UCLA In the News February 15, 2017

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

As climate shifts, so will water strategies | Christian Science Monitor

Precipitation in the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range is 220 percent above normal this winter, making it the wettest on record. But snowpack is just 145 percent above normal, falling short of the snowiest winter. Warmer temperatures are likely to blame for the discrepancy, says Alex Hall, an atmospheric and oceanic sciences professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “When we have such huge flows coming early because precipitation is falling as rain and not snow, it really does challenge the flood-control dimension of reservoir management,” Mr. Hall says.

Why loving someone can hurt so much | VICE

“I don’t think anyone is going to confuse a stubbed toe with going through a breakup,” [UCLA’s] Naomi Eisenberger, a co-author on the study, told The Atlantic. “But emotional pain has been a kind of second-class citizen. I think we take physical pain a bit more seriously. Our work suggests that we should think seriously about the impact of emotional pain, too.”

Insurance giant Humana to leave marketplace in 2018 | Los Angeles Times

“They were never deeply committed to this market,” said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, noting that Humana’s decision was not unexpected.

Oroville Dam dangers remain as new storm approaches | Los Angeles Times

“The Friday storm in particular could in fact become the strongest of the season in the Los Angeles region,” said UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. (Also: Bloomberg)

Trump immigration ban dealt strongest blow yet | VICE

“The religious discrimination argument is a stronger one because it applies to all people, whereas the Ninth District Court decision only applied to a limited subset of people protected by the due process clause,” said Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at the UCLA School of Law.

Tiny diapers fit babies less than 2 pounds | CNN

“The biggest issue is size and protecting the skin,” said Dr. Valencia Walker, medical director for the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, neonatal intensive care unit. “The skin of a preterm infant is a little bit more fragile than a full-term infant. So you really want to try and keep that skin dry. Babies that are in the NICU are already at increased risk for infection, and any type of skin breakdown will contribute to increasing their risk for infection.”

Why Oroville crisis affects Southern California | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“What we really need to do as soon as possible is to do a vulnerability assessment of really all our water infrastructure in the state of California. Because, whether it’s going to be due to earthquake or severe climate variation with these extreme storms or the drought problems that we’ve been having,” said UCLA’s Mark Gold.

Tragic lessons of cinema’s first gay love story | The New Yorker

In the eighties, film restorers began trying to piece together the original, but it wasn’t until this winter —six years after the UCLA Film & Television Archive bought a high-definition print of “Laws of Love” — that a reliable version of “Different from the Others” was completed, using detailed Nazi censorship records as a narrative guide, and with images substituted for the missing scenes. “Years before Alfred Kinsey, Hirschfeld was arguing that homosexuality exists on a continuum,” Jan-Christopher Horak, the director of the UCLA archive, told me. “It’s not abnormal, because there is no abnormality.”

HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years | Associated Press

“It’s very exciting to see this kind of drop,” said Ron Brookmeyer, a statistician at the University of California, Los Angeles. It suggests that stepped-up efforts to diagnose and treat infections are paying off, he added.

Line drawn in sand between beach access, protection | San Francisco Examiner

Jon Christensen, an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA’s Institute on the Environment and Sustainability, didn’t have an easy answer. But he did have some data. Christensen found the condition of the ocean and beaches is personally important to 90 percent of Californians. Another survey of people at Southern California beaches found people want clean sand and water. Christensen said he’d be surprised if Northern Californians didn’t feel the same.

Limited HIV subset moves from mother to child | Medical Xpress

In the transmission of HIV-1 from mother to child only a subset of a mother’s viruses infects their infants either in utero or via breastfeeding, and the viruses that are transmitted depend on whether transmission occurs during pregnancy or through breastfeeding, according to UCLA-led research. (Also: Health Canal, News-Medical)

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