UCLA In the News December 5, 2017

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

As Greenland melts, where’s the water going? | New York Times

The scientists say it appears that some of the meltwater is retained in porous ice instead of flowing to the bottom of the ice sheet and out to sea. “It’s always treated as a parking lot, water runs straight off,” said Laurence C. Smith, a geographer at the University of California, Los Angeles who led the field work in 2015. “What we found is that it appears there is water retention. It’s plausible that this is quite an important process, which could render sea-level projections too high,” he added.

Cataract surgery may prolong your life | New York Times

The 20-year study, conducted among 74,044 women aged 65 and older, all of whom had cataracts, found a 60 percent lower risk of death among the 41,735 women who had their cataracts removed. The findings were published online in JAMA Ophthalmology in October by Dr. Anne L. Coleman and colleagues at the Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, with Dr. Victoria L. Tseng as lead author.

America’s future depends on death of single-family home | Business Insider

But experts, like Dana Cuff, the founding director of CityLAB and a professor of architecture and urban design and planning at UCLA, said [accessory dwelling units] can help create the type of “postsuburban city” America needs. The modern household no longer comprises the breadwinning dad, the stay-at-home mom, and 2.5 kids, Cuff previously told Business Insider. Instead, college graduates are moving back in, and homeowners need cash flow from renters and space for nannies, caretakers, and aging parents.

5 big numbers tell story of L.A.’s cash bail system | KPCC-FM

People never get this money back – even if they show up to every court date, even if the prosecutor drops charges, even if they’re found not-guilty. “It is a permanent re-allocation of your resources away from your family, yourself and your community,” said UCLA Professor Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, one of the authors of the study.

New trial aiming to repair injured spinal cords | Sydney Morning Herald

In July, a team at University of Technology, Sydney, will attempt to replicate and build on the work of Professor Reggie Edgerton from the University of California, Los Angeles, who has helped 20 paralysed people move their limbs again — defying medical dogma. Still in its infancy, neuromodulation involves using electrical currents to stimulate the spinal cord below the point of injury, enabling it to “hear” and act upon messages from the brain.

Y chromosome genes protect against pulmonary hypertension | Medical Xpress

A new UCLA study suggests that the Y chromosome provides protection against the development of pulmonary hypertension and may be the reason the disease is less prevalent among men than women. The researcher found that mice with Y chromosomes were significantly less likely to develop severe pulmonary hypertension than mice without Y chromosomes.

Transforming carbon from pollutant to product | Wall Street Journal

“What we’re trying to do is build a really large LEGO set for adults, but which you can use for construction,” said UCLA’s Gaurav Sant.

Does ADHD link mean Tylenol unsafe in pregnancy? | New York Times

Zeyan Liew, a postdoctoral scholar in the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, who was the first author on the 2014 article, said it was challenging for researchers to look at effects that show up later in the child’s life. “With a lot of drug safety research in pregnancy, they only look into birth outcomes or congenital malformations,” Dr. Liew said. “It’s very difficult to conduct a longitudinal study and examine outcomes like neurobehavioral disorders.”

Program aims to help LAPD officers build trust | Los Angeles Daily News

The program is a “very important pilot project” for which everyone in Los Angeles will eagerly await the results, said Jorja Leap, a professor of social welfare at UCLA. If successful, she said, it would signal an expanded effort by law enforcement to use an effective multi-disciplinary approach in the community.

Trump’s lawyer claims to have written suspicious tweet | MSNBC

“First, Jed is right in terms of the difficulty it places him in, but what they’re trying to do in getting his fingerprints off is keep it from being his admission. But as Jed points out, it doesn’t matter if the lawyer wrote it, if Trump adopts it, it becomes his statement,” said UCLA’s Harry Litman.

The tax bill’s ‘spiraling consequences’  | New York Times

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Gonzalo Freixes, a tax expert at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. “It could have spiraling consequences — the economy, the real estate market, revenues to local governments — it goes further and further into things where it could have a negative impact.”

If he did nothing wrong, why did Flynn lie? | Los Angeles Times

[Commentary by UCLA’s Harry Litman] Flynn wasn’t a misguided private citizen (think Dennis Rodman in North Korea) flying off to consult with a foreign power. Such bumbling freelance diplomacy can be vexatious to the government, but no one could confuse it with a legitimate U.S. foreign policy initiative. And Flynn wasn’t just reaching out to, say, introduce himself or receive basic information. He was intentionally undermining the Obama administration.

Melting sea ice could cause California’s droughts | East Bay Times

Daniel Swain of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, who coined the term “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” in December 2013 on his California Weather Blog, called the study’s link between Arctic sea ice loss and California drought “provocative, but compelling.” 

Media Contact