UCLA In the News February 13, 2018

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

Hot, dry winter in California. Could it be drought again? | New York Times

“We are now seeing another year that looks like one of those drought years,” said Daniel Swain, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles, who during the drought coined the term “ridiculously resilient ridge” to describe the atmospheric pattern. “This one is definitely a resilient ridge, but we don’t know if it’s quite reaching the ‘ridiculous’ threshold,” said Dr. Swain, who blogs about California’s weather. (Also: Los Angeles Times)

Can gene therapy be harnessed to fight AIDS virus? | Associated Press

“Gene therapy techniques have advanced greatly,” said Dr. Otto Yang of the UCLA AIDS Institute, one place working on this. “A lot of people are thinking it’s the right time to go back.”

Psychiatric illnesses share similar gene activity, study suggests | CNN

“All of these disorders have a genetic contribution to them that’s quite substantial, and yet that contribution is not simple. It’s very complex,” said Dr. Daniel Geschwind, a neurogeneticist at the University of California at Los Angeles and a lead author of the study.

Activists press environmental demands | Voice of America

Industrial pollution is making life difficult in Iran, adding to a long list of economic and political grievances, according to Hamid Arabzadeh, an Iranian-born environmental health expert who teaches at UCLA. Pollution is among the reasons for the protests in Iran in December and January, Arabzadeh said. The pollution “started with water resources,” he noted. “It led to air pollution, and now in some of the very large cities in Iran, people literally don’t have the air to breathe.”

Common errors when buying insurance | Wall Street Journal

(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Shlomo Benartzi) When it comes to picking health insurance, many consumers make choices that are detrimental to their financial health and that can cost them hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. This appears to be true whether they are shopping for coverage on a government exchange or evaluating offerings in an employer-sponsored benefit program, research shows.

Ballard Mountain honors one of L.A.’s black pioneers | KABC-TV

It was even listed that way in official county records until family members reached out to former L.A. County Board of Supervisors member [UCLA’s] Zev Yaroslavsky and the effort to change the mountain's name was born.

Best ways to spend time if you want to be happy | Quartz

(Commentary co-written by Cassie Mogilner Holmes) In one of the seminal studies on this topic, some respondents reported feeling happier at work (vs. leisure or other activities), suggesting there are individual differences in which time-use activities promote happiness. Other studies that have used more sophisticated data collection methods suggest that relatively active forms of leisure, such as exercising and volunteering, are linked to greater daily positive mood compared to more passive forms of leisure, such as watching TV, relaxing, and napping. Still others take a long-term view of happiness and investigate what creates a sense of meaning in people’s lives.

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