UCLA In the News February 13, 2019

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

How a heart-shaped candy box came to stand for love | Vox

The iconic box of Valentine’s chocolates is shaped like a heart, because hearts are for love. This has not always been the case. Eric Jager, author of “The Book of the Heart” and medieval literature professor at UCLA, traces the link back to the 13th and 14th centuries. “[People at that time] thought of our hearts” — the physical ones — “as books of memory, a place where God’s commands are written, and [believed] feelings for the beloved were somehow written on your heart,” he told Time. There are stories about female saints, whose hearts, cut open after death, were literally inscribed with professions of love for God.

Hey L.A., want to feel like you’re in Cabo without leaving home? Just wait til 2080 | Los Angeles Times

Alex Hall, who directs the Center for Climate Science at UCLA, said the work represents an effective way to present changes in average climate, and he applauded the authors for including so many cities in their analysis. However, he noted that there is more to climate change than shifts in average temperature and precipitation. “Changes in extremes, which we also expect, matter a lot, especially here in California,” he said. “Still, I think this communication technique conveys the dramatic scale of climate change quite well.”

Is DNA testing uniting or dividing us? | National Geographic

“All our ancestors come from the same place, you know 150,000 years ago. Even when those stories are the ones that are being emphasized, people often interpret it in terms of separation, difference, distinction. For some people it’s really helping reconcile with the past. Other people are really looking to it for these stories of purity or superiority or distinctiveness,” said UCLA’s Aaron Panofsky. (Approx. 5:00 mark – Video download)

How racial bias has shaped the opioid epidemic | U.S. News & World Report

“If you’re living in Compton, you’re probably not getting a lot of prescribed opioids,” says Dr. David Schriger, who oversaw the research and is a professor of emergency medicine at UCLA. “You can’t tell me there are no prescriptions for opioids, so to speak, in Compton because no one is in pain in Compton. It just defies logic.”

Ferrari seized by FBI and featured in TV show sells for $760,000 at U.S. Marshals auction | Los Angeles Times

Civil asset forfeiture programs are not without critics. Criminal justice system reformers have long held that law enforcement agencies often exploit civil forfeiture laws, seizing property, cash or cars without being required to secure a criminal conviction, said Beth Colgan, an assistant professor at UCLA School of Law.

Supporters renew push for nationwide paid family leave in U.S. | VOA

The United States is one of only five nations that have no guaranteed paid maternity leave, the other four being Lesotho, Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, according to the World Policy Analysis Center, a research group at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Persian book festival coming to Irvine | Orange County Register

“There’s a need for this kind of education. It may not always happen in the household,” said Dara Ghahremani, a UCLA associate research professor of psychiatry. And even when parents speak their native language at home, children often switch back to English as they grow older. “Invariably, parents then switch to English,” he said.

Senator Klobuchar announces presidential run | KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk”

“So the field is growing. And I think Klobuchar’s real draw — the way she promoted herself — was as a gritty, tough Midwesterner. I think even that backdrop of the snow was something that she liked to show that it’s not all glitz and glam and she’s there to fight for people,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Approx. 1:08 mark)

Better breast cancer screening, treatments may have saved hundreds of thousands of lives over 30 years | Reuters Health

The new findings need to be interpreted in light of the number of assumptions used in the researchers’ calculations, said Dr. Deanna Attai, an assistant clinical professor in the department of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and UCLA Health Burbank Breast Care.

The FDA will finally crack down on dietary supplements — here’s what experts have to say | Self

With the way things have been, “humans are being used as guinea pigs,” William J. McCarthy, Ph.D., adjunct professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, tells SELF. “In the past, if you had a product, you just put it out and as long as it didn’t harm people, it was fine,” he says. “The FDA couldn’t take action until there was already evidence of harm, and that’s clearly not good.”

Why the fight for a Grammy is tougher, and more expensive, than ever | Los Angeles Times

“It’s a crazy time right now, with heavy concentration in so few places, so anything that moves the dial of something to talk about is so important,” said Gigi Johnson, director of the Center for Music Innovation at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. “With the scattering of content, the battle for awareness has gotten so rugged. How do you make human connections and take advantage of big things? The Grammys are one of the big things,” Johnson said.

Mushrooms as medicine? Psychedelics may be next breakthrough treatment | Healthline

“There’ve been some promising preliminary results in such areas as the treatment of overwhelming existential anxiety in people who are facing the end of life, who have diagnoses of advanced-stage cancer,” Dr. Charles Grob, professor of psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, told Healthline.

The e-cigarette epidemic — recognizing Big Tobacco’s Trojan horse | The Hill Opinion

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Jonathan Fielding) In light of teen use continuing to skyrocket, an addiction epidemic caused by nicotine products targeting our kids is irrefutable. The responsible move is for FDA to employ the precautionary principle: rescind the delay, issuing new regulations that could, if necessary, be modified in light of new evidence.

Is the drought over? | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“It’s a great rain year. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen this much snow on the mountains surrounding L.A. in a decade. But our big issue is that this is one year, and one good year doesn’t make up for a multiplicity of big drought years. This is sort of like having an opportunity to go to the bank and store water,” said UCLA’s Madelyn Glickfeld. (Approx. 34:33 mark)

Barbie’s new fashionista line praised as a ‘gamechanger’ by people with disabilities | HuffPost

The company worked in collaboration with a team at University of California, Los Angeles to craft a wheelchair that any Barbie from the line can use; and consulted 12-year-old Jordan Reeves, who has a prosthetic arm herself, on the design of the prosthetic leg. 

2019 UCLA Festival of Preservation offers a weekend of rarities and surprises | Los Angeles Times

Once again, the variety of films and television, all restored by UCLA, is astonishing, running the gamut from the antics of Laurel and Hardy to austere independent gems like Christopher Munch’s “The Hours and Times” to one of a kind programs such as “U.S. Presidents In the Hearst Newsreels,” going from William McKinley to Lyndon Johnson with lots of folks in between.

Governor Newsom to give his first State of the State address | KPCC-FM

“Now is the time for him to outline his agenda and make that case to all Californians for that vision that he has,” said UCLA’s Matt Barreto. (Approx. 0:43 mark – audio download)

What defines ‘success’ for autism treatments? | Spectrum

“Measuring the success of an early intervention should involve metrics that are meaningful for the lives of autistic children,” says UCLA’s Connie Kasari.

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