UCLA In the News December 3, 2018

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

Moon missions, asteroids and a pioneering UCLA professor | Forbes

Christopher Russell, the renowned planetary scientist and physicist, celebrates an anniversary next month. 50 years ago, in December 1968, he received his PhD from UCLA. He never left—and today, as a professor of geophysics and space physics, Russell teaches grad-level classes at the school’s Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. Over that half century he has published more than 1,800 scientific papers and worked on some of history’s most prominent space missions.

What’s next in the Mueller investigation? | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“About a week ago, Mueller had not even turned his focus, as far as the public was aware, in his public charges toward the U.S. side of the activity involving Russia,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman. “And now we’ve had a flurry of Manafort, Corsi, Stone and, today, Cohen…..” (Approx. 7:10 mark)

California will pay for Congress’ health care failures | San Francisco Chronicle

A new report by the UC Berkeley Labor Center and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research projects a substantial increase in the statewide uninsured rate by 2020 and an even larger increase by 2023. Specifically, the researchers are projecting that 11.7 percent of Californians under 65 will lack insurance by 2020 — about 4.02 million people — and about 12.9 percent will lack it in 2023 — about 4.4 million people.

Significant number of Americans remain uninsured | Playboy

“Despite the considerable progress that we’ve made in the last five years at reducing the number and percentage of uninsured Americans, there’s still a significant portion of the population [that] remains uninsured,” says Gerald Kominski, Ph.D., professor of health policy and management and senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.… People who are still uninsured tend to be a mix of low- and middle-income individuals, Kominski adds.

Explaining the Sheryl Sandberg bashing | Forbes

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Kim Elsessor) There is ample research evidence that women, in particular, like to see successful women fail. Sometimes it’s senior women who go out of their way to undermine the success of junior women. These women are often referred to as queen bees. Other times it's the successful women who are undermined. In one study, women’s perception of their own competence was boosted after they were given the opportunity to denigrate a successful female leader.  The researchers suggest that this is because women tend to compare themselves with other women, and taking other women down a few notches makes some women feel better by comparison.

UCLA’s new green bikeway | Streetsblog LA

UCLA continues to demonstrate its commitment to multi-modal infrastructure with the newest improvements to its internal street network. In October, UCLA Transportation completed a 0.6-mile bikeway on Charles E. Young Drive between Westwood Plaza and Dickson Court.

Possible path to a better treatment for MS | Healthline

“We are getting an ever-growing appreciation for the role(s) that B cells play in MS pathogenesis. One of our newest and more effective disease-modifying therapies, ocrelizumab, is directed against a particular B cell,” said Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of clinical neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and clinical director of the UCLA MS program. “This study reports new information about the ways that B cells and their interactions with other cells contribute to damage in the central nervous system in a mouse model.”

Common breast cancer therapy may not cause cognitive decline | Medical Xpress

“Women are often recommended to stay on this treatment for five to 10 years, so risk to cognitive health can be a big concern,” said lead author Kathleen Van Dyk, a neuropsychologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This study provides some big-picture reassurance for the many women who are taking and will be prescribed these medications.” (UCLA’s Patricia Ganz also quoted)

U.S. may be share blame for Mexico’s brewing opioid epidemic | Medical Xpress

Because of the United States’ role in contributing to Mexico’s opioid problem, this is a potential joint epidemic, said Dr. David Goodman-Meza, clinical instructor in the UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases and the paper's lead author. The U.S. should provide resources for the mitigation of a possible opioid epidemic in the same way the country provides resources for the “war on drugs” in Mexico.

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