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

Woolsey fire destroyed a literary haven, but stories of  the home of UCLA’s Brian Moore remain | Los Angeles Times

Their home was something unique in Southern California literary history — a place where local and international writers and filmmakers came to enjoy good talk and company…. Every morning, [UCLA’s] Brian [Moore] did what he taught his students to do: he went into his office, closed the door, and did a little writing, producing an unusual and always surprising new novel every year or two. Having written a screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock in the ’60s, he continued to write the occasional script (one for Bruce Beresford’s fine adaptation of Moore’s own novel, “Black Robe”); and well into his seventies he was still writing successful novels, including the bestselling “The Statement” (1995) and “The Magician’s Wife” in 1997. In 1994, he was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Famous and celebrated people visited the Moores, such as their close friends over several decades, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, or the almost endless list of good writers, film directors and actors to whom they were devoted friends.

Online ads and games would benefit from more rewards, UCLA survey finds | TechCrunch

A new study from Versus Systems and the MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports) Center at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management examines how gaming and advertising are evolving, and how one influences the other…. “We need new models where we can foster choice, foster community, foster more aspirational relationships between viewers and brands that ultimately allows content developers to have a relationship with the brands that isn’t so adversarial,” said UCLA’s Matthew Pierce. (UCLA’s Jay Tucker also quoted)

My airline gold status should come with a carbon tax | Los Angeles Times Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Daniel Blumstein) I will soon earn “gold status” for life on a major airline. I’ll be eligible for seats with extra legroom, the opportunity to board planes while there’s hope of finding overhead storage, and other perks. I’m ecstatic but also remorseful, because to achieve this dubious milestone, I will have flown 1 million miles. My daily life leaves a modest carbon footprint (I walk to work, eat a lot of plants, live in a modest town house that requires little heat or air conditioning), but my life in the air is gross and extravagant.

Mapping the brain’s genetic landscape | New York Times

The $50 million project, initiated in 2015 and financed by the National Institute of Mental Health, involves more than a dozen research centers and scores of specialists in cell biology, genetics and bioinformatics, the application of advanced computer learning to huge data sets. It is an all-hands, brute-force effort, coordinating top brain banks and brain scientists at major research centers, led by Yale, Mount Sinai, UCLA and the University of California, San Francisco.

Minneapolis, tackling housing crisis and inequity, votes to end single-family zoning | New York Times

Michael Lens, an associate professor of urban planning and public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the city’s willingness to own up to the past was a necessary — but unusual — step in moving forward. “It’s essential — and frequently not on the table,” said Mr. Lens, who is from Minneapolis’s twin city, St. Paul. “I think that’s great. ‘Minnesota nice’ in action.” … “A lot of people that lived there for a long time and even some people that right now are upset about this kind of decision,” he said, “are going to look around their neighborhood and say: ‘This has been a good thing. This is still a great place to live.’”

Trump proposes new definition of protections under Clean Water Act | NPR

“The thing to keep in mind is that, for several administrations past, Republican and Democrat, the federal jurisdiction over waters were very, very broad,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht.

UCLA Hammer show named to of ‘Best Art of 2018’ list | Los Angeles Times

“Made in L.A. 2018,” UCLA Hammer Museum: With a smart focus on a wide variety of recent art keenly attuned to the turbulence of our socially disturbed time — notably, two-thirds of the artists were women — this was the best Hammer biennial yet.

Human brain samples yield a genomic trove | Science

Genome scans have already revealed hundreds of locations where DNA tends to differ between people with and without a particular psychiatric disease. But those studies don't pin down specific culprit genes or what they do in the brain. “There was kind of a missing link,” says Daniel Geschwind, a neurogeneticist at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and others in the 3-year-old PsychENCODE Consortium, fueled by roughly $50 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, have tried to bridge that gap by tracking which genes are expressed, and where. (Also: Stat)

UCLA launches first accredited blockchain engineering course | CCN

Blockchain courses are being adopted by more institutions as a way of teaching and equipping the next generation of crypto engineers to meet the ever-increasing demand for the technology and its applications. Now, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is gearing up to offer its first blockchain engineering course, thanks to a sizable donation from MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator…. The class will be led by Professor John D. Villasenor, a professor of management, electrical, and electronics engineering, as well as public policy. He will be assisted by Jason Huan and Andrew Battat, both of whom have been running various workshops on blockchain through Blockchain at UCLA, a student organization. 

Cash running short, California’s stem cell agency defends its results | San Diego Union-Tribune

“For example, [California Institute for Regenerative Medicine] funded the work by Don Kohn at UCLA for ‘bubble baby’ disease,” said CIRM Chairman Jonathan Thomas. “Through that work, 40-plus kids with an otherwise fatal condition have been cured. We’ve got a number of other projects that we believe are going to start hitting critical points, and result in treatments and possible cures, but people just have to give it time to work.

Spray-on gel slows down the regrowth of tumors after cancer surgery | New Scientist

Zhen Gu at the University of California, Los Angeles and colleagues have found a way to make the immune reaction more targeted. They took mice with skin cancer and cut out most but not all of the tumour, as can happen when human patients have cancer surgery. Then they sprayed the wound with a gel containing antibodies against CD47, as well as a chemical that makes the tissue less acidic, a way of revving up immune cells called macrophages. (Also: Indo-Asian News Service)

How one veteran finds his new normal, one session at a time | Spectrum News

Missel received mental health services from UCLA Health’s Operation Mend. The program provides post- 9/11 veterans, like Missel, therapy for himself and caregivers like his wife…. Dr. Jo Sornborger is the Director of Psychological Health Programs with UCLA Health’s Operation Mend. Since the start of the program in 2016, the program made a significant impact on veterans, Sornborger said.

7 odd things that prove your partner is your person, according to science | Bustle

A 2013 study conducted by researchers from California State University, Long Beach and the University of California, Los Angeles, also found that couples who share the responsibilities at home are more likely to feel satisfied in their relationship. Having clearly defined responsibilities and following through with them shows that you and your partner are on the same team.

Here are eight treatment options for dry eye | Self

Artificial tears are considered the first line of defense against dry eye, Vivian Shibayama, O.D., an optometrist with UCLA Health, tells SELF. Using them regularly should help lube up the surface of your eyes and provide you with some relief, she says. That’s most likely to happen if you use them before your eyes even get dry, not after they feel rubbed raw. Since your eyes are already prone to irritation, Dr. Shibayama recommends choosing drops that are preservative-free to avoid further potential aggravation. You should also avoid eye drops that promise to eradicate any redness, because those can actually make your eyes more bloodshot over time.

Thalians raise $250,000 for UCLA’s Operation Mend | Beverly Hills Courier

Hosted by President Kira Reed Lorsch, who emceed along with the always hilarious Chair Emeritus Ruta Lee, one of the highlights of the night was the presentation of a $250,000 check to support mental health programs at UCLA’s Operation Mend, which was established to treat U.S. military men and women severely wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan. This donation fulfilled the group’s pledge to raise $1 million for Operation Mend, which was accomplished by numerous donors including the Robert H. Lorsch Foundation and The Thalians’ 2018 “Angel” Madeline Gussman of Beverly Hills. The group has now embarked on a campaign to bring in a second $1 million for the charity.