UCLA In the News February 10, 2016

“Native Son,” previously censored, recovered in full | New York Times

The movie opened in June 1951, six weeks after the much-protested execution of Willie McGee, a black man from Mississippi convicted of raping a white woman. Before its American release, “Native Son” was “banned or significantly cut by every state to which it applied for a license,” said Ellen C. Scott, a UCLA professor who has extensively researched the movie’s reception.

Facebook hits hurdles to global Web goals | Wall Street Journal

“Facebook wishes to choose what is ‘best’ for the end user — an erroneous supposition and one that violates the fundamental principle of openness in the Internet,” said Leonard Kleinrock, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who helped develop the Internet’s underlying network technology.

L.A. teachers union asks members for higher dues | Los Angeles Times

UCLA education professor John Rogers thinks Caputo-Pearl is making his case. “There have been times in the past 15 years when I was not quite sure whether UTLA leadership would use additional funds efficiently and in ways that would have a payoff for L.A. schools,” Rogers said. Now, he added, he has more confidence that the union will spend the money effectively.

Political drama brews in Coastal Commission | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“The Coastal Commission is an independent agency of the state of California that is responsible for regulating pretty much anything that happens in the coastal zone,” said UCLA’s Sean Hecht. “… So it regulates development, beach and coastal access, and has quite a bit of power to limit the impacts to resources on the coast.”

L.A. city and county approve sweeping plan to aid homeless | Los Angeles Times

The city has had plans to tackle homelessness before, “but it’s when the topic turns to money that the conversation has always stopped,” said Gary Blasi, professor of law emeritus at UCLA.

The potential political power of Latinos in 2016 | KCRW-FM’s “To the Point”

“I think we’ve been seeing that happen during the first two decades of the 21st century, we’ve been seeing that growth,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. “Even though, there remain a large number of eligible voters who have not yet voted, the number of voters themselves is really growing at a very, very large rate, faster than any other segment of the American population.”

The origin of the sigh | Huffington Post

Converting our normal breaths into sighs is regulated by the fewest number of neurons yet seen linked to a fundamental human behavior, said research co-author Dr. Jack Feldman, a professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “This work was very exciting to us,” Feldman told the Huffington Post. (Also: BBC)

Species migration as a result of climate change unravels ecosystems | KCRW-FM

682,000 specimens covering 4, 426 species were analyzed. [UCLA] scientists concluded non-native species moved to higher elevations at a rate of 27 percent. For native species the rate was 15 percent and 12 percent for endemic species… UCLA researchers called it a shuffling of some of the most basic relationships in nature. [audio download]

Tracking evolution by keeping fruit flies in the dark | Nature

“I think these types of long-term evolution system are very interesting, and there aren’t that many of them,” says Leonid Kruglyak, a geneticist at the University of California, Los Angeles. It should be possible to identify gene variants that have helped flies to adapt to the dark, but he says that the variants Fuse’s team identified may have changed in frequency because of random “genetic drift,” not natural selection.

Exposure to toxins at Porter Ranch | Los Angeles Daily News

These are “classic symptoms” of exposure to hydrogen sulfide, a well-documented toxic compound, said Michael Jerrett, professor and chairman of the UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences…. The gas was likely “pulsing” from underground, Jerrett said, and emitting hydrogen sulfide intermittently, in waves. So tests taken by the well, at a particular moment in time, might not have registered the compound.

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