett Kavanaugh | Bloomberg Opinion

Scalia’s Heller decision confirmed an individual right to possess a handgun inside one’s home. Carrying guns in public, said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, “is one of the great unresolved issues in Second Amendment jurisprudence.”

Why we still haven’t banished conversion therapy in 2018 | Washington Post

Approximately 698,000 LGBTQ Americans have undergone some form of conversion therapy, a discredited medical practice that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a UCLA study. The same study also estimates that over the next few years, an estimated 20,000 additional LGBTQ youth will work with a licensed professional to undergo conversion therapy, and 57,000 more will seek conversion therapy treatment from religious leaders.

Drugs for heart failure still under-prescribed, years after initial study | Medical Xpress

A UCLA-led study found that many people with heart failure do not receive the medications recommended for them under guidelines set by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America. The research also found that doctors frequently prescribe medications at doses lower than those recommended by the guidelines, especially for older people, those with kidney disease, those with worsening symptoms or those who were recently hospitalized for heart failure.

Smoking hookah is just as bad for your heart as cigarettes, study suggests | Daily Mail (U.K.)

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found hookah smoking had the same short-term cardiovascular effects as cigarettes, suggesting the long-term risks are probably comparable, too… “We know that flavored tobacco products are frequently the first kind of tobacco product used by youth,” lead study author Mary Rezk-Hanna said. “One of the major issues with hookah is the fact that the tobacco is flavored with fruit, candy and alcohol flavors, making hookah the most popular flavored tobacco product among this audience.”

New routes to kill weeds | Nature

In agriculture, herbicide application has been widely used to protect crops from weed invasion. However, herbicide treatment could lead to resistance in weeds. Recently, Yi Tang’s group and Steven E. Jacobsen’s group (both at the University of California, Los Angeles), along with Jiahai Zhou’s group (at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS, China), collaborated in proposing a new strategy for herbicide discovery and demonstrated a successful attempt in identifying a natural-product herbicide together with its resistance gene.

‘Kids can’t learn’ when they’re hungry. How to help all California students succeed | Sacramento Bee

“California has a two-tiered and segregated education system that has to be reformed so that all children in the state get an equally strong K-12 educational experience to prepare them all equally well, regardless of what county or zip code they live in,” says UCLA’s Matt Barreto. “Currently we have too many underfunded, under-resourced inner city schools that serve predominantly Latino and African American students. This is unacceptable. Every single child must be guaranteed the same access to a quality education, to ensure they have the same level playing field in applying for colleges and universities.”

Why man behind the 3D-printed gun says he’ll keep fighting — and win | Philly.com

“Those are the two rival analogies, and the problem is that the law hasn’t really told us which of these analogies is the sound one,” [UCLA’s Eugene] Volokh said. He said the current court cases will likely be decided on procedural or federalism — not constitutional — questions. “What would require a square First Amendment analysis is if Congress were to pass a statute … or if the federal government re-institutes the regulations [banning publication].”

Slathering kids in sunscreen cuts their melanoma risk by 40% | Healthline

Dr. Emily Newsom, a dermatologist at the University of California Los Angeles, says regardless of skin tone, sunscreen is critical. “We don’t know for sure why, but in our culture, those who don’t burn easily tend to use less sunscreen because they don’t think they need it,” she told Healthline. “Sunscreen and sun protection is important for all skin types. Skin cancer is more common in those with light skin, but we still see skin cancer in all skin types.”

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