UCLA In the News February 16, 2017

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

L.A. area braces for what could be season’s biggest storm | 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.

Why aren’t there more Asian stars in Hollywood? | USA Today

Given Chinese audiences’ increasing appetite for movies like “The Great Wall” that are set and co-produced in their country, it “feels like a missed opportunity” that Hollywood isn’t developing bankable Asian-American stars for this market, says Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, which releases an annual study of diversity in the entertainment industry.

Overgrowth in certain brain areas associated with autism | Wall Street Journal

“This is a truly heroic study, where the investigators are trying to identify early brain [development], which is a holy grail in the field,” said Dan Geschwind, the director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles, who wasn’t involved in the study. He added that the small size of the study may “limit its potential generalizability,” however.

As AP tests gain popularity, some colleges push back | The Wall Street Journal

More high school students are taking Advanced Placement exams than ever — just as questions about their value are growing…. [The] University of California, Los Angeles, recently stopped using AP credits to help determine whether a student gets priority enrollment for courses, after deciding the policy hurts students from less competitive — and often poorer — high schools that may be less likely to offer AP courses. Ashly Mohankumar, a senior psychology major and academic affairs commissioner in UCLA’s student government, supported the new policy.

Gender gap is a result of 1980s computer gaming | Quartz

Professor Linda Sax, a researcher at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, recalls, “I was someone who grew up very confident in my math abilities, but it wasn’t until I went to college that I began to doubt myself.” Sax says she felt intimidated by the male-dominated culture she encountered at university. Sax ended up not completing her degree in programming, choosing a career in quantitative research in education instead.

Everyday people furiously saving U.S. federal data before it’s deleted | Quartz

Of course, there are large-scale, professional data harvesting operations, including one at the University of California-Los Angeles, that have been saving data as U.S. President Donald Trump establishes his administration. Such operations sprouted up to defend against deletions of valuable information from federal agency websites, as often happens when a new party takes power.

Transgender students’ parents make appeal to Trump | Associated Press

An estimated 0.7 percent of youth ages 13-17 in the United States, or about 150,000 people, identify as transgender, according to a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Chinese students use ‘inclusion,’ ‘diversity’ to oppose Dalai Lama  | Quartz

According to a survey by the University of California, Los Angeles of first-year students across nearly 200 universities, students who identify as “Asian” remain less likely to participate in protests compared to whites, blacks, and Latinos.

DNA patterns can unlock how glucose metabolism drives cancer | Science Daily

“By focusing on such a large dataset and more than just known point mutations, we now better understand how subtle patterns of combined genetic alterations can affect glucose metabolism and are in sum key drivers of the most aggressive cancers,” [UCLA’s Thomas] Graeber said. “Scientists now have a whole new sandbox where we can test and develop the tools that will lead to new treatments for people fighting this disease.” (Also: Medical Xpress)

‘Blood biopsies’ used with device to speed cancer diagnosis | Science Daily

Hsian-Rong Tseng, PhD, professor, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the other lead investigator, said his work with Posadas is focused on improving the quality of life for cancer patients. “We’re on a mission to dramatically change patients’ everyday lives and their long-term outcomes,” Tseng said. “We now have powerful new tools to accomplish that.”

Shocks from implanted defibrillators trigger own health costs | HealthDay

Dr. Gregg Fonarow is a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He said, “This study highlights the significant utilization of health care resources and hospitalizations that occur after ICD shocks.”

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