UCLA In the News December 8, 2017

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

Estimate says 46 million Americans headed to Alzheimer’s | NBC News

For the unusual study, Ron Brookmeyer, a biostatistician at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues collected all the data they could find from studies of Alzheimer’s disease. To calculate who was at risk of Alzheimer’s they used measures including a buildup of a protein in the brain called amyloid, the loss of brain cells, and the loss of memory and skills such as reading and writing. (Also: MSNBC and KTLA-TV)

Not every mask will help keep out harmful pollutants | USA Today

A real-time monitor near Santa Barbara showed a stunning 431. A safe level is between 0 and 50, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “These are astounding levels,” said Michael Jerrett, chair of the University of California-Los Angeles Environmental Health Sciences department. “They’re now into what’s known as a Maroon Alert, so it’s above a Red Alert. The only other time I’ve ever experienced that was in Beijing in China when they were having a pollution event,” said Jerrett, who studies pollution and wildfires. (UCLA’s Yifang Zhu is also quoted)

Michael Dukakis’s last stand | Boston magazine

[UCLA’s Michael] Dukakis mentors the other end of the spectrum, too — which is, really, the bottom-line point of teaching: to get smart young people enthused about politics as a calling. Forget that Dukakis is 84 — his stamina and commitment remain spectacular.

What baby talk sounds like around the world | CNN

“These are small samples,” said Greg Bryant, a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. He conducted the study with Tanya Broesch, assistant professor in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University. “The bigger picture is that there are many ways that mothers and fathers can achieve the same communicative effect,” he said. “What’s universal is that parents often do change their voice when speaking to young children, but how they change exactly could vary across cultures.”

As winds kick up, flames menace communities | Los Angeles Times

With relative humidities in the single digits along the coastal mountains, the air is the driest it’s been in recorded history, said UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. “The [relative] humidities right now along the coast are much drier than what you’d normally see in the interior desert in the summertime,” Swain said. “Once you get down to 1% or 2% you’re down almost as low as is physically possible.” (Also: NPR)

California gets whiplash of disasters this year | CNN

“It’s been a year of extreme contrast in California,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

What are Santa Ana winds? | Bustle

UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences explains how dangerous the phenomenon can be. “Santa Anas can cause a great deal of damage,” its website says. “The fast, hot winds cause vegetation to dry out, increasing the danger of wildfire. Once the fires start, the winds fan the flames and hasten their spread.” Although it makes sense to assume the hot winds form because of the desert surroundings, the department’s website dispels this myth, writing: “Actually, the Santa Anas develop when the desert is relatively cold, and are thus most common during the cool season stretching from October through March.”

In a warming California, a future of more fire | New York Times

“For fires, sequencing is really important,” said Alex Hall, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The sequence we’ve seen over the past five or six years is certainly very similar to the changes that we project as climate change continues to unfold.”

Starring role for wicked wind of the West | Science

Rain hasn’t fallen in Southern California since spring, leaving vegetation as dry as in summer. Then, during the week of Thanksgiving, Los Angeles temperatures hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit. That set the stage to make the Santa Anas even more dangerous, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said. “It’s sort of the worst of both worlds,” Swain said.

The restrictions of emergency alerts | KPCC-FM’s “Marketplace”

“There’s not a fire near you or there’s not an active shooter near you. People forget the word ‘not’ and it actually makes us believe those facts more,” said UCLA’s P.J. Lamberson.

Southern California is burning | Vox

“The sky is orange, you can smell the smoke, and you know people are losing their homes,” said University of California Los Angeles environmental scientist Glen MacDonald. “It really shows you our relative power to nature. We sometimes overestimate how much we can handle.”

Increase in accidental deaths follows spike in gun sales | CNN

“It is so interesting to me, this phenomenon that happens that our initial reaction to hearing about mass shootings like Sandy Hook is to protect ourselves. It would make common sense to some people to think ‘what I need to do to protect myself is to have a gun,’ but the unfortunate truth is that this normal reaction is wrong,” said [UCLA’s Jonathan] Fielding, who was not involved in the new study.

McCreary learned to pivot early; then she met Freeman | Variety

[Lori] McCreary wanted to double major in computer science and theater at UCLA, but, forced to choose one or the other, she picked the former, figuring she already had a wealth of stage experience. While at UCLA, she co-founded the software company CompuLaw. It was a success, but, a few years out of college, she decided she didn’t want to spend her whole life helping lawyers bill more effectively.

In 1929, a woman directed Paramount’s first talkie | Hollywood Reporter

[Dorothy Arzner] was the first film editor to receive a screen credit. And when she began teaching at UCLA in 1965, her first student to achieve major success was 1967 Master of Fine Arts recipient Francis Ford Coppola, who calls “Miss Arzner” the “consummate professional film director.”

Facebook Messenger Kids probably won’t ruin them | Popular Science

“We should protect kids from advertisers as much as possible,” says Yalda T. Uhls, UCLA adjunct assistant professor of psychology, senior researcher with the Children’s Digital Media Center. “But, it’s not entirely about age. It’s about letting the child and their community help decide when they should use it.”

Why retail jobs are bad jobs | Pacific Standard

In a new book, “Where Bad Jobs Are Better,” the researchers Françoise Carré and [UCLA’s] Chris Tilly take an in-depth look at the plight of the American retail worker. Carré spoke recently with Pacific Standard about the book, why retail jobs in America are so much worse than retail jobs in other countries, and what it will take to improve the quality of the jobs that so many Americans now rely on.

Could hydrogen be our fuel for uncertain future? | The Irish Times

Researchers at UCLA in California announced this month they have created a device that converts solar energy into usable and storable power that could be fed into a hydrogen fuel cell to power an eco-friendly car; just one illustration of how hydrogen might fit in. What’s more, the device would be affordable, its designers insist.

How fed tax plan will affect California economy | San Gabriel Valley Tribune

UCLA Anderson Forecast Director Jerry Nickelsburg said the proposed tax law could dampen the housing market, which would blunt the state’s economic growth. “As of the time of this writing, tax-exempt municipal bonds for the purpose of constructing affordable units are poised to lose their tax exemption,” Nickelsburg said in the report, adding that there is also a proposal to eliminate state income tax deductions and possibly property tax deductions on federal income tax returns.

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