UCLA In the News December 14, 2017

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

A Jurassic Park made possible with genome editing technology | San Francisco Chronicle

Tom Wake, a professor of archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, thinks CRISPR discussions should think smaller. “I’d imagine sponsors could get behind resurrecting a rather odd creature — the flightless sea duck,” he said. “It has all the necessary bells-and-whistles needed for potential viability,” he explained. It lives in coastal habitats, which are largely protected in California; it eats sea creatures; it went extinct from over-hunting, not environmental change.

New scientific technique reveals how ancient humans made art | Artnet

Developed by Loanna Kakoulli, a professor of materials science and engineering at UCLA, and John Delaney, an imaging scientist at the National Gallery of Art, the technique allows researchers to map the molecular and elemental composition of a painting’s surface and determine the materials used by the artist and the order in which they were applied. It also puts the work into historical and geographical context, revealing how and when the artist’s paints were made. (Also: Live Science)

Fracking sites may raise risk of underweight babies | Washington Post

When Greenstone and his co-authors — Janet Currie, a Princeton University economics professor, and Katherine Meckel, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California at Los Angeles — embarked on the research, he said, the aim wasn’t to condemn fracking, which is a relatively new method of drilling vertically underground, then switching to a horizontal direction to reach gas trapped in shale rock formations. (Also: The Atlantic)

Disney deal for Fox studio could bring huge layoffs | Los Angeles Times

“I would predict TV will be less bloody than one would at first suspect,” said Brian Frons, former president of ABC Daytime and a lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. “I think this deal isn’t driven by synergy but driven by scale.”

Israel says Kushner peace plan will fail without Saudis’ help | Newsweek

“Saudis have the greatest leverage over the Palestinians for religious and historical reasons. The U.S. and Israel seek to ‘leverage this leverage’ to advance their interests,” Benjamin Radd, a Middle East expert at University of California, Los Angeles, told Newsweek. “For Israel in particular, having the Saudis take the lead on a peace initiative gives them political cover and an Arab imprimatur for a final settlement,” said Radd. ”The threat of Iran—whether real or perceived—affords this opportunity.”

Shortness of breath, racing heart could be anxiety signs | NBC’s “Today”

These symptoms are all related to the fight or flight response, says Dr. Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Some survivors of first Ebola outbreak are still immune | The Atlantic

Compared to that epidemic, “the DRC’s outbreaks have been smaller and more isolated,” says Anne Rimoin at the University of California, Los Angeles, “and so too have these survivors. They’ve had no contact or follow-up.” They still bear the scars and social stigma of their experience with the virus. But they also carry defenses against it. Rimoin has shown that the original survivors’ blood still contains antibodies against Ebola. In some cases, people had antibodies that can destroy the virus outright, even after 41 years. “They should be immune to Ebola,” Rimoin says. (Also: Nature, Science)

Billionaire candidate goes on attack in Chile election | Bloomberg

Sebastian Edwards, a professor at University of California at Los Angeles, estimates Pinera’s victory would add 0.6 percent to economic growth, if only because of the subsequent rally in business confidence. Just don’t believe the scare tactics on Guillier, he says. “Guillier running Chile is still better than everything else in this region,” Edwards said.

Alzheimer’s cases to double by 2060 | Mic

Now, scientists believe the issue is about to get much worse: A recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles, projects that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s or “mild cognitive impairment” (early symptoms of the disease) will more than double by 2060. That comes out to about 15 million people. “What’s really driving that is a change in the age structure of our population. We’re getting older, and that profile is going to see a lot more Alzheimer’s disease,” Ron Brookmeyer, a professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, said by phone.

Key part of DNA deletion linked to autism studied | Spectrum

“The findings are really interesting — particularly that the rate of autism was zero” in children with alterations outside the A-to-B region, says Carrie Bearden, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the work. Bearden says the work is “a first step” in confirming the region’s link to autism.

How to move out of fear and into action | Inc.

A UCLA study found that naming your emotional experience makes you more rational. The researchers found that labeling difficult emotions--like fear--increases activity in your prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for productivity enhancers like memory, planning and decision making.

Coachella area Catholics leading longest pilgrimage in U.S. | Desert Sun

“It’s partially dominance of Mexican culture, but also her association with the oppressed, the downtrodden,” explained Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Chicano/a Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Our Lady of Guadalupe has a long history of accompanying those who fought against oppression and for the independence of Latinos, starting with the Mexican War of Independence against Spain and continuing today. “She was an emblem for farm workers and she is now becoming an emblem of the immigrant rights movement,” Villaseñor Black said.

Child’s killer unlikely to see death penalty carried out soon | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“My best guess would be that he will be sentenced to death, but that it will be many years — the average is over 10 — until a sentence would be carried out. My best guess is it would never be carried out,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman.

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