UCLA In the News December 13, 2018

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

UCLA Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez a ‘local hero’ | KCET-TV

Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez was chosen for the work she has done promoting social justice, most recently with her Million Dollar Hoods project, which uses police data to monitor incarceration costs in L.A. and reports on trends in the local criminal justice system. A professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA and award-winning author, Lytle Hernandez is considered one of the nation’s leading historians of race, policing, immigration and incarceration in the United States.

Movies starring women earn more money than movies starring men, according to new research | CNBC

“Hollywood is leaving billions on the table, because they aren’t making films that are diverse in terms of gender, on and off camera. Research shows that films that look like America, in race and ethnicity, do best at the box office,” Darnell Hunt, a UCLA sociology professor and the co-author of the annual Hollywood diversity report, tells CNBC. “Viewers want to see stories and characters that resonate with their experiences.”

Former L.A. Times publisher reportedly got $2.5 million settlement after recording ex-boss | Los Angeles Times

Steven Bank, a business law professor at UCLA, said such a payout probably would not be large enough to be subject to requirements that companies report material information to investors, though he said it’s possible there are other reasons the company may have been obliged to disclose.

Experts criticize new study of injured diplomats in Cuba | BuzzFeed

“These are very ambiguous results,” neuroscientist Mark Cohen of UCLA told BuzzFeed News. There is no real overlap in symptoms among the diplomats, aside from dizziness, which is tough to measure objectively. That points away from a single cause for the symptoms, pressure beam or otherwise, he said. And the decision to exclude the housemates from testing was a mistake. “They had a very nice control group and they didn’t use them.”

Have Democrats turned the corner with Latino voters? | Washington Post Opinion

UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative’s study of the 2018 midterms found in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and Texas: The average vote increase among Latinos was 96% compared to 37% among non-Latinos from 2014 to 2018. The 2018 Midterm Elections are an important indicator for estimating Latino voter participation and candidate support in defining control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the executive leadership for the over a dozen states. Across the eight states, analysis of the official election results suggests growth in the Latino vote was influential in flipping the partisan control of 20 seats from Republican to Democrat in 2018.

Being friends with your boss has a downside | Quartz

Research published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology suggests there’s one office friendship that can have a costly unintended consequence. University of Chicago’s Alex Shaw, Hebrew University’s Shoham Choshen-Hillel and UCLA Anderson’s Eugene M. Caruso (who conducted this research while affiliated with University of Chicago) find that in certain office situations, managers feel compelled to be extra hard on a colleague who is also a friend.

Is an electric Band-Aid the future of first aid? | Healthline

Dr. Andrew Vardanian, assistant clinical professor at UCLA in the division of plastic surgery and a specialist in scar management, told Healthline that despite some promising studies, electric stimulation therapy for wounds is still not widely used by doctors. “I would say the majority if not all wound centers would not even use this technology. A. Because I don’t think it exists in a way that could be translated to patients in a wound clinic or a wound healing center per se and B. I don’t think the data really show that it works in that way to invest in it on a larger scale,” he said.

California attorney general labels ‘public charge’ crackdown on immigrants reckless | CALmatters

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimates that as many as 300,000 eligible people could cancel their enrollment in CAL Fresh, the state’s food stamp program, equaling up to $488 million dollars in annual benefits.… “The programs lift hundreds of thousands of Californians out of poverty,” said Ninez Ponce, director of the UCLA center. “There is a lot of confusion and fear and so children and families, parents, individuals who are wholly eligible and who have already adjusted to legal permanent status may be confused — and may think that this may threaten their continued pathway to citizenship, and so may dis-enroll.”

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race | Hechinger Report Opinion

But the conclusions and implications are controversial among those who say it remains important to monitor discipline rates among black students with disabilities. Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, an initiative at the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, says studies that “control” for so many other explanations, such as race, student behavior and school poverty, “take off the table all the things you’re concerned about.”

For aging bodies, endurance and resistance training can help | Heathline

Dr. Daniel Vigil, a sports medicine doctor who is a health science associate clinical professor of family medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, said that if you look at the titles of the two new studies, they might appear contradictory. He said it is incorrect to look at them this way — the two studies are assessing “different important questions.” “One is ‘how can we explore ways to keep our bodies from aging?’ while the other one is ‘I don’t want to have a heart attack, the number one cause of death, I don’t want cardiovascular disease. What can I do to decrease my risk for that?’ “ Vigil told Healthline. “Both are pretty important, relevant, and meaningful and should be on the minds of people who want to lead long, happy lives.”

Sounding the snooze alarm on the sleep-deprived | Creators

Research from one developmental neuroscience lab at the University of California, Los Angeles, found a solution to the sleep deprivation problem that is remarkably simple. It does not involve technology, expensive interventions or lots of time. Research by Adriana Galvan — a UCLA psychology professor working under a grant provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health and others — found that ensuring teens have comfortable, quality bedding has shown to improve their sleep. The key was a good pillow…. “Adolescents who reported greater satisfaction with their bedding and pillows were the ones who had greater sleep quality,” she writes, “and greater sleep quality was associated with greater brain connectivity, an effect that cut across socioeconomic lines.”

Clean Water Act under scrutiny by Trump | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The Clean Water Act is a landmark federal law that was enacted to protect all of our nation’s waterways. The idea behind it is that we should have swimmable, drinkable water that supports wildlife everywhere in the United States,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. (Audio download)

15 percent of infants exposed to Zika develop abnormalities, study finds | UPI

A team led by researchers at UCLA studied infants exposed to the Zika virus during pregnancy and found that between 12 and 18 months, 6.25 percent had eye abnormalities, 12.2 percent had hearing problems and nearly 12 percent had severe delays in language, motor skills or cognitive function.

Will eating very few calories increase lifespan? | Eating Well

Still, some experts say that even if calorie restriction does work, the gains will be relatively modest. It’s likely to extend your lifespan but only by 3 to 5 percent, says UCLA evolutionary biologist John Phelan, who has conducted research on calorie restriction. “So after a decade of depriving yourself, you might get a couple of extra years.”

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