UCLA in the News December 9, 2014

Is There a Moral Component Behind Violent Acts? | BBC Radio’s “Today”

“We reviewed ethnographies, research by sociologists and psychologists, looking at essentially every kind of violence as far and as we could, across as many cultures, as many different kinds as we could, around the world and throughout history,” said UCLA’s Alan Page Fiske. “And what we find is very, very consistent. Across cultures and throughout history, perpetrators of violence at most times are morally motivated. They’re doing what they feel is right according to their cultural ideals.” (Segment begins at 2:43:53)

FAA Navigates Regulation of Commercial Drones | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“If they come out with rules that are not protective enough and then there’s some sort of an accident then they will be criticized for not having been more careful with this technology,” said UCLA’s John Villasenor. “If they come out with rules that are viewed as overly restrictive in the name of safety, then they are going to be criticized as impeding the growth of the industry.”

Anti-discrimination Laws versus Business Owners’ Rights | Washington Post

“The arguments against anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT people and racial minorities are eerily the same,” Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA, told me. He added that “it’s often forgotten that racial segregation was justified on religious grounds, just like today’s hostility to equal protection of gays and lesbians.”

Are Living Kidney Donors Kind or Crazy? | Men’s Health

That study’s title is “The Living Anonymous Kidney Donor: Lunatic or Saint?” “And the truth is that they’re neither,” says Gabriel Danovitch, M.D., the medical director for the kidney and pancreas transplant program at UCLA.… “They’re just decent people, normal people, healthy people who find that donating is something they want to do.”

Depression Often Under-treated among Seniors | Washington Post

Depressed seniors with diabetes were at a 78 percent increased risk of early death compared with other diabetics of the same age, possibly because the depressed diabetics were less likely to follow through on prescribed medication, diet and self-testing, according to a 2014 study led by UCLA researchers.

Creating Opportunities for More Students in Buffalo’s Best Schools| Buffalo News

Both district administrators and nationally known researcher Gary Orfield, however, have said they do not want to diminish the offerings at any one school so that more students qualify…. “I’m a college professor; I never dumb down the curriculum,” said Orfield, who leads the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, which is conducting the review. “My strong belief is that you never want to eliminate good opportunities in cities. If anything, you want to make them more widely available.”

Recommended Daily Calorie Intakes for Men | WebMD

“[Men’s] calorie needs are greater,” says David Heber, M.D., director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in Los Angeles. “Those needs are dependent on the amount of lean body mass and average about 14 calories per pound of lean body mass per day at rest with additional calories for exercise.”

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