UCLA In the News February 1, 2018

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

Brain scans reveal friends are on same wavelength | Los Angeles Times

“These results suggest that we are exceptionally similar to our friends in how we perceive and respond to the world around us,” they added. That might seem obvious to anyone who’s ever heard that “birds of a feather flock together.” But until now, no one had ever put that maxim to the test by examining the cognitive activity of friends in real time. The researchers, led by UCLA social psychologist Carolyn Parkinson, started with an entire cohort of students from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. (Also: Medical News Today)

Transit ridership drops; rising car ownership may be to blame | KPCC-FM

Michael Manville, UCLA professor and study co-author, said people added 2.1 million more cars to the roads in the 15-year study period. Rising car ownership especially applied to residents who have traditionally relied on transit, including those from low-income and immigrant households. Easier, affordable car financing during that period may have contributed to the higher rates of car ownership, according to Manville. The per capita auto debt in the region has nearly doubled during the same period. (Also: Los Angeles Daily News, KNBC-TV, KTLA-TV and KCRW-FM)

Misconception about gang ignores its American origins | New York Times

Jorja Leap, a University of California Los Angeles anthropologist, lamented the common misconception that MS-13 was brought to the United States from El Salvador. The group was in fact able to thrive in the 1980s amid the intense poverty in Los Angeles. MS-13, she said, took advantage of a social situation in which young people had experienced abuse, trauma or social isolation in the United States, not abroad. (Last item)

Musk stops taking flamethrower orders after $10 million in sales | Bloomberg

Any effort to ban this sort of flamethrower, of which there are several competing brands, likely wouldn’t come from traditional anti-gun groups, said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who lectures on firearms regulation. “There’s a danger it [would] look like they’re trying to almost parody themselves,” Volokh said.

California gauges snowpack amid dry winter | Associated Press

But the drought never really seemed to end in some Southern California areas, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with the University of California, Los Angeles.

When did Silicon Valley become brotopia? | Bloomberg

To male software developers, the story of Lena has generally been seen as an amusing historical footnote. To their female peers, it’s just alienating. “I remember thinking, What are they giggling about?” recalls Deanna Needell, now a mathematics professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. She first encountered Lena in a computer science class in college and quickly discovered that the model in the original photo was in fact fully nude. “It made me realize, Oh, I am the only woman. I am different,” Needell says. “It made gender an issue for me where it wasn’t before.”

What is the future for workers in America? | KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected”

“But we’re talking about gig-economy employees – laborers who basically are low-paid and where the demands are huge,” said UCLA’s Mark Kaplan. (Approx. 4:00 mark)

Traits of a successful real estate investor | Forbes

Listen to Paul Habibi, Continuing lecturer of Finance and Real estate at UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. “Successful investors and developers must always use good judgement. You can’t be driven by ego,” says Habibi, an investor himself for the past 22 years. “If you let your ambition get ahead of yourself, you will take risks that may grow your investments in the upcycle but will take you out in the down times.”

Good relationships are good for our health | U.S. News and World Report

[Commentary by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding] Even casual relationships, as with co-workers, buffer work-related stress. But poor work relationships can be detrimental. A longitudinal study of 13,000 men and women workers found that poor social support from co-workers, coupled with job stress and low-decision-making power, was linked to increases in cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension and hyperlipidemia, as well as behavioral risk factors, including increased frequency of smoking.

Teen exposure to air pollution could reduce IQ levels | California Health Report

“Verbal IQ is something you can learn and once you learn, you know that for your lifetime. But performance IQ is about your ability to solve new questions, new problems. … That’s more controlled by your brain function,” said Pan Wang, a UCLA statistician involved in the study. “The findings from this study indicate the adverse effects of air pollution are at a higher level in the brain,” Wang said. Air pollution “may have adverse effects on the brain structure or brain function.”

All best picture nominees combined made less than ‘Star Wars’ | CNN

That's where niche award show films entered the picture, said Jonathan Kuntz, a film historian and lecturer at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Notorious film producer Harvey Weinstein ­– now best known for the many sexual assault allegations against him ­– realized in the 1990s that he could cash in on low- or mid-budget films with chances at Oscar success.

Breast cancer treatments can raise risk of heart disease | Washington Post

But while many physicians praised the AHA report, some, such as Deanna Attai, a breast surgeon at the University of California at Los Angeles, worried it could discourage women with high-risk cancer from getting aggressive treatment. She said she was especially concerned about women with HER2-positive and triple negative breast cancer. “I don’t want those patients to think they should not do chemo, because then they will be more likely to die of disease,” she said.

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